Wrap-up

May 2019 Wrap-Up + State of the ARC

This month, I tried a thing where moodreading dictated almost every book I read. It was incredibly fun, and also I don’t think I’ll ever do it again. Okay, I probably will, but ironically, letting my mood decide what I read got really stressful sometimes – mostly when after 30 pages I was suddenly in the mood for another book, and ended up with 10-11 currently reading ones… So, yes. Moodreading is fun, but set TBRs to narrow down what you’re reading can be really useful too.

Next month is re-reading, which is another thing I rarely do, but there’s actually some books I’ve been meaning to re-read. Some of them are quite long, and I’ll be doing a summer university thing for half of June, so I’m not sure how much I’ll actually get to, but still.

EMOJI STATISTICS

🌍 Around the Year in 52 Books: 5 (total: 22/52)
🍬 Popsugar Reading Challenge: (total: 36/50)
🧚 Cornerfolds Retelling Challenge: 1 (total: 11/25)
🏮Year of the Asian Challenge: 3 (total: 8)

Moody May: 21

🦊 Total: 28

Yearly stats here.

All books read here.

STATE OF THE ARC

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

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

🦄 Review copies read: 2

🐇Review copies remaining: 10

I guess it’s kind of telling that in the month where I decided to practice moodreading, I ended up reading almost no ARCs. There are a couple on my list that I’m excited for, but the truth is that I’m really not feeling most of the ones I have at the moment.

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June is going to be busy, but since I’m literally only missing one book to complete this, I’m hoping I’ll be able to pull it off before we enter the second half of the year.

POSTS ON THE BLOG THIS MONTH

READING HIGHLIGHTS

🏳️‍🌈 LGBTQAI+ representation
💐 POC/Indigenous representation
🌱 Disabled or Mental Health representation
✡️ Jewish representation

Into the Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep, #1)🏳️‍🌈💐🌱 Into the Drowning Deep & Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant: Wow. So, I read over 20 books/short stories by Seanan McGuire (otherwise known as Mira Grant) this year, and every single one of them was amazing, but Into the Drowning Deep is really one of my favourites. It’s wonderfully creepy and the mermaid lore is so good, and it actually makes me want to read more horror. Note: some marginalised characters die, since this is horror, but the cast is very diverse and several of them stay alive, so I don’t think this counts as a “bury your X” trope. (adult horror/fantasy with killer mermaids, ensemble cast, multiple LGBT, POC and disabled characters) REVIEW HERE

🏳️‍🌈💐🌱 I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver: This was one of my most anticipated releases for the year – a YA romance with a nonbinary teen! In the end, it didn’t make it to my favourites list and there was at least one scene that made me really uncomfortable, but it still got a solid 4.5 stars from me. (YA, nonbinary/bisexual contemporary romance, POC love interest, anxiety rep) REVIEW HERE

🏳️‍🌈💐 Deadline by Stephanie Ahn: Bless snarky amateur detectives with magical abilities. Extra points if they are queer. This is a relatively short book, but I really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to the sequel, which is available for pre-order I think. (new? adult urban fantasy, Korean American lesbian protagonist, BDSM)

🏳️‍🌈💐 The Brightest Fell & Night and Silence by Seanan McGuire: Just in case I haven’t screamed enough about the October Daye series yet, here they are again. I am actually caught up now, so I am unlikely to be screaming more about them until the new book in September. I’m linking to the first book in the series, because even the blurbs are spoilery for the later ones. These last two books were super intense: book 11 broke my heart into a thousand pieces, then book 12 put them back together again, so I am really, really glad it wasn’t the other way around. (adult urban fantasy with faeries, multiple prominent LGBT and POC characters, even if Tybalt’s sexuality is STILL only mentioned in a prequel goddamnit. but there are others who are clearly bi/gay/lesbian/trans.)

Circus Girl, The Hunter, and Mirror BoyCircus Girl, The Hunter, and Mirror Boy by J.Y. Yang: This is a short story that I can’t say much about without really spoiling it, but it’s kind of creepy and it has ghosts and spirits and mirrors and everything.

