Wrap-up

December 2018 Wrap-Up + State of the ARC

I’m glad short-a-thon was happening this month, because my attention span is non-existent. As you can see, I read a lot of books this month but pretty much all of them are under 200 pages.

However! I managed to finish the Candybook Land game by Elaine Howlin! In the end, it took me 26 books to reach the end of the board. During my adventure, I visited places such as Licorice Lagoon (twice!) and Lollipop Palace. Plus, a bunch of random tiles. But no pink ones somehow.

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๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย = book has a LGBTQAI+ main character [16]
๐Ÿฆ„ย = ARC or review copy [8]
๐ŸŒย =ย Around the World in 52 Booksย on Goodreads – [1] COMPLETED
๐Ÿ‘ญย =ย Sapphic Book Clubย monthly or bonus read [0 – shame on me]
๐Ÿฌย =ย Candybook Landย – [7] COMPLETED
๐Ÿ”–ย = Short-A-Thonย [17]
๐ŸŒฑย = Diverse Decemberย [4] [disabled, mentally ill or non-white protagonist]

As always,ย Iโ€™m linking up with Avalinahโ€™s State of the ARC meme:

State of the ARCย is a monthly meme at Avalinahโ€™s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCsย (Advanced or Early Reader Copies).

State of the ARC has a Goodreads groups ARCs Anonymous.ย Join itย here.

Note: In 2019 I’m planning to request fewer ARCs, although I still might read unsolicited ones if I receive them and they interest me. I also decided to stop tracking here how many ARCs I have left, and while I try to keep myself to release dates, I don’t beat myself up if it doesn’t happen. I’ll still list the ARCs I read in my wrap-up posts, but that’s all. I’m also excited for the new bingo, and I’ll try to fill it – although some of these are outside of what I usually read, and I might not request another nonfiction ARC just for the sake of the bingo… but we’ll see.

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Hereโ€™s all the books I read this month:

  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde: 54 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿฆ„๐ŸŒฑSincerely, Harriet by Sarah Winifred Searle: 176 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿฆ„ย Dear Earthling: Cosmic Corresponent by Pen Avey: 116 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฆ„ย A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identitiesย  by J. R. Zuckerberg and Mady G: 96 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿฌ๐ŸŒฑย The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers: 404 pages. 5
  • Josie’s Coat by Amy McNulty: 66 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿฆ„ย Afterlife by Tracy Ogali: 62 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿฆ„ย Teapot and the Dragon by Nick Jordan: 42 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฆ„ย Surface Tension by Valentine Wheeler: 115 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฆ„ย Some Girls Bind by Rory James: 200 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ”–ย Mending Noel by Charlie Cochet: 54 pages. 2๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿ”–ย Christmas at the Wellands by Liz Jacobs: 88 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ”–ย Szembeszรฉl [an anthology of lesbian fiction in Hungarian]: 166 pages. 3.5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ”–ย Magic, Murder and Mistletoe by Ellen Jane: 101 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿ”–Write Faster Today by Emma Fisher: 56 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿ”–ย Jack the Ripper: The Truth about the Whitechapel Murders by Tom King: 58 pages. 3๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿ”–ย Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson: 68 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • She Died in My Arms by Ono Ekeh: 69 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ”–ย Sleepwalking by Cara Malone: 66 pages. 3๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿ”–ย Noticed Me Yet? by Anyta Sunday: 70 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿ”–๐ŸŒฑBinti by Nnedi Okorafor: 90 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿ”–ย Outworlder by Joe Vasicek: 79 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ”–ย Rescues and the Rhyssa by T.S. Porter: 175 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿ”–ย Young Avengers Volume 1: Sidekicks by Allan Heinberg: 144 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ”–ย Young Avengers Volume 2: Family Matters by Allan Heinberg: 184 pages. 3๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ”–ย Young Avengers, Vol. 1: Style > Substance by Kieron Gillen: 128 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ”–ย A Little Familiar by R. Cooper: 91 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿ”–ย Rainbow Rebel by Lina Langley: 83 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ

Favourite books this month:

  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (ensemble cast, F/F ship)
  • Josie’s Coat
  • Surface Tension (F/F)
  • Magic, Murder and Mistletoe (F/F)
  • Rescues and the Rhyssa (F/F)
  • A Little Familiar (M/NB)

Reviews on the blog:

Book tags:

Challenges:

Miscellaneous:

See you all in 2019!

