October Wrap-Up

Another month has gone by and I hardly noticed. Actually, that’s not true, because I went on a road trip to the US (California-Arizona-Utah-Nevada-California) for two weeks and it felt like I stayed there for a month, but then I came back and realized I only got two weeks of regular life this month and idk that’s just weird. ANYWAY, my trip went well and speaking of books I obviously didn’t manage to read as much as I usually do, but I just happened to finish three books that I had already started at home while I was on the road (I don’t have a driver’s license so I did manage to read something while being driven around despite my motion sickness lol) so overall I’m satisfied.

Read

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  • Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas (4 stars) – that went better than expected, considering I was really scared that I would hate it, because despite all its issues the ToG series means a lot to me.
  • The Valet by SJ Foxx (3 stars) – this is an lgbt historical romance/erotica. I had a few issues with it but overall it was really cute and a fun and quick read.
  • There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins (3 stars) – this had a really good start in my opinion but the second half of the book didn’t live up to the first. It’s still probably worth checking out if you like the genre (kind of a YA slasher).
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (5 stars) – this was a reread that I had started back in August and I finally managed to finish on my 12-hour flight to the US. I never hid my love for this book even though I still can’t write a proper review for it (probably never will). I’m aware that some people found issues of representation within it, which I personally didn’t catch (not even on my second read). However, the series has also very good lgbt rep, as the main character (and I assume another one as well) is bisexual. I know this aspect is explored more in the second book in the series and I can’t wait to read that. The writing style seems to be a hit or miss. You either love it to pieces (my case) or can’t get into it all. Personally I find it so unique (at least in its genre) and that’s what sold it to me from the first pages, when the story wasn’t clear yet.
  • Kobane Calling by Zerocalcare (5 stars) – this is a graphic novel by an Italian artist who traveled to the zones liberated from Dаеsh during 2015 and 2016. The comic is the tale of his travels there and the people he met. Despite the seriousness of the topic, the comic is hilariously told, but it’s not without its tear-inducing moments. Still, the the author’s humor works wonders (mind you, the humor is very Italian. I read an English translation because I found it on Netgalley -and I had wanted to read it since it came out in Italian- and I found that the translation was done well enough. However there are probably some jokes or references one might miss if they didn’t grow up in Italy). I definitely recommend reading it even if it’s outside of your usual genre. Even though the situation in those regions is ever-evolving, it’s still a great report of a very significant point in the history of the people living there, and it puts a lot of things into perspective.

 

Currently reading

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Out of all those, the only one I’m actively reading is Evenfall (which I’m loving so far). Don’t kill me, but I wasn’t enjoying The Little Prince very much (I am also very slow since I’m reading it in German and I think it’s kind of an old translation) so I kind of left it for later and it’s been sitting in my CR list for a few months now. I’ll finish it at some point I guess.

The other book I’m not really reading is Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, but that’s on me because my book is currently around 1000km away from me (in my hometown, because I didn’t have enough space in my bag to bring it here last time). However, I definitely recommend it and I’ll make sure to bring it over next time!

I never do a monthly TBR because I’m too much of a mood reader, but I know that I’ll read Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad. You can read my preview and also come over on twitter and join the pre-release challenge my friends and I created (yes this is shameless self promo).

Let me know if you’ve read any of the books I read the past month and if you’re just as excited about Fence as I am, and until the next post ♥

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September Wrap-Up

Hello! I’m just going to call myself out and proclaim it a miracle that I actually remembered to do a monthly wrap up on the actual last day of the month, yay!

So here’s what I read this month:

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That really isn’t much (don’t mind the two 3x in the short stories, those are just the times I’ve read them this year -but only once this month!) but I’ve had a busy month between moving, travelling, getting sick (twice!!!!!!), starting to play Persona 5, starting to watch Voltron and writing. It’s really hard to balance everything but I’m overall happy with how much I managed to read (I also am almost done with Tower of Dawn but I will finish it tomorrow so it sadly didn’t make this list).

