How are we already in February? January felt like an extension of 2020, not gonna lie. I don’t think I read many books. I’ve been trying to house break a puppy! It’s been chaotic! Here is what I read:
Every Single Lie by. Rachel Vincent ~ 3.5/5 Stars (ARC read before January) ~ Published Jan. 12, 2021
Shadow City by. Francesca Flores ~ 3.5/5 Stars (ARC read before January) ~ Published Jan. 26, 2021
New Year’s Kiss by. Lee Matthews ~ 3/5 Stars
The Four Winds by. Kristin Hannah ~ 4.5/5 Stars (ARC read before January) Published Feb. 2, 2021
One of the Good Ones by. Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite ~ 3.5/5 Stars (ARC read before January) Published Jan. 5, 2021
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by. Erika L. Sanchez ~ 3.5/5 Stars
Instant Karma by. Marissa Meyer ~ 3.5/5 Stars
Of Wicked Blood by. Olivia Wildenstein & Katie Hayoz ~ 4/5 Stars (ARC read before January) Published Feb. 2, 2021
Love Spells and Other Disasters by. Angie Barrett ~ 4/5 Stars
I Wanna Be Where You Are by. Kristina Forest ~ 3/5 Stars
The Princess Trials by. Cordelia K. Castel ~ 3/5 Stars
Greythorne by. Crystal Smith ~ 5/5 Stars
The Princess Games by. Cordelia K. Castel ~ 2.5/5 Stars
This Golden Flame by. Emily Victoria ~ 4/5 Stars (ARC read before January) Published Feb. 2, 2021
Fables & Other Lies by. Claire Contreras ~ 3.5/5 Stars
How to Build a Heart by. Maria Padian ~ 3.5/5 Stars
I’ve been lumping all my my books together ~ books I read months before but planned to published near publication date. But I want a true count of books I read in a specific month so I really have to do a better job at separating the info.
Books Actually Read in January 2021: 10 + 3 ARCs for future posts = 13
Book Reviews Posted: 16
Blog Tours: 3
I was feeling off my reading game in January but let’s see if I can make it up in February. I hope you all have a wonderful reading month!
Here we are at the end of 2020 – HOORAY! We made it! I pray for a better 2021, I really do. Here’s what I read during this busy month ~
Light Singer by. Audrey Grey – 4/5 Stars
Maybe This Time by. Kasie West – 3.5/5 Stars
Uncaged by. Celia McMahon – 3/5 Stars
You Have a Match by. Emma Lord – 4/5 Stars
Moon Claimed by. Kelly St. Clare – 3/5 Stars
Among the Beasts & Briars by. Ashley Poston – 4.5/5 Stars
Unleashed by. Celia McMahon – 3.5/5 Stars
The Fallout by. Frost Kay – 3.5/5 Stars
To Whatever End by. Lindsey Frydman – 3/5 Stars
That’s all I read this month – it wasn’t a lot because there was just too many to do with the holidays. I had to help my son finish up his work and projects for school, we celebrated Hanukkah and Christmas so gift shopping, baking, cooking, and yes donating things to make room for new toys that my kids got. So packing up donations and carrying it off to be dropped off was work.
And then entertaining the kids during winter break AND making sure I got all my Etsy orders shipped on time. So I am glad this year is over, glad this month is over and on to the next. Let’s have a great 2021! Happy New Year everyone!
Oh November, you wild thing you. I started this month full of bad anxiety because of Election Day which turned into Election Week…of course my birthday fell on the day after Election Day. So yeah…it was the worst week ever. I never want to relive that, ever.😅
Because of all that anxiety – I barely read anything. I couldn’t, so this was the month I read the least I think. This was what my November was like:
Cast in Firelight by. Dana Swift – 5/5
These Violent Delights by. Chloe Gong – 4/5
Parachutes by. Kelly Yang 3.5/5
Grown by. Tiffany D. Jackson – 4/5
Deal with the Elf King by. Elise Kova – 4/5
Unravel the Dusk by. Elizabeth Lim – 3/5
Savage Lands by. Stacey Marie Brown – 4/5
Shadow Knights (Knights of the Realm, #2) – 2/5
Skin Curse (The Gate Cycle, #2) – 4/5
How was your November? What are you looking forward to reading in December? I don’t think I have anything I’m dying to read for December – I just want a nice break and catch up on NetGalley arcs I have to finish, but that’s it. I wish you all a Happy December!
August was an awful month for me personally – the Leo vibes were not working with me. I got into a car accident, then Hawaii’s COVID numbers started exploding and then I had that COVID scare with my family. Also, online schooling started for my son and the first week was a total, chaotic mess – for students, parents and teachers alike). It was a month filled with dread and anxieties.
On the book front – I did manage to read some books to take my mind off of things. But also, do you ever find yourself not being able to read when you are under a lot of stress? I just wanted to sleep the days away. So let’s see what I managed to read and post:
Out of these titles – I think I really only read 5 of these in the month of August, the rest I read months before but posted closer to their publication dates. I did read other arcs in August that will be posted later.
Here we are in the second half of the year and I’m exhausted but school starts up again for my son, so here we go…the challenge of August because, every month is something different, right? 2020…we need to like do a full on sage, cleansing, purge…I don’t know what…haha. Anyway, here is what I read and/or reviewed in July:
I’m usually so lazy about posting links to my reviews but I’m trying to be less lazy about that haha…so here are the ratings and links:
The Black Kids by. Christina Hammonds Reed – 4 STARS
Hello July, goodbye June. I want to say goodbye 2020 with a vaccine on hand haha, I’m ready for 2021 folks. Anyway, I think I read more in June because Hawaii’s flattened our covid curve to 0 cases in June and then…it’s starting to creep back up again, but not high, just the usual range we had pre-lockdown. My anxiety lessened in June, but we shall see for July. My son starts 2nd grade in 4 weeks. 😱 And we aren’t sure what the rest of the year will be like…will schools shutdown again and I’ll be his 2nd grade teacher? 😩 Will dwell on that when it comes, but here’s what I read in June:
Eleven books, not bad! But I’m pretty sure I read a few others on Kindle Unlimited, but because it’s a series, I’m trying to wait for the last book to do a mini review of the whole series. Also I read some books that have later publications and those reviews won’t post until late in the year.
My goal for June was to add more black authors and yay, I reached my goal! I read 6 books written by black authors and 2 by POC-Asian authors.
How was your month of June? I hope you have an awesome July!
May was about grieving for me and my family. My husband had lost his aunt to COVID-19 in the last week of April and her funeral was in the first week of May. And yes there was Mother’s Day, my sister’s birthday, my husband’s birthday – some happy moments and then again…grief, watching George Floyd’s life snuffed out on video. I don’t even remember what I read for May…it’s been chaos.
We were social distancing and locked down and now in Hawaii we are almost fully open (only tourism is closed) so before Memorial Day, I was feeling less anxiety. Then we started June with protests, anger, rage, grief, tears, and now…change. I see the change and it gives me hope. I love seeing the activism in young people so I will cling to that hope.
With that May update…(it’s been crazy right?)…here is what I read in May:
The 3 book series were so short, it could have been combine to make a duology so I read those fast. Two of the books in the list also were read months ago but posted nearer to their publication dates. But yeah, not bad for a rough month. At least I got to escape for a little bit. How did you do in May?