~ Alexa

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Wrap-up

November 2018 Wrap-Up + State of the ARC

I swear, I’m looking forward to the exam season – at least I won’t have classes for two months, and once I’m done with the exams I can do whatever I want! November had way too much studying and work and other things.

๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย = book has a LGBTQAI+ main character [7]
๐Ÿฆ„ย = ARC or review copy [5]
๐Ÿ“šย = backlist challengeย with Avery [5]
๐ŸŒย =ย Around the World in 52 Booksย on Goodreads [3]
๐ŸŒทย =ย Lesbian Book Bingoย by Jae – FINISHED
๐Ÿ‘ญย =ย Sapphic Book Clubย monthly or bonus read [1]
๐Ÿฌย =ย Candybook Landย by Elaine Howlin [3]
๐Ÿ’ญย = Remember November [3]
๐Ÿ”ฑย = Mythoton [14]

This month, I did two reading challenges. For Remember November, I aimed to finish my two yearly challenges (I finished one, and have one book left to go for the other), and for Mythoton… I had big plans, and while I only got one bingo, I think I did a pretty decent job.

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As always,ย Iโ€™m linking up with Avalinahโ€™s State of the ARC meme:

State of the ARCย is a monthly meme at Avalinahโ€™s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCsย (Advanced or Early Reader Copies).

State of the ARC has a Goodreads groups ARCs Anonymous.ย Join itย here.

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Thankfully, most of my NetGalley ARCs are due in February 2019 or later… but I do have two I was supposed to read in November, one for the beginning of December, and still 2 author ARCs that I received in the summer, because I’m horrible.

Hereโ€™s all the books I read this month:

  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ”ฑย Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi: 360 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ”ฑGood Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman: 312 pages. (DNF)
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ”ฑย The Trans Generation: How Trans Kids (And Their Parents) Are Creating a Gender Revolution by Ann Travers: 288 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ”ฑย soft in the middle by Eileen Shelby: 152 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ”ฑ๐Ÿ’ญย Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour: 307 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ”ฑย Huntress by A.E. Radley: 325 pages. 3๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ”ฑ๐Ÿ’ญ๐ŸฌLeรกnyrablรกs Budapesten by Gyula Bรถszรถrmรฉnyi: 335 pages. 3๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ”ฑย Merry Men by Robert Rodi: 151 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ”ฑ๐Ÿ’ญ๐Ÿฌย Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: 340 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ”ฑย We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler: 308 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿ”ฑL’enfer, c’est la Solitude by Joe Vasicek: 26 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ”ฑย The Ghosts of Halloween by Ceillie Simkiss: 37 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿ”ฑThe Dryad’s Shoe by T. Kingfisher: unknown pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿ”ฑย On Track for Murder by Stephen Childs: 284 pages. 3๐ŸŒŸ

Favourite books this month:

  • Everything Leads to You ๐Ÿ’–
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves ๐Ÿ’–
  • soft in the middle ๐Ÿ’–
  • L’enfer, c’est la Solitude ๐Ÿ’–
  • The Dryad’s Shoe ๐Ÿ’–

Reviews on the blog this month:

Book tags:

Challenges:

Miscellaneous:

~ Alexa

Wrap-up

October 2018 Wrap-Up + State of the ARC

Do you ever feel like reading is more stressful than fun, and it’s more about ticking off boxes than actually enjoying the reading? It can’t just be me. That being said, there’s still two months of the year and I only have 4-5 books left for my yearly challenges, so once I finish those, I can take it as easy as I want! … No, don’t talk to me about ARCs and deadlines please.

I didn’t take part in any reading challenges in October, but in November I’m doing Mythoton (hopefully clearing out all my 2018 ARCs in the process), and also trying to finish up my yearly challenges for Remember November.

๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย = book has a LGBTQAI+ main character [13]
๐Ÿฆ„ย = ARC or review copy [5]
๐Ÿ“šย = books that qualify for theย backlist challengeย weโ€™re doing with Avery [8]
๐ŸŒย =ย Around the World in 52 Booksย on Goodreads [1]
๐ŸŒทย =ย Lesbian Book Bingoย by Jae [5]
๐Ÿ‘ญย = Sapphic Book Club monthly or bonus read [1]
๐Ÿฌย =ย Candybook Landย by Elaine Howlin [4]

As always,ย Iโ€™m linking up with Avalinahโ€™s State of the ARC meme:

State of the ARCย is a monthly meme at Avalinahโ€™s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCsย (Advanced or Early Reader Copies).

State of the ARC has a Goodreads groups ARCs Anonymous.ย Join itย here.

Already finished the bingo for the year last month – yay!

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Hereโ€™s all the books I read this month:

  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Sunshine Girl: A Collection of Memories by marissa dahlson: 98 pages. 4 stars
  • ๐Ÿฆ„ย The Sicilian Woman’s Daughter by Linda Lo Scuro: unknown pages. 4 stars
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky by Mackenzi Lee: 54 pages. 5 stars
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฆ„ย ย If I Loved You Less by Tamsen Parker: 222 pages. 4 stars
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒทย My Writing Professor by Nicolette Dane: 128 pages. 2 stars
  • ๐Ÿ“šย Partners in Crime [No. 16] by Agatha Christie: 187 pages. 4 stars
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿฌย In The Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard: 145 pages. 4 stars
  • Crystalline by Mayara Barros: 32 pages. 3 stars
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย No Man Of Woman Born by Ana Mardoll: 174 pages. 5 stars
  • ๐Ÿ“šย Ez egy ilyen nap by รgnes Mรฉszรถly: 119 pages. 3 stars
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฆ„ย ย Birthing Orion by Dax Murray: 117 pages. 5 stars
  • ๐Ÿ“šย The Cat Who Came In Off The Roof by Annie M.G. Schmidt: 160 pages. 5 stars
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿฌย Life Within Parole Volume 2 by RoAnna Sylver: 262 pages. 5 stars
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒทย Summer’s End by Harper Bliss: 128 pages. 4 stars
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒทย The Plus One by Natasha West: 148 pages. 5 stars
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย รšriemberek kรฉzikรถnyve a bujasรกgtรณl az erรฉnyekig [Gentleman’s Guide] by Mackenzi Lee: 560 pages. 4 stars
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒท๐Ÿฌย Drive by J.L. Gaynor: 133 pages. 2 stars
  • ๐Ÿ“š๐ŸŒย The Nemesis Cell by Brian L. Porter: 223 pages. 1 stars
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐ŸฌChasing Stars by Alex K. Thorne: 224 pages. 5 stars
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒทย Skin | Deep by Michelle Hanson: 295 pages. 3 stars

Favourite books this month:

  • Chasing Starsย ๐ŸŒŸ
  • In The Vanishers’ Palace
  • No Man of Woman Born
  • Birthing Orion
  • The Cat Who Came In Off The Roof
  • Life Within Parole Vol. 2
  • The Plus One

Reviews on the blog this month:

Book tags:

Challenges:

Miscellanous:

Structured TBR scores:

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I think I did relatively well on this. Out of 25 books, I read 7, abandoned 3, and currently reading 3. Still, when I return to this structure in December (I’m skipping November because I’m doing Mythoton), I’ll likely pick only two books for each category instead of 3.

How was your October? Are you participating in Mythoton or Remember November next month? How are your really challenges going? ๐Ÿ™‚

~Alexa

Wrap-up

September Wrap-Up + State of the ARC

Look at me! I actually survived my first month of my Masters at university! (Note: this post is queued, so I might not, in fact, still be alive by the time it appears on the blog.)

๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย = book has a LGBTQAI+ main character [3]
๐Ÿฆ„ย = ARC or review copy [6]
๐Ÿ“šย = books that qualify for theย backlist challengeย weโ€™re doing with Avery [1 – which means I failed badly]
๐ŸŒย =ย Around the World in 52 Booksย on Goodreads [0]
๐ŸŒทย =ย Lesbian Book Bingoย by Jae [1]
๐Ÿฌย =ย Candybook Landย by Elaine Howlin [1]
๐Ÿ“™ย = Sequel September by Books and Munches [1]

As always,ย Iโ€™m linking up with Avalinahโ€™s State of the ARC meme:

State of the ARCย is a monthly meme at Avalinahโ€™s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCsย (Advanced or Early Reader Copies).

State of the ARC has a Goodreads groups ARCs Anonymous.ย Join itย here.

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I mostly read ARCs this month (6 of them, specifically), and I didn’t request any new ones. I also managed to finish the bingo, so I can just sit back until December! Or maybe try to double them? Although I’m not sure I’d have a second book for some of these, like the new to you genre.

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I only have 7 NetGalley ARCs left, but half of those aren’t due until November or later. And only 1 author ARC that I’ve been sitting on for four months because I’m horrible.

The truth is that I also currently have 9 books saved to my computer that I received for review through the Lesbrary, but I don’t really count those here because they are sent to every reviewer and I don’t feel the pressure to personally review them. It’s just nice to have a list and pick something out of it sometimes. (Soft on Soft and Spark & Change were both received through the Lesbrary.)

Here’s all the books I read this month:

  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฆ„ย ย Soft on Soft by Em Ali: 142 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿฌย A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole: 384 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿฆ„ย Ghost Boy by Betty Stafford: 152 pages. 2๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿฆ„ย Drinking From The Trough by Mary Carlson: 288 pages. 3๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฆ„๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ“™ย ย The Navigator’s Touch by Julia Ember: 256 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿฆ„ย I Do Not Trust You by Laura J. Burns: 320 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฆ„ย ย Spark & Change by Kellum Jeffries: ~40 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ

Favourite books this month:

  • Soft on Soft
  • A Princess in Theory
  • The Navigator’s Touch

Reviews on the blog this month:

Book tags:

Challenges:

Miscellaneous:

Structured TBR scores:

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Out of the 24 books on this list, I have read 6, abandoned 2, and still currently reading 3. I’d say that’s pretty good for my first month with a structured TBR.

How did your September go reading-wise?

Wrap-up

August 2018 Wrap-Up + State of the ARC

Another month is over – in fact, summer’s last month is over. After a one-year break, I’m starting my Master’s this September, so I wanted to finish as much reading in August as I could, and the NEWTs reading challenge (link below) was a great opportunity.

I did pretty well in the first half of the month, then real life kicked in, and between working, preparing to move houses, preparing to start uni, volunteering at a music festival, personal conflicts, and impulsively deciding to have another go at playing the entire Assassin’s Creed series, reading kind of got pushed into the background. So, what are my final grades for the NEWTs?

Ancient Runes:ย 
Arithmancy:ย 
Astronomy: Acceptable๐ŸŒŸ (Ignite the Stars)
Care of Magical Creatures: Outstandingย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ (The Benefits of Being an Octopus, Take Me Home, The Sun Dragon)
Charms: Outstandingย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ (Warrior, My Real Name is Hanna, How to Make a Wish)
Defense Against the Dark Arts: Outstandingย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ (Exit Strategy, Dealing with Dragons, Odakint sรถtรฉtebb)
Divination:ย 
Herbology: Outstandingย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ (Not Her Daughter, Poe Dameron Vol. 2, Still Waters)
History of Magic:ย 
Muggle Studies:ย 
Potions: Acceptableย ๐ŸŒŸ (Poe Dameron: Black Squadron)
Transfiguration: Exceeded Expectationsย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ (Rogue Protocol, Sadie)

I was originally aiming for five Outstanding grades, specifically in Astronomy, Care of Magical Creatures, Charms, Herbology and Transfiguration, because those are four of my favourite subjects from Hogwarts Mystery + Astronomy because of the star/sci-fi prompts. In the end, I managed four Os, one E and two As.

