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?

Monthly Round-up: November 2020

It was an interesting month, I think. I didn’t concentrate my reading entirely on one category, but it was spread out over everything I like to read. I look at this list and think I’m super balanced. 😀

That said, my favorite was this:

Because freaking awesome. Seriously.

As for the rest:

Non-Fiction:

The Truths We Hold

Middle Grade:

Tristan Strong Destroys the Universe
Sometimes Brave

Young Adult:

Furia

Adult Fiction:

Mexican Gothic (audio book)

Graphic Novels:

A Wealth of Pigeons
The Magic Fish

What was your favorite this month?

Monthly Round-up: October 2020

Happy Halloween! There’s very little Halloween-ing going on around here. We carved pumpkins, the kids dressed up to go to small parties with close friends, and there won’t be any trick-or-treaters (not a COVID thing; there never are). So, we’ll probably make some fondue (and pizza for the parties, because homemade pizza is the best?) and watch Arsenic in Old Lace. Sounds like a good evening!

It was a Graphic Novel-heavy month this month. Which is nice; it’s beena while since I’ve read a bunch of good Graphic Novels. So, it’s fitting this month that my favorite is:

As for the rest:

Graphic Novels:

When Stars Are Scattered
Class Act
Swamp Thing
Fangs

YA:

Clap When You Land (audio book)
Punching the Air
Howl’s Moving Castle (reread)

Non-Fiction:

Notes of a Native Son

Adult Fiction:

Riot Baby

What were your favorites this month?

Monthly Round-Up: September 2020

I read an awful lot of non-fiction this month, so I suppose it’s fitting that my favorite is, well, a work of non-fiction.

Thoughtful, smart, and definitely worth reading. As for the rest:

Non-Fiction

Women Who Run With the Wolves
The Color of Compromise (audio)
Dear Fahrenheit 451

YA

If You Could Be Mine
Dear Universe
Igniting Darkness

Adult Fiction

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor
Giovanni’s Room
Such a Fun Age (audio)

What was your favorite this month?

Monthly Round-up: August 2020

This was such an odd month. I only read seven books, total, and I can’t even really pinpoint why. Maybe I just am still not feeling it? I don’t know. Maybe September will be better…. or not? Or maybe I should stop judging HOW MUCH I read and just be grateful I still read. I mean, my kids have all but stopped reading no matter how much I mention it.

That said, my favorite this month is one that’s not out yet:

It’s so much fun.

As for the other six:

Young Adult:

Fire and Hemlock
Juliet Takes a Breath

Adult fiction:

Americanah
The Murmur of Bees

Non-fiction:

Black is the Body
Untamed (audio book)

Are you still reading? If so, what’s been your favorite recently?

Monthly Round-Up: July 2020

So my reading ground to a halt this month. Some of that was a class I was taking, which took up time. But I found I didn’t have the patience (again) to read, and ended up watching a lot of TV again. I guess that’s life?

My favorite of those I did read:

It was such a joy to listen to. Seriously.

And the rest:

Middle Grade:

Dragondrums
Stand Up, Yumi Chung!

YA Fiction:

10 Things I Hate About Pinky

Graphic Novels:

You Brought Me the Ocean
All Together Now

Adult fiction:

Sex and Vanity

Non-fiction:

The Fire Next Time
Wandering in Strange Lands

What was your favorite this moth?

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?