July/August Wrap-Up Post

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

πŸ“Œ Books Read in June: 7

1. Witchy by Ariel Slamet Ries | β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† | Review

Key words: finding oneself, evil government, magic hair, witches, family relations

2. Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare Vol. 1 (しまγͺみθͺ°γε½Ό Shimanami Tasogare #1) by Yuhki Kamatani | β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† | Review

Key words: finding oneself, chosen family, melancholy, gay

3. Crier’s War (Crier’s War #1) by Nina Varela | β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜… | FAV | Review | My Poetry

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 | β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† | Review

Key words: sapphic, overcoming abuse, hard-working women, historical, humour

5. Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker | β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† | 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 | β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

Key words: gay, university, opposites attract, Japanese-American MC, humour

7. The Soulstealers by Jacqueline Rohrbach | β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† | Review

Key words: sapphic, bi black MC, aro/ace rep, subversion of the chosen-one trope, floating palace, misogyny, classism, druid magic, adventure group

πŸ“Œ Books Read in August: 7

1. Warp Gate Concerto by Dorian Graves | β˜…β˜…β˜…,5β˜† | Review

Key words: poly romance, disabled rep, space sirens, space opera

2. Jack of Thorns (Inheritance, #1) by Amelia Faulkner | β˜…β˜…,5β˜†β˜† | 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 | β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…,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 ValΓ©rie Vernay | β˜…β˜…,5β˜†β˜† | Review

Key words: mystery, interesting art style, psychics, ghosts

6. Gemini Rules Capricorn (Signs of Love, #3.5) by Anyta Sunday |β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†

Key words: side story, erotica

7. Master of Restless Shadows (Master of Restless Shadows, #1) by Ginn Hale | β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜† | RTC

Key words: gay, bi MC, land without magic, palace intrigues, religious influence, complex worldbuilding, bigotry, abuse, healer, spy, noble, assassin

πŸ“Œ #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:

Tay form Frayed Books (#TeamMythology)

Harker from The Hermit Librarian (#TeamShakespeare)

Umairah from Sereadipity (#TeamFairyTales)

Jennifer from Bibliolater (#TeamClassics)

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

πŸ“Œ Bookish memes overview

πŸ“š Top Ten Tuesday πŸ“š

πŸ“š Waiting on Wednesday πŸ“š

WoW: July 31th: A Song for a New Day

WoW: August 14th: Ink in the Blood

πŸ“š Shelf Control Wednesday πŸ“š

SCW: August 14th: Too Many ARCs

πŸ“š Friday Favourites πŸ“š

FF: July 26th: Favorite Tropes

πŸ“Œ 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!

— E.

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16 thoughts on “July/August Wrap-Up Post

  1. What a great selection of books! ❀ I see so many of my TBR on here. I'm most looking forward to Crier's War and A Little Light Mischief. I wasn't aware you wrote poems, I'll check them out now! Thanks for sharing πŸ˜€

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    1. They were both amazing in their own ways! Crier’s War was everything I ever wanted from a sapphic book and A Little Light Mischief was a funny light read!
      I do! Not often and I wasn’t writing for a long time because of depression but I’m trying and I want to share my attempts! Thanks, any opinions are much appreciated! (Even the bad ones!) 😊

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  2. Yay! I love your blog, you’re off to a great start!

    I know what you mean about being a mood reader… Readathons scare the crap out of me for that reason. Who wants to commit to something you can’t deliver, you know?

    Anyway, great selection of books here! I can’t wait to see more from you πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Liv! I run on positive reinforcement so it means a lot to me to hear that! πŸ’œ

      That’s the reason I was avoiding them but for once I thought I can make it but many things happened in August and I was already forcing myself through a pile of ARCs so I wasn’t ready to force it even more…
      Yeah, I have disappointing others nearly as much as I hate disappointing myself… πŸ˜”

      Thanks again! You’re such a kind soul!

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  3. ;-; omg all of your books have such gorgeous covers.

    i know exactly what you mean about being a mood reader lmao. i think that’s why readathons scare me but also anxiety.

    you did so well this month!! reading and writing wise. your poetry is gorgeous. happy end of august my dear.

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    1. Right?? It’s sad none of them were physical copies for me! I would love them on my shelf

      Oh, anxiety is a huge setback for me as well but lately I’ve been trying to do things in spite of it and this readathon was a part of it so I’m double sad I messed that up :/

      Thank you so much! And happy September for you ❀

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  4. What a wonderful wrap-up post – I love the key words concept! Looking forward to reading more of them in the future. I for one would really like to read a wrap up post of pre-blog reviews, if you ever get time to write one!
    πŸ“•MPπŸ“š X

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    1. Thank you! I wanted to add some info about the books but still make it short so anyone interested can just read more about them in my reviews and/or GR πŸ™‚

      September may be busy for me and I still haven’t cross-posted them all from GR but I’ll try to slowly work on that and post it around October then πŸ™‚

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  5. I enjoy reading wrap-up posts, mostly to see all the books! Sometimes life doesn’t match our intentions, so I’m glad you have such an excellent attitude about August. I’ve seen, but never tried erasure poetry. Maybe I’ll have to give it a go–I know many writers with gorgeous prose I could try it with.

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