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Wrap-Up: December 2021

  • The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher (★★★★☆)
  • How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith (★★★★★)
  • Detransition Baby by Torrey Peters (★★★★☆)
  • Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey (★★★☆☆)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 4
YEARLY SO FAR: 92

So, I read (1) more book than I had planned, and that book was a novella, so there’s not much to write home about there, but I think it was still a good reading month! I enjoyed all these books, no duds, and three of them are books that have been on my TBR for a long time.

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Monthly Wrap-Up: November 2021

  • The Visitant by Megan Chance (★★★★☆)
  • We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal (★★★☆☆)
  • Girl Serpent Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust (★★★☆☆)
  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones (★★☆☆☆)
  • Queer Theory Gender Theory by Riki Wilchins (★★★☆☆)
  • The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood (★★★★★)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 6
YEARLY SO FAR: 88

Not bad this month, not bad at all! I read what will ultimately be one of my favorite books of the year, THE LOVE HYPOTHESIS. Man, let me tell you, I’m very picky about my romance, but when it hits, it hits. This was just…pure serotonin. I read the whole thing in pretty much one sitting and actually lost track of time; I cannot even remember the last time that happened. Actually, I don’t think it’s happened all year. It’s such a funny, charming book with so many tropes I enjoy, and it was just…such a genuinely good time.

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Monthly Wrap-Up: October 2021

  • Ace by Angela Chen (★★★★☆)
  • The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (★★★★☆)
  • The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri (★★★★★)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 3
YEARLY SO FAR: 82

The reading slump continues, though I think it’s slowly getting better. To be fair, two of the three books I finished this month were around 500 pages, so technically I did read a large quantity of words, and I also enjoyed all the books I read, which is something.

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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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