I’m using that in a “it’s okay not to be perfect” kind of way, like Bad Feminist. I haven’t posted a single thing in weeks. I haven’t published a review since January. For some reason, these Monthly TBR and then the Monthly Recap posts are the only ones I feel like doing at the moment. Part of it is that I’m busy. Everyone is busy, but when I’m super busy in one area of my life (AKA work), all my brain power gets used on that thing and I end up with less brain power for other things. Work has been kind of bananas, probably will be for a while, and all I feel like doing when I get home is watching Parks and Rec with the honeyman and then taking a bath. Reading is keeping me sane. But my creative-side, the part that can put together thoughts and opinions and maybe gifs into some sort of review format, is just not operating. Even doing “Sarah Sunday” posts seems not worth it because the only thing happening is work and TV watching.
Anyways, so I’ll continue to do the blog posts that I am still enjoying because they don’t require as much effort until I get my groove back.
March wasn’t a bad month for reading! The February slump officially passed. I finished 8 books and 22 comics. Yeah, some of those were novellas and YA novels (I also miss having the attention span and brain power for reading heavy non-fiction, oy) but I enjoyed every single thing I read, so there. My hopes are kind of high for April too.
On the Kindle:
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan – Hooray! This is a NetGalley ARC for the third book in Kwan’s series and I’m super excited for it. Comes out May 23rd.
A Little Bit Naughty by Farrah Rochon – At our last local Read Harder meet-up, Ana recommended this WOC romance author whose books always feature POC characters. If it has multiple points-of-view, I’ll be using it for the Read Harder task. This book about a woman who loses her job and her husband and then becomes one of those home party saleswomen (like Avon) for erotic toys. FUN.
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore – Another e-galley, this is a non-fiction about the girls who eventually got sick because they worked in factories that used radium, and comes out May 2nd.
We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby – Clearly I got ambitious with my ARC requests. I actually started this a while back, reading some nights in bed, but haven’t picked it up in a while. What I read was kind of funny though, so we’ll see how it goes.
Agnes Moor’s Wild Knight by Alyssa Cole – Because Alyssa Cole rocks.
Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones by Derek Landy – This middle grade/YA series is SO FUN. This is the third book, and I started it last night. The series is about a witty skeleton detective who can make fireballs and the young girl (starts out 12, she ages a year with each book I think) who becomes his sidekick.
In the stack:
Oh yeah… I also have the Skulduggery books in paperback (I got excited and bought all 9 from one of those “other sellers” on Amazon.)
The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison – I’ve been wanting to read this for a while, and I’m hoping it won’t be too dense for my current wuss of a brain. Apparently Jamison was an Standardized Patient (person who acts out a medical case for medical students to practice on) and that’s what got her thinking about empathy. I ALSO used to be an SP, so I’m curious to see what she says!
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid – I’d been hearing so many great things, but honestly seeing the gorgeous cover in Barnes and Noble hooked me. I’m 60-ish pages in and enjoying it.
Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor – I like Okorafor’s novels, and Liberty at Book Riot was raving about this YA book by her so I’m really looking forward to it.
Fables: Volume 18 – Only five more trades until I’m done with the series! Volume 17 dragged a bit so I hope this one is better.
I also have to decide on a book to read that’s within 100 miles of my town for the Read Harder challenge, and the Social Justice Book Club is reading Headscarves and Hymens Mona Eltahawy, so I’ll be grabbing that from the library.
If you have anything you’re excited to read this month, let me know. My TBR knows no bounds. Now I’m going to go bury myself in some books all weekend because for once I have zero obligations to leave the house.
So long, February! Actually it was a nice month – had a sweet, quiet Valentine’s Day and I turned 30 (woohoo!) – but I seemed to be stuck in a weird reading slump. I mean, I finished 6 books, but it felt like everything was kind of a struggle.
Anyways, because of that I’m aiming relatively low for my March reads. And hopefully I’ll be getting my reading mojo back and will read even more than expected! Foolproof.
