The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson (★★★☆☆)
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (★★★★★)
The Silence of Bones by June Hur (★★★★☆)
The Devil You Know by K.J. Parker (★★★☆☆)
Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore (★★☆☆☆)
The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson (★★★★★)
You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle (★★★★★)
Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino (★★★★★)
The Swap by Robyn Harding (★★★★☆)
The Vampire Memoirs by Traci Briery (★★☆☆☆)
If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha (★★★★☆)
The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo (★★★☆☆)
MONTHLY TOTAL: 12 YEARLY SO FAR: 47
So I’m still reading pretty well, obviously! A lot of folks have been saying they’re struggling to read during these coronatimes, but I’m finding that it’s having the opposite effect on me; I am consuming content like a fiend. I completely failed on my OWLS Readathon goals, though. Out of 8 books, I read 3, DNF’d 1, and decided to put one aside for later after starting it. I’ve become pretty liberal about DNFing (I think I DNF’d 3 books this month?), which I’m content with.
Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust (★★★★☆)
Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff (★★★★★)
Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White (★★★☆☆)
Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzi Lee (★★★★★)
Sleeping Gods (Themis #1) by Sylvain Neuvel (★★★★☆)
Waking Giants (Themis #2) by Sylvain Neuvel (★★★★☆)
Only Human (Themis #3) by Sylvain Neuvel (★★★☆☆)
Asking For It by Louise O’Neill (★★★★☆)
This House is Haunted by John Boyne (★★★★☆)
The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware (★★★★☆)
Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton (★★★☆☆)
MONTHLY TOTAL: 11 YEARLY SO FAR: 32
This has been a weirdly successful reading month for me, as you can see! I don’t think I’ve ever read ELEVEN books in a single month! Of course it helped that most of these were pretty great books, and even if they weren’t great, they were at-least page turners. (I highly doubt I will have the same level of productivity next month.)
Also I took like four days off work towards the end of the month just to chill at home and I think I read like three books in those three days alone? I love not having to go to work. Plus it was just really nice to not think about anything for a few days; I’ve been feeling rather overwhelmed lately due to my combination of applying to Fulbright, applying to various library school scholarships, grad school, work, and my own writing. It was nice to give myself a mini-vacation where I didn’t have to do anything or think about anything. Pretty much all I did was read, watch Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (a fantastic show, by the way!), and lie in bed.
I am still trying to read Jane Eyre, but I’m only like 85 pages into it. It’s not that it’s bad, precisely, just that there’s so many other books I would rather read more, and talking of page-turners…Jane Eyre is definitely not a page-turner. I’m also reading two non-fiction books, including Topographies of Whiteness: Mapping Whiteness in Library and Information Science, which is exactly what it sounds like. Since I’m getting my Master’s in Library and Information Science at the moment I want to try to read more books about the profession’s intersection with social justice, and this book is a compilation of some really interesting essays by librarians of color.
I also just started Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant aka Seanan McGuire, and I am SO EXCITED because I have been wanting to read that book for years. In terms of TBR, let’s just say this month I overindulged in ARC requests. I also got a bunch of books out of the library and a bunch of the ebook holds I had came in, so…we’ll see. Your guess is as good as mine. I’d like to try to get to The Queens of Innis Lear, The Wicked Deep, The Broken Girls, Ash Princess, and hopefully a buddy read of The Raven Boys with Rachel. But y’all know me, I’m a big mood reader, so we’ll see!