So let’s take a look:

  • Fortitude Smashed was a weird read for me, really cute overall but it was ruined by a few things that were really unnecessary.
  • Kings Rising completed my fourth reread of the Captive Prince series and it was as painful as ever! It emotionally destroyed me and began patching me up again, something that only the two short stories:
  • The Summer Palace and The Adventures of Charls the Veretian Cloth Merchant managed to do. These two short stories are both so different and so cathartic that I can’t believe there was a time when we had to read the trilogy without having those stories ready to be read.
  • Scorpio Loops Virgo was an epilogue of sorts to Cal and Percy’s story from Scorpio Hates Virgo, and it was just the sweetest thing I’ve ever read!
  • As I said, I’m almost done reading Tower of Dawn, so while that will be a topic for next month’s wrap up, I just want to say that I love the Throne of Glass world and even after the disappointment of ACOWAR I find myself mostly enjoying this book. However, there are undeniable representation issues that I don’t think it’s my place to talk about. I still haven’t read any review for it but I’ll make sure to look for reviews of disabled people because I feel like they will rightfully be offended by how certain things are handled in this book.
  • The last thing I read is chapter one of Starfighter, a M/M scifi webcomic I just started today. I only read one chapter out of four (five?) available but, well, it’s certainly a weird read at first sight, but I couldn’t stop reading and the last page made me want to read the rest. You can read Starfighter here, but please be aware that it features very explicit content and you should be 18+ if you want to read it.

I also DNF’d Masks by Amara Lynn because it was, how do you say…bad.

I already talked about the other stuff I did this month, so let me just wrap up this post by reminding you about Fence! You can read my pre-review/discussion if you want to get excited for it, and here you can find out how to pre-order it based on where you live in the world. Sadly I’m not paid by C.S. Pacat or Johanna the Mad to promote their comic before it’s even out, but I’m literally THAT excited that I want everyone to know about it and die of anticipation with me.

I’ve never liked September but I also always found that it’s a month of new beginnings. I count last September as the month I started reviewing books regularly – technically I had started in August but I only thought of myself as a reviewer one year ago exactly, and next month will be my one year anniversary of this blog!

So tell me, what do you think I should do to celebrate? Granted I will be away on holiday for two weeks in October so any celebration will have to wait until November. Please let me know if you have any ideas and tell me something new you’ve done this month!

End of Hiatus (life update!) + Hiatus Wrap-Up

Hi everyone!

Wow, I’ve actually missed this blog a lot. But I also feel like this time away from it rekindled my interest in blogging about books and not just write reviews on Goodreads (which I kept doing while on blog hiatus).

I really felt like I needed some time off an activity (blogging) that I know I enjoy in order to explore my passion in doing other things too, so I sacrificed bookblogging because I knew I would get back to it and enjoy it even more, while other passions needed my full attention in order for me to integrate them in my routine in a way that would be permanent. Does that make sense? I don’t know, but it made sense to me.

It wasn’t just about my passions though! I moved to another country just this past week, so I’ve had to get prepared for that, physically and mentally. Now, because I’m here and I still don’t know how things will work and how my week will look once I find a job (sigh adulting) I actually don’t know how active I will manage to be, but I have queued a few reviews of books I’ve read this summer that I want to have on my blog too (although you can always read reviews of every single book I read on my goodreads), plus all the tags I’ve been neglecting (aehm, shoutout to Laura who kept tagging me ♥) so there should be at least one post a week.

But let’s talk about books because that’s what we’re all here to do.

Here’s my hiatus wrap up, just in picture format because it’s every book I read since June (and the ones worth talking about are getting full reviews here soon).

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Well, well, well. I wonder if these books follow a trend? Yes, yes they do.

