For these monthly wrap up posts, I’ll go into books I’ve reviewed and posts I’ve made, in case you missed it, a book and ARC haul for the month, and any exciting books and things I’m looking forward to next month. *channeling Rosanna Pansino* Let’s get started!
Read and reviewed in June:
I was really bad this month. I fell off reading for a while because of some things happening at work and in my own brain. But it’s okay because I’m still here and still reading.
Grave Peril (The Dresden Files #3) by Jim Butcher
Third in the series, Harry finds himself fighting ghosts and angry vampires for most of the novel. Oh, and he is constantly pissing off a very pregnant and very Christian woman who has no kind words to spare for him (and I agree with her, to be fair, Harry’s a moron sometimes).
Motor Crush Vol 2 by Brenden Fletcher
We finally get to find out what happened in the 2 years Domino has missed. I wouldn’t say “gone,” because she didn’t experience the 2 years herself. It’s now up to her to save her friends and family from sure destruction and find out who she truly is.
The Good Demon by Jimmy Cajoleas
Clare has lost her demon. Or more like, her demon was taken from her. She’s on a mission to get Her back, but is it worth the cost?
A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni & Tristian Jimerson
A super cute graphic novel of two friends explaining the importance of respecting people’s pronouns.
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang
A vivid and brutal imagining of the war between China and Japan in the 1930s. Though it’s fictionalized, set farther in the past, and filled with magic and gods, it sheds a bright light on the brutality of war and the violence victims suffered at the hands of their oppressors.
Book & eARC Haul:
- Motor Crush Vol 2
- Rat Queens Vol 2 & 3
- Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay
- Can’t wait to read this one because Tremblay wrote one of my favorite horrors (so far) A Head Full of Ghosts. I hope this one spooks me too.
- The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
ARCs I requested, but are not yet approved/denied:
- None. I didn’t request anything this month. And that’s a good thing because I can no longer read ebooks at work *mega eyeroll*
- Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism by Danielle Barnhart
- A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni & Tristian Jimerson
- The Navigator’s Touch by Julia Ember
I’M SO EXCITED TO READ THIS! I loved The Seafarer’s Kiss (yes, I am aware of the possibly problematic things and I have my own opinions about them, but that’s for another post). I truly didn’t think I would get accepted for it, but I did! I should really get on reading it…
Origins Game Fair:
I got to go to the last day of Origin’s Game Fair in Columbus this month. It’s a board game convention on the smaller side, but still attracts thousands of people. Origins is held every year on the weekend of the Pride parade. We usually go on Sunday, which is after the big parade, but I think next year, I’ll try to go on Saturday so I can flaunt my pan shirts with my people.
I didn’t buy any games at the con, but I got a really good Magikarp plushie (I limit myself to one plushie per con, or else I’d never fit them all in my bag to get home). I also got two new Overwatch Funko POPs! because I’m a sucker. Now I’m getting ready for GenCon Indy in August. MOAR GAEMS PLZ!
Like I said before, I was off my reading game for most of the month, only recently getting into The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang. Took me three days to get through 80 pages… Anywho, I read two LGBTQIA+ books this month. Though they weren’t very long, I liked them both very much. One was A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson. The other is Motor Crush Vol 2. Domino is a lesbian and she still tries to be friends with her ex, Lola (who is my heart and soul and universe, I love her so much).
Books and Tea Summer Swap
This is our 4th gift exchange on the server. Every year at Christmas time and mid-summer, we do a Secret Santa exchange. This time around, we had 28 participants. I know it doesn’t sound like a lot, given our server has 900+ members now, but these are most of our regular chatters and OG members. The majority of participants have gotten their books (and some got more than one, which is pretty cool too), and everyone is having a great time.
I received Legendary by Stephanie Garber! I’m super excited for this because I have an ARC for it, but since I can’t read ebooks at work, reading a lot has become a problem. I can’t wait to start it!
My fiance and I agreed to let our friend and housemate get a dog in exchange for the den room we share (we have a living room, but it’s a 4-bedroom apartment and it houses my bookshelves). Now I have my own office/library and it’s AMAZING! My fiance also relinquished a bookshelf because he didn’t want to move it. So, I decided to bring in *most* of the books from my car and rearrange my bookshelves. I pulled off 47 books to donate, trade, or sell. I’ll link my Google Sheet here, if you’re interested, but I’m also going to make a whole post on it as well. If no one does, then I might have an excuse to go to Columbus to Half-Price Books (and visit my bestie). Here’s a preview of the list:
For Books and Tea, we’re doing three read-alongs: a graphic novel read-athon, and an adult and YA dystopian themed read-along with This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab and The Wind-Up Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi. I know I’ll join in on the graphic novel part, but I haven’t decided about the others yet. I own This Savage Song as an ebook, so maybe I will.
If there’s anything else you’d like to know about what I’m doing during the month, let me know. I also knit, play video games, watch a lot of YouTube, and go to the movies and if I can think of anything interesting about any of those things, I’ll write about them, if you’d like.
Until next time,