June Wrap-Up

So. June happened. It really………happened, didn’t it. I’m not going to pretend that it was a good month for me: it wasn’t. One good thing is that I worked all month (I did a paid internship) and that led me to take some important and drastic decisions that I hope are the right ones for me. I also met nice people and got close with my flatmates. Everything else was shit and I feel awful and angry and disrespected. I have to deal with an incompetent person who can’t do his job (landlord) and thinks he can get away with it because I’m always so sweet and I’m in a country where I don’t speak my first language. And what infuriates me the most is that he’s right, because without my flatmates helping me I wouldn’t know how to do shit. Anyway, we’ll see where this goes, sorry for the off topic I guess?

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• Autoboyography by Christina Lauren: this was so, so, so good. It deals heavily with religious themes and homophobia but I think everything is handled really, really well. The writing was also really good and the best thing is, well I can’t say what the best thing is because it’s kind of a spoiler! But I want to protect Tanner and Sebastian. ★★★★★/5

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson: I’ve said it before but SDH is a genius. That’s it, thanks for coming to my TED talk. ★★★★★/5

The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan: this book didn’t happen. ★★★★★/5

The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert: I! love! tropes! This was really tropey and it normally wouldn’t be my exact cup of tea, BUT I knew while going into this that it was very diverse and the tropes just appealed to me. What I didn’t expect was how GOOD the writing was. Also, I love bisexual princes, they’re my favorite trope ever. ★★★★★/5

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway: sometimes you don’t write reviews because you’re lazy or because too much times has passed and you kind of forgot about the book entirely. Sometimes you don’t write reviews because you know your words won’t do the book justice, so you just slap the book in the faces of everyone until they (hopefully) read it. This is one of those. ★★★★★/5

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Unwritten by Tara Gilboy: this is a middle grade novel that’ll come out later this year. I don’t usually request middle grade ARCs but this sounded too interesting to pass on and I’m glad I did request it. I would say that I’m a little surprised at how dark it is, given the target audience, but I’m not a kids expert and I’m sure 12yo me would have loved this.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson: I’ve started listening to this months ago and now I’m actually continuing it. I love it but it’s certainly not something you can listen to while doing chores or something. Anyway, it’s really not that long and it’s not too difficult either, it only requires a little extra focus, but I would 100% recommend it if you’re into science and the universe!

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Because of everything I wrote at the beginning, I didn’t manage to blog as much as I wanted to, especially since it was pride month and I wanted to do something nice, but I didn’t organize anything on time and then June was really Not Good. During the little free time I had I just wanted to read or watch some shows, and I decided to actually do that instead of stressing myself out. I even *gasps* gave up twitter for a couple of weeks. YES, it was that bad.

Usually I manage to write a few goodreads reviews even if I’m not blogging much, but this month I really only reviewed my ARCs and that’s it. In any case, there’s still two posts I wrote that I liked and I think you should check them out!

🏳️‍🌈 Favorite LGBTQIAP+ Books that Don’t Feature AlloCis M/M Relationships: this was inspired by a recent T5W theme, but I didn’t manage to make it on an actual Wednesday and I also didn’t like how the original title was exclusive of ace and/or aro people. Anyway, there’s some great diverse queer reps there, if I do say so myself, so you should definitely read it and add them all to your TBR. And maybe write me a nice comment!

🌈 Pride Flag Book Tag: I love doing tags and this was basically the only proper pride month post I managed to write. I mentioned 6 queer books that mean a lot to me and that you probably should read too.

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Queer Eyes season 2: 

queer-eye-1520005316I’m actually still watching this but I love it even if I think it’s not perfect. Like it could be WAY more inclusive and it just goes to show that being queer doesn’t make you an expert on all queer matters. Like how Tan says he’s never met a trans person and he just states it as a fact. No, he’s met trans people, he just doesn’t know it. But I do appreciate that he wanted to do better and learn. I know there’s also an issue of cis people asking for emotional labor of trans folks, but I think in a show like this that’s still probably necessary to kind of educate the audience in any way.

voltron-exclusive-featured-061318Voltron: Legendary Defender season 6:

No the picture on the side here is NOT fanart lmao it was just the best and funniest episode ever. BUT this season left me with a lot of heartbreak and I wasn’t ready for it at all. That said, I’m happy to keep ignoring the VLD fandom! I learned after season 5 to not go look for fanart or anything and I gotta say the show without its fandom is amazing, 10/10 would recommend watching it.

