wrap up: July 2020

  1. Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey (read for work) ★★☆☆☆
  2. Othello by William Shakespeare ★★★★☆ | review
  3. Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell ★★★★★ | review to come for BookBrowse
  4. Love’s Labor’s Lost by William Shakespeare ★★★☆☆
  5. The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare ★★★☆☆
  6. Home Before Dark by Riley Sager ★★★★☆ | review to come

JULY TOTAL: 6
YEARLY TOTAL: 64

Favorite: Hamnet
Least favorite: Dragonsong

This is the least prolific reading month I’ve had since I started blogging in January 2017, but… oh well, shit happens.  I have however begun to get back into the swing of blogging, so I feel good about that.

Other posts from June:

Life update:

I should just cut this section until we’re out of quarantine.  See you all in 2022.

Currently reading:

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wrap up: June 2020

Am I posting my June wrap up on July 22?  Absolutely.  Who cares, time isn’t real.

 

  1. The Invited by Jennifer McMahon ★★★☆☆ | review
  2. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare ★★★★★
  3. By The Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage ★★★★☆
  4. All’s Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare ★★☆☆☆
  5. Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid ★★☆☆☆ | review
  6. Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare ★★★★☆
  7. If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio (reread) ★★★★☆ | review
  8. King John by William Shakespeare ★★★★☆
  9. Richard II by William Shakespeare ★★★★☆
  10. Three Plays by Lisa B. Thompson ★★★★☆ | review

JUNE TOTAL: 10
YEARLY TOTAL: 58

Favorite: Julius Caesar
Runner up: Revisiting If We Were Villains
Least favorite: Such a Fun Age

Other posts from June:

Life update:

Still got nothing.  I AM however FINALLY inspired to get back into the swing of blogging.  So, watch this space.  And by this space I mostly mean, your own blogs.  I will finally be reading them.  Sorry.  I don’t even know what happened to me these past few months.

Currently reading:

 

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wrap up: May 2020

  1. My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell ★★★★★ | review
  2. Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare ★★★☆☆
  3. The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo ★★☆☆☆ | review
  4. King Lear by William Shakespeare (reread) ★★★★★
  5. The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare ★★★☆☆
  6. Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare ★★★★★
  7. Bunny by Mona Awad ★★★☆☆ | review
  8. Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare ★★★☆☆
  9. Pericles by William Shakespeare ★★★★★
  10. Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri ★★★☆☆ | review to come
  11. Hysteria by Jessica Gross ★★★★☆ | review
  12. If All The World And Love Were Young by Stephen Sexton ★★★☆☆ | review to come
  13. Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan ★★★★★ | review
  14. Tender is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica ★★★★★ | review
  15. Henry V by William Shakespeare ★★★☆☆

MAY TOTAL: 15
YEARLY TOTAL: 48

Favorite: King Lear (still)
Runner up: Tender is the Flesh, Exciting Times
Least favorite: The Most Fun We Ever Had

Other posts from May:

Life update:

Still got nothing.

Currently reading:

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monthly wrap up: April 2020

  1. Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson ★★★★☆ | review
  2. Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare (reread) ★★★★☆
  3. Mad, Bad, Dangerous To Know by Colm Toibin ★★★★☆ | review
  4. As You Like It by William Shakespeare ★★☆☆☆
  5. Macbeth by William Shakespeare (reread) 
  6. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo ★★★★☆ | review
  7. Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo | review to come for BookBrowse
  8. The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare ★★★★☆
  9. Hamlet by William Shakespeare (reread)

APRIL TOTAL: 9
YEARLY TOTAL: 33

Favorite: Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo
Runner up: Macbeth
Least favorite: As You Like It

Other posts from April:

Life update:

I got nothing.

Currently reading:

What was the best book you read in April?  Comment and let me know!

