Monthly Round-Up: May 2022

If it’s possible, I read even less this month than last. I did like most of what I read, so maybe that’s part of things: I’m being more selective with what I read. I also moved to the basement for my job, which is quiet and away from customers, so I picked up listening to audiobooks more. (Which is why there are three this month instead of my usual one).

No favorites this month. Here’s what I managed to finish:

YA:

Forging Silver Into Stars
Bravely
The Door of No Return

Adult Fiction:

The Charm Offensive (audiobook)
Fugitive Telemetry

Nonfiction:

Go Back to Where You Came From (audiobook)
Call Me Chef, Dammit! (audiobook)

Graphic Novels:

Swim Team

Monthly Round-Up: April 2022

I hit a reading stop this month. I am surrounded by piles of books, and all I want to read are comfort reads. (I’m not really in reading what I’m “supposed to be” reading right now.) Which means, too, that I’m not blogging a lot either.

Here’s what I blogged about this month:

Graphic Novels:

The Aquanaut
Heartstopper Volume 4

YA:

The Honeys

Non-Fiction:

Wintering (audiobook)

I also read:

The Penderwicks
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street
Saffy’s Angel
Indigo’s Star
Permanent Rose
Caddy Ever After
Forever Rose

I wanted to read the rest of the Penderwicks books, but I got derailed again. Maybe next month will be better.

Monthly Round-Up: February 2022

I have to be honest: sometimes I set my blog on automatic, having scheduled things out for a while, and then I forget I have it. I am glad I have it; it’s a record of nearly 20 years of my reading, but I do forget about it sometimes. Like this week: I was supposed to do this yesterday, so it could go up first thing this morning… and, I forgot. Oh well. It happens sometimes.

My favorite this month:

There’s a reason it won the Cybils: it’s a delight. As for the rest:

Graphic Novels:

Cranky Chicken
Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms
Chunky
Across the Tracks
My Last Summer with Cass
Borders
In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers
The Legend of Auntie Po
My Body in Pieces
Salt Magic
Jukebox
Nubia: Real One

Adult Fiction:

Love & Saffron
Exit Strategy

What were your favorites this month?

Monthly Round-Up: January 2022

I was laying in bed, reading, when I thought to myself: hey, tomorrow’s the last day of the month, I should write a blog post. And then I realized, no, TODAY is, and my post that usually goes up in the morning just didn’t.

Call it January. I read a lot, but most of it was or the Cybils, so y’all don’t get to hear about it until after February 14th.

My favorite (of the ones I can talk about):

It really is quite amazing. Schwab is a fabulous writer.

And the rest:

Middle Grade

The Last Cuentista

Adult Fiction

Artificial Condition
Rogue Protocol
Goliath (didn’t finish)
Devil House

What did you read this month?

Monthly Round-Up: December 2021

It was a good reading month. Ending a class will do that, I guess.

My favorite:

It really was that good. But then again, it’s TJ Klune.

As for the rest:

Adult fiction:

A Spindle Splintered (audiobook)
The Matzah Ball
Small Things Like These
The Near Witch
All Systems Red

Graphic Novels:

Bingo Love Volume 1: Jackpot Edition
Graceling
Friends Forever

Non-fiction:

On Animals (audiobook)
The Storyteller (audiobook)

YA:

Cinderella is Dead
The Heartbreak Bakery

Middle Grade:

Starfish

What was your favorite this month?

Monthly Round-Up: November 2021

To be honest, looking at the list of books here, I’m not sure I had one that resally stood out for me. I’m going to go with choosing this one as my favorite, not because I loved it wholeheartedly, but because I think it resonated with me the most this month.

And the rest:

YA

When Dimple Met Rishi
The Candle and the Flame (DNF)
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit
When I Was the Greatest

Middle Grade

Just Be Cool, Jenna Sakai
The Length of a String
Amina’s Song
Orange for the Sunsets

Non-fiction

Crying in H Mart (audiobook)

What were your favorites this month?

Monthly Round-up: October 2021

I am drowning in reading for my class, which I suppose is not a bad thing. It just means I didn’t read much else. I also have to admit that I’m not doing all the reading for the class; I just don’t have the brain space or the time anymore Which kind of makes me sad I wish I did have the time!

My favorite this month:

It just blew me away with the premise and the execution. Bronca FTW. Seriously: So good.

And for the rest:

Middle Grade:

Me, Frida, and the Peacock Ring
Merci Suarez Can’t Dance

YA

Once Upon a QuinceaƱeraara
White Smoke
On the Hook

Graphic Novel

Hooky
The Best We Could Do

Non-Fiction

Undefeated
Taste (audio book)

What were your favorites this month?

Monthly Round-Up: September 2021

Between working full time and this class I’m taking, I feel like I don’t have any real time to read. Or, rather, I’m reading all the time, but none of it is “pleasure” reading. Though: It’s generally good, so there’s that.

My favorite this month:

It’s no secret: I adore Varian’s books, and this book is no exception. Heartfelt, relevant, and entertaining, this one is not just for kids.

And, the rest:

Middle Grade:

Finding Langston
Clean Getaway
Indian No More
Black Boy Joy

Graphic Novels

Heartstopper vol. 2 and 3

Non-Fiction:

Fox & I (audio book)
Black Girls Rock

YA:

Six Crimson Cranes
Harlem Summer

Adult Fiction:

Life’s Too Short
Velvet Was the Night (audio book)

What was your favorite this month?

Monthly Round Up: August 2021

It’s the end of August and school has started, which means reading habits are bound to change. Again. That said, I did read some good books last month.

My favorite:

It was just so much joy. It made me happy for days. SO glad it landed n K’s radar and she passed it on to me. And the rest:

YA:

A Constellation of Roses
The Summer of Lost Letters
Flash Fire

Graphic Novels

Ascendance of a Bookworm, Part 1 vol 2-3
Heartstopper, Volume 1

Adult Fiction

Go Tell It On the Mountain

Middle Grade:

The Elephant in the Room

What was your favorite this month?