If you’re curious what specifically I read for each challenge, check out my emoji list:

๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย = book has a LGBTQAI+ main character
๐Ÿ“šย = books that qualify for theย backlist challengeย weโ€™re doing with Avery
๐ŸŒย =ย Around the World in 52 Booksย on Goodreads
๐Ÿ‘ญย =ย Sapphic Book Clubย monthly (or bonus) read
๐ŸŒทย = Lesbian Book Bingo by Jae
๐Ÿฌย =ย Candybook Landย by Elaine Howlin
๐ŸฆŽย = NEWTs reading challenge by Book Roast

As always,ย Iโ€™m linking up with Avalinahโ€™s State of the ARC meme:

State of the ARCย is a monthly meme at Avalinahโ€™s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCsย (Advanced or Early Reader Copies).

State of the ARC has a Goodreads groups ARCs Anonymous.ย Join itย here.

NetGalley

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Author/Publisher

  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿฌย Learning Curves by Ceillie Simkiss: 70 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐ŸฆŽย Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells: 160 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐ŸฆŽย Exit Strategy by Martha Wells: 176 pages. 5๐ŸŒŸ

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And now for the books that weren’t review copies:

Favourite books this month:

  • Rogue Protocol & Exit Strategy
  • The Benefits of Being an Octopus
  • Learning Curves

Reviews on the blog:

Book tags:

Challenges:

Miscellaneous:

***

I might be less active on here once uni starts, but I’ll definitely try to keep reading and updating you people on what I’m doing.

So, how did your summer go?

Readathon/Bingo · Wrap-up

Summer TBR Wipeout Wrap-up + NEWTs Readathon Update

The Summer TBR Wipeout is already over, which is a little sad, since it’s not even the middle of August. You can see my previous posts for this challenge here:

You can see from my July wrap-up that I managed to read quite a lot of books, especially graphic novels. I also got my “owned and unread” shelf on Goodreads down below 400, which is a huge accomplishment, so I’m proud of that.

We’re only 10 days into August, but my August reading has been focusing on the NEWTs readathon. The NEWTs are a continuation of the OWLs, which I did last month:

I didn’t post a separate NEWTs TBR since I was kind of winging it, but let’s take a look at what subjects I completed so far in August.

ASTRONOMY

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Acceptable: Stars on the cover
Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan: 4

CARE OF MAGICAL CREATURES

Acceptable: Animal on the cover
The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden: 5

Exceeded Expectations: A book under 160 pages
Take Me Home by Lorelie Brown: 2

Outstanding: Includes dragons
The Sun Dragon by Annabelle Jay: 4

CHARMS

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Acceptable: A book with magic in it
WARRIOR: a collection of short stories by multiple authors: 4

DEFENSE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS

 

Acceptable: Last book in a series
Exit Strategy by Martha Wells: 5

Exceeded Expectations: A foiled book
Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede: 4

HERBOLOGY

Acceptable: A book with a green cover
Not Her Daughter by Rea Frey: 4

Exceeded Expectations: A book with illustrations
Poe Dameron Vol. 2, The Gathering Storm by Charles Soule: 4

Outstanding: Light, air, sun or water in the title
Still Waters by Alex Gabriel: 4

POTIONS

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Acceptable: Has a colour in the title
Poe Dameron Vol. 1, Black Squadron by Charles Soule

TRANSFIGURATION

Acceptable: A book with a grey cover
Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells

Exceeded Expectations: A new-to-you author
Sadie by Courtney Summers

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So, that’s how I’m doing. Not bad for the first 10 days of August, but there’s still a looong way to go if I want to complete all the subjects… which might not be possible actually.

~ Alexa

Wrap-up

July 2018 Wrap-Up + State of the ARC! + Summer TBR Wipeout

Another summer month is over. This is almost my last month of freedom before I go back to uni + work and most likely will have much less time to read, so I’m trying to make the best of July and August to reduce my TBR while I can.

