end of year: dnf'd books

Books I DNF’d in 2019

This is a companion post to the Most Disappointing Books of 2019 post, and I suppose I could merge them together, but I think that I have very different feelings about books I DNF vs. books I managed to finish, so I like to keep these separate. I don’t DNF often, because I hate feeling like I’ve wasted my time, but I will DNF if I know that a book won’t work for me (which I can usually tell within the first fifty or so pages). I DNF’d a grand total of seven books this year.

Let’s go in chronological order! Continue reading “Books I DNF’d in 2019”

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Nonfiction November 2019 Recommendations & TBR

I used to be a much more avid reader of nonfiction, but for some reason this year and last have not been particularly fruitful in that category. I couldn’t even tell you why, exactly, because I loooooove nonfiction. I think there’s just so many fiction books out there that get so much more hype that it’s easier to gravitate towards them. Nonfiction November is meant to get you thinking more about reading nonfiction, even if you just read a single nonfiction book, and even though I already have a pile of fiction books I want to read in November, I’d like to incorporate some nonfiction into my diet too!

Rachel has just put up a fabulous post for Nonfiction November where she discusses nonfiction books she would recommend alongside nonfiction books on her TBR, all to the tune of the challenge prompts set out by booktube’s abookolive, who hosts the challenge every year. Olive has designated four challenge words meant to be interpreted in whatever way you like: design, sport, true, and voice. I really love the way Rachel laid out the post, so I will be doing the same thing; that is, for each category, I will lay out a nonfiction book I am recommending alongside a nonfiction book I hope to read. Continue reading “Nonfiction November 2019 Recommendations & TBR”

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Most Anticipated Releases for the Remainder of 2019

Last year, I did a post about my most anticipated releases of 2019. As I was perusing it I realized that a) I haven’t read half the books on the list even though they have either been released or I have ARCs and b) I really only talked about books that were coming out up until August, with the exception of one single book. There’s a bunch of new releases I’m looking forward to for the rest of the year, so why not talk about a whole other bunch of books I probably won’t read until like two years after their release date!

Continue reading “Most Anticipated Releases for the Remainder of 2019”
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Wrap-Up: February 2019

  • The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden (★★★★★)
  • The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden (★★★★★)
  • Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso by Kali Nicole Gross
  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor (★★★★☆)
  • White Fragility by Robin Di Angelo (★★★☆☆)
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge (★★★★☆)
  • A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne (★★★★☆)
  • How Long ’til Black Future Month by N.K. Jemisin (★★★★☆)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 8
YEARLY SO FAR: 16

I accomplished two things this month that I’m pleased about:

I finished TWO series that I’ve been meaning to finish for a very long time: the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and the Winternight trilogy. Enjoyed both very, very much, and am very glad to have finished them both.

I actually read 4/5 books out of my Black History Month TBR! I didn’t get to Ijeoma Uluo’s book, but perhaps next year…

I also finally read the latest John Boyne, A Ladder to the Sky, which I’ve been meaning to read since the day it came out and it was absolutely delightful, a wild ride from start to finish.

I’ve also totally dropped the ball with posting reviews to this blog, for some reason. I have no idea why. I’m still writing reviews and posting them on Goodreads, but I’ve just been too lazy to cross-post here. Eh.

I am currently reading The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso, getting started on #FemmeFanTale a bit early! So far I’m enjoying it very much. Looking forward to March being fantasy month.

Writing Update:

After spending a couple of months bouncing around between seven different ideas, I’ve finally settled into one, which is such a freaking relief. I’m referring to it as my Throne of Glass pastiche, since it’s inspired by Throne of Glass (I know, I know), mainly in the sense that it’s about an assassin. But that’s all the similarities the books share, I swear! It’s also adult fantasy, not YA, so there’s that. I’m about 10K words into it, but I have little to no outline, which is unusual for me. Even my worldbuilding is basic at best. But I’m just writing and hoping I’ll stumble my way onto something.

TV Update: 

I binged that Netflix show, Dating Around, and it was…fine? I couldn’t look away, but I also really didn’t like it and it made me so glad that I don’t date. Still working on season 3 of Salem, but it’s stressing me out, so I’m going slow. Then I watched all of Derry Girls (which isn’t saying much, as it’s only six episodes), which is a freaking hilarious sitcom set in 90s Northern Ireland. I’m also catching up on season 3 of One Day at a Time, another sitcom.

I also watched some random episodes of Escape to the Country after a coworker recommended it to me – apparently it’s about Brits who are moving to the British countryside and go look at houses there??? I’m not kidding – some episodes had me on the verge of tears because the views are so fucking gorgeous. I just. Why do I continue to suffer in gross NYC when places like this exist?