September and October Wrap-Up

Happy Halloween! I hope that whatever you are doing to celebrate the holiday, you are having a lovely time. I had a nice celebration with my friends on Friday, but tonight is more studying and eating candy vibes. If you have been keeping up with the blog, you will note that I have not posted a lot over the last couple of months, including foregoing a September wrap up. Although I did post about how this Fall I am not following a TBR.

In addition to not having a lot of time to blog, I haven’t had a lot of time to read over the past couple of months. As a result, a lot of my books have been audiobooks. My October reading month was mostly just okay, the only standout book I read was Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel. I did have some absolutely amazing reads in September, including True Biz by Sara Novic and In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado. September was a lot of literary fiction, but I have shifted into romance in October. I am excited to see what genre November brings!

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August Wrap Up // yes, I know this is very late

Hello, welcome back! This wrap up is going to be short and sweet because I am nearly two weeks late at this point, and would rather spend my limited blogging time writing other content. In the last 2.5 weeks I finished my internship, moved, visited my aunt, moved into the dorm, and started school. Then on top of that it’s getting over my jet lag, socializing and seeing all the people I haven’t seen for the last two months, and trying to unpack my room. Suffice it to say, I have been busy so there’s a reason there hasn’t been a post. Hopefully I will get back into my groove soon and have some things headed your way.

I did read a decent amount in August though, covering 9 books in total. My favorites were Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid and Kamila Knows Best by Farah Heron. The latter made me incredibly excited to pick up more books by Heron, as it was my first of hers that I’ve read, and I have heard really good things about Accidentally Engaged. I also reread The Night Circus, which is always a hit. My full list of books and ratings for the month are under the cut!

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July Wrap Up // at least I read more this month

Hello! I hope wherever you are you are having a lovely time. I know that I have had quite a busy but also enjoyable month. On paper, I had a pretty average reading month. I read 10 books total, two of which were audiobooks. This is certainly much more on par with my standard pace compared to last month’s six. In terms of motivation I had a bit of a book slump in the middle of the month. I was simply not feeling any of the books I was reading. Not to fear, though! I am already out of it.

I have finally finished Eat, Pray, Love, which was one of the books that was haunting me and certainly not helping the slump. ‘Why did you keep reading it?’ you ask. Because it was for a challenge and I was forcing myself to finish it. However, I got motivated by Bonnie Garmus’s Lessons in Chemistry, which I finished in only two days. If I get my act together you can expect a review of it up in a few days.

And despite my mid-month slump, I still read lots of amazing books this July, including All My Rage, Little Fires Everywhere, Delilah Green Doesn’t Care, and, of course, Lessons in Chemistry. Keep reading under the cut for all the books I read this month and some of my thoughts on them.

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June Wrap Up

Welcome (back) to my blog! I honestly do not have a lot of prelude to this month’s post. It was very busy for me, so I didn’t read as much as I normally do. However, I did read a decent amount of books, especially given that arguably two of them are litfic and I was in the middle of two classics (one I finished, one I am still reading). I still read six books in total, which is certainly a respectable amount. I also managed to post multiple book reviews, which is a high number of reviews in one month for me.

My favorite book that I read this month was definitely Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. I listened to the audiobook, and it was absolutely amazing. I highly recommend it! I also re-read Emma via audiobook, which was really nice. All in all, I basically enjoyed all of the books I read this month. My full wrap up is listed under the cut!

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May Wrap-Up // getting back into the swing of things

Hello hello! I don’t know about you all, but May was a very busy month for me. I finished school, took a short vacation, then moved and started a summer internship. I also got the chance to read many great books, especially during my short break time.

I read some absolutely amazing books this month, including some of my most anticipated releases of the year: Book Lovers by Emily Henry and Yerba Buena by Nina LaCour. I also re-read I Kissed Shara Wheeler, and got out of my comfort zone by reading 3 nonfiction books, one fantasy, and one sci-fi! Not all of these attempts were successful, but some of them were amazing, like Clint Smith’s How the Word is Passed. Overall, I would say it was a pretty solid reading month. As always, my full list of books is under the cut.

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April Wrap Up // reading new books

Hello everyone! I hope you are doing well. I am currently doing lots of school work preparing for finals, but I am optimistic because the end is in sight, and Spring is here! The sunshine and warm weather do wonders for my mood. Especially because they give me the chance to read outside.

I read less books this month than I would have liked, but I managed to stick to my tbr relatively well, and I read some great books! I read eight books total, and some of my favorites of the month were Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie, Black Cake by Charmain Wilkerson, and Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood. I purchased 3 new books this month, all of which were published in 2022! I don’t do a lot of book purchasing, so it was very fun to get my quarterly book unboxing and shiny new covers. I did read all 3 of those this month, to mixed results. Overall, it was a good reading month! Read more about the books I read and what I posted on the blog below!

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February and March Reading Wrap-Up // A book slump and my spring break reading marathon

Hello hello! I am personally experiencing some lovely Spring weather today, so I am in a pretty good mood. All this Spring weather is good for me reading as well, apparently. I hit a bit of a book slump in February, so I ended up not posting a wrap-up last month. However, last week was my Spring break, where I ended up reading a total of 9 books in my 10 days of break.

I read a total of 6 books in February and 15 books in March. Despite the low book count, I did read some great books in February, including Seven Days in June and I Kissed Shara Wheeler. My favorite March read was Cultish: the Language of Fanaticism. I also went through a F/F romance phase and read How to Find a Princess and Home Field Advantage, neither of which are new favorites, but I would definitely recommend them. Given the book slump, I also 4 re-reads and 6 audiobooks over the last two months.

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January Wrap-Up

Happy end of January! I don’t know how it was for you all, but January just went by so slowly for me. I was so determined to post some reviews this month, and it just didn’t happen. However, I will hopefully be posting some romance related posts in honor of Valentine’s Day this month!

January is usually a pretty good reading month for me because I have most of the month off from school. I ended up reading 12 books, which isn’t that far off from my usual average, but HALF of those were literary fiction, and one of them was nonfiction. So in the end, I am pretty happy with it.

I read a lot of really good books this month. My favorites were When You Get the Chance, The Guncle, and Anxious People. But really, I liked every single book I read this month. Take a look under the cut for the list of all the books I read this month.

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Blogmas Day 6: November and December Wrap-Up

Happy New Year! I am on the West coast of the United States, so technically it is still December 31st, and thus this is indeed day six of blogmas. Originally, I was going to use this day as an end-of-year wrap up. But since I never did a November wrap-up, and I read so many great books in November and December, I thought I would use today to do it instead.

Like I said, I read a lot of great books the last two months. The only books I felt mediocre about were ones that I had to read for class. I read a total of eight books in November, and eight in December. Six of those were for school, so ten of them were for fun. Some of my favorites and almost favorites of the year came from the last two months, like Emma and The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics. I also read some great YA books just in the past week that I loved, including Layoverland and Cemetery Boys. Keep reading under the cut for the full list of books I read the last two months!

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October Wrap Up

Happy November! If you celebrate, I hope you had a fun Halloween. I went back to my childhood roots and was Kit Kitteridge for Halloween this year. I was in love with the American Girl books, I read all of them, and Kit was one of my favorites.

I would say that October was a good reading month for me! I read 12 books, which is average for me. I will say that 4 of those were for school, so I definitely read less for fun this month. But more important than the actual number of books I read that made it a good month is that I really enjoyed the majority of the books I read. Half of them were four or five star reads. I also read a lot of queer books this month, which I really enjoyed.

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