Wrap-up

April 2018 Wrap-Up

Another month is over, so time for the wrap-up post! I read fewer books than last month, but that isn’t very surprising: my March stats were really an exception to the rule, and not the rule itself.

I already posted this month’s State of the ARC earlier – I was thinking of combining these two posts, but it would have been too long, so have them separately.

39887360April was also when we held Rainbow Week here in Szeged, the city where I live – a week with plenty of queer events around town, including a book release, a living library (an event where a “book” is a living, marginalised person who tells you about their life), a concert and others. I am lucky to live in a city with a relatively active LGBTQ+ organisation and events, because unfortunately these are still rare in Hungary. Now I just wish we had more events centering asexual and nonbinary people, but unfortunately there seems to be little interest or knowledge of these identities outside the capital.

Huh! After that short real-life detour, let’s get back to the books πŸ™‚ Page numbers are difficult sometimes when Goodreads doesn’t list them, because the app I use to read them doesn’t show it properly either…

Books read this month:

Non-review posts on the blog:

Bonus: Some cool articles and lists by other people I found this month that you should check out!

Total number of books read in April: 9
Total number of pages read in April: 1,663 (this number is super inaccurate because there are two books where I don’t know the page numbers, so my actual reading is a little above 2000 pages if I assume both were around ~240)

Books read for Around the Year in 52 Books challenge: 2 this month (31 total)
Books read for Lesbian Book Bingo: 1 this month (12 total)

Current number of “owned and unread” books: 396 (March: 380) — How does this number just keep reading?!

As you can see, I haven’t read as many books this month as I usually do (I read 15 and 14 in January and February), but I posted several book tags instead.

I hope you enjoyed the month of April, and if you’re here, please leave a comment telling me your favourite thing about spring! Or if you don’t like spring, then something about your favourite season πŸ˜‰ Mine is the scent of flowers everywhere when you walk outside.

~ Alexa

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Wrap-up

State of the ARC #9

State of the ARC is a monthly meme at Avalinah’s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCsΒ (Advanced or Early Reader Copies). You can track your reading progress and link up with your own post.

Rules of State of the ARC:

  • Mention that you’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 to this post, or the currentΒ State of the ARCΒ post.
  • Don’t forget to visit all the other people in the link-up and comment.
  • And most importantly – have fun!

State of the ARC has a Goodreads groups ARCs Anonymous.Β Join it here.

One word: HELP.

How am I doing with ARCs, huh? Well, first of all, I joined Edelweiss this month and promptly requested six books! … And got denied for four of them already. But it’s fiiine.

Let’s start with some pretty charts, and then I’ll analyse them, okay?

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As you can see, I finished eightΒ ARCs this month. Seven of these were from NetGalley, and one was an anthology I received from the publisher after one of the authors offered. Since I haven’t been accepted for anything on Edelweiss yet, I also haven’t read anything from there.

Three ARC requests are still pending on NetGalley, although one has been pending for months and the book has been archived since then, so now it’s just annoying that it’s still there. I still have hopes for the other two! I also have two requests pending on Edelweiss.

As you can see, I have one ARC left on NetGalley that was due in April, so I’m behind on that. Six NetGalley ARCs are due in May (one of them is due tomorrow and I haven’t even started, so technically that could go in the overdue category, but shh), and three are due in June.

As for the author/publisher ARCs, since most of them are backlist, I divided them by date received instead of the release date. I finally finished the anthology I received all the way back in February, so that leaves me with four ARCs I received in March, and three ARCs I received in April.

I didn’t make a chart for this one for some reason, but that means I have 17 ARCs left to read across all platforms.

Now for the ARCs that I managed to finish this month!

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Two of these ARCs went on my favourites shelf, another one was rated five stars, two of them rated four stars, and three of them rated three stars. Overall, I think that’s a pretty good month.

Upcoming:

I still have to finish A Graveyard Visible, my last ARC that was due in April. Also, next month I’m finally reading The Girl and the Grove, a book I’ve been looking forward to reading for months!

~ Alexa

Readathon/Bingo · Wrap-up

#IndieAthon and March 2018 Wrap-up

This month was IndieAthon hosted by Lia, which was an amazing idea and which, frankly, made me read a scary amount of books. Sure, many of them were poetry collections or novellas, but wow. Trust me, I’m as astonished as you are. (In all honesty, I did little else but read this month – that’s the privilege of having no school, no work, and no social life for you.)

If you remember, I had a TBR for this challenge… which I ended up not really following. In fact, only 13Β of the 25 books I read for the challenge were in my original plan.