Koko Takes a Holiday by Kieran Shea – This caught my eye browsing around Barnes and Noble on my birthday, so it’s one of the books the husband bought for me. Something about a retired lady mercenary living out retirement in a brothel until a former coworker sends a team to fill her. Sounds action-y and fun!
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami – Using this for my “book about sports” for the Book Riot Read Harder challenge. And also kind of hoping that it gives me some inspiration to run more seriously.
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison – And I’m planning on this being my “book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country” read. This is probably the first Morrison book I ever heard of, but somehow haven’t read it yet.
A Red Death by Walter Mosley – The second in the Easy Rawlins series. I read the first in DC and I’ve kind of been wanting to capture that feel again, so diving into this might do the trick!
Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario – Next up for the Social Justice Book Club, focusing on immigration.
Aaaaand I have a ton of books waiting for me on my Kindle, too, if the mood strikes.
What are you looking forward to reading this month?
Not sure about y’all but I had an AWESOME January. 9 books read! But I really slacked on reviews, because… reasons. I don’t know, not motivated to write them at the moment I guess. Anyways, I’m hoping to keep the momentum going on February.
Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding – I’m really looking forward to re-reading this for the “Read a book you’ve read before” task for the 2017 Read Harder Challenge. It’s been about 4 years since I read the Ketty Jay series.
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Sex and Science by Mary Roach – This is the Mary Roach I’ve been looking forward to the most.
We Love You, Charlie Freeman by Kaitlyn Greenridge – Something about a black family that agrees to live with a chimp and teach it sign language? I’ve had this on my radar for a while because I heard it was good, and since it’s on the Tournament of Books shortlist I figured now is a good time to read it.
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong – More science! I picked this book out as my 1 year wedding anniversary present (paper) and I’m psyched to dig into it.
Are You An Echo? The Lost Poetry of Misuzu Kaneko by David Jacobson, Sally Ito, and Michiko Tsuboi – Poetry in translation about a theme other than love! This is one of the super specific tasks on the 2017 Read Harder Challenge, and I’m going to read kids books for it.
A Movie in My Pillow by Jorge Argueta – Same task, and this one specifically focuses on the author’s immigrant experience so it’s timely as well.
Fables: Volume 14 by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham – After this I’ll need to order the next few volumes! I bet I can finish the series this year.
Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching by Mychal Denzel Smith – I can’t believe I didn’t get to read this last year! But I have it waiting on my Kindle for me now, so it’s time.
Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor – The sequel to Binti just came out! Yay!
Alright, hopefully I’m not being too ambitious but I’m really psyched about all of these! And I have a 4-day weekend at the end of the month, so if I’m behind I can use that time to read a whole bunch. OH and I’ll probably be re-reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X this month too, for the Social Justice Book Club. Is there anything on your radar in February?
I’m so excited to dive into 2017 reading, and I’m extra excited because the #BoutofBooks readathon starts tomorrow – there is no better way to kick off 2017!
I have a lot of hopes for my reading this year. I’m co-hosting a local Read Harder group, to focus on completing the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. I’m in two social justice reading groups, and very excited to see the shape those take this year. I’d like to see myself relax and dive into some meatier science non-fiction this year, because I really miss it. And I’d just like to read as much as I possibly can – this year should be a bit more slow-paced than last year, so there should be reading time aplenty.
Alright, enough rambling. Let’s see what’s in my stack.
Be Not Afraid by Alyssa Cole – This is a short Revolutionary War romance between two slaves who are trying to find the best chance of freedom, and I’m so excited to read it. Alyssa Cole is so great and I met her at BRL and she signed this for me. She wrote “To Sarah, Rise Up!” because she’s awesome.
Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis – I’ve seen a lot of buzz around this lately, and I know Angela Davis is a prominent activist who has written a lot of other books. This is a collection of essays, and I can’t wait to see what she has to say. Based on the title, I’m thinking this will be a great “don’t give up, you gotta keep fighting” read.
