This was a weird reading month! I slowed down on the ARCs (also because I didn’t receive many new ones lol), which was a big change from January in which I tried to read as many as I could. I finally read some books I had been wanting to read for a long time and found the pleasure of reading things because I want to and not just because I have to review something.
Don’t get me wrong, I love reading and reviewing ARCs. But I guess I was in an ARC burnout, and even though I was enjoying the ARCs I read, I couldn’t wait for it to be March, in which I’m going to be doing my friend Laura’s mARCh challenge. Basically, for the whole month of March I won’t request* or read any ARCs, and only focus on books I’ve been putting off or new releases (and there are so many books coming out in March!)
* I told myself I can request them if they’re my most anticipated ones because when have I ever managed to keep my ARCs in check anyway? Ahahahah ahah ah……a…h…..
Overall, I feel like I’ve spent the first half of February in a slump and then made up for it in the second half. I kinda got reacquainted with mood-reading and I love it, I hope I can keep it up and not fall into the ARC hell I was in before. I’m also very happy about not having DNF’d any books this month, which hasn’t happened in a while.
○ Sutphin Boulevard (Five Boroughs #1) by Santino Hassell: I was feeling in the mood for a Santino novel again (I like to savor them) and I’m so happy I finally started this series.
○ Fence #4 by C.S. Pacat: this was more of a filler issue to be honest but it did offer some veeeeeeery juicy stuff and it set up the upcoming match in #5 which is great! Review to come soon.
○ The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (audiobook): I haven’t really reviewed this yet and to be honest I don’t think I could do it justice by reviewing it when so many people have done it already and much better than I ever could, but I will say that it was absolutely worth the hype (also if you’re into audiobooks I totally recommend it because it was awesome)
○ Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (audiobook and reread): I finally got around to rereading this favorite of mine and I’m so so happy. Not going to lie, I’ve read this two summers ago and my worst fear was that I wouldn’t love it as much as I did back then. Long story short, 2016-me knew a good book when she read one, and somehow this reread meant even more to me. Also this is another audiobook I can absolutely recommend. I really wanted to reread before the movie came out but the joke is still on me because it’s not coming out here until the summer so that’s really fun 🙃
• I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (audiobook): for the first 2-3 hours I wasn’t really sure what to think about the audiobook and the book itself to be honest. I’ve listened to a few more hours today and now I think I’m hooked. The story finally got a bit deeper and I started to understand the main characters more, and I am getting used to the writing style, which is definitely a peculiar one that I guess people either love or hate. Still not sure I am 100% in love with the audiobook itself (especially the male narrator) but I don’t mind it.
• Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson (audiobook): I love it! I’m reading it slowly because I kind of need to focus more than with fiction, but I love it so much and his voice is so suited for this.
• La Mossa del Principe (Captive Prince #2) by C.S. Pacat (Italian version!): this is my favorite book ever but sadly I’m not the biggest fan of the translation. It doesn’t help when you know the book by heart and you can see smallest changes in meaning in the translation, but there’s also a few parts where the dialogue is completely changed to signify the opposite meaning of what the characters originally say and I don’t understand how such big mistakes can be made.
I usually don’t add this section to my wrap-ups but I just wanted an excuse to talk about my new project, my guest post series #QueerLitStories, in case someone missed it. Here’s the announcement + rules and here’s the first post. This project is my baby and I’m so proud of everyone who sent me and will send me their posts ❤💛💚💙💜
I’m also pretty happy that I’ve kept up with my blogging schedule, and even posted three times outside of it (in addition to my normal blogging days). Posting three days a week might seem a lot to some and very little to some others, but I feel like it’s perfect for my life schedule right now. I might have to change it and slow down at some point, but for now I’m happy like this.
One thing I’m a little sad about is not having posted any discussion post. One of my 2018 blogging goals was to post one discussion a month, but I figure I can just make up for it by writing two discussions next month (or any other month). I’m actually in the middle of writing one but I didn’t have any more days on my February schedule to post it, and I’m also writing one more that needs a little bit more research. I also keep thinking of some of the condescending comments I get sometimes after I post my discussions and quite frankly I wasn’t in the mood for that.
I haven’t watched much besides Miraculous Ladybug (I only have a couple of episodes left and I’ll watch them soon). I’ve tried watching Dark because it’s a German show and I need to exercise my German but I didn’t like the first episode (too h*terosexual) so I don’t plan on continuing it. Ohh and I’ve watched a couple of episodes of Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey and boyyy I love space so much.
As for movies, I’ve only watched Black Panther and well, it was simply awesome. It’s actually probably the only Marvel movie I’ve ever seen (don’t @ me) but yeah it was understandable even without knowing much about this universe (even if I had to watch it in German??? I’m so sad because it probably lost A LOT of its amazingness in the translation).