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Read for the IndieAthon bingo:

  • Villains Don’t Date Heroes! by Mia Archer: 309 pages (#IndieAthon square: First in a series) 🌟🌟
  • Caroline’s Heart by Austin Chant: 96 pages (#IndieAthon square: Recommended to you) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • But Not Up Here by RoAnna Sylver: 28 pages (#IndieAthon square: Genre you don’t read often) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Damsel to the RescueΒ byΒ Kaia SΓΈnderby: 337 pages (#IndieAthon square: <100 adds on Goodreads) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Testing Pandora byΒ Kaia SΓΈnderby: 166 pages (#IndieAthon square: Person on cover) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee: 296 pages (#IndieAthon square: POC MC) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • nejma by Nayyirah Waheed: 180 pages (#IndieAthon square: 1-word title) 🌟🌟🌟
  • Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner: 375 pages (#IndieAthon square: Your initials) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Stake Sauce, Arc 1 by RoAnna Sylver: 193 pages (#IndieAthon square: Mental health) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • salt by Nayyirah Waheed: 259 pages (#IndieAthon square: 5+ years old) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Cheerleaders from Planet X by Lyssa Chiavari: 272 pages (#IndieAthon square: Cover love) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • ARC: It’s Not a Date by Heather Blackmore: 273 pages (#IndieAthon square: New release) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction edited by Bogi TakΓ‘cs: 239 pages (#IndieAthon square: Free space) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Queerly Loving: Volume 1 edited by G. Benson and Astrid Ohletz: 154 pages (#IndieAthon square: LGBTQAI+) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • ARC: Lost Boy, Found Boy by Jenn Polish: ~83 pagesΒ (#IndieAthon square: Never heard of) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • The Traitor’s Tunnel by C.M. Spivey: 110 pages (#IndieAthon square: Backlist) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Ripped Pages by M. Hollis: 60 pages (#IndieAthon square: Retelling) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • The White Renegade by Claudie Arseneault: 100 pages (#IndieAthon square: Red cover) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Major Arcana by RoAnna Sylver: 39 pages (#IndieAthon square: Magical) 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Smoke Signals by Meredith Katz: 83 pages (#IndieAthon square: <200 pages) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things by Martina McAtee: 510 pages (#IndieAthon square: >500 pages) 🌟🌟🌟
  • ARC: Flotsam by R.J. Theodore: 324 pages (#IndieAthon square: Free) 🌟🌟🌟
  • Heaven or This by Topaz Winters: 28 pages (#IndieAthon square: Reread) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Failure to Communicate by Kaia SΓΈnderby: 320 pages (#IndieAthon square: #ownvoices) 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Semicolon; by McKayla Debonis: 70 pages (#IndieAthon square: Poetry) 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Everything else read:

  • ARC: Queerly Loving: Volume 2 edited by G. Benson and Astrid Ohletz: 159 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • ARC: The Radical Element edited by Jessica Spotswood: 320 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Seven Years Among Dragons by Lyssa Chiavari: 36 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • ARC: Dracula: Rise of the Beast edited by David Thomas Moore: 381 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni: 64 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

35671549Total number of books* read in March: 30 (February: 14)
Total number of pages* read in March: 5781 (February: 2654)

*including poetry collections, short stories, novellas and graphic novels.

Books read for Around the Year in 52 books: 12 this month (29 total)
Books read for Lesbian Book Bingo: 4 this month (11 total)

Current number of “owned-and-unread” books: 380 (February: 345)

(You can find all my reviews on my Goodreads page as well, including “reviews” that are only a few sentences and too short to be posted on this blog. Feel free to add me as a friend!)

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So… that’s everything I read! I included page numbers so you don’t think all of them were full-length novels (although I don’t have a proper page number for Lost Boy, Found Boy, so I gave an estimate and didn’t include it in the page total). Also, nejma and salt are both poetry collections, so take the page number with a grain of salt, since most of the pages only had a couple of lines or even just one word on them.

Still, I’d say this was a pretty impressive month, and most of it is thanks to IndieAthon and my determination to finish the damn bingo sheet.

Also… I read 30 books this month, and YET acquired 35 new books?! … I’ll never get rid of my TBR at this rate.

Lastly, let me recommend some indie books that I wanted to read this month but couldn’t fit into the schedule:

  • Empath by S. Usher Evans
  • Sea Foam and Silence by Lynn E. O’Connacht
  • City of Strife + City of Betrayal by Claudie Arseneault
  • Viral Airwaves by Claudie Arseneault
  • No More Heroes by Michelle Kan
  • Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth
  • Anything published by the Kraken Collective

Do you often read indie or self-published books? Did you read any this month? Tell me about them!