 

Yuri On Ice:

Official_movie_posterYES I’m rewatching YOI. No I haven’t watched it again since my 12 complete rewatches back in late 2016/early 2017 so I deserve a break, DON’T CALL ME OUT OK.

I also had a perfectly good reason to start rewatching it because two days ago (July 1st) they streamed Yuri on Concert worldwide (IT WAS AMAZING!!!!) AND they announced the title and release year of the movie, something I’ve been anticipating since they first confirmed there would be a movie. And it looks like it will feature Victor’s past (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) so I’M HYPED. I can’t wait for Ice Adolescence (2019)!!!!!!

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How was Pride Month for you? Have you read any amazing books? Also, if you could rec me some good and diverse show on Netflix that would be really cool because I never know what to watch!

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May Wrap-Up

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Welcome to my May wrap-up! I don’t really know what to say about this month. I started an internship and a lot of things in my life changed. I moved a few days ago and I still haven’t brought my few physical books with me to the new place (that’s why I love ebooks). All in all I feel like I’m a mess but also like I can actually make it?? I’m trying to accept the fact that it takes me longer sometimes to do things that others get done in no time.

Anyway, in all this I read 10 books in May, which isn’t bad at all. If you’ve been long enough to have seen my March and April wrap-ups, you’ll see I’m still on my Riordan bs and I’m loving it. The audiobooks are just so much fun and I love not having to read with my eyes. Oh and if you think audiobooks don’t count you can unfollow my blog right now btw 🙂

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The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan: so. much. character. development. I honestly think Riordan outdid himself here.

The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan: I can’t understand how anyone could not love Apollo. Just say you hate character development. I love his disaster bisexual self more than anything, and the rep is so casual and amazing. Also, the SolAngelo scenes. And I love Meg so much. The abuse rep hit me in the gut.

Fence #6 by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad: holy épée this issue. So much happened and FINALLY we got to see some more of the dynamics between Seiji and Nicholas. Also, I would die for Aiden.

A Tiny Piece of Something Greater by Jude Sierra: I loved this for the mental illness rep and the healthy relationship between the two MCs. I also think it’s a perfect example of how to write a sexy but not fetishized M/M romance.

The Pros of Cons by Allison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar and Michelle Schusterman: this was so much fun! I still haven’t written a review for it although I’m planning to, but basically it’s a book that’s a bit in the style of Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, in that it follows not one but three cons, one of which is a fandom one. There’s three MCs and one of them is a queer girl and although the book isn’t too focused on romance, her love interest is an enby person, which is so rare to find in YA!

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🏳️‍🌈 Autoboyography by Christina Lauren: I’ve heard so much about this book, so when I saw that it was available to read for free on Riveted I knew it was the right moment to start reading it! It will be available for the whole month of June (Pride Month yay ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜). Other books available are We Are the Ants and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and I will make sure to read the first one for sure, and maybe reread Ari&Dante too! Btw I’m not sponsored or anything (I wish), but Riveted is one of the few ways I know of reading diverse books for free and legally so I always point out if there’s books that have been on my radar!

🌈 The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert: holy crap this book. I’m barely halfway in but I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a five star. This book is. Wow. Yeah. Just. Um. Hot. The protagonists are a fat black woman and a bisexual Scandinavian Prince, and there’s a diverse surrounding cast (the MC’s sister is sapphic and disabled, one of the prince’s friends is a Muslim and possibly sapphic (?) woman). Plus who doesn’t love a fake engagement trope??

🏳️‍🌈 The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan: I love it and I’m so mad that because of work and me moving to a different house I haven’t been able to give it the attention it deserves. Apollo continues to be a true bi icon and I love that we get to see many familiar faces (from PJO and HoO). I’m also scared because I heard it’s gonna be heartbreaking 😦

 

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• I finally posted my F/F romance recs! I was so scared to write this because I feel like I have simultaneously read really famous ones (aka books everyone has already rec’d) but also not enough of the ones everyone is talking about?? But I’m so glad the post had such a good reception! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

• I had a lot of fun doing the 20 questions book tag!