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud: I re-read the Bartimaeus trilogy and then read this by the same author, and I loved all of them. This is a young adult mystery and I’m looking forward to reading more in the series eventually. (young adult fantasy/mystery/horror)

The Last of the De Mullins by St. John Hankin: Yes, this is another one of my readings for the New Woman class that I did this semester, but I really liked this one. (a drama set and written in the early 1900s about an independent woman and her family’s reactions)

🏳️‍🌈💐 Nonbinary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity edited by Micah Rajunov and Scott Duane: This nonfiction book is a collection of memoirs by a diverse group of nonbinary people and their experiences. (adult nonfiction, LGBTQAI+)

🏳️‍🌈 The Queen of Rhodia by Effie Calvin: Remember when I kept squeeing about The Queen of Ieflaria last year? Well, this is a sequel to that, and it was just as amazing. Pansexual princesses, F/F ship, talking dragons, and other awesomeness! (young adult fantasy)

NEW BOOKS THIS MONTH

Review copies

 

(These are actually the only two books on my current ARC list that I am excited for. All the older ones are meh. Help?)

Bought

 

(Somebody take financial decisions away from me. I have spent WAY TOO MUCH on books this year. In my defense, I already read three of these, and the other two were under 2 dollars each. Also, just LOOK at that Queen of Rhodia cover!)

VIDEOGAME UPDATE

You know how The Sims 4 was available for free download for about a week? Yeah. I downloaded it and then played it an embarrassing number of hours instead of studying for my exams. Go me! In my defense, it has customizable gender options where you can very easily make trans sims, so naturally I went and made a family full of them.

Then, of course that wasn’t enough, so I went and made October Daye and her entire family in The Sims 4 as well. Oops?

 

~ Alexa

Wrap-up

April 2019 Wrap-Up + State of the ARC

April was an okay month, but I somehow didn’t read any books that really blew me away. Most of my reads were 3-4 stars, with a couple being 4.5, but I barely gave out any 5 stars this month.

EMOJI STATISTICS

🌍 Around the Year in 52 Books: 4
🍬 Popsugar Reading Challenge: 0
🧚 Cornerfolds Retelling Challenge: 2
🏮Year of the Asian Challenge: 0

🐇 #ContemporApril: 2
🦉 OWLs 2019: 12

🦊 Total: 26

All books read here.

STATE OF THE ARC

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

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

🦄 Review copies read: 5

🐇Review copies remaining: 12

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POSTS ON THE BLOG THIS MONTH

READING HIGHLIGHTS

🏳️‍🌈 LGBTQAI+ representation
💐 POC/Indigenous representation
🌱 Disabled or Mental Health representation
✡️ Jewish representation

🏳️‍🌈💐 Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy: A sci-fi retelling of the King Arthur myths where King Arthur is a queer teenage girl, and pretty much everyone else in the cast is queer as well. This is supposed to be a duology, and I’m really looking forward to the sequel. Still, I had some issues and I think this would have worked better as NA than YA.

🏳️‍🌈🌱✡️ Play It Again by Aidan Wayne: Nonbinary author, blind Jewish bisexual MC & homoromantic asexual MC with anxiety. This is a sweet, relatively short romance with a long-distance relationship and learning how to be a YouTube sensation.

🏳️‍🌈 Chimes at Midnight, The Winter Long & A Red-Rose Chain by Seanan McGuire : I still adore the October Daye series, even if it’s really bad for my nerves. I also love that most of the prominent side characters are queer, although my favourite was still only confirmed in short stories and not in the main books, which I really hope changes soon.

🏳️‍🌈Hexbreaker by Jordan L. Hawk: Another nonbinary author, with a historical paranormal romance that has witches and cat shifters. Somehow, my obsession with Toby Daye came with an obsession with both faeries and cat shifters, so I’m looking for more stories like this, and this one was pretty good.

🏳️‍🌈 The Love Song of Sawyer Bell by Avon Gale: F/F love story with two musicians, with bi and ace side characters. I really enjoyed this one.

Ólomerdő by Csilla Kleinheincz: A Hungarian fantasy book with fae, because apparently I’m having a fae phase at the moment. I had some issues with the ending, but I rarely read Hungarian fantasy so this was pretty good compared to what I expected.

NEW BOOKS THIS MONTH

Review copies

Bought

 

Last month, I got way too many ARCs and only bought one book – this month, it’s the other way around. Only two ARCs accepted, and I have already read both of them.

I did buy five books, but three of those were used and cost as much together as one new book separately, and the Seanan McGuire books were Easter gifts, so my father paid for them. I’m excited about all five of these, so I might get to them during Moody May!

