Welcome to my first wrap-up post ever!
I’ve made this blog in the middle of June so I figured I’ll just lump it together with August instead of making two separate posts. I hope it won’t be too long.
I also posted many reviews from before this blog came to be so please let me know if you’re interested in an overall wrap-up from that time!
Reading Challenge: 56/100
📌 Books Read in June: 7
1. Witchy by Ariel Slamet Ries | ★★★★☆ | Review
Key words: finding oneself, evil government, magic hair, witches, family relations
2. Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare Vol. 1 (しまなみ誰そ彼 Shimanami Tasogare #1) by Yuhki Kamatani | ★★★★☆ | Review
Key words: finding oneself, chosen family, melancholy, gay
Key words: sapphic, enemies to lovers, slow burn, A.I. / human, political games, revolution
4. A Little Light Mischief (The Turner Series #3.5) by Cat Sebastian | ★★★★☆ | Review
Key words: sapphic, overcoming abuse, hard-working women, historical, humour
5. Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker | ★★★★☆ | Review
Key words: f/nb, Chinese-American, cute art, witches, werewolf, bookshop, magical forest, heartwarming, humour
6. Gemini Keeps Capricorn (Signs of Love, #3) by Anyta Sunday | ★★★★☆
Key words: gay, university, opposites attract, Japanese-American MC, humour
7. The Soulstealers by Jacqueline Rohrbach | ★★★★☆ | Review
Key words: sapphic, bi black MC, aro/ace rep, subversion of the chosen-one trope, floating palace, misogyny, classism, druid magic, adventure group
📌 Books Read in August: 7
1. Warp Gate Concerto by Dorian Graves | ★★★,5☆ | Review
Key words: poly romance, disabled rep, space sirens, space opera
2. Jack of Thorns (Inheritance, #1) by Amelia Faulkner | ★★,5☆☆ | Review
Key words: gay, bi MC, pagan gods, psychics, flower shop, drug/alcohol addiction, rich/poor
3. Spellbound (Magic in Manhattan #1) by Allie Therin | ★★★★,5 | RTC
Key words: gay, bi MC, psychics, artefacts, paranormal mystery, historical, New York, adventure group
4. If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio | No Rating
Key words: Shakespeare, dark academia
5. Rose: A Double Life (Rose, #1) by Valérie Vernay | ★★,5☆☆ | Review
Key words: mystery, interesting art style, psychics, ghosts
6. Gemini Rules Capricorn (Signs of Love, #3.5) by Anyta Sunday |★★☆☆☆
Key words: side story, erotica
7. Master of Restless Shadows (Master of Restless Shadows, #1) by Ginn Hale | ★★★★☆ | RTC
Key words: gay, bi MC, land without magic, palace intrigues, religious influence, complex worldbuilding, bigotry, abuse, healer, spy, noble, assassin
📌 #RetellingAThon or how I flunked my first readathon ever
So before August I joined my first redathon ever. I was so excited! It had four teams and four hosts:
I was in the Team Fairy Tales! I was a naive soul and everything was before me! I browsed! I planned! I dreamed of compleating the most challenges!
And I’ve read a total number of zero retellings this month… Zero. Nil. NOTHING. Not even the shortest of short stories.
I’m so dissapointed with myself! But as a mood reader with a tight schedule already I should have expected this. This will make me more wary of joining redathons in the future because I do not deal well with a failure but next time I’m defenitely fighting harder!
Anyway, go follow the hosts because they’re all kind souls and worked really hard for this!
Related post: Mini Reviews: Short fairy tale retellings
📌 Bookish memes overview
📚 Top Ten Tuesday 📚
TTT: July 23th: Settings I’d Like to See More Of (Or At All)
TTT: July 30th: Freebie – Enemies to Lovers
TTT: August 6th: Cover Redesigns I Loved/Hated
TTT: August 20th: Favourite Tropes
TTT: August 27th: Books I’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library
📚 Waiting on Wednesday 📚
📚 Shelf Control Wednesday 📚
SCW: August 14th: Too Many ARCs
📚 Friday Favourites 📚
FF: July 26th: Favorite Tropes
📌 My Writing
So far that’s the shortest subsection but I hope to change that soon. Please, enjoy those three poems I wrote lately.
The first one is my attempt at erasure poetry. My bookclub read Lest I Know Your Weakness not so far ago. It is a collection of poetry about Laura and Carmilla created by erasing words from the original novel by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. We decided to challenge ourselves and try our hand at it as well. Mine was made by erasing words from the first page of The Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf.
The second and third are poems inspired by Crier’s War by Nina Varela. I LOVED Crier’s War and decided to create two poems — one from Crier’s POV and one from Ayla’s. Their chemistry is just unmached and I hope I did not disappoint.
How was this month for you guys? Chat with me & leave links to your wrap-ups! As this is my first wrap-up ever, please tell me what you think about this format!