I did several reading challenges this month, including a graphic novel readathon. Since graphic novels are usually shorter and have more pictures than text, they are much quicker reads – and that’s how I ended up with over 30 books read in the first half of the month only.

๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย = book has a LGBTQAI+ main character (30)
๐Ÿ“šย = books that qualify for the backlist challenge we’re doing with Avery (11 – goal: 3, completed)
๐ŸŒย = Around the World in 52 Booksย on Goodreads (4)
๐Ÿ‘ญย = Sapphic Book Club monthly read (0 – DNF, so technically failed)
๐Ÿฌย = Candybook Landย by Elaine Howlin (5)
โ˜„๏ธย = Sci-Fi July by Kathy (13 – personal goal: 10, completed)
๐Ÿ’ฅย = Graphic Novel Readathon for Books and Tea Club (38 – personal goal: completed)
๐Ÿฆ‰ย = OWL Exams Readathon by Book Roast (12 – personal goal: 12, completed)

As always, I’m linking up with Avalinah’s State of the ARC meme:

State of the ARC is a monthly meme at Avalinahโ€™s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCsย (Advanced or Early Reader Copies).

State of the ARC has a Goodreads groups ARCs Anonymous.ย Join itย here.

And this time, due to the timing I am also linking up with The Candid Cover’s Summer TBR Wipeout instead of making a separate update post.

NetGalley

  • ๐Ÿ’ฅย Skin & Earth by Lights: 200 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Once Upon a Rainbow, Volume Three by multiple authors. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Cold Like Snow by Sita Bethel: 235 pages. 3๐ŸŒŸย (review to come)
  • DNF: Magic or Die by J.P. Jackson (at around 45%)

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Author

  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿฌโ˜„๏ธย Courage is the Price by Lynn E. O’Connacht: 144 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆโ˜„๏ธย Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth: 364 pages. 4๐ŸŒŸ

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Wait, what’s that?! I actually read some author ARCs?? And one for Edelweiss?! That basically never happens! But now I’m comfortably caught up on NetGalley, so I’ll try my best to read the author ones I still have left.

I put two new titles on my bingo chart, and I also listed a few upcoming ARCs I haven’t read that might fit the remaining squares. I hardly ever read nonfiction, but this bingo is for the rest of the year, so I’m sure I’ll find something on NetGalley before December.

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And now for the books that weren’t review copies:

Favourite books this month (more details in the list above):

  • Gale: a queer sci-fi retelling of The Tempest by Shakespeare
  • The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue: historical fiction with a bisexual male lead, biracial male LI, and a sister who wants to be a doctor
  • Shattered Empire: all my favourite Star Wars characters in one graphic novel!
  • Gunnerkrigg Court series: fantasy graphic novel series in a very interesting school
  • A Duke by Default: a romance novel with a black protagonist and a grumpy older LI

Reviews on the blog this month:

Book tags:

Challenges:

Miscellaneous:

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Next month: NEWT exams! This is a reading challenge that has 12 x 3 prompts, which is 36 total, sooo… it’s not likely that I’ll complete every one of them? It would technically be possible with a lot of graphic novel as the above shows, but I kind of read most graphic novels I own this month and several of the NEWT challenges have length requirements.

I’m aiming for 5 x 3 as a minimum, and we’ll see if I can complete any more of that.

Readathon/Bingo · Wrap-up

OWL Exams Wrap-up!

Related post:

The OWLs are exams that students in Hogwarts (in Harry Potter) take in their fifth year. Book Roast on YouTube came up with the amazing idea to turn these exams into a reading challenge. The original challenge took place in April, which I unfortunately failed – but since August is the month of the NEWTs, an even bigger reading challenge, I decided to complete the OWLs this month as preparation.

There are twelve subjects total, and thus, twelve OWL exams. The marks are the following:

  • Acceptable โ€“ Complete two subjects
  • Exceeded Expectations โ€“ Complete three subjects
  • Outstanding โ€“ Complete five subjects

In the end, I managed to complete all twelve challenges, but since I wasn’t sure I could do that, I picked my five favourites that I definitely wanted to complete.