VIDEOGAME UPDATE

The plan was to play all the Assassin’s Creed games I own in order, to understand the modern story better, but… yeah, that didn’t happen. I was really struggling with the first game, and when I realised that I was just mindlessly doing the quests and not paying much attention to the story anyway, I decided to skip it. Maybe I’ll return one day, but the second game is already much more interesting.

I also did one chapter of The Longest Journey, but I’m still not enjoying it much. I have this thing where I play new games in a series, love them, and then try to play the older ones and regret it very soon. I have the same problem with The Witcher and Fallout as well.

I’ve also played some of AC: Rogue, and grabbed AC: Unity while it was free, although unfortunately the latter lags too much to be enjoyable.

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How was your reading month? Tell me about the best or worst books you read!

~ Alexa

Wrap-up

OWLs 2019 Wrap-Up

I managed to finish my OWLs a few days ago, and I am finally making a separate wrap-up post about it, before the monthly wrap-up in a few days.

It was a funny coincidence that I did my OWLs in April both in BookRoast’s reading challenge, and in the Hogwarts Mystery game, so I’m going to be sharing my results for both!

First, Hogwarts Mystery:

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I did pretty well, with perfect grades in everything except two subjects! And one of those was history of magic, where I expected a much lower score.

As for the reading challenge, I was aiming for the Curse Breaker career:

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But I managed to complete all 12 prompts, so technically I can go for anything else if I change my mind based on the NEWT prompts.

Ancient Runes – A retelling: The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris
Arithmancy – A work with multiple authors: New Suns edited by Nisi Shawl
Astronomy – Star in the title: A Walk Between Stars by Tyler R. Parsons
Care of Magical Creatures – Land animal on the cover: Hexbreaker by Jordan L. Hawk
Charms – An adult work: A Small Country About to Vanish by Victoria Avilan
Defense Against the Dark Arts – Title starting with R: Red Dove, Listen to the Wind by Sonia Antaki
Divination – Set in the future: Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy
Herbology – Plant on the cover: Full of Briars by Seanan McGuire
History of magic – Published 10 years ago: Ólomerdő by Csilla Kleinheincz
Muggle Studies – A contemporary book: Play It Again by Aidan Wayne
Potions – A sequel: Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire
Transfiguration – Red cover: Bleeding Earth by Kaitlin Ward

~ Alexa

Wrap-up

March 2019 Wrap-Up + State of the ARC

EMOJI STATISTICS

🌍 Around the Year in 52 Books: 4
🍬 Popsugar Reading Challenge: 4
🧚 Cornerfolds Retelling Challenge: 0
🏮Year of the Asian Challenge: 2

💀Monstrous March: 3
🎶#HamilThon: 14

🦊 Total: 22

Challenge progress here.

All books read here.

STATE OF THE ARC

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

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

🦄 Review copies read: 6

🐇Review copies remaining: 15

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As you can see, I finished my first bingo sheet in three months, and since there’s still another three months left, I started working on another one!

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I also finished every prompt for #Hamilthon… except one. I guess you can say I’ll never be satisfied, huh? I tried to finish Crooked Kingdom in the last minute, but I don’t want to force myself through 400 pages in one day if it doesn’t come naturally.

POSTS ON THE BLOG THIS MONTH

READING HIGHLIGHTS

🏳️‍🌈 LGBTQAI+ representation
💐 POC/Indigenous representation
🌱 Disabled or Mental Health representation

(🏳️‍🌈) The October Daye series by Seanan McGuire: (Urban Fantasy) This month, I got impatient and read 4 main books in the October Daye series (#3-6), as well as two short stories. It’s like this series gets better with every book – but it also doesn’t pull punches when it comes to angst. The main character isn’t LGBT, but there are multiple sapphic side characters (and also a bisexual guy, although as of book 6 this has only been mentioned in a prequel short.)

🏳️‍🌈 Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe:(Nonfiction, Memoir, Graphic Novel) This graphic novel memoir of a biromantic asexual genderqueer person was one of the best things I’ve ever read. Seriously. The art is beautiful, the experiences are relatable and honest, and it was eerily close to my own experience despite having so many differences. This would have helped teen-me so much. (review queued)

Red, White & Royal Blue🏳️‍🌈💐Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston: (New Adult, Romance) A New Adult romantic comedy between the bisexual, biracial son of the first female President of the United States, and the gay grandson of the Queen of England. I absolutely loved this book – it was funny, diverse, and also called out/paid attention to real world issues that are often ignored in political/royalty romances. (review queued)

A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell: (Short Story, Classics) I read this short story about two wives investigating a murder mystery for class, and it was so hauntingly well-written.

