January wrap-up

BOOKS

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DNF:

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On hold:

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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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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 ❤️

 

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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!

 

November Wrap-Up

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Well, what a weird month reading-wise this has been for me! I think it’s safe to say that I’ve been a little more relaxed with reading lately (in the past few months), but that was always because I was too busy. This month however, I totally feel like I was in a legit slump because even though I had many books that I was excited for, I rarely felt like reading them. But I did feel like reading something, and maybe it was the anticipation for Fence, but I was so in the mood for comics that I started reading some and ended up reading a lot of them (well, at least a lot more than I usually do). I’ve had these comics-streaks in the past but it was mostly for manga, whereas this time it’s been more for webcomics (they’re awesome and they”re free!), specifically for lgbtq+ ones.

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As you can see, I’ve only finished two novels this month (Evenfall: Volume I by Santino Hassell and Ais, and Gemini Keeps Capricorn by Anyta Sunday), and everything else is webcomics (yes that’s right, except for Fence everything else is available to read online for free!).

You can check out my individual reviews on my goodreads, but because they’re so many and there are really a few gems among them that not many people might know about, I’m going to make a separate LGBT+ webcomic recommendation post soon, so I hope you’ll look forward to that.

CURRENTLY READING

Given what I said before, it’s no surprise that I’m in the middle of reading another LGBT+ webcomic, plus I’m also reading two novels that I’d been looking forward to for a while.

 

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Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (sequel to Nevernight) came out in September I believe but I still hadn’t finished rereading book one, and because these books aren’t exactly easy to read I kept postponing it. I’m still only around 20% but I love it and I only wish I had time to binge read it within a couple of days but I sadly don’t.

And… can you believe that The Sword of Summer is my first Rick Riordan book?? I’ve been meaning to start reading his books for ages but I still hadn’t gotten around to it. I’m not very far into it because of my slump but what I did read was awesome! It’s definitely written for the younger side of YA but it’s super enjoyable by adults as well! I’m really looking forward to finishing it and continuing the series, but the way it is at the moment I’m keeping it for when I need a light read before bed or something. Maybe I’ll binge it in the holidays but we’ll see!

 

TV SHOWS

I started watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine (I guess that’s also why I had less time for reading…ahem) and I love it! Jake Peralta is a gem of a main character and I love all the other characters too (Rosa Diaz owns my heart).

I also don’t think I’ve ever seen a more diverse TV show and that’s part of the reason why I started watching it (besides all my friends telling me to…and now I know why they did!). I’m pretty sure everyone else is watching it already but if you aren’t I definitely recommend it!

I also started Stranger Things and it’s possible that by the time this post gets published (I had to schedule it because I’m away for the weekend) I might have finished it, but as of now I’m in the middle of the second season and I love it. I’m also too scared to watch it alone so that’s why I haven’t managed to finish it yet.

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I also totally forgot to mention it in my October Wrap Up but I binged Voltron: Legendary Defender and it’s now easily one of my favorite shows. I’m just carefully avoiding the fandom though because it’s a mess and I don’t want anything to do with it.

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GAMES

I installed Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and it’s just a silly little game but it keeps me entertained for a few minutes a day and I love that you can add your IRL and online friends.

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Add me if you’re also playing!

I wish I were still playing Persona 5 but I haven’t touched it in months and I don’t know when I’ll be able to continue it so I’m a little sad about that, but there’s enough on my plate already.

 

Well this post was long but I really like including other things in my Wrap Ups whenever I can, I hope you all don’t mind!

Let me know how this month was for you and what your plans for December and for the holidays are, I’d love to hear that!

Until next time!

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.

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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 ♥

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 ♥