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wrap up: March 2020

  1. Dominicana by Angie Cruz ★☆☆☆☆ | review
  2. Weather by Jenny Offill ★★☆☆☆ | review
  3. The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan ★★★★★ | review
  4. Girl by Edna O’Brien ★☆☆☆☆ | review
  5. How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee ★★★★☆ | review
  6. Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls by T Kira Madden ★★★★★ | review
  7. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (reread) ★★★★★ | review
  8. The Tempest by William Shakespeare ★★★★☆
  9. The Everlasting by Katy Simpson Smith ★★★★☆ | review to come for BookBrowse
  10. Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner ★★★☆☆ | review

MARCH TOTAL: 10
YEARLY TOTAL: 24

Favorite: The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan
Runner up: Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls by T Kira Madden
Least favorite: Dominicana by Angie Cruz

Other posts from March:

Life update:

So… that was a month.

I don’t really feel compelled to dwell on the situation in this post and give a full run-down of how I’ve been handling everything (badly!!), but I’m lucky to be employed and to be working from home so let’s leave it there.  I hope everyone else is healthy and doing well, relatively speaking.

Highlights of my month were my birthday (I turned 28 on the 31st) being a nice, low-key day, and Project Shakespeare which I talked about here if you’re interested.  Since my triumphant debut as Hippolyta I have since played Miranda in The Tempest which was a delight, and I intend to give my all to my very esteemed role as ‘First Officer’ in Twelfth Night this coming Saturday.  But seriously, this is all good fun and very much keeping me sane and I would absolutely recommend arranging something like thing in your own friend groups.

Two things I’ve been doing on Twitter to hopefully help boost morale a bit are posting a photo of one of my two very photogenic cats every day, and posting a lot of nature shots from walks I’ve been taking.  I’ll share some here:

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Currently reading:

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wrap up: February 2020

  1. Long Bright River by Liz Moore ★★★★☆ | review
  2. Topics of Conversation by Miranda Popkey ★★☆☆☆ | review
  3. The Snow Collectors by Tina May Hall ★★★★☆ | review
  4. Saint X by Alexis Schatkin ★★★★☆ | review to come for BookBrowse
  5. The Illness Lesson by Clare Beams ★★☆☆☆ | review to come
  6. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour ★★★★☆ | review to come
  7. Optic Nerve by Maria Gainza | review and rating to come

Omitting my favorite of the month section because honestly, there wasn’t a stand-out, though I thoroughly enjoyed everything I 4-starred (and I’m enjoying Optic Nerve as well – I’ll finish it by the end of the day).

FEBRUARY TOTAL: 7
YEARLY TOTAL: 14

Other posts from February:

February was an excellent month!  I just got back yesterday from spending a week in LA – one of my favorite cities – with some of my favorite people.

Highlights included:

Spending the day at Universal with Will and Jess, the dream team behind one of my favorite blogs, Books and Bao.  If you don’t follow them, you need to rectify that immediately, because they are genuinely wonderful, delightful people who shine a light on translated fiction from around the world in their excellent blog.

Attending Brandon Taylor‘s book event at Skylight Books for his debut novel Real Life.  Brandon is one of my favorite personalities on Twitter, and he was such an engaging and intelligent speaker.  If his book tour is coming to your city, I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Spending four straight days with my friend Abby going down a BTS rabbit hole.  Honestly it’s the most fun I’ve had in ages so I’m not even going to apologize for how silly this is.  If you’re into BTS, comment and tell me who your bias is!

Anyway, due to the fact that I was gone for a week and didn’t take my laptop, I am VERY BEHIND on blogging and replying to comments.  Bear with me!  Also comment and tell me what you’ve been up to lately!

And the next post you can expect to see from me is my Women’s Prize 2020 longlist prediction.  I’m finishing that up as we speak.

Currently reading:

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wrap up: January 2020

 

  1. Saltwater by Jessica Andrews ★☆☆☆☆ | review
  2. What Red Was by Rosie Price ★★★☆☆ | review
  3. Travelling in a Strange Land by David Park ★★★★☆ | review
  4. Little Gods by Meng Jin ★★★★☆ | review to come for BookBrowse
  5. Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino ★★★★☆ | mini review
  6. The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel ★★★★★ | review to come for BookBrowse
  7. Daughter from the Dark by Marina & Sergey Dyachenko ★★★★★ | review

