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Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2021

  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki (★★★★☆)
  • The Low, Low Woods by Carmen Maria Machado (★★★☆☆)
  • The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor (★★☆☆☆)
  • The Daughters of Ys by M.T. Anderson and Jo Rioux (★★★★☆)
  • Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn (★★★☆☆)
  • That Can Be Arranged by Huda Fahmy (★★★★☆)
  • Witchy by Ariel Slamat Ries (★★★★★)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 7
YEARLY SO FAR: 79

Somehow, September has ended up being my worst reading month of the year so far. I only managed to read a single novel, a short thriller that I didn’t even enjoy, and the other six books were graphic novels. I’m not sure what happened, except that I wasn’t inclined to read at all, or write, or do much of anything, which is odd considering September is usually my second favorite month of the year, but maybe because it was still so hot everything felt discordant?

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Monthly Wrap-Up: August 2021

  • The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid (★★★★☆)
  • Hexed by Michael Alan Nelson (★★★★★)
  • Shiver by Junji Ito (★★★☆☆)
  • Sleepless Volume 1 by Sarah Vaughn (★★★★☆)
  • Sleepless Volume 2 by Sarah Vaughn (★★★★★)
  • Fangs by Sarah Andersen (★★★☆☆)
  • Uzumaki by Junji Ito (★★★☆☆)
  • Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV (★★★☆☆)
  • The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould (★★★★☆)
  • Grass by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim (★★★☆☆)
  • Magma by Thora Hjortleifsdottir (★★★☆☆)
  • She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan (★★★★★)
  • Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (★★☆☆☆)
  • The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris (★★★★★)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 14
YEARLY SO FAR: 72

This deceptively large number of books read is brought to you by the ridiculous quantity of graphic novels I’ve consumed this month. As I’ve been saying, I have been vaguely slumpish all summer, and in an effort to combat said slumpiness, I’ve tried reading shorter books and graphic novels. This way, I can actually finish things, and I also don’t fall behind on my Goodreads challenge.

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Monthly Wrap-Up: July 2021

  • Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by Eric LaRocca (★★★☆☆)
  • Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw (★★★★☆)
  • A Dark and Secret Place by Jen Williams (★★★☆☆)
  • Practical Magic by Nikki Van De Car (★★★★★)
  • Assembly by Natasha Brown (★★★★☆)
  • Madam by Phoebe Wynne (★★★☆☆)
  • Half a Soul by Olivia Atwater (★★★★★)
  • Dragonslayer by Duncan Hamilton (★★★☆☆)
  • Breach of Peace by Daniel Greene (★★★★☆)
  • Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch (★★★★★)
  • The Maidens by Alex Michaelides (★★★★☆)
  • The Colour of God by Ayesha S. Chaudry (★★★★★)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 12
YEARLY SO FAR: 58

It’s been a weird reading month. I can’t seem to determine if I’m in a reading slump or if I’m just being extra picky about the books I read. I DNF’d three books this month, and set two aside for later reading, when I’m in a hopefully better mood. I don’t know, I feel like this year in general I’ve been way more liberal with DNF-ing, and that tends to make me think I’m in a slump, but maybe I’m just being extra discerning? Because I have managed to read quite a few books this month, and I have five-starred and four-starred a few of them, so maybe I’m just being real with myself about which books I don’t want to waste my energy on.

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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 (★★★★☆)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 5
YEARLY SO FAR: 46

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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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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