ASTRONOMY – A Science Fiction book
Shattered Empire by Greg Rucka

CARE OF MAGICAL CREATURES – Magical creature in a book
The Backstagers Vol. 1 by James Tynion VI

CHARMS – A Fantasy book
The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember

HERBOLOGY – Nature-related word in the title
For Whom The Roses Grow by Rebekah Blackmore

TRANSFIGURATION – Shapeshifting in a book
Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee

ANCIENT RUNES – A book with a symbol on the cover
The Dry Season by Cassidy Taylor

ARITHMANCY – A book with a number on the cover or in the title
Three Times as Deadly by Erin Wade

DEFENSE AGAINT THE DARK ARTS – Book with a secret society or club
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

DIVINATION – A book with a prophecy
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan

HISTORY OF MAGIC – A historical fiction book
Moving Pictures by Kathryn Immonen

MUGGLE STUDIES – A nonfiction book
Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson

POTIONS – A book about or with alchemy
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

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See you next month with the NEWTs! I have a tentative TBR, but honestly there are so many prompts and many books that fit several categories, so I don’t want to post it. I’m just going to wing it and post regular updates as I go through the subjects!

~ Alexa

Wrap-up

State of the ARC #11 + June 2018 Wrap-Up

There was a lot going on in June. For one, it was Pride month, so I tried to read as many books with queer MCs as I could – which wasn’t very different from my regular reading, actually. I was also participating in the #Marvel-A-Thon challenge organised by Jamishelves, which is divided into three Phases and has a total of 21 prompts.

Below, I’m going to mark everything with a queer main character with a rainbow flag, and everything read for #Marvel-A-Thon with a lightning bolt. But first, let’s look at the state of my ARCs.

State of the ARC is a monthly meme at Avalinahโ€™s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCsย (Advanced or Early Reader Copies). You can track your reading progress and link up with your own post. Most commonly it comes out on the 30th of every month.

Rules of State of the ARC:

  • Mention that youโ€™re linking up with State of the ARC @ AvalinahsBooks, which is a fun way to share our ARC progress, challenges, wins, woes and mishaps.
  • Include the link toย this post, orย the currentย State of the ARCย post.
  • Donโ€™t forget to visit all the other people in the link-up and comment.
  • And most importantly โ€“ have fun!

State of the ARC has a Goodreads groups ARCs Anonymous.ย Join itย here.

NetGalley

  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Into the Mystic, Volume 3 by NineStar Press: 213 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (anthology of sapphic paranormal stories)
  • โšกย Free Chocolate by Amber Royer: 400 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (soap opera in space!)
  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย The Art of Escaping by Erin Callahan: 320 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ(a teenage girl wants to be an escape artist)
  • โšกย The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts: 192 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (a sci-fi novella about artificial intelligence)
  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Omen Operation by Taylor Brooke:ย  306 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (FOUR queer main characters)
  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย You’re You by Mette Bach: 184 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (a contemporary about questioning your sexuality)
  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara: 336 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (bisexual pirates!) (review to come in July)

Author

  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Baker Thief by Claudie Arseneault: 424 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Broad Knowledge edited by Joanne Merriam: 365 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • DNF: Sharp & Sugar Tooth

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(The lesson is that I’m still horrible with my author ARCs. I have three that I received back in MARCH! Yikes. I hope to finally read and review those in July.)

Avalinah also has a bingo chart that you can try to fill with your ARCs until the end of the year! I’ve already completed some of the chart just this month, but I still have a few to go, and some of these (nonfiction, for example) will be pretty difficult.