~ Alexa

Miscellaneous · Wrap-up

State of the ARC #7 – February

This is my first time participating in this meme, so let’s goΒ β™ͺ(β”Œγƒ»γ€‚γƒ»)β”Œ It’s not gonna be really fancy because I’m still getting used to this, but maybe I’ll figure out how to make it fancier later.

State of the ARC is a monthly meme at Avalinah’s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCsΒ (Advanced or Early Reader Copies). You can track your reading progress and link up with your own post.

Rules of State of the ARC:

  1. Mention that you’re linking up with State of the ARC @ AvalinahsBooks, which is a fun way to share our ARC progress, challenges, wins, woes and mishaps.
  2. Include the link to this post, or the currentΒ State of the ARCΒ post.Β Y
  3. Don’t forget to visit all the other people in the link-up and comment.
  4. And most importantly – have fun!

Let’s start! First, I would like to happily announce that I am actually caught up on NetGalley – my next ARC comes out on the 13th on March, so plenty of time to read it. (The same can’t be said for my non-NetGalley ARCs… but hey, progress.)

My current NetGalley feedback ratio is: 67% (woooh! I really want to reach 80, but this is still pretty good)

Total NetGalley ARCs received in February: 5
Total NetGalley ARCs read in February: 10
Total author ARCs read in February: 0 :(((

(I also have two requests pending on NetGalley…)

38108325Favourite ARC this month: TheΒ Queen of Ieflaria by Effie Calvin

5 stars: Starlings by Jo Walton; DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker (2 + 1)

4 stars: Time Will Tell by M. Ullrich; Changing Loyalties by Nicole Field; Hearts Like Hers by Melissa Brayden; Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen (4)

3 stars: Remembering Majyk by Valia Lind; Embrace by Megan Derr; the witch doesn’t burn in this one by Amanda Lovelace; (3)

Did Not Finish: Aerie by Jon KeysΒ (1)

Overall, this was a good month – 3 books rated 5 stars, and 4 books rated 4 stars out of 10 is pretty good, right? February was also a true ARC-reading month for me because I don’t think I really read anything else other than these (which is why I might not even make a separate wrap-up post, honestly).

Current number of ARCs:

  • NetGalley: 9
  • Author: 4

March is also IndieAthon, but hopefully all of my ARCs are indie so they’ll fit into the theme nicely~

How many books did you read this month? Also, are you participating in IndieAthon next month?

~ Alexa

Wrap-up

January 2018 Wrap-up

I posted my January wrap-up for the Around the Year in 52 Books challenge on the 29th of January, and then I had to edit it TWICE because I still finished like 3 books in the last three days. Which is why you guys are getting this post on the 1st of February.

(You may notice that several books from my January TBR are Not On This List, but I trust you’ll be polite and not mention it. Hey, I still read a lot! Just not exactly what I planned.)

In the end, I managed to read 16 books (including some short stories) in January, so I decided to be brave and changed my yearly challenge to 100 books! I also managed to fit 9 of these stories into the Around the Year in 52 Books challenge, so I have a nice headstart πŸ™‚

Instead of just listing those 16 books, have some highlights:

33623041My favourite book of the month was The Lifeline Signal, the sequel to Chameleon Moon – and this was also the month when I finally read Life Within Parole, a collection of short stories taking place in the same universe. If you follow me on Twitter or read some of my other posts here, you might already know that I adore every single story and character in this universe, and the Lifeline Signal did not disappoint. In fact, I loved it so much that I’m running a giveaway for it on my Twitter!

Unfortunately, I read some books this month that I really didn’t enjoy, but for the sake of being polite I’m not going to list them. Instead, let me recommend The Cybernetic Tea Shop by Meredith Katz, an absolutely wonderful 65-page story about an android who runs a 300-year-old tea shop, and a mechanic who just can’t stay in the same place for long. This is also an f/f romance with one of the women being ace!

This month, I also “read” my first audiobook in several years, Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds – a story about a teenage boy whose brother was murdered, all taking place in one minute. While I enjoyed the story itself, I unfortunately realised that I really don’t have the attention span for audiobooks for the same reason I can’t handle podcasts – without at least some kind of visual (and preferably written lyrics/subtitles) I just can’t concentrate. So I won’t be doing the audiobook thing again.

36658662Right now, I’m reading (and this sort of counts because I started it in January!) Time Will Tell, an f/f romance with time travel, that I’m really enjoying so far. The (right now) friendship between the two characters is supportive, beautiful and really refreshing to read.

While not book-related, another January thing that happened is that I made some progress in figuring out my gender identity, and while it’s still a little confusing, I decided to use e/em/eir pronouns in addition to she/her. So you can use either of those for me. ❀

 

What were some of your favourite reads in January? What are you looking forward to reading in February?

~ Alexa