Late to the party, as usual, but here are all of the books I’ve read from January 1st to March 31st, as well as some life updates and shout-outs.
Books Read in January
Books Read in February
Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden — ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse — ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
Books Read in March
Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss — ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo — ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
The Black Veins by Ashia Monet — ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
Reading-Related & Other People
I’m really excited for university to end (my classes officially cease upon the 15th of May) so that I can get back into reading more books. I have my 2021 A to Z Reading challenge to get through, for which I have read a pitiful number of books so far. I need to step up my game!
One of the books I had picked for the A to Z challenge was Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams. I hadn’t heard much about it beyond that it concerned the struggle of identity and bad relationships of a Jamaican-British woman in her twenties. A friend informed me that the explicit sex scenes were abusive and verged into rape, and I don’t think I can read that kind of book right now. I have changed my pick for the letter Q to be The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner.
I’m still figuring out how I like to do wrap-up posts. Since my volume of books read has been so low thanks to my university semester, I think I prefer this quarterly wrap-up style. If things pick back up, I might return to a monthly wrap-up, but who knows? Also, this is my first time doing shout-outs! I’m very excited for this, and I wish I knew more people in the book blogging community so I could rec their blogs to all and sundry. (Hint hint, let’s be friends and chat about books). Here we go!
Ahaana wrote a great discussion post about diversity in publishing. I’m eager to hear more!
Rachel listened to her first audiobook! I wonder what she’ll listen to next.
Althea has made sure we don’t miss any sapphic releases this year! I added quite a few books to my TBR because of this post; it’s great.
Sarah did a fun book tag. I’m so nosy about other peoples’ reading habits, haha; this was great to read.
Aleks did a book tag on famous philosophers! This is such a clever tag idea; I loved reading her answers.
And that’s about it! I don’t have many other media recommendations, really. During my university semester I log out of Netflix and just don’t watch any shows until the semester is over, which stops me from getting distracted from my classes (a draconian measure, I know, but necessary). I have been playing Dishonored, however, and it’s fun to run around a plague-wracked, vaguely Victorian city assassinating baddies left and right.
I thought about participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, but ended up abstaining because of university, again. I’m currently working on a short story about a suicidal teen girl finding her will to live alongside befriending a dragon, which will (fingers crossed) be revised and submitted to every literary magazine I can find ASAP. If worst comes to worst I’ll hammer out “The End” during the second Camp NaNo session in July, but I want to finish before then and work on all of my other projects.
Writing, reading, and petting my cat is all I do in quarantine, guys. Fingers crossed I get vaccinated soon so I can go hiking and read books out in the woods!