In June (pride month) I promised myself to only read LGBT+ books, and I realized it wasn’t much of an effort at all. And the thing is, I was already reading mostly books that featured LGBT+ characters, and that’s what I kept doing all summer. Which brought me to realize that this is what I’m “known” for (not that I’m famous but whatever). It’s just that every one of my mutuals on twitter and my friends on GR know I mostly read those books and I realized that I don’t mind that one bit and that my blog should reflect that. So, once I’m fully back, this blog will feature discussions surrounding LGBT+ lit, LGBT+ representation in books and media, as well as the usual reviews of LGBT+ books.

All I can say is that I’m really happy that I found a.. niche? where I fee comfortable, both reading-wise and (book)community-wise, plus it brings me joy to help (often younger or much younger) readers find books where they might feel represented (or warn them to avoid others if the representation in them is bad or harmful).

Of course I’ll also review any book I feel like reading regardless of that, but that’s the direction I feel make the most sense for me.

I’m pretty sure none of the people who follow me will be bothered by all this, but just in case, well, you’re free to leave.

With all that said, I’m looking forward to keeping up with this blog again and I hope you’re all doing well (plus if you wanna tell me about your summer -or winter for some of you I guess- I’d love to hear what y’all were up to while I was away) ♥

April Wrap-Up

Late as always because I forgot that April has 30 days it’s not true but it seems like a good excuse shhhhh

So this is what I read this month:

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Minus The Summer Palace because I’ve actually re-read it today (May 1st).

Here’s a quick recap of the most interesting stuff with links to my goodreads reviews (I haven’t posted any review on my blog this month because I didn’t feel like any of them were good enough to put here):

  • Honestly BenI liked it a bit more than book 1 in the duology. I also think it continues an interesting dialogue about labels and how they define or (or not).
  • What Lies at the EndI was really disappointed by this. It’s not that it’s bad, but everyone was talking about it like it was the next best thing after sliced bread and it just wasn’t (for me at least)
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the GalaxyI wish I had enjoyed this a lot more than I did
  • Lover Boy: This was so unexpectedly good! Definitely recommend if you’re into mangas/manhwas
  • Gemina: YES I finally read this! I still like Illuminae better but it was still an amazing read and it deserves a full 5 stars
  • Flame in the MistI actually finished it today (May 1st) but I’m counting it in my April wrap-up because I read most of it in April anyway. I will have a full review up both on GR and on the blog, but I ended up being pretty disappointed

I didn’t DNF any book this month but it still was a weird and almost disappointing reading month. I was in a weird slump basically, so I had to postpone reading a lot of things that I wanted to read just because I was afraid I wouldn’t enjoy them in this mood. (However, I did read A TON of fan fiction and that was most days all I wanted to read instead of real books. Not that I’m complaining since I think some fanfics are even better than some published books.)

Blogging-wise, April was a total failure. I’m still trying to find some balance and I clearly am not there. My main issue is that even though I review everything on GR I still don’t feel like all of my reviews are good/long/structured enough to go well on my blog, so I just leave them on GR. If anyone has any advice on this (besides get off your a** and write good reviews already) please let me know ♥

March Wrap-up

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I honestly don’t know how to start my Wrap-up posts anymore so here’s a gif of a fluffy cat in a tie with a tiny book and tiny milk bowl and a tiny milk bottle

BOOKS

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Here’s everything I read in March. Seven “full” books, three mangas (that come in different volumes so they count as multiple books on GR *sigh*), three short stories, one webcomic, plus one DNF (Finnikin of the Rock).

Honorable mentions are (links go to either GR or to my review if I’ve done one):

  • A Conjuring of Light, by V.E. Schwab: I loved this book and the whole series so much I still haven’t been able to review this last book at all. I still plan on writing a series review at some point because this quickly became one of my favorites.
  • A Guy/Man Like You (the title translates to “guy” in the comic but everywhere else it’s written as “man” so idk), by Waje: I really love this manhwa! It’s very character-driven and the art is beautiful. It’s still ongoing and each update kills me.
  • Check, Please!by Ngozi Ukazu: you can read this webcomic on this tumblr page and honestly you should because it’s going to heal your soul.
  • Openly Straightby Bill Konigsberg: your monthly dose of coming-of-age contemporary LGBT+ novel that’s funny and sweet and opens a discussion about labels.
  • rock, by Anyta Sunday: a beautiful love story, maybe not for everyone, but it’s definitely worth checking out.
  • fawn, by Nash Summers: beautifully written, magical and free.

