February Wrap-Up // fun February means less reading

Welcome (back) to the blog! It is hard to believe February flew by so fast. I know it is the shortest month, but still. My friends and I decided this month would be “fun February” so we did our best to do fun things whenever possible. And it was very fun! However, since I was slammed with school and using all my free time to socialize, I did not read as much as I normally do this month.

This is a bit disappointing because I had a pretty ambitious TBR, mostly of books by Black authors, that I wanted to get through. So I definitely did not meet my reading goals, but I will still be looking forward to reading those books! The upside is I did read some really good books this month, and in general I enjoyed them more than the books I read in January. Standouts of this month include Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, Bungleton Green and the Mystic Commandos, and The Personal Librarian. Bungleton Green was a comic strip compilation I read for class and it was honestly super interesting, I encourage everyone to go check it out! It was an antiracist, sci-fi action/adventure comic from the 1940s. Keep reading to hear about everything else I was reading and thinking about this month!

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January wrap up // happy new year!

Hello everyone! I hope you are doing well. I have truly had the busiest, most fun January. If I am being honest, most of the books I read were good, but didn’t stand out a lot. However, I am really proud of the fact that I stuck pretty closely to my TBR, there were only 2 books that I didn’t get to.

I did re-read The Anthropocene Reviewed, one of my favorites from last year, and there were definitely a lot of YA books I read and enjoyed this month. I am in the middle of Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, which I am absolutely loving, and hopefully will be finishing very soon. I am also trying to expand my monthly wrap-ups and generally talk about different things, so please read on and let me know how you like it!

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December Wrap-Up // final reads of the year!

Happy new year! I hope that however you celebrate, you had a great new year’s. I am planning on writing a full wrap-up of my 2022 reading year soon, but for now I wanted to write up a quick wrap-up for December. I had a pretty good reading month in December, especially after I finished the school semester!

I was kind of all over the place in terms of genre this month. I read mystery, fantasy, romance, litfic, and YA. Two books were re-reads, one of which was my annotated version of Beach Read. My favorites were The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna and the ARC I read of Imogen, Obviously by Becky Albertalli (which is published by HarperCollins, so this is your reminder to support the HarperCollins Union). Read my full list of books and ratings under the cut!

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November Wrap-Up // a month of heavy hitters

Hi everyone! We are so close to the end of the year, I cannot believe it. I, for one, am seriously looking forward to the end of the semester where I can finally get some real relaxation in. That being said, November was a good month for me, and I hope it was for you as well.

One of the many reasons it was so great was because I had an amazing reading month. Thanks to Babel, I was able to get back into actively reading again. I was able to finish 8 books total, and I deeply enjoyed so many of them. I was still pretty busy this month, so a lot of my reading was done in the form of audiobooks. However, I read some truly amazing books this month. Somehow most of those amazing books were pretty serious, so it was not a month of lighthearted reads. Rebounding after my last two months in romance-land perhaps?

The quality of reading took a slight downturn at the end of the month, but the many amazing books I read for the first 2/3 of the month make up for it. Some of my favorites from this month were Babel by R. F. Kuang (of course), Know my Name by Chanel Miller, and How the Other Half Eats by Priya Fielding-Singh. That being said, I can basically recommend (almost) any of the books I have listed under the cut!

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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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