Wrap-Up: September 2018

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid (★★★★☆)
  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab (★★★☆☆)
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (★☆☆☆☆)
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss (★★★★☆)


Ha. Well, this has been kind of a dismal reading month for me. In my defense, however, I spent the first two weeks on vacation in Egypt, and then a week after I came back I went up to Vermont to visit friends, and work got really, really busy because the school semester has started, I had to finish up my Fulbright application and submit it, and, oh yeah, grad school started up again, so that’s been a thing too! Anyway, it’s been a mixed to average reading month, with some fun reads but no particular stand-outs.

In general, September has flown by. Again, I spent much of it on vacation and adjusting to the start of the semester, so I didn’t get much of a chance to do anything at all besides that (and editing my manuscript for #DVpit, which is in about two weeks!).

I am currently reading:

Okay, so regardless of how I feel about The Raven Boys as a novel, the fucking writing, guys. The writing is so gorgeous and atmospheric. I keep re-reading whole paragraphs because they’re so beautiful. Like. Incredible. This book gets a whole extra star rating because of the writing, to be honest. I only just started The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, but I can already tell I’m going to love it; it’s got a very creepy, malevolent aesthetic going on. I also picked up The Straight Mind mainly because I was interested in a couple of Wittig’s essays, namely, The Category of Sex, One is Not Born a Woman, and The Straight Mind. I’ve read them, so I’m actually not sure if I’m going to read the rest of the book, because to be honest, it is extremely dense and academic and I’m just not that interested in the other essays.

Nothing else to report. Like I said, it’s been a whirlwind of a month, but it’s October now, so I’m looking forward to reading all of my delightfully creepy Gothic reads.


Top 5 Tuesday: Series I Want to Start This Year


Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the fantastic Bionic Bookworm. This week’s topic:

JANUARY 9TH – Top 5 series I want to start this year

I’m generally not especially good with series unless they really, really wow me. I find that most series don’t really need to be series, or at least don’t need to be as long as they end up being. Furthermore, I have a really, really crappy memory, so I often need to wait until the entire series is out so that I can read it all at once, which is kind of annoying. I don’t always dislike series, however – there are some series that I wish would stretch longer, because I love them so much! Fingers crossed that the ones I talk about below turn out to be like that! Continue reading “Top 5 Tuesday: Series I Want to Start This Year”