Overall it was a very good reading month!

ANIME

I rewatched Yuri!!! On Ice. Yes. Again. In my defense, I was sick and really needed something to cheer me up, and yes, it was still as awesome the 8th or so time around.

I also started rewatching Death Note, which I first and last saw around 8 years ago. I actually also really want to read the manga at some point, but for now I’m sticking to the anime (it also gives me something to do when I don’t feel like reading). I loved it 8 years ago and I still love it now, though I’m not very far into it because I want to savor it instead of binging it for once.

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I hope you all had a great month! Tell me some of your highlights in the comment if you feel like it!

February Wrap-Up

Hello everyone!

BOOKS

Excuse another wrap-up featuring a screenshot (plus a very poor Paint job) but I don’t feel like posting a picture of each individual book I read this month!

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Admittedly I haven’t done a great job at reviewing these on the blog, but (here is my monthly-excuse list): 1) I was in the middle of my AFTG re-read, of which I have a full series review, and there was no point in reviewing the books again; 2) I plan on doing a series review of Shades of Magic, but since I haven’t finished A Conjuring of Light yet, that will have to be in a March post.

I’d say I really enjoyed everything I read this month, and while I was sure I would like Shades of Magic, I really didn’t expect to love it as much as I am! Another great surprise was Peter Darling  by Austin Chant, which I’m already dying to reread.

I’ve also read two mangas:

  • Hachimitsu Darling was a very short and very sweet one, plus it involved a kitten and I was sold on page one;

  • Himegoto Asobi was a kind of similar manga as Hachimitsu, but much longer and even though it was still 5 stars (probably more like 4,5?) I found I wouldn’t have minded it if it was slightly shorter.

And a short story, The Prince of the Moon by Megan Derr.

Despite the short month, I know I could have read much more than this, but I spent a lot of time reading YOI fanfiction (yes, I’m still deep in that hell), plus February has been a really tough month for me. I know I seem to say it every time, but that’s just how things have been lately (on top of things I also have the flu, yay!).

 

MUSIC

I’ve listened to more or less the same stuff as I always do:

Plus a few new things:

And a few old favorites I hadn’t listened to in a while:

  • The entire Marina and the Diamonds discography;
  • Così fan tutte by Mozart (here’s something you might not know about me: I was born a classical music lover, and only later started discovering modern music): it’s one of my all-time favorite operas and they were playing it at my local theater, so I went to see it twice ♥

 

GAMES 

The only game I played this month is Pokemon Go, and I didn’t get to play it nearly as much as I would have. Sadly, after they released the second generation, I’ve been down with the cold first and then with the flu, so I’m waaay behind on my Pokemon trainer goals :/

That’s all for this month! How’s everyone been doing? I need some positivity so I’d love if you left me a comment with one positive thing that happened to you in February ♥

January Wrap-Up

I’m so late with this post! I should have timed everything better but I somehow always end up forgetting that the month is coming to an end.

BOOKS:

I’ve already read a total of 20 books that count towards my reading challenge, but as you can see below (I had to screenshot this because I’m lazy) a lot of these are either mangas or short stories.

I also DNF’d three books, which is an awful lot if you ask me:

  • Saga, vol.1: I didn’t exactly find it bad, but I just wasn’t interested in reading it at all. I chose not to rate it because I didn’t read enough of it.
  • Gilded cage: I’m so sad. This was a book I was so looking forward to, and I had even managed to snatch an ARC of it, but I just couldn’t do it. What I mean is, I could have finished it, but I’ve decided to adopt a policy of if I feel like it’s not worth it,  I’m not going to stick to it because life is really too short. You can read my review on GR to have a better idea why this wasn’t for me.
  • Our Own Private Universe: TFW you want to read a sweet, lighthearted LGBT contemporary romance but it quite honestly sucks is not a pleasant one.

