Monthly Wrap-Up: June 2021

  • People Like Us by Dana Mele (★★★★☆)
  • For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten (★★★★☆)
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen (★★☆☆☆)
  • The Ophelia Girls by Jane Healey (★★★★☆)
  • The Return of the Sorceress by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (★★★★☆)


I started off the month by almost immediately DNF-ing POSSESSION by A.S. Byatt lmaooo, literally did not even make it 20 pages into the book before I put it down. Pretentious, distant literary fiction works for a lot of people, but it’s just really, really not for me except in a handful of circumstances, and I need to learn to stop forcing myself to try to like it. In any case, one of these exceptions was THE OPHELIA GIRLS, which I picked up completely on a whim after seeing a review on Goodreads, and I enjoyed it a lot even though it does have aspects of pretentious lit fic. It was beautifully written and full of mythological symbolism.

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Wrap-Up: June 2020

  • Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (★★★★★)
  • A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine (★★★★☆)
  • The Mermaid & Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar (★★★★☆)
  • Devolution by Max Brooks (★★★★☆)
  • Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York by Sari Botton (★★★★☆)
  • Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan (★★★★☆)
  • Middlegame by Seanan McGuire (★★★☆☆)
  • Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark (★★★★☆)


I’ve had a pretty good reading month. Not a single two-star read and mostly four-stars, and also a new favorite with Mexican Gothic, which I seriously hope everyone reads because it is absolutely amazing. Silvia Moreno-Garcia is one of my favorite authors and she’s written one of my favorite books of all time, so I’m so delighted to see her finally getting some well-deserved recognition! I also read two more Hugo nominee books, which means I just have two left, so I think I’m on track! Continue reading “Wrap-Up: June 2020”


Wrap-Up: June 2018


  • The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang (★★★★★)
  • Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills (★★★★★)
  • Disobedience by Naomi Alderman (★★★☆☆)
  • One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus (★★★★★)
  • The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (★★★★☆)
  • When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy (★★★☆☆)
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers (★★★★☆)
  • Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake (★★★★☆)
  • Mirage by Somaiya Daud (★★★☆☆)
  • Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aaminah Mae Safi (★★★★☆)


Hi! So, first off, I clearly dropped the ball spectacularly this month when it came to blogging. Mainly, that was because I was busy with my new Booktube channel. Filming and editing sure does take a lot out of you! Plus I’m busy with work and Fulbright applications and editing my novel and reading, so in the end, something just had to give, and unfortunately it was this blog. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it going forward; for now, I know I definitely want to keep making wrap-up posts, at least.

Booktube is going as well as it can, I suppose, so we shall see where that ends up going! It’s a strange medium, and I find that I have to express myself much differently than when I write. I’m struggling to get across certain subtleties of meaning since I’m not the best speaker on a good day, so I feel like my personality isn’t coming across the way I want it to, unlike when I’m writing, which is when I feel like my most authentic self. So we shall see! As of right now, I’m waffling between the two mediums, but there’s no reason why I can’t have both. The only question is which one I will be more dedicated to.

Anyway! A solid reading month, with ten substantial books, and I enjoyed all of them for the most part, with not a single one below three stars (Disobedience by Naomi Alderman slides in at 2.5). However, because nearly all of them were some form of YA, by the end of the month I discovered I was loath to pick up any YA book. I just needed a break. I needed something totally different.

So, right now, I am reading The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne, and I just picked up Paula Volsky’s Illusion, which is an out-of-print high fantasy published in 1992. In other words, old school, classic fantasy, which I haven’t read in a while. I am greatly enjoying both so far, and they are both 500+ page books, so I’ll probably be reading them for some time. I suspect my book count for July won’t be as high as it has been in recent months, partly because of these two books, but also because I’ve reached this kind of…stagnancy, almost? I don’t think it’s possible to read too much, but I think I’ve been reading too fast? Maybe I’m not giving myself time to savor the books. Do you guys ever feel like that?

I am also STILL reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, if you can believe it. I refuse to DNF this book no matter how much I want to. I am determined to see it through, even if it takes me the rest of the year.

In the meantime, I’m playing fast and loose with my TBR and giving in to mood reading completely and utterly, because that’s just where my headspace is at right now.