I’m a bad blogger.
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.