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?

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?