🏳️‍🌈 A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers: (Sci-Fi) This is the standalone sequel to The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, and I actually liked it even more than the first one. It had less main characters to concentrate on, and two dual storylines that both involved AIs.

🏳️‍🌈 🌱 Write Good Sh*t by RoAnna Sylver: (Nonfiction) This is a book by RoAnna that offers writing advice, both in general, and specifically on writing marginalised characters / writing as a marginalised writer. Just as RoAnna’s other works, it’s funny, relatable, and comforting, while also being honest about hardships.

NEW BOOKS THIS MONTH

Review copies

 

Bought

 

On the one hand, I was REALLY good and only bought one book this month (Once & Future is a pre-order). On the other hand, I was REALLY bad at not requesting more review copies. Oops? To be fair, I already read two of those ARCs.

Fun fact: With these two, I have now officially bought four mythology books from three different mythologies this year. (+ An e-novella based on a Native American legend.)

VIDEOGAME UPDATE

Towards the end of the month, I bought both Rise of the Tomb Raider and Assassin’s Creed: Rogue on sale, with pretty awesome discounts. I’ve been replaying Tomb Raider to freshen up my knowledge of the story and get a few more achievements before actually playing the sequel. I am also planning to finally play the AC games in order, but the first one is just… so boring. And yet I don’t want to just skip it? I don’t know, man.

I also finally gave Fallout: New Vegas another chance, and actually got far enough to recruit Arcade this time. He’s great, 10/10, would recommend. I’m planning to finish that game and Fallout 3 eventually (I’ve finished Fallout 3 before, but not the DLCs), but I’m distracted by Tomb Raider at the moment. Too many games to play, honestly.

Aaand then I got addicted to Stardew Valley. I’ve owned this game for years, but never really got into it before recently, because I never knew what to do? Thankfully, with some helpful tips from a friend, I am doing quite well right now and on my way to romancing Sebastian. Probably.

~ Alexa

Wrap-up

February 2019 Wrap-Up + State of the ARC

EMOJI STATISTICS

🌍 Around the Year in 52 Books: 5
🍬 Popsugar Reading Challenge: 5
🧚 Cornerfolds Retelling Challenge: 0
📚 #BeatTheBacklist Bingo: 12
🏮Year of the Asian Challenge: 2

🍄 Fantastic February: 7

🦊 Total: 21

Challenge progress here.

All books read here.

STATE OF THE ARC

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

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

🦄 Review copies read: 4

🐇Review copies remaining: 13

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As you can see, I’m almost done with the bingo, but the “oldest ARC” square is one I struggle with. My oldest ARC is actually a sci-fi anthology that I started, but I keep putting it aside to read something else.

Since the bingo is for 6 months and I’m almost done, I think I’ll try my best to fill the last square in March, and then maybe re-start it again – so try to do it twice in the 6-month period. I don’t know if I’ll have another book for some of the squares, but hey, it should be a challenge, right?

POSTS ON THE BLOG THIS MONTH

READING HIGHLIGHTS

🏳️‍🌈 LGBTQAI+ representation
💐 POC/Indigenous representation
🌱 Disabled or Mental Health representation

Kindred💐 Kindred by Octavia E. Butler: This book is a classic – called the first science fiction by a black author, although it felt more like fantasy to me, even with the time travel. It’s about a black woman married to a white man in 1976 (present time when the book was written) whose fate is tied to her white, slave-owning ancestor in the 1800s, and it’s a brutal read about slavery and racism. I never realised how easily people could be trained to accept slavery is a quote that might sum it up nicely. Also, just look at that beautiful cover.

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett: Wyrd Sisters was my first Discworld book, and while it’s not my favourite ever, I can definitely see the hype. I’m planning to check out more Discworld books later, although I’m not making any promises to read all 40. I’m mostly going for the Witches, Death and Tiffany Aching books.

🏳️‍🌈 Green Toes by Avery Flinders: This was actually a re-read of an old favourite, but it’s still just as good – which is why it made it to the top 10 list I posted this month. In just 30 pages, it tells the story of  a young bisexual woman, her search for a community that understands her identity, her romance with a genderqueer person, and even her magic  gardening boots.

