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Monthly Wrap-Up: May 2021

  • The Mask of Mirrors by M.A. Carrick (★★★★☆)
  • The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse (★★★☆☆)
  • A Dead Djinn in Cairo by P. Djeli Clark (★★★★★)
  • The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djeli Clark (★★★★★)
  • Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (★★★★☆)
  • Night Film by Marisha Pessl (★★☆☆☆)
  • Working on a Song: The Lyrics of Hadestown by Anais Mitchell (★★★★★)
  • In the Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland (★★★☆☆)
  • A Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark (★★★★★)
  • Emma by Jane Austen (★★★★★)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 10
YEARLY SO FAR: 41

I had a much, much better reading month than April, thankfully (though, the bar was admittedly very low). Not only did I read much more, I enjoyed so much more of what I read.

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Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2021

  • The Wolf of Winter by Paula Volsky (★★★☆☆)
  • Piranesi by Susanna Clarke (★★☆☆☆)
  • Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav (★☆☆☆☆)
  • Hex Life by Christopher Golding & Rachel Autumn Deering (★★★★☆)
  • The Drowning Eyes by Emily Foster (★★★★★)
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (★★☆☆☆)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 6
YEARLY SO FAR: 29

I…have had a rather dismal reading month. I DNF’d three books, skimmed the non-fiction book I was reading, and generally just did not love most of what I read. I was definitely in a slump for much of the month, brought on by a variety of factors (one of which I am certain is Mansfield Park, which was such a slog!). Thankfully, over this past week I have been slowly fighting my way out of the slump, and I look forward to a much better reading month in May!

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Monthly Wrap-Up: March 2021

  • A Dowry of Blood by S.T. Gibson (★★★★★)
  • Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers (★★☆☆☆)
  • Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft (★★★★☆)
  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (★★★★★)
  • A Border Passage by Leila Ahmed (★★★★☆)
  • The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole (★★★☆☆)
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (★★★☆☆)
  • The Project by Courtney Summers (★★★★★)
  • Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard (★★★★★)
  • The Helm of Midnight by Marina J. Lostetter (★★★★☆)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 10
YEARLY SO FAR: 25

It does seem like I read a lot this month, and I certainly read more than I did last month, but I also read two teeny tiny novellas and a couple of shorter novels, which is probably why my overall count is so inflated. It was a pretty good reading month; I found some new favorites and was entertained by some classics.

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Wrap-Up: February 2021

  • When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole (★★★★☆)
  • Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (★★★★★)
  • The Unbroken by C.L. Clark (★★★★☆)
  • A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown (★★★★★)
  • Passing by Nella Larsen (★★★★☆)
  • The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett (★★★★★)
  • Lakewood by Megan Giddings (★★☆☆☆)
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (★★★★★)
  • Midnight in Cairo: The Divas of Egypt’s Roaring 20s by Raphael Cormack (★★★★★)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 9
YEARLY SO FAR: 15

I managed to do very well with my Black History Month TBR; I read 6/10 of the books I wanted to, and then I swapped out Honey Girl for Lakewood, because I’m gonna buddy read Honey Girl with a friend later in March. I really enjoyed the majority of what I read, and I think I even found some favorites with The Vanishing Half, Pride and Prejudice, and Midnight in Cairo!

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Wrap-Up: January 2021

  • The Border Keeper by Kerstin Hall (★★★★☆)
  • Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting From the Arab World by Zahra Hankir (Editor) (★★★★★)
  • White Ivy by Susie Yang (★★★☆☆)
  • How to Break Up With Your Phone by Catherine Price (★★★★☆)
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (★★★☆☆)
  • The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow (★★★☆☆)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 6
YEARLY SO FAR: 6

I think I read so much in December that my brain kind of rebelled in January and was like, I’m gonna take a break. So I only read six books, and half of them were quite short. Which is fine! I also watched a lot of TV this month and am working on revising a book, so I have other things going on that are taking away from my reading time.

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