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie – This is backlist, but I love Adichie and this would count towards “read a book about war” for the Read Harder challenge (one of the tasks my local group will be meeting to talk about this month.) It takes place during the Biafran War.
Breasts: A Natural and Unnatural History by Florence Williams – I forget where I first heard about this book, but I think it talks about how breasts have evolved, how humanity’s relationship with them has evolved, and… yeah. Being a pretty chesty lady myself, this sounds really interesting.
March: Book 3 by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin – Finally! Book 3 has been out for a while, but I was waiting till I could buy it before I read it. The honeyman got it for me for Christmas, so yay.
Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man Volume 4 by Brian Michael Bendis and Sarah Pichelli – I love this older run of Miles Morales as Spider-Man and I’ve been waiting to get my hand of this volume for AGES. Finally nabbed it used on Amazon for $6.
FablesVolume 12 and Volume 13 by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham – I’ve been slowly working my way through Fables and it’s time for me to step it up and finish it this year! I’ve been buying them as I go, and I think I have these two and Volume 14 on my shelf to read before I can order more.
Battle Hill Bolero by Daniel Jose Older – This isn’t pictured because it comes out on Tuesday, and it should be arriving to my house that day. This is the third in the Bone Street Rumba series and I CANNOT WAIT.
Alright, and I have so many Kindle books this month that I decided to feature them in their own picture.
Mixed Signals by Alyssa Cole – Remember how I was saying Alyssa Cole is awesome? Yep, she is. This is the third book in her post-apocalyptic romance series.
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – I bought this over 2 years ago, and I think the time has finally come now that the hype died down. I’ve heard that it’s really gossipy and engrossing, and I could use a read like that to just suck me in and get me interested in what exactly is happening with these women.
Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit – This is the first book this year for the Social Justice Book Club and I’m looking forward to diving in. I didn’t love the author’s book Men Explain Things to Me, but I’ve heard this was a great read right after the election, about how to stay hopeful and move forward to get shit done.
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai – This is an e-galley for a February release, about a guy who grows up and his version of 2016 is actually kind of perfect and futuristic, but some time travel thing goes wrong and he ends up in our 2016, which is a dystopia wasteland in comparison. I’m very very interested in this.
The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles – One of the other Read Harder tasks my group will be talking about this month is “read an LGBTQ+ romance novel”, and after some poking around on Amazon I decided to give this one a whirl. It got good ratings and this is at the end of the description for the book : “Warning: Contains hot m/m sex between a deeply inappropriate earl and a very confused magician, dark plots in a magical version of Victorian England, family values (not the good kind), and a lot of swearing.” Awesome.
Turbulence by Samit Basu – This was recommended on one of the Book Riot podcasts, about how all of the people on one plane ride end up with superpowers. Not sure what happens from there but that premise alone hooked me.
ALRIGHTY THEN. That should keep me busy this month. I’m hoping that with the readathon this week, I’ll be able to read at least half of these, if not more. Is there anything you’re looking forward to this month?
I can’t believe it’s December. It’s here, you guys. 2016 is almost over and good riddance. I only finished 4 books in November (but I’m halfway through like 4 others.) I’m already looking forward to 2017 reading – especially because January usually means that life in general slows down a bit. So here’s my December TBR, and let’s hope I get around to at least half of it.
Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare – This was actually on my November list and I didn’t get around to it but I really do want to soon.
Folding the Red Into the Black by Walter Mosely – I bought this at Book Riot Live and it’s some sort of non-fiction I guess? Whatever, I’m trying it because Walter Mosely.
Human Acts by Han Kang – I was one of the #readathon winners in October and this is what I picked! It comes out in January so I feel like I should read it now.
How to Make White People Laugh by Negin Farsad – Okay so my favorite panel at Book Riot Live by far was “If We’re Not Crying, We’re Laughing” and Negin was on that panel and she was fantastically hilarious. I bought her book ASAP (before BRL was over).
