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.

πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ = book has a LGBTQAI+ main character (30)
πŸ“šΒ = books that qualify for the backlist challenge we’re doing with Avery (11 – goal: 3, completed)
🌍 = Around the World in 52 Books on Goodreads (4)
πŸ‘­Β = Sapphic Book Club monthly read (0 – DNF, so technically failed)
🍬 = Candybook Land by Elaine Howlin (5)
β˜„οΈΒ = Sci-Fi July by Kathy (13 – personal goal: 10, completed)
πŸ’₯Β = Graphic Novel Readathon for Books and Tea Club (38 – personal goal: completed)
πŸ¦‰Β = 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 Avalinah’s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCsΒ (Advanced or Early Reader Copies).

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

  • πŸ’₯Β Skin & Earth by Lights: 200 pages. 4🌟
  • πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Once Upon a Rainbow, Volume Three by multiple authors. 4🌟
  • πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Cold Like Snow by Sita Bethel: 235 pages. 3🌟 (review to come)
  • DNF: Magic or Die by J.P. Jackson (at around 45%)

Edelweiss

Author

  • πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆπŸ“šπŸ¬β˜„οΈΒ Courage is the Price by Lynn E. O’Connacht: 144 pages. 4🌟
  • πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆβ˜„οΈΒ Secondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth: 364 pages. 4🌟

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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.

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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 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. Most commonly it comes out on the 30th of every month.

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 toΒ this post, orΒ 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 itΒ here.

NetGalley

  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Into the Mystic, Volume 3 by NineStar Press: 213 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (anthology of sapphic paranormal stories)
  • ⚑ Free Chocolate by Amber Royer: 400 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (soap opera in space!)
  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ The Art of Escaping by Erin Callahan: 320 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟(a teenage girl wants to be an escape artist)
  • ⚑ The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts: 192 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (a sci-fi novella about artificial intelligence)
  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Omen Operation by Taylor Brooke:Β  306 pages 🌟🌟🌟 (FOUR queer main characters)
  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ You’re You by Mette Bach: 184 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (a contemporary about questioning your sexuality)
  • πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara: 336 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (bisexual pirates!) (review to come in July)

Author

  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Baker Thief by Claudie Arseneault: 424 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Broad Knowledge edited by Joanne Merriam: 365 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • 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:

  • πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Sugarplum,Β Ocean Deep, Wolf Blood & on the border by Darshana Suresh: 8, 29, 24 and 17 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (wonderful poetry collections)
  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Goldie Vance Vol. 1 by Hope Larson: 112 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (graphic novel about a teenage detective)
  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 1: Enlisted by Marguerite Bennett: 200 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (queer women punching Nazis!!)
  • Goldie Vance Vol. 2 by Hope Larson: 112 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan: 432 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (my beautiful genderfluid child is BACK)
  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Coady and the Creepies by Liz Prince: 112 pages 🌟🌟🌟 (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 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Skyward #1-#2 by Joe Henderson: 62 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson: 224 pages 🌟🌟🌟
  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Loki: Agent of Asgard Vol. 1: Trust Me by Al Ewing: 120 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • The Island by Peter Watts: 76 pages 🌟🌟🌟
  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Lumberjanes Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson: 128 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • ⚑ Star Wars: Lando by Charles Soule: 112 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • ⚑ Brave Chef Brianna by Sam Sykes: 112 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • Hotshot by Peter Watts: 23 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Blackout by Kit Mallory: 345 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann: 304 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • βš‘Β πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆΒ Β The Origins of Heartbreak by Cara Malone: 230 pages 🌟🌟
  • When Magic Sleeps by Tera Lynn Childs: 41 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • The End of the World is Better with Friends by M.G. Herron: 42 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟
  • ⚑ Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor: 349 pages  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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

Wrap-up

State of the ARC #10 + May 2018 Wrap-Up

I managed to read a lot of books this month, and then towards the end of May I started reading short stories I downloaded forever ago because my “owned and unread” shelf has gotten completely out of hand. So, all in all, May was a pretty good month reading-wise.

May was also the month of my entrance exams, which went pretty well, so fingers crossed that I’ll be accepted back to university, starting next September. If that happens, I’ll definitely have less time to read, so I’ll just need to do my best to reduce my TBR until then. πŸ™‚

Let’s start with looking at the ARCs I read.

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. Most commonly it comes out on the 30th of every month.

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 itΒ here.

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I managed to read 11 ARCs this month! Ten of these were for NetGalley, and only one was an author ARC… which is sad, because I’m really behind on my author ARCs. In fact, I have three of them that I received in March, which is now three months ago. Oops?

That being said, I’m doing well with my NetGalley and Edelweiss ARCs – only one is overdue, three are due in June, and all the others are due in July, August, or even later. Plenty of time to read and review those ones.

