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?

Monthly Roundup: July 2021

I am currently recovering from surgery number two this summer. Hopefully, this will be the best thing for my overall health in the long run, but right now, it’s a lot.

That said, I did read a few books this month.

My favorite

Really and excellent collection of interconnected short stories. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

And the rest:

Middle Grade

Unsettled

YA

Rise to the Sun
The Extraordinaries

Graphic Novels:

The Leak
Ascendance of a Bookworm, Part 1

Adult Fiction

News of the World
One Last Stop (audio book )
Northanger Abbey (reread)

What was your favorite book this month?

Monthly Round-Up: June 2021

This month was graphic novels and non-fiction, which is an interesting mix for me. It was a good mix, because I read some really good books this month My favorite, though, was this one:

Important, yes, but also very, very good.

As for the rest:

Young Adult:

Stormbreak

Graphic Novel:

Firefly Legacy, volume 1
Firefly Legacy, volume 2
The Girl from the Sea

Adult Fiction:

Parable of the Talents

Non-Fiction:

Anthropocene Reviewed
God Save the Queens (audio book)

What was your favorite this month?

Monthly Round-Up: May 2021

May happened. It felt like a very long month, from the girls dragging on with the end of school (we made it!) to the weather being dreary, and work being, well, work. I have not been this happy that a month is over for a while.

My favorite this month:

Are you surprised? No, you are not. A quick story: we have taken to printing off lists and calling people when new books come out (just some, not all), and a call list for Mister Impossible came up. Who, on that list, has bought the most Maggie Stiefvater books? That would be me.

And for the rest:

YA:

Sky in the Deep
Namesake
Instructions for Dancing

Non-Fiction:

Seed to Dust
Hola Papi

Middle Grade:

Otto P. Nudd

Adult Fiction:

The Bad Muslim Discount (audio)

What was your favorite this month?

Monthly Round-Up: April 2021

It must be spring: I read more this month! At least that’s what it felt like. Maybe it’s because I got my second vaccine (yay!) and I’m feeling hope (even though cases are rising here, again). Maybe it’s just because the weather warmed up. Whatever the reason, I’m glad I’m finding joy in books again.

My favorite this month:

I love Jenny Lawson’s writing: it’s hilarous and honest and just a lot of fun. Highly recommend this one on audio, especially.

And the rest:

Non-fiction

Dying of Whiteness
Why Peacocks?
On Juneteenth

YA

Cemetery Boys
Elatose

Adult Fiction

People We Meet on Vacation
Parable of the Sower
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

What were your favorites this month?

Monthly Round-Up: March 2021

I know I’m reading less. I feel it. I tell myself times and seasons, but it does frustrate me. I shouldn’t let it, though. I really ought to change my mindset and just let books come as they do. I used to be that way or at least I feel like I was. I did read a little bit of everything, however, so there’s that.

At any rate, this was, hands-down, my favorite this month:

It was perfect. I saw someone in a reading forum call this YA; it’s not, mostly because the protagonist is a 40-something guy. But it was a good cross-over, and I loved every minute of it.

As for the rest:

YA:

Firekeeper’s Daughter (audio book)
Down Comes the Night

Nonfiction:

Why Fish Don’t Exist

Middle Grade:

From the Desk of Zoe Washington

Adult Fiction:

Shipped
Black Buck (did not finish)

Graphic Novel:

Superman Smashes the Klan

Monthly Round-Up: February 2021

It’s been a month. Surprisingly: I only read two books written by a white author this month! I didn’t even think about it when I was reading; I just pulled things off the pile. Maybe I’m diversifying … a little bit anyway.

My favorite this month:

I don’t read much Middle Grade anymore, so I had completely missed this one when it came out. Definintely worth it.

As for the rest:

Non-Fiction:

Eat a Peach (audio)
The Cooking Gene

Adult Fiction:

Deacon King Kong
The Bees
Libertie

YA:

Concrete Rose
A Vow So Bold and Deadly

What was your favorite this month?

Monthly Round-Up: January 2021

January just flew by this year! Not sure if it’s because I am working more (or at least every day) or if it’s because I signed on to do (and actually did) the Yoga With Adriene 30 day Yoga Journey, or if it just wasn’t as horrible a month. Whatever the reason, January wasn’t too bad.

I am reading less, though. And that’s okay. Time/Place/Season/Etc.

My favorite this month:

It was just so much fun! And highly highly recommended on audio.

As for the rest:

Middle Grade Fiction

King and the Dragonflies

YA Fiction

Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything (audio)
Super Fake Love Song
Felix Ever After

Adult Fiction

Piranesi

Non-fiction

24 Hours in Ancient Athens
We the Corporations

What were your favorites this month?

Monthly Round-up: December 2020

I knew when I started the month that it was going to be exhausting and that I wouldn’t have time to read. And that turned out to be the case. I went for light and fluffy with a few non-fiction scattered in. I’m just so glad to have the entire month (nay, year) done and over with.

That said, my favorite this month:

I’ll be honest: I put off reading this for months (I had an advance copy) because I wasn’t sure I’d like it. If I didn’t read it, I couldn’t hate it, right? And then it got popular and I’m always suspicious of books that are bought by people who don’t usually read fantasy. But, really? It’s a book about life and living and I loved it.

As for the rest:

YA:

Instant Karma (audiobook)
The Thief
Queen of Attolia
King of Attolia
Conspiracy of Kings
Thick as Thieves
Return of the Thief

Non-Fiction:

White Tears/Brown Scars
So You Want to Talk About Race?
Chesapeake Requiem

What were your favorites this month?