Plucked by Rebecca Herzig – I’ve been dying to read this! And I wanted to in November when the paperback was released, and I bought it, but just didn’t have the time. It sounds like just a kind of goofy thing – the history of hair removal – but she goes into the social and political aspects of hair grooming and I’m just so here for it. I’m going to start this as soon as my family leaves (they’re going to be visiting for the next week, so).
The Wangs vs The World by Jade Chang – I’m so mad I didn’t read this before going to BRL. I bought it back when it was released in October but you know how it goes. Time and all. Jade was another delightful woman on the same panel as Negin and yeah I need this.
On the Kindle:
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay – Comes out in January! But I still haven’t finished the e-galley yet because I’m bad about reading short stories. But I will, I swear.
Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran – Another January release. I got approved for this kind of late, but I’m going to try to fit it in because I think it has to do a bit with the immigrant experience and having a child in a place you’re new to.
The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp – I feel like I was seeing this everywhere and it grabbed it while it was on a Kindle sale. I’m not entirely sure what it’s about, but I saw the words “occult” “Twitter” “died” and “YouTube” in the description and that hooked me, I guess.
Here’s to hoping December is nice and relaxing! What are you aiming to read this month? I just realized I don’t have a single Christmas-y title in my pile. Hmph.
Woot! October was another decent month (7 books read, 23 comics) and now things are about to get crazy up in here.
So, I don’t even remember if it’s still a thing but almost every year I’d see people participating in Nonfiction November, in which you binge on nonfiction for the month. Well, for the first time ever I actually remembered that before November hit, so I’m doing it whether it’s a “official” thing or not.
Now, this is kind of horrible timing because I’m doing quite a bit of travelling this month, plus Thanksgiving at the end of the month, but whatever I’m gonna try to do it. And I have a couple novels here, for easy plane and bed reading.
Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare – Everyone has been praising this romance novel, so I finally bought it. I don’t buy much romance in paperback anymore, but I was at the bookstore and it sounds great, so why not. It was funny seeing the look on my husband’s face though when he saw it.
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley – I’d love to fit this in before Book Riot Live in mid-November, since Walter Mosley will be there!
I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi – Funny lady calls people out on their shitty behavior. This should be a riot.
For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts’ Advice to Women by Barbara Ehrenreich and Deidre English – I’ve been wanting to read this book for AGES.
Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching by Mychal Denzel Smith – Finally diving into this, and I’m sure it will be fantastic as I keep hearing.
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly – I have this on audiobook too, I really want to read it before seeing the movie.
Life on the Edge: The Coming of Age of Quantum Biology by Jim Al-Khalili and Joe McFadden – Quantum biology! I started reading the first chapter the other night, I’m really looking forward to diving in.
The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku – I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet, it came out so long ago and I love Michio Kaku’s books.
Damn, non-fiction needs to chill with these long damn titles. OH and there’s a book coming out in paperback today, Plucked by Rebecca M. Herzig, that I’d like to grab and read as well. It’s about the history of hair removal / grooming and it sounds amazing.
I don’t know what is was, but September kind of rocked. I finished 8 books, (8!) and 19 issues of comics. So, I’m being a little ambitious in my October reading.
In the stack:
Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler – I’ve been meaning to read this FOR.EV.ER. It’s about a little black girl vampire who is actual in her 50’s and is able to be outside during the day.
Super Extra Grande by Yoss – Cuban sci-fi! Space travel faster than the speed of light is a real thing thanks to Latin American scientists, and a veterinarian will be responsible for saving the day and keeping the peace among the galaxy’s species.
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow – This is about a biracial girl who loses her family and has to rethink how she identifies. I think. I don’t know, it’s gotten so many great reviews.
Spontaneous by Aaron Starmer – Seniors students start exploding in class, with no rhyme or reason. I heard about this on the Book Riot podcast and it sounds weird and hilarious.
Preacher by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon – I have the first three volumes from the library and I really do want to check it out, ideally before I get around to watching the show.