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With the ARCs out of the way, here’s a list of everything else I read this month:

  • ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Sugarplum,ย Ocean Deep, Wolf Blood & on the border by Darshana Suresh: 8, 29, 24 and 17 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (wonderful poetry collections)
  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Goldie Vance Vol. 1 by Hope Larson: 112 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (graphic novel about a teenage detective)
  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 1: Enlisted by Marguerite Bennett: 200 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (queer women punching Nazis!!)
  • Goldie Vance Vol. 2 by Hope Larson: 112 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan: 432 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (my beautiful genderfluid child is BACK)
  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Coady and the Creepies by Liz Prince: 112 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸย (triplet girls are in a popular punk band, only one of them is a ghost)
  • Star Wars: Lando – Double or Nothing #1 by Rodney Barnes: 21 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • Skyward #1-#2 by Joe Henderson: 62 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson: 224 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Loki: Agent of Asgard Vol. 1: Trust Me by Al Ewing: 120 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • The Island by Peter Watts: 76 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Lumberjanes Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson: 128 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • โšกย Star Wars: Lando by Charles Soule: 112 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • โšกย Brave Chef Brianna by Sam Sykes: 112 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • Hotshot by Peter Watts: 23 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Blackout by Kit Mallory: 345 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann: 304 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • โšกย ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย ย The Origins of Heartbreak by Cara Malone: 230 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • When Magic Sleeps by Tera Lynn Childs: 41 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • The End of the World is Better with Friends by M.G. Herron: 42 pagesย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ
  • โšกย Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor: 349 pagesย ย ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

There weren’t many 5-star reads this month, but Akata Witch was great.

Non-review posts on the blog:

How did your June go? What was your favourite book this month?

~ Alexa

Readathon/Bingo · Wrap-up

#MarvelAThon Phase Three Wrap-Up

Guess what? I finished #MarvelAThon! That’s 21 books total, and this is a wrap-up of the last 9, so let’s start with some links.

In the last two rounds, 4 out of 12 books I read were graphic novels, and in this round, it was 3 out of 9.

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CIVIL WAR – A book about rivalry or enemies
Brave Chef Brianna by Sam Sykes
This is a cute graphic novel about a girl who has to compete with her brothers to have the best restaurant and carry on the family legacy – only she ends up opening her restaurant in a city of monsters, which leads to some trouble.

DOCTOR STRANGE – A book that involves medicine
The Origins of Heartbreak by Cara Malone
๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย This is a lesbian medical romance novel that I unfortunately didn’t like much, especially because of the way it treats antidepressants. But hey, it fit the prompt.

GOTG2 – A book set in space
Lando by Charles Soule
The ending of this graphic novel absolutely destroyed me, okay? It also reminded me that I’m a really casual Star Wars fan because I have no idea who half the people here were.

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SPIDER-MAN – A young adult book involving secrets
Omen Operation by Taylor Brooke
๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย This book has a bisexual female protagonist, and a beginnings of a polyamorous quad with two guys and two girls. One of the guys is also panromantic demisexual, according to the author. Unfortunately, the plot didn’t impress me much, but it certainly involved secrets. Read my review here.

THOR: RAGNAROK – A popular book
Lumberjanes Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis & Faith Hicks
๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย This is a graphic novel that everyone keeps recommending me, with a strong female cast including some sapphic girls. Honestly, I wasn’t very impressed by the first volume, but I have three others and a bunch of specials, so we’ll see next month if it improves.

INFINITY WAR – A book that fulfills multiple challenges
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย This was one of my most anticipated reads for this year, with a biromantic asexual protagonist who is also #ownvoices for black representation – and female, thus the two challenges. It didn’t live up to my expectations, but I still think it’s an important book.

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BLACK PANTHER – #ownvoices with black main character
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
What better book to read for the Black Panther challenge than a fantasy set in Nigeria with a wonderful female protagonist that Shuri would be proud of? (Review to come in the first days of July, so keep an eye on this blog!)

CAPTAIN MARVEL – A book with a female MC
Blackout by Kit Mallory
๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย Most of my books this round had female MCs, but Blackout was one I read for the book club I’m in, so I decided to list it here. This was a dystopian young adult novel set in the UK, with very European elements.

AVENGERS 4 – A book you don’t know anything about
You’re You by Mette Bach
๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆย I saw this book on NetGalley in the LGBT section and downloaded it because it had a questioning bisexual protagonist. It was an okay read and I think it handled the questioning part well. Read my review here.

That’s about it! Did you participate in MarvelAThon? How did you do?

~ Alexa