• I talked about which characters I’d want to have as family

• I ranted about how bad A Court of Frost and Starlight is. I feel made fun of by the author and the publisher. I didn’t even expect much from it, and it still managed to disappoint me more than I imagined was possible.

• One minor change I did to my blog is that I decided to start adding short descriptions in the titles of my reviews. This happened because after I posted my Come to the Rocks review I realized that no one would know it had a f/f romance unless they actually read my review. So now my titles will usually be like this: “Review: Title // small description of the book especially about the type of rep that’s in it”.

I got a Ko-fi! You definitely don’t need to do anything about it but I got it and it’s always there in my sidebar now. I might also add the link to it at the end of posts or discussions that I feel are useful or that took me long to write, but other than that you won’t see me advertise it much.

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What have you been reading in May? Found any new favorites? Are you excited for Pride Month? Are you doing anything special for it? I started two threads, one for recs and one that’s more of a general queer commentary on stuff that I’ve been feeling I should talk about but I never knew where to write! Feel free to check them out!

April Wrap-Up

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If I thought that March felt long, BOY I should have waited to live through this April. Okay but talking about books only, at the beginning of April I was finally excited to read some of my ARCs after a full month of ARC ban. 6/14 of the books I’ve read this month are in fact ARCs! That sadly doesn’t even begin to cover the amount of them I still have to read.

Anyway, I also managed to read a few things I’d been planning to read for ages (like Wonder Woman: Warbringer) and some anticipated new releases (Leah on the Offbeat!!!), plus two excellent (and important) novels there were free on Riveted—The Nowhere Girls and All American Boys. Overall it was a good reading month, even though my life/mental health was a little bit all over the place.

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Heroes of Olympus #1—#3 by Rick Riordan: last month I listened to the whole PJO series and I loved it so much! So it was only right that I kept listening to the Riordan’s world. This series is different from PJO mainly because of the different POVs and I wouldn’t know which one I prefer, but it’s great to be able to be in different characters’ heads. These books are also longer than the PJO ones, which can be a little frustrating, especially when listening to the audiobooks, but I think quality-wise they’re much better and there’s so much character development.

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed: this was amazing and empowering. It follows the lives of three girls who are the MCs and the founders of a group, the Nowhere Girls, meant to deal with the rape culture that directly affected their school. The best thing about this novel is how inclusive it is of all girls. There are chapters from different POVs than the three central characters, and they show girls of all different background/race/religion/sexuality etc etc. The three girls themselves are an autistic girl, a fat girl, and a queer Latina girl.

Fence #5 by C.S. Pacat: two words: AIDEN. SNAPPED.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli: THIS. WAS. SO. GOOD. It’s hard to talk about it without spoiling but basically it explores Leah’s bisexuality and it was everything I could have hoped for. Becky really manages to write relatable books that feel real and not like the author tried too much. It’s also great rep of a fat bisexual girl in a mainstream YA book featuring a main f/f romance and it’s going to mean so much to so many people, especially teens.

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely: I can’t believe I’d never heard anything about this book before finding it for free on Riveted. Okay, it’s slightly older (from 2015), but it has the same importance of more recent books focusing on the same theme of police brutality. It follows two POVs, a black boy who is sent to the hospital after a cop beat the shit out of him for something he assume he did (and he didn’t), and a white boy who is friend with the younger brother of the cop himself and was a witness to the brutality and needs to overcome his own biases. I was a little hesitant going into it about the white boy’s POV but I honestly found that it was well done. This is one of those important books that you want to read, trust me.

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The House of Hades (Heroes of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan: I love this so much more than the first three already??? Which I didn’t know would be possible. I think I’m not even halfway but so much has already happened, especially in terms of character development. Going into it I was a little disappointed because I was hoping we’d finally get Nico’s POV but apparently we only get it in the next book, but there’s so much stuff (Nico included) that I feel like it’s okay this way.

The Right Thing to Do at the Time by Dov Zeller: I’ve barely just started this so I can’t say much about it. However, something that immediately caught my attention is the writing style. It’s so unique! I don’t know if I will keep liking it for the whole book but so far I really do love it and it makes it different than any other book I’ve read. Other than that I haven’t seen much other than the introduction of the MCs, two queer Jewish boys, one of which is a trans guy, but I still need to get into the main plot.

