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Wrap Up: September 2020

  • This Is Shakespeare by Emma Smith (★★☆☆☆)
  • Luster by Raven Leilani (★★★☆☆)
  • A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess (★★★★☆)
  • I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid (★★☆☆☆)
  • Blood+ Volume 1 by Asuka Katsura (★★★★☆)
  • Blood+ Volume 2 by Asuka Katsura (★★★★☆)
  • Blood+ Volume 3 by Asuka Katsura (★★★★☆)
  • Blood+ Volume 4 by Asuka Katsura (★★★☆☆)
  • Blood+ Volume 5 by Asuka Katsura (★★★★☆)
  • Before and After the Book Deal by Courtney Maum (★★★★☆)
  • The Lost Village by Camilla Sten (★★★☆☆)
  • The Impossible Girl by Lydia Kang (★★☆☆☆)
  • The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman (★★★☆☆)
  • A Concise Guide to the Quran by Ayman S. Ibrahim (★★★★☆)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 14
YEARLY SO FAR: 94

September was a very uneven reading month. I didn’t read as much as I expected to, and nothing that I read particularly wowed me. Even the books I enjoyed I didn’t grow particularly attached to in any way, so I felt kind of apathetic, and that led to me being kind of apathetic about reading in general. Alas.

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Wrap Up: August 2020

  • The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie (★★★★☆)
  • Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie (★★★★☆)
  • Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie (★★★★☆)
  • The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang (★★★★★)
  • The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang (★★★★★)
  • The Burning God by R.F. Kuang (★★★★☆)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 6
YEARLY SO FAR: 80

So! This was an unusual reading month. I read fewer books, but they were all gigantic fantasy tomes, so in terms of number of pages, I probably read way more than I usually do. I had committed this month to finishing three fantasy series, but I only managed two – the Daevabad series will have to wait!

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Wrap Up: July 2020

  • The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar  ★★★★☆ (4/5)
  • One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London  ★★★★★ (5/5)
  • The Ballad of Black Tom by Victore La Valle  ★★★★☆ (4/5)
  • Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin  ★★★★☆ (3.5/5)
  • Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power  ★★★☆☆ (3/5)
  • The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Anders  ★★★☆☆ (3/5)
  • The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley  ★★★☆☆ (3/5)
  • Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman  ★★☆☆☆ (2.5/5)
  • The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin  ★★★★☆ (4/5)
  • Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch  ★★★★★ (4.5/5)
  • Sour Candy by Kealan Patrick Burke  ★★★★☆ (4/5)
  • Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles  ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 12
YEARLY SO FAR: 74

I’ve had a very diversified reading month! I’ve read high fantasy, science fiction, nonfiction, urban fantasy, horror, YA contemporary, and women’s fiction/romance. I also managed to finish reading all the Hugo novel nominees, so I’m very, very pelased with myself! Continue reading “Wrap Up: July 2020”

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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 (★★★★☆)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 8
YEARLY SO FAR: 62

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”

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Wrap-Up: May 2020

  • Winter Be My Shield by Jo Spurrier (★★★★☆)
  • Beach Read by Emily Henry (★★★☆☆)
  • The Black Prism by Brent Weeks (★★★☆☆)
  • A History of God by Karen Armstrong (★★★★☆)
  • Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Basterrica (★★★★☆)
  • The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel (★★★☆☆)
  • The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho (★★★★★)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 7
YEARLY SO FAR: 54

There are two reasons I’ve read so much less this month. First, I just spent less time on reading, because as you’ll see, I watched a LOT of television this month! Second, I read some pretty dense books. Two high fantasies that were pretty long, as well as finally finishing a non-fiction tome that was incredibly intellectually satisfying but also mentally taxing.

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