But let’s come to the books I’ve actually finished.

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I reviewed some of these on the blog already and I’ve reviewed all of them (or I’m in the process of reviewing) on goodreads. I can’t talk about all of them, but here’s a short list of my favorite:

  • Illuminae: I wanted this book to be my first read of 2017 and I couldn’t have made a better choice. I have a written a GR review that doesn’t make much sense and I’m still too emotionally unstable to make a proper review that would suit this blog.
  • The Summer Palace: This is a short story/epilogue to the Captive Prince trilogy and it’s probably the best thing that happened to this fandom. I’m kind of proud of my review for being among the top ones, and I want to reread this short story right now. If you’ve read the entire Captive Prince trilogy you definitely have to read this one.
  • How to Repair a Mechanical Heart
  • The Darkest Part of the Forest
  • Blood Bank: I’ve been thinking about it and I think this might be the first full manga (okay, it’s a manhwa, but still) I’ve read in my life, and it probably completely ruined my future experience with any other manga I’ll read from now on because it’s too beautiful and pure for this world and I don’t know if anything will ever come close to it. Due to its content, it’s definitely not suited for everybody, and I have to admit some of it makes me slightly uncomfortable, but if you’re not new to the genre I absolutely recommend checking it out!
  • The Song of Achilles: I haven’t been able to write a proper review for this yet. I’m getting tears just thinking about this beautiful book. It’s a story that means so much to me and it’s one of the most painful books I’ve ever read. I wasn’t able to stop crying and I couldn’t even see the words on my Kindle anymore because of it. I ugly-sobbed for hours and still do whenever I think about it.
  • The Foxhole Court: this is a re-read (I’m currently re-reading the next two books in the series) because the best books are the ones that hurt you. I have an extremely messy review on gr and a slightly better blog series review here, so do what you want with those.

Besides all of these, I’ve read so much Yuri!!! On Ice fanfiction it’s ridiculous. I’ve probably read more than one book worth of fanfic this month alone and since it’s a relatively new world for me I was positively impressed with the quality of many works.
All in all I can say this has been an excellent reading month for me!

I usually have a section here for shows/anime and music but I’ve been an extremely boring person and I haven’t watched or listened to anything new this past month! I’ve only tried watching Haikyuu and after the first two episodes I haven’t felt like continuing, but it’s not its fault. In fact, I liked the first two eps, but I think I’m just not in the mood for watching anything lately and I’d just rather read than watch anything, you know? Are you ever in such a mood?

Also, I’ve done a lot of buddy-reads and they’re honestly the best! I didn’t think I was cut out for BRs because I’m such a mood reader that I wasn’t sure it was something that would work for me, but it was just a matter of finding the right people to read with!

Now this is where I get slightly political so I don’t blame you if you just skip this part.

I want to keep this a book blog obviously and I don’t feel like I’m qualified to speak about much else, but there’s so much awful stuff going on in the world that I feel like I should say something about it, but at the same time I don’t even know where to start.
In case it’s not clear, yes, I’m talking about Tr*mp, who is a literal piece of shit. I’m obviously not in the US, and quite frankly I’ve lost interest in even visiting it as a tourist long ago, but for what it’s worth I can honestly say a lot of people here overseas are feeling scared. It’s only been a couple of weeks and it already seems like everything is going to hell.
I don’t know what I can do as an European citizen, except retweet every piece of useful info I can find and restate my support to every minority – although, given that countless minority groups plus every single woman are being targeted…we’re not really a minority anymore, are we?
If you live in the US, please think of your safety and well-being first. If you’re feeling anxious and overwhelmed, reread that book that made you smile like an idiot. Take a hot bath. Marathon that anime. Recharge. You will have more energy to fight tomorrow.