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I usually have a section for things I’ve watched but I literally haven’t watched anything this month. I also haven’t been blogging much save from a few release blitzes that I’d signed up for, and a couple of ARC reviews. The only relevant post this month was Hollie’s contribution to #QueerLitStories, and it’s one of my favorite guest posts that I’ve shared so far. I highly recommend reading it and checking out her blog too!

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I really want to come back to blogging with the same enthusiasm from two months ago, but the truth is that now real life is a priority, both on the good and on the bad sides, and I can’t deal with too many things at once. But! I’m starting an internship later this month that will lead to a full time job if I like it enough. I’m scared and excited and I hope that once I get into the hang of things I will find a way to make my work and blogging work alongside and not against each other, so to speak, even if it might take me a while. I’m still very excited about books and the book community, and I can’t wait to get back to a regular blogging schedule.

How was your April? What were your reading highlights? Has spring finally come where you live? Let me know in the comments!

 

March Wrap-Up

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March felt like such a long month??? And look at how much I’ve read!!! I don’t think I’ve had such a productive reading month in ages but to be honest it’s only because I audiobooked A Lot of books and I found out that I can listen to them at 1.5 speed and it’s awesome and totally faster than I would ever read on my own!

Anyway, if you didn’t know, this month I participated in Laura’s mARCh madness challenge, which means I couldn’t read any ARCs (even though I did request/receive more than a few). You guys probably know I don’t usually make monthly TBRs (not on the blog at least), but I did write a guideline list with both March releases that I wanted to read as soon as they came out AND backlist titles. I didn’t end up reading all of the ones that I planned, and I also read some stuff I hadn’t even thought I would get to in March, but in any case this was a great, if a little weird, reading month.

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NEW RELEASES:

Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi: I honestly hadn’t thought about the original trilogy much in the one and a half year since I’d read it, but I really wanted to continue it and I’m glad I did. This book was so entertaining and I was never bored, plus I loved seeing my favorites again. Read my review here.

All Out: the no-longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages by various authors: this was one of my most anticipated releases of this year and it didn’t disappoint. There’s 17 stories total and I still need to write my review but in any case I think the average of all the stories would be something around 4 stars or more. Some stories didn’t draw my attention or were sort of forgettable, but some were simply amazing. And anyway, even if not all stories are for you, there’s gotta be something for every person in this anthology, so I totally recommend reading it.

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman Jay Kristoff: this was also among my most anticipated releases and I loved it so much. I cried and screamed but it was such a satisfying ending to a series that I adore so much.

 

BACKLIST:

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman: this was a buddy read with Laura and I’m so glad I finally managed to read it. It was simply amazing and the kind of perfect contemporary that’s both epic and relatable because it keeps up with modern times (like fandom stuff).

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson: I listened to this book for ten days straight and I wasn’t sure what to think about it at the beginning, but then I slowly started to fall in love with it. This is a book about the many shapes of love, loss and guilt, and I highly recommend it.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty: I was promised a feminist masterpiece by Elise and it totally delivered. It’s kind of slow because you get to glimpse into the lives of three different women and learn all about how their relationships intersect, and at first it starts out kind of mundane but each page uncovers secrets. There’s also a mystery theme going on so you’re kept on the edge of your seat until the very end.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians (books #1-#5) by Rick Riordan: it was my first time reading this series and how I wish I had read it when I was a teen. It was just so fun and listening to the audiobooks probably made everything better. I know I’m the last person on this planet to have read this series but please read it.

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The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus #1) by Rick Riordan: well what else was I supposed to read after finishing PJO? I’m in the middle of this and I love how different it feels from PJO because of the different POVs, while keeping the overall feel of PJO the same.

Circle of Ashes by Elise Kova: this is an ARC and I’m enjoying it much more than book one in the series. I basically read most of it during my trip yesterday and I couldn’t believe that I’d read so much in just a handful of hours (I’m a slow reader y’all).

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I watched Everything Sucks! (I even attempted to review it here) and I loved it. It has great representation and diversity, but it’s not just that. The plot is fun and the dialogue hilarious. Not one character is nonredeemable and I can’t recommend it enough.