A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire: Since I bought Rosemary and Rue, the first book in this series last year and then didn’t get around to reading it, I figured I might as well join Louise’s A Daye a Month… book club? Readalong? I’m not sure. Then, of course, I ended up completely falling in love with the series, so now I’m actually having trouble with only reading one a month because I’m so impatient.

Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy, #1)🏳️‍🌈 Forbid the Sea by Seanan McGuire: Yes, this is a short story in the same series as the book above – but it centers my favourite character ever, who is also revealed to be bisexual in this quite tragic short story. I really hope that will be brought up in the main books as well! I’m only on Book 2 out of 13, so there’s plenty of time for it.

🏳️‍🌈💐 Love Beyond Body, Space and Time edited by Hope Nicholson: This #ownvoices indigenous queer anthology really deserves more love, and I’m glad I finally got to read it. The editor isn’t indinegous, but all of the authors in the anthology are.

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan: I have emotions about all three of these main characters and their dumbass decisions. Please help. Also, look out for my 5-star review on March 31st during the blog tour.

NEW BOOKS THIS MONTH

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Bought

~ Alexa

Wrap-up

January 2019 Wrap-Up + State of the ARC

2019 just started, and the first month is already over. Not that I am complaining – January is exam season in Hungary, so while it was quite stressful at times, I managed to pass all my subjects and had quite a lot of time to read as well.

CHANGES TO THESE WRAP-UPS

There are a couple of things I’m doing differently in this new year. Most importantly, I actually started using a set of spreadsheets, partly because it is much easier to keep track of my reading this way, and partly because the charts just look really neat. I also started tracking exactly how much I spend on books, and how fast I actually read those books, because I feel like I need a reality check in that area.

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I will also stop listing all the books I read in my wrap-ups: instead, I will share some statistics about my reading, and talk about the books that were the most interesting to me for any reason. I will try to keep this positive and talk about books I liked, but it’s possible that some wrap-ups will have angry vents if a book I read deserves it.

EMOJI STATISTICS

🌍 Around the Year in 52 Books: 26
🍬 Popsugar Reading Challenge: 23
🧚 Cornerfolds Retelling Challenge: 8
📚 #BeatTheBacklist Bingo: 25

❄️ January Jam Jar: 5

🦊 Total: 34

Challenge progress here.

All books read here.

STATE OF THE ARC

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

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

🦄 Review copies read: 9

🐇Review copies remaining: 13

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POSTS ON THE BLOG THIS MONTH

FAVOURITE BOOKS READ THIS MONTH

🏳️‍🌈 LGBTQAI+ representation
💐 POC/Indigenous representation
🌱 Disabled or Mental Health representation

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy (Reluctant Royals, #2.5)🏳️‍🌈💐Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve: Nonbinary protagonist, Muslim lesbian protagonist, queer supporting cast; urban fantasy

🏳️‍🌈 Peter Darling by Austin Chant: Trans M/cis M romance; fantasy

🏳️‍🌈 Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller: Nonbinary protagonist; fantasy

🏳️‍🌈 The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy: Aroace protagonist; historical fiction

🏳️‍🌈 In Ageless Sleep by Arden Ellis: F/F Sleeping Beauty retelling; sci-fi

🏳️‍🌈🌱Waves by Ingrid Chabbert: Miscarriage & depression with a lesbian couple; graphic novel

💐Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor: Nigerian protagonists, one of them is albino; fantasy

🏳️‍🌈💐 Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole: F/F romance with Black main characters

Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire: Urban fantasy with faeries. First of a pretty long series.

~ Alexa

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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🏳️‍🌈 = book has a LGBTQAI+ main character [16]
🦄 = ARC or review copy [8]
🌍 = Around the World in 52 Books on Goodreads – [1] COMPLETED
👭 = Sapphic Book Club monthly or bonus read [0 – shame on me]
🍬 = Candybook Land – [7] COMPLETED
🔖 = Short-A-Thon [17]
🌱 = Diverse December [4] [disabled, mentally ill or non-white protagonist]

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

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

State of the ARC has a Goodreads groups ARCs Anonymous. Join it 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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Here’s all the books I read this month:

  • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde: 54 pages. 4🌟
  • 🦄🌱Sincerely, Harriet by Sarah Winifred Searle: 176 pages. 5🌟
  • 🦄 Dear Earthling: Cosmic Corresponent by Pen Avey: 116 pages. 4🌟
  • 🏳️‍🌈🦄 A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities  by J. R. Zuckerberg and Mady G: 96 pages. 4🌟
  • 🏳️‍🌈🌎🍬🌱 The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers: 404 pages. 5
  • Josie’s Coat by Amy McNulty: 66 pages. 5🌟
  • 🦄 Afterlife by Tracy Ogali: 62 pages. 4🌟
  • 🦄 Teapot and the Dragon by Nick Jordan: 42 pages. 4🌟
  • 🏳️‍🌈🦄 Surface Tension by Valentine Wheeler: 115 pages. 5🌟
  • 🏳️‍🌈🦄 Some Girls Bind by Rory James: 200 pages. 4🌟
  • 🏳️‍🌈🔖 Mending Noel by Charlie Cochet: 54 pages. 2🌟
  • 🏳️‍🌈🌱🔖 Christmas at the Wellands by Liz Jacobs: 88 pages. 5🌟
  • 🏳️‍🌈🔖 Szembeszél [an anthology of lesbian fiction in Hungarian]: 166 pages. 3.5🌟
  • 🏳️‍🌈🔖 Magic, Murder and Mistletoe by Ellen Jane: 101 pages. 5🌟
  • 🔖Write Faster Today by Emma Fisher: 56 pages. 4🌟
  • 🍬🔖 Jack the Ripper: The Truth about the Whitechapel Murders by Tom King: 58 pages. 3🌟
  • 🍬🔖 Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson: 68 pages. 5🌟
  • She Died in My Arms by Ono Ekeh: 69 pages. 4🌟
  • 🏳️‍🌈🔖 Sleepwalking by Cara Malone: 66 pages. 3🌟
  • 🏳️‍🌈🍬🔖 Noticed Me Yet? by Anyta Sunday: 70 pages. 4🌟
  • 🔖🌱Binti by Nnedi Okorafor: 90 pages. 4🌟
  • 🍬🔖 Outworlder by Joe Vasicek: 79 pages. 4🌟
  • 🏳️‍🌈🦄🔖 Rescues and the Rhyssa by T.S. Porter: 175 pages. 5🌟
  • 🏳️‍🌈🍬🔖 Young Avengers Volume 1: Sidekicks by Allan Heinberg: 144 pages. 4🌟
  • 🏳️‍🌈🔖 Young Avengers Volume 2: Family Matters by Allan Heinberg: 184 pages. 3🌟
  • 🏳️‍🌈🔖 Young Avengers, Vol. 1: Style > Substance by Kieron Gillen: 128 pages. 5🌟
  • 🏳️‍🌈🔖 A Little Familiar by R. Cooper: 91 pages. 5🌟
  • 🏳️‍🌈🍬🔖 Rainbow Rebel by Lina Langley: 83 pages. 4🌟

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

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.

🏳️‍🌈 = book has a LGBTQAI+ main character [7]
🦄 = ARC or review copy [5]
📚 = backlist challenge with Avery [5]
🌍 = Around the World in 52 Books on Goodreads [3]
🌷 = Lesbian Book Bingo by Jae – FINISHED
👭 = Sapphic Book Club monthly or bonus read [1]
🍬 = Candybook Land by Elaine Howlin [3]
💭 = Remember November [3]
🔱 = 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, I’m linking up with Avalinah’s State of the ARC meme:

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

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

Here’s all the books I read this month:

  • 🏳️‍🌈🦄🔱 Outrun the Wind by Elizabeth Tammi: 360 pages. 4🌟
  • 📚🔱Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman: 312 pages. (DNF)
  • 🏳️‍🌈🦄🔱 The Trans Generation: How Trans Kids (And Their Parents) Are Creating a Gender Revolution by Ann Travers: 288 pages. 5🌟
  • 🏳️‍🌈🔱 soft in the middle by Eileen Shelby: 152 pages. 5🌟
  • 🏳️‍🌈📚🌍🔱💭 Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour: 307 pages. 5🌟
  • 🏳️‍🌈👭🔱 Huntress by A.E. Radley: 325 pages. 3🌟
  • 📚🌍🔱💭🍬Leányrablás Budapesten by Gyula Böszörményi: 335 pages. 3🌟
  • 🏳️‍🌈🦄🔱 Merry Men by Robert Rodi: 151 pages. 5🌟
  • 📚🌍🔱💭🍬 Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: 340 pages. 4🌟
  • 📚🔱 We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler: 308 pages. 5🌟
  • 🔱L’enfer, c’est la Solitude by Joe Vasicek: 26 pages. 5🌟
  • 🏳️‍🌈🦄🔱 The Ghosts of Halloween by Ceillie Simkiss: 37 pages. 4🌟
  • 🔱The Dryad’s Shoe by T. Kingfisher: unknown pages. 5🌟
  • 🦄🍬🔱 On Track for Murder by Stephen Childs: 284 pages. 3🌟

Favourite books this month:

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

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.

