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.
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!
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.
I finished The Daevabad Trilogy!!! In one month I read nearly 2000 pages, and that’s not including the whole three other books. I was very determined to finish the trilogy before the new year, and I did it!!! It…destroyed me emotionally and I’m pretty sure I’m gonna be in a book hangover for a good long while, but I did it!!!