 

 

 

ODAATIME3-700x400I also started One Day at a Time and it’s just so amazing. I’m waiting to actually finish it (I’m almost done) before I even try to write a review, but honestly everyone should watch it. It’s hilarious but each episode focuses on a real life issue (immigration, misogyny, metal health, coming out, and many more) and it has its own five minutes of seriousness that sets it apart from other humorous shows. It follows a Cuban family living in America and my favorite characters are Abuelita and Elena.

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I posted more #QueerLitStories and I’m super proud of everyone who participated! All the posts are so interesting and relevant, and they focus on different aspects of representation.

Melanie talks about Black Iris and how it helped her come to terms with her pansexuality;

Alexis talks about what it meant to her to see a character struggling with his sexuality like she was, and the general lack of pansexual representation in books;

Annie talks about labels and a book where she felt represented;

Syd talks about how sometimes even a side character can help us feel represented and seen;

Sasha talks about various books and media where she saw herself represented, not only as bisexual but also as Russian;

Find out how you can send me your own guest post here.

Another post I wrote and that I like is my reasons for not being on bookstagram. I’d love for you to check it out whether you’re on bookstagram or not, and tell me what you think!

I also took a little semi hiatus on the second half of the month and I guess I’m still on it. I was posting four times a week before but now I’m probably going to keep it at one or two for a little while. I’m just not in a good place right now and I need to really focus on myself for a while.

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How was your March? Have you done anything fun? I need to hear something positive so I’d love to hear about your highlights of the month!

February wrap-up

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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.

Highlights:

At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson: this was such a great book and now I want to read everything by this author. Full review here.

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 🙃

Currently reading:

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.

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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.

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TV SHOWS/MOVIES

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).

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How was your February? Tell me your highlights (bookish or not)!

January wrap-up

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This was overall a good reading month. Despite a few DNFs and On Holds. I made it a point to read as many ARCs as I could because I got to a point where I had 15 (!!!!) between Netgalley, Edelweiss and ARCs sent directly by the author. I managed to get it down to 7 and ideally I would have liked to read more but after starting a few bad ones (which I DNF’d because ain’t nobody got time for that) I just wanted to read something that wasn’t an ARC.

My highlights:

The Ship of the Dead (Series review to come!);

Norse Mythology (Mini review to come on the blog, read it on GR in the meantime);

Ace of Shades (Review);

Fence #3 (Review);

Always Human (it’s an amazing webcomic with a beautiful f/f relationship and you can and should read it here! Review to come).

I also started and finished reading my first ever audiobook and now I know that I can’t do without it. Adult life means having a lot of chores to do but at least I can multitask by listening to a book.

Currently reading:

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I’ve barely just started this but I’m already liking this a lot! I’m reading it on Riveted since it’s free for a few days. It’s my first Shaun David Hutchinson book so I’m really excited.

 

MUSIC

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M A  N   I    A came out and I’ve been listening to it a lot. I don’t think it’s my favorite Fall Out Boy album but the more I listen to it the more I like it. I’m actually considering going to see them on tour because they’ll have a gig in my town in a few months.

Other than that I haven’t really been listening to anything new, BUT I went to see Lady Gaga‘s concert in Milan and it was AMAZING 😭❤️

My pictures all suck basically but anyway here’s a few!

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It was an amazing evening and I had so much fun, I’m so happy I managed to go there even though I had to take a plane to get there.

 

TV SHOWS

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Yes San Junipero is the first episode I watched and it’s because I knew it was gay

I started watching Black Mirror in random order (basically just googling/asking friends what the best episodes are) and so far I really liked the few (I think it was only three) episodes we’ve watched (I can’t really watch it alone because I don’t wanna get too scared).

 

 

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They’re so messed up

 

 

I’ve also binge watched The End of the F***ing World in one sitting and I actually loved it. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started it but man I was hooked. That ending???? I don’t know if they plan to make a sequel but I think I actually would like it if it just ended like that. It’s sort of one of the few times when I don’t mind an open ending.

 

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I…can’t believe they both have crushes on each other but with different identities wow just get your shit together

I started watching Miraculous Ladybug too and it’s so cute. I’m watching it in German because I’d have to watch it translated in any case and I might as well try to improve my German skills.

 

 

 

How was your January? How’s 2018 looking for you so far? Are you hydrated? Let me know in the comments ❤️

 

December and sapphicathon wrap-up

Welcome to this year’s last wrap-up post! I’m also sharing my results for Sapphicathon (while mini reviews for the books I’ve read are coming next month).