🏳️‍🌈 = book has a LGBTQAI+ main character [13]
🦄 = ARC or review copy [5]
📚 = books that qualify for the backlist challenge we’re doing with Avery [8]
🌍 = Around the World in 52 Books on Goodreads [1]
🌷 = Lesbian Book Bingo by Jae [5]
👭 = Sapphic Book Club monthly or bonus read [1]
🍬 = Candybook Land by Elaine Howlin [4]

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

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

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

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

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Here’s all the books I read this month:

  • 🏳️‍🌈 Sunshine Girl: A Collection of Memories by marissa dahlson: 98 pages. 4 stars
  • 🦄 The Sicilian Woman’s Daughter by Linda Lo Scuro: unknown pages. 4 stars
  • 🏳️‍🌈 The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky by Mackenzi Lee: 54 pages. 5 stars
  • 🏳️‍🌈🦄  If I Loved You Less by Tamsen Parker: 222 pages. 4 stars
  • 🏳️‍🌈📚🌷 My Writing Professor by Nicolette Dane: 128 pages. 2 stars
  • 📚 Partners in Crime [No. 16] by Agatha Christie: 187 pages. 4 stars
  • 🏳️‍🌈🦄🍬 In The Vanishers’ Palace by Aliette de Bodard: 145 pages. 4 stars
  • Crystalline by Mayara Barros: 32 pages. 3 stars
  • 🏳️‍🌈 No Man Of Woman Born by Ana Mardoll: 174 pages. 5 stars
  • 📚 Ez egy ilyen nap by Ágnes Mészöly: 119 pages. 3 stars
  • 🏳️‍🌈🦄  Birthing Orion by Dax Murray: 117 pages. 5 stars
  • 📚 The Cat Who Came In Off The Roof by Annie M.G. Schmidt: 160 pages. 5 stars
  • 🏳️‍🌈🦄🍬 Life Within Parole Volume 2 by RoAnna Sylver: 262 pages. 5 stars
  • 🏳️‍🌈📚🌷 Summer’s End by Harper Bliss: 128 pages. 4 stars
  • 🏳️‍🌈📚🌷 The Plus One by Natasha West: 148 pages. 5 stars
  • 🏳️‍🌈 Úriemberek kézikönyve a bujaságtól az erényekig [Gentleman’s Guide] by Mackenzi Lee: 560 pages. 4 stars
  • 🏳️‍🌈📚🌷🍬 Drive by J.L. Gaynor: 133 pages. 2 stars
  • 📚🌍 The Nemesis Cell by Brian L. Porter: 223 pages. 1 stars
  • 🏳️‍🌈👭🍬Chasing Stars by Alex K. Thorne: 224 pages. 5 stars
  • 🏳️‍🌈🌷 Skin | Deep by Michelle Hanson: 295 pages. 3 stars

Favourite books this month:

  • Chasing Stars 🌟
  • 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? 🙂

~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.)

🏳️‍🌈 = book has a LGBTQAI+ main character [3]
🦄 = ARC or review copy [6]
📚 = books that qualify for the backlist challenge we’re doing with Avery [1 – which means I failed badly]
🌍 = Around the World in 52 Books on Goodreads [0]
🌷 = Lesbian Book Bingo by Jae [1]
🍬 = Candybook Land by Elaine Howlin [1]
📙 = Sequel September by Books and Munches [1]

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

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

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

  • 🏳️‍🌈🦄  Soft on Soft by Em Ali: 142 pages. 5🌟
  • 📚🍬 A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole: 384 pages. 4🌟
  • 🦄 Ghost Boy by Betty Stafford: 152 pages. 2🌟
  • 🦄 Drinking From The Trough by Mary Carlson: 288 pages. 3🌟
  • 🏳️‍🌈🦄🌷📙  The Navigator’s Touch by Julia Ember: 256 pages. 5🌟
  • 🦄 I Do Not Trust You by Laura J. Burns: 320 pages. 4🌟
  • 🏳️‍🌈🦄  Spark & Change by Kellum Jeffries: ~40 pages. 4🌟

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?