On the Kindle:
Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam – Focuses on two best friends who are really different? Honestly the premise isn’t my usual jam, but it’s gotten fabulous reviews and the author will be at Book Riot Live.
IQ by Joe Ide – A young inner city kid starts to try to solve the crimes that the police just ignore or dismiss. I am BEYOND PSYCHED that I got approved for this on NetGalley.
The Terranauts by T.C. Boyle – I’m about 15% into this, the premise is basically like Bio-Dome (that Pauly Shore movie). But you know… without stoners creeping into the giant science experiment. Of course I had to request it on NetGalley!
Never Look an American in the Eye by Okey Ndibe – Another NetGalley approval. I haven’t read anything by this author before, but his memoir is about moving from Nigeria to America and it sounds so great.
Alright, and then there are a couple other books coming out this month that sound fantastic and hopefully I’ll get to those too. It’s gonna be a good month, right? Right.
I read 4 books in August, which honestly was more than I thought I’d be able to, so that’s cool, plus 19 issues of comics. Not too bad. We’re all moved into the new place and books are unpacked, so I can finally get back into the swing of things with blogging and such. Yay! So this is late, but here’s what I’m gonna try for this month.
From top to bottom:
Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon – Continuing on with my Outlander re-reads. Not sure if’ I’ll actually finish this in September, but I’d like to dive into it.
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros – Because it’s one of the books on my physical “unread” shelf.
Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn – I actually only have about 130 pages left in this – so far I strongly recommend.
The Hike by Drew Magary – New Drew Magary novel! I’m excited but I also admit to being a little hesitant because what if it’s not as good as his first book? It’s not a sequel, but you still always have that risk, ya know?
Jessica Jones: The Pulse, The Complete Collection by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley – Library find win!
The Terranauts by T.C. Boyle – Another ARC and the premise reminds me of the Pauly Shore movie Bio-Dome so I’m quite excited to start it.
The Angel of History by Rabih Alameddine – Seriously, I have a ton of ARCs for books coming out in October. I’ve heard great things about Alameddine so I bet this will be a good one!
More by Hakan Gunday – Another ARC, I think this is a novel about the human traffickers who smuggle refugees into Greece.
And of course, I have ton of other books on my Kindle waiting for me. After my books being packed for so long though, I’m finding myself reaching for print more, so I’m struggling a tiny bit with e-book reading. I’m sure that will fade.
July was a great month (found a new apartment, celebrated 9 years with the honeyman, NYC trip, etc) but I didn’t really get much reading done. I read 4 books, 1 graphic novel, and 9 issues of comics.
I’m not expecting to get much reading done in August either, since I’ll be packing in a lot of my free time, but here’s what I’m going to try to fit in this month. It’s all e-books, since all of my print books will be in boxes soon.
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova – This is a YA novel coming out soon about a teenage bruja (witch) who rejects her powers and in doing so accidentally vanishes her family. I’ve tried to start this a couple times lying in bed but I’ve been so worn out the Kindle just falls on my face. Next time I have a couple free hours, this is what I’ll be diving into.
Time Salvager by Wesley Chu – I can’t believe I haven’t read this yet, since I love Chu’s other series. I want to get this read because I think the sequel is coming out in a couple months.
A.D.H.D Nation by Alan Schwarz – Another review copy for an upcoming release, and this is about the over diagnosis and medication of children under the ADHD label.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead – Comes out in mid-September and I CANNOT WAIT to sit and have a go with this.
Signal Boost by Alyssa Cole – This is the second in Cole’s post-apocalyptic romance series, and I’m looking forward to seeing these characters again and figuring out what caused the power to go out.
Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – I have this AND the second book on my Kindle, and it is so ridiculous that I haven’t read it yet. I know the third book comes out in October, so now’s the time, right? I don’t know why I keep hesitating, these books have been getting fantastic reviews.
The ONE print book I might get to this month is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, if I can get to it within the next week or so. Here’s hoping I can get some down time to sneak it in soonish.
What are you hoping to read this month? Any new releases you’re excited about?