In Review: April 2019

InReview

In Review posts are a chance for me to catch my breath, note that I am actually making progress towards my reading goals, and give each month’s blog posts a little extra love.

This month was the first full month I’ve truly felt like myself instead of like a sick and miserable wraith. It’s been so fun to get back to work and blogging without feeling exhausted all the time.

It’s also been fun to get a change of scene: my wife and I bought a gorgeous condo in Minneapolis, so we’re saying goodbye to Saint Paul and moving across the Mississippi. Saint Paul will always have a warm place in my heart but I’m looking forward to the taller buildings and better bus service of Minneapolis.

(If you’re unfamiliar, Minneapolis and Saint Paul make up the Twin Cities in the U.S. state of Minnesota. They’re adjacent to each other and are effectively the same city in most ways. Saint Paul is the state capitol but Minneapolis has the bigger, shinier downtown. There’s a fierce rivalry between the two!)

In short, things are looking up, and my reading pace is picking up, too. I reviewed four phenomenal books this month (not a stinker in the bunch) and bought a good deal more that I’m excited to dive into later.

Here’s to an even better May than April. In the meantime, here’s the Cliff Notes version of my past 30 days of reading!


I read 6 books this month:

  • White Dancing Elephants by Chaya Bhuvaneswar (Goodreads)
  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel A. van der Kolk (Goodreads)
  • The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang (Goodreads)
  • The White Album by Joan Didion (Goodreads)
  • Authority by Jeff VanderMeer (Goodreads)
  • The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory (Goodreads)

I reviewed 4 books this month:

I borrowed, bought, and received 8 books this month:

More content I loved this month:

Larry Ray and the Stolen Kids of Sarah Lawrence” by Ezra Marcus and James D. Walsh (The Cut)

A Doorbell Company Owned by Amazon Wants to Start Producing ‘Crime News’ and It’ll Definitely End Well” by Joshua Benton (NiemanLab)

Do Celebrities Know What They’re Doing When They ‘Call Someone Out’ on Twitter?” by Kaitlyn Tiffany (Vox)

And, drumroll please, this perfect video from @McJesse:

I’ve read 12 books so far in 2019!

See you in May!

In Review: May 2018

InReview

In Review posts are a chance for me to catch my breath, note that I am actually making progress towards my reading goals, and give each month’s blog posts a little extra love.

May was chaotic! I returned more books to the library unread or partially read than I would have liked (RIP, The Italian Party, The Optimistic Decade, and All the Names They Used for God) and I’ve left a book review and a ballyhoo half-drafted but uncompleted for two weeks now. Summer always makes me feel lazy and sleepy, and May definitely felt like summer here in Minnesota.

I’m skipping Friday Bookbag today (I’ll catch you all up next week), so in the meantime, here’s my May in review for your skimming pleasure.


I read 3 books this month:

  • The Gospel of Trees by Apricot Irving (Goodreads)
  • The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory (Goodreads)
  • The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror by Daniel Mallory Ortberg (Goodreads)

I reviewed 4 books this month:

I borrowed, bought, and received 10 books this month:

I got excited about 2 upcoming releases this month:

  • Starless by Jacqueline Carey, coming June 12th (Ballyhoo)
  • When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri, coming June 19th (Ballyhoo)

I have read 25 books so far in 2018!

In Review: April 2018

In Review posts are a chance for me to catch my breath, note that I am actually making progress towards my Goodreads reading goal, and give each month’s blog posts a little extra love. (I normally post these on the last day of the month, but yesterday got away from me, so it’s going up today instead.)

After a truly hellish few months, April felt like the sun breaking through the clouds for me. I didn’t read or blog as much as I would like, but I still managed to break my own record for most posts written in a month (12!). I read some great books, and respected my own time and energy enough to set aside one I loathed. I even updated my review archive to include archives by genre and star rating as well as title.

I can’t wait to see what May brings! In the meantime, for your skimming pleasure, here’s my April in Review.


I read 6 books this month:

  • White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht (Goodreads)
  • Too Afraid to Cry: Memoir of a Stolen Childhood by Ali Cobby Eckermann (Goodreads)
  • The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting by Alanna Okun (Goodreads)
  • Orphan Monster Spy by Matt Killeen (Goodreads)
  • The Parking Lot Attendant by Nafkote Tamirat (Goodreads)
  • Gun Love by Jennifer Clement (Goodreads)

 

I reviewed 7 books this month:

 

I borrowed, bought, and received 9 books this month:

I have read 21 books so far in 2018!


How was your month in books? Feel free to link to your own blog posts in the comments!

In Review: March 2018

I don’t know about you, but link roundups make me feel like I am On Top Of Things™ somehow–like taking a few minutes to skim headlines and summaries could somehow keep me afloat in an internet that moves at the speed of light. Maybe that’s a bad habit, but I’ve decided to introduce a link roundup of my own at the end of every month just in case anyone out there enjoys the same thing.

March was a tough month for me, where reading and writing–and frankly, just getting through the day–were monumental tasks, but I’m out the other side feeling stronger and excited about what’s ahead for me and this blog.

Without further ado (and for your skimming pleasure), here’s my March in Review.

 

I read 4 books this month:

  • Bipolar Faith: A Black Woman’s Journey with Depression and Faith by Monica Coleman (Goodreads)
  • A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson (Goodreads)
  • Kushiel’s Scion by Jacqueline Carey (Goodreads)
  • The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell (Goodreads)

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I reviewed 1 book this month:

 

I checked out 3 books from the library:

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I bought 1 book: 

I read 0 short stories. Better luck next month!

I have read 15 books so far in 2018!


How was your month in books? Feel free to link to your own blog posts in the comments!