Monthly Round-Up: June 2020

So my reading kind of tanked there ar the end of the month. I’m not entirely sure why. Part of it is being busy, but part of it is that I just haven’t felt like reading. I watched the most recent season of Queer Eye and am working my way through the seasons of Great British Bake Off that I never watched. I’m sure I’ll get back to reading. Probably.

My favorite this month:

It really was a delight watching Taika Waititi and friends read this.

As for the rest:

YA:

Aurora Burning
I’m Not Dying with You Tonight

Adult Fiction

Beach Read
The Chicken Sisters
If Beale Street Could Talk

Graphic Novels:

Dragon Hoops

Non-Fiction:

Over the Top (audio)
Me and White Supremacy (audio)
The End of Policing (audio)

What was your favorite this month?

Monthly Round-Up: May 2020

It was a month. At least I’m reading again?

My favorite came at the beginning:

I still need to read the next in the series. I’ve been putting it off….

As for the rest:

YA:

The Gravity of Us
Tigers, Not Daughters
Dragonsong
Dragonsinger
The Midnight Lie

Middle Grade:

Coo

Non-Fiction:

Mobituaries (audiobook)
Why We’re Polarized

Adult Fiction:

Carpe Jugulum
The Glass Hotel (audiobook)

Graphic Novel:

Almost American Girl

What was your favorite this month?

Monthly Round-up: April 2020

I was in a bit of a slump at the beginning of the month: stress, anxiety, everything shifting so much, and just trying to adjust to our new normal all made it difficult to focus on a book. Thankfully, audio books came to the rescue. (If you look down, I listened to — and finished — FOUR this month!) I would sit and listen while I worked on a puzzle for hours. It helped get me escape — though a lot of what I read was nonfiction — and gradually I was able to pick up a real book again. Yay!

My favorite this month was:

A fantastic dragon book. Seriously. I can’t wait for the sequel.

As for the rest:

YA:

Little Women
The Hand on the Wall
A Heart So Fierce and Broken

Adult Fiction:

The Knockout Queen
Pretty Things (audio book)

Nonfiction:

Stop Missing Your Life (audio book)
Southern Lady Code (audio book)
Recollections of My Non-existence
Catch and Kill (audio book)
Stamped From the Beginning

How are you doing with reading? Did you have a favorite this month?

Monthly Round-up: March 2020

I had no idea — none of us did, really — at the beginning that we would be all stuck at home trying our best to slow the onset of a pandemic. On the upside? A lot of time to read. Maybe. I find that I’m having a hard time focusing on print books, so I’ve been listening to a lot of audio while doing puzzles. It seems to be easier.

I’m not sure I had a favorite this past month; everything seems to have blurred together. Here’s what I read:

Graphic Novels:

Grimoire Noir
Surviving the City
They Called Us Enemy
Mooncakes
This Place: 150 Years Retold

YA:

The Vanishing Stair
Girls of Paper and Fire

Adult Fiction:

The Worst Best Man (audiobook)
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982

Non-Fiction:

Round Ireland With a Fridge
Becoming (audiobook)
Stamped: Racism, Anti-racisim, and You (audiobook)

Did you have a favorite this month?

Monthly Round-Up: February 2020

I totally forgot about this yesterday! Something about there only being 29 days in February totally threw me off…

I actually didn’t read a whole lot this month; most of what posted was from when I was judging the Cybils. That said, this was my favorite:

It was just so stinking beautiful and charming.

As for the rest:

Graphic Novels

Meg, Jo, Beth, & Amy
Tiger vs. Nightmare
The Tea Dragon Festival
Operatic
Crush

Middle Grade

The Girl with the Dragon Heart
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky
Black Brother, Black Brother

What were your favorites this month?

Monthly Round-Up: January 2020

I know my blog’s been quiet this month, but I am reading. Promise. It’s just that I’m reading as part of my role as a judge for the Cybils Graphic Novels category, and I can’t post my thoughts until after the winners are announced.

Also: you know it’s been a month when I’ve read the most adult fiction of anything. Wild!

As for the other things I read this month:

Adult Fiction:

The Bear and the Nightingale
Qualityland
The Authenticity Project

Middle Grade:

A High Five for Glenn Burke
In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse

Young Adult:

Of Curses and Kisses

Non-Fiction:

The Witches Are Coming (audio book)

What was your favorite this month?

Monthly Round-Up: December 2019

I had a less crazy month than I was expecting to, and so got more reading done (but not the insane crazy reading of a Cybils year!)

My favorite?

Gideon the Ninth

It was so weird and wild and wonderful and amazing. I can’t wait for the next in the series!

And the rest:

Young Adult:

The Good Luck Girls
Throw Like a Girl
A Blade So Black
The Children of Virtue and Vengeance
The Afterlife of Holly Chase

Graphic Novels:

To Dance

Non-fiction:

Once More to the Rodeo
Talking to Strangers (audio book)
North Korea Journals (audio book)

Adult fiction:

Lords and Ladies
Domincana
Maskerade

What were your favorites this month?

Monthly Round-Up: November 2019

Can you believe that 2019 — that the 2010s! — are almost over? I really can’t. This year has been so crazy, in a much different way than the past few years, but it’s gone by so incredibly quickly!

I was super heavy on the YA this month, but my favorite was this one:

Are you surprised? No, you are not. It really is a great book. As for the rest:

YA:

10 Blind Dates
The Toll
American Street
The Queen of Nothing
Tarnished Are the Stars

Non-Fiction:

Nine Pints
Lab Girl
Born a Crime

Adult Fiction:

Twenty-One Truths About Love

Middle Grade:

Look Both Ways

Monthly Round-up: October 2019

Happy Halloween! We’re probably staying home and doing… something? I don’t know. All the kids have outgrown trick-or-treating, and looking at the weather, I think we might be getting less than our usual three trick-or-treaters. So, stay inside, watch a movie, maybe, and go to bed at a decent hour. I’m officially #old.

My favorite book this month was (it was hard to choose; there were so many good ones!):

It’s so so so very perfect.

As for the rest:

Middle Grade:

The Bookwanderers

YA:

Dream Thieves (link to an old review)
Raven Boys (this is my review for the bookstore which I wrote in 2012 and I’m still super proud of.)

Adult Fiction:

Red, White, and Royal Blue
The Power
Red at the Bone (audio book)
Witches Abroad

Non-Fiction:

Invisible Women
Running with Sherman
The Book of Delights

Graphic Novels:

Pumpkinheads
Stargazing
Guts
Kiss No. 8

Monthly Round-up: September 2019

Thoughts? I read an awful lot of adult fiction this month. A LOT. And I’ve noticed over the months that I’ve read less and less middle grade. I wonder why.

My favorite this month?

She is such a good historical fiction writer.

YA:

That Inevitable Victorian Thing

Adult:

The Peacock Emporium
Autopsy of a Boring Wife
The Reckless Oath We Made (audio)
The Testaments
Ninth House

Middle Grade:

Some Places More than Others
Dear Sweet Pea

Non-Fiction:

The Sun is a Compass (audio)

Graphic Novels:

Here There Be Gerblins
Best Friends

What was your favorite this month?