So, my books read this month are:

  • Tone of Voice by Kaia SΓΈnderby: 384 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (sequel to Failure to Communicate, sci-fi with #ownvoices autistic & bisexual protag)
  • A Graveyard Visible by Steve Conoboy: 312 pages 🌟🌟 – NetGalley ARC (horror with teenage protagonists)
  • The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill: 72 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (adorable fantasy graphic novel with f/f and m/m ships)
  • Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope: 384 pages 🌟🌟🌟 – NetGalley ARC (m/f fantasy with black protagonist)
  • The Boy From Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis: 268 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 – NetGalley ARC (MG time travel book)
  • The Cage by A.M. Dellamonica: 32 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (f/f short story with werewolves)
  • All Systems Red by Martha Wells: 156 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (android protagonist)
  • Artificial Condition by Martha Wells: 160 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 – NetGalley ARC (android protagonist)
  • The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith: 320 pages🌟🌟🌟🌟 – NetGalley ARC (m/f YA contemporary, #ownvoices adopted MC)
  • Crimson Ash by Haley Sulich: 317 pages 🌟🌟 – NetGalley ARC (apocalyptic YA with m/f and f/f ships)
  • Spectacle Vol 1. by Megan Rose Gedris: 136 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 – NetGalley ARC (graphic novel about twins, paranormal)
  • The Princess Deception by Nell Stark: 290 pages 🌟🌟🌟 – NetGalley ARC (f/f contemporary with royalty romance)
  • Periphery by J.W. Ferguson: unknown pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 – Author ARC (sci-fi with m/m and f/f main ships)
  • Certain Requirements by Elinor Zimmerman: 266 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 – NetGalley ARC (f/f contemporary adult BDSM erotica)
  • The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang: 544 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 – NetGalley ARC (adult fantasy)

And then, the end-of-the-month short story/comics reading spree:

  • The Power Plant by Charles W. Harvey: 25 pages 🌟🌟🌟 (mlm main, no ship)
  • Our Big Gay Affair by Randi Luxe: 26 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (m/m age gap)
  • The Christmas Curse by Ruby Moone: 25 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (m/m Christmas shifter romance)
  • Coffee Shops and Condoms by Eden Winters: 28 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (m/m teenage boys)
  • Ace of Squids by Elliot Cooper: 25 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (m/m Lovecraftian horror)
  • The Scrape of Tooth and Bone by Ada Hoffman: 25 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (f/f #ownvoices autistic, steampunk-ish)
  • Lucifer’s Fall by A.J. Flowers: 21 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (non-romance with angels, prequel)
  • Winter Wren by Miranda Honfleur: 34 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (m/f fantasy)
  • Chasing Christmas Past by Melanie Karsak: 30 pages 🌟🌟🌟 (m/f steampunk prequel)
  • A Night At The Mall by M. Hollis: 33 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (f/f contemporary)
  • Saint Brig by Ian Lewis: 37 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (m/m contemporary, homelessness)
  • Return from Exile by Ron C. Nieto: 36 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (prequel with fallen angels)
  • Back From The Edge by K.C. Wells: 36 pages 🌟🌟🌟 (m/m contemporary with older men, tw for abusive mother, cancer, suicide attempt)
  • Twist of the Magi by Carlen J. Werlinger: 38 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (f/f contemporary Christmas story)
  • Mech Cadet Yu #1 by Greg Park: 25 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (graphic novel, big robots bond with kids)
  • Fence #1 by C.S. Pacat: 24 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟(graphic novel, m/m sports romance, fencing)
  • Mega Princess #1 by Kelly Thompson: 28 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (MG fantasy graphic novel)
  • Misfit City #1 by Kirsten Smith: 25 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (graphic novel, all-girl cast, mystery)
  • Revelations by Ariel Tachna: 48 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (m/m/m polyamorous millitary romance, prequel)
  • Dodge City #1 by Josh Trujillo: 28 pages 🌟🌟🌟 (sports graphic novel)
  • Heavy Vinyl/Hi-Fi Fight Club #1 by Carly Usdin: 28 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 (f/f contemporary graphic novel, girl fight club)
  • Not Alone by M.G. Herron: 39 pages 🌟🌟🌟 (sci-fi short story with aliens, male protagonist)
  • A Most Unusual Kidnapping by J.C. Long: 40 pages 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (m/m sci-fi short story)

With these, I actually completed my Goodreads challenge of 100 books, so I increased it to 150 books.

Non-review posts on the blog:

Total number of books read in May: 38 (12 without any short stories or graphic novels)
Total number of pages read in May: 4,345

Books read for Around the Year in 52 books: 4 (35 total)
Books read for Lesbian Book Bingo: 2 (14 total)

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Current number of owned-and-unread books: 428

The problem is that I never mark the ARCs “owned and unread”, and I mostly read ARCs, which is why that number is only ever increasing… This is tough.

How was your May? Talk to me about it in the comments.

~ Alexa

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

Wrap-up

State of the ARC #7

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