BOOKS

So here’s what I read in December:

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(The ones with 👭 are books I read for Sapphicathon)

  • A Night at the Mall by M. Hollis
  • Godsgrave (The Nevernight Chronicle #2) by Jay Kristoff
  • Tripping Over You by Owen White
  • 👭 Ripped Pages by M. Hollis
  • 👭 Kim Reaper: Grim Beginnings by Sarah Graley
  • The Goose Girl by Robin Gallica
  • 👭 The Edge of the Abyss by Emilie Skrutskie
  • 👭 The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis
  • The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan
  • Fence #2 by C.S. Pacat
  • 👭 Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
  • 👭 Winterglass by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (DNF)
  • 👭 Set the Stage by Karis Walsh (DNF)
  • The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the gods of Asgard #2) by Rick Riordan
  • Always Raining Here by Bell and Hazel
  • Long Exposure by Kam “Mars” Heyward

I’m quite impressed because I managed to read a lot more than I did in the past months. I did get a little bit of a reading slump around the end of Sapphicathon, and that’s because sadly after a streak of great novels/novellas I started two books that weren’t great and made me want to change genre completely. Thankfully I fought the slump by starting the second book of Magnus Chase and I managed to finish it sooner than I thought I would, so there’s that.

Thoughts on Sapphicathon:

I’m so happy I decided to join. It was super chill and I loved seeing everyone read a lot of f/f stories and especially raise awareness on them. Even if I didn’t get to read a ton of books for it, I came out of the readathon with a lot more recs that I found on twitter and goodreads, so I now can’t claim anymore that “I want to read f/f but I don’t know of any good books.” That’s an easy excuse to give but that’s all it is. The books are there, they’re being created and they span all genres if you really care to find them. Don’t be afraid to use your social platforms to ask for recs if you can’t find them yourselves, and get familiar with people who regularly talk about about f/f content.

With that said, I’m a little sad that my last two reads for the readathon weren’t great. I had a lot of problems with the writing in Winterglass, and that put me in a slump, so I didn’t even feel like reading Set the Stage, which I started specifically to have something contemporary to read when Winterglass would bore me. Sadly, that too wasn’t great because I didn’t care about the characters at all, and at that point I really needed to read something completely different, meaning that I basically ended my sapphicathon after one and a half weeks instead of doing the full two weeks.

However, I came across a lot of (from what people say) great f/f books and I now own a few of them as ebooks and I’m looking forward to read.

CURRENTLY READING

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  • Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman: this is actually my first audiobook ever and I hope this format will work for me. I’ve already listened to half an hour of it while I was making food earlier and I feel like I could follow it well, so I’m confident that I will be able to enjoy “reading” in this format. I wasn’t even interested in this book until reading Magnus Chase made me want to know more about this mythology (we learn Greek and Roman mythology in Italy but we never talk about the Norse myths!)
  • The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee: this was given to me as a Christmas present in hardback format and I already started reading snippets of it, plus the introduction. It’s a nonfiction book about the discovery and history of DNA and genes, how mankind first reacted to it, and how science and medicine were and still are trying to uncover its many secrets.
  • If the Fates Allow (anthology by various authors): this is an anthology where every story features LGBTQ+ themes and characters, and the common theme is Christmas holidays. Admittedly anthologies aren’t my thing, so I’m taking it slow. I’ve read only one story so far and it didn’t work for me at all, so we’ll see what happens with the next ones. This was an ARC by Netgalley btw, but I don’t know if it’s still available there.

 

TV SHOWS

I caught up with Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Rosa Diaz is biautiful 💖💜💙) and I can’t stress enough how amazing this show is. It’s probably not perfect, but I don’t really know of any other show that is as woke as b99. And it’s SO funny without making fun of anyone.

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I also finished Stranger Things and I really liked it. The kids are all amazing actors and I’ve already signed the adoption papers. My only complaint is the unnecessary use of the girl hates girl trope, especially in characters so young and especially since there aren’t that many girls to begin with. That truly pissed me off and I expected better, but other than that it’s still a great show. My favorite thing in season 2 (without spoiling anyone) was the unlikely friendship between Dustin and Steve.

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And this is it for this month and this year. I’ll see you all in my next post, and I wish you all to have fun celebrating New Year’s Eve!

Happy 2018!