Favorite: The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel
Runner up: Daughter from the Dark by Marina & Sergey Dyachenko
Least favorite: Saltwater by Jessica Andrews

JANUARY TOTAL: 7
YEARLY TOTAL: 7

January was not a great month for me: personally, professionally, as a reader, none of it.  So I don’t have a whole lot to say here!  I did end the month with two books that I absolutely adored, so that’s always exciting, and reviews will be coming very soon.  Thank you all for bearing with me as I’ve been very behind on blogging lately; I haven’t been reading a whole lot and tend to find myself gravitating away from ‘filler content’ for my blog, so sometimes that naturally leads to weeks-long hiatuses.  Hopefully February will see my triumphant return.

Currently reading:

 

What was the best book you read in January?  Comment and let me know!

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wrap up: December 2019

  1. I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya ★★★★☆ | review
  2. In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado ★★★★★ | review
  3. Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips ★★★★★ | review
  4. Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry ★★★☆☆ | review
  5. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead ★★★★☆ | review
  6. The Marquise of O– by Heinrich von Kleist ★★☆☆☆ | review
  7. On Swift Horses by Shannon Pufahl ★☆☆☆☆ | review
  8. No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg ★★★☆☆ | review
  9. Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb ★★★★★ | review
  10. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater ★★☆☆☆ | review
  11. The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht ★★★★☆ | review to come
  12. If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha ★★★★☆ | review

Favorite: In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
Runner up: Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
Least favorite: On Swift Horses by Shannon Pufahl

DECEMBER TOTAL: 12
YEARLY TOTAL: 112

I’m behind, clearly, both in reviewing and in reading all of your posts.  Today is going to be a catch-up day for me, so you can expect all of those reviews up within the next week.

Other posts from December:

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wrap up: November 2019

  1. Cleanness by Garth Greenwell ★★★★☆ | review
  2. The Body Lies by Jo Baker ★★★★★ | review
  3. The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy ★★★★★ | review
  4. Cove by Cynan Jones ★★★★☆ | review
  5. Know My Name by Chanel Miller ★★★★★ | review
  6. Notes to Self by Emilie Pine ★★★☆☆ | review
  7. The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan ★★★★☆ | review to come

Favorite: The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy
Runner up: Know My Name by Chanel Miller
Least favorite: Notes to Self by Emilie Pine

NOVEMBER TOTAL: 8
YEARLY TOTAL: 100

Other posts from this month:

Currently reading:

Among all the other books I’ve been reading since August/September, I’ve also added Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips, and I’m Afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya (which I should have finished by now but only I could manage to drag out a 2 hour audiobook to last over a week).  Both are great so far.

What was the best book you read in November?  Comment and let me know!

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wrap up: October 2019

 

  1. Divide Me By Zero by Lara Vapynar ★★★★★ | review to come for BookBrowse
  2. The Whisper Man by Alex North ★★☆☆☆ | review
  3. Find Me by André Aciman ★★★★★ | review to come for BookBrowse
  4. Unbelievable by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong ★★★★☆ | review
  5. All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews ★★★☆☆ | review

Favorite: Find Me by André Aciman
Least favorite: The Whisper Man by Alex North

OCTOBER TOTAL: 5
YEARLY TOTAL: 92

Other posts from this month:

This is one of the slowest reading months I’ve had in ages and I don’t even know why.  I mean, I think part of it is because a lot of the books I’m currently reading are 500+ page beasts, but still… I think 5 books is the fewest books I’ve read in a month since I started blogging.  And I haven’t even finished one of them, technically!  Work has been stressful and life has been stressful, but I’m really dissatisfied with how little I have been reading lately, so hopefully next month will be an improvement.

Life updates:

I just had to scroll through my Twitter to make sure there were no life updates I was forgetting about.  It’s true, nothing at all happened in the last month aside from the aforementioned stressful things.  I watched a lot of Love Island.

Currently reading:

 

Know My Name by Chanel Miller, Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb, Cassandra by Christa Wolf, The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater, Villette by Charlotte Bronte.  I will finish all of these books in November, so help me god.

What was the best book you read in September?  Comment and let me know!

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