August and September 2017 Month in Review

August and September Month in Review

October is here! Oh, how I love this month. Autumn seems even better here in Vancouver than in Winnipeg. The air is crisp, the sun is bright, the leaves are changing to all sorts of marvelous colours, and I can see mountains from my house. I can’t wait until my couch finally arrives next week and I can cozy up with a blanket, a mug of hot chocolate, and a good book.

In the post announcing my hiatus, I said “Look for me in October”. I have been giving some thought to whether the hiatus should continue in October, now that I have an idea of how much of my time coursework eats up. I have found the readings and assignments to be very reasonably paced. The catch with October is that I am spending two weekends travelling, so I am losing a lot of time there. I’ve decided to remain on semi-hiatus. What does that mean? I will be checking in more with everyone on Twitter, trying to comment on a few blogs, and posting maybe once a week here. I wrote a couple post in the past few weeks and they reminded me how much I enjoy blogging. I’m eager to get back into it, but will have to be careful not to mix up my priorities… TL;DR: I’ll be active again the book blogging world, but won’t be posting on a schedule or reading your blogs as much as usual. 

Books Finished

  • Patina by Jason Reynolds (Track #2)
  • The Painting by Charis Cotter
  • Elizabeth and Zenobia by Jessica Miller
  • Strangers by David A. Robertson (The Reckoner #1)
  • The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis

Books Reviewed

Features

Happening in October

  • 1 Oct – Publication of Ahimsa by Supriya Kelkar (middle grade novel about a young girl and her mother’s involvement in Gandhi’s protests for India independence)
  • 3 Oct – Publication of Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (put this one on my TBR after reading the author interview in this month’s Goodreads newsletter) and Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore (ee, I’m sure this will be gorgeous)
  • 10 Oct – Publication of Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (do I need to say anything about this one? I’ve been a vlogbrothers fan since 2007 so while I’m not as excited about a new JG novel as I was as a teen, I’m still looking forward to this.) and The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen (the excellent picture book duo strike again!)
  • 13 Oct – Publication of From Here to Eternity: Travelling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty (I had never planned to read Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, her book about working in a crematorium, but I did and enjoyed it, so this also book interests.
  • 21 Oct Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon, 10th anniversary! Reader sign-ups open now. Wish I could participate, but I’ll be in Seattle (attending a Depeche Mode concert, so can’t really complain :P)
  • 31 Oct  – Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi (the book I mentioned in Diversity Spotlight #4)

I’ve been disconnected from the blogging community for awhile. What books have you been enjoying? What posts have I missed out on? Please leave me a link in the comments!

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July 2017 Month in Review

This post is linked up at the Monthly Wrap-Up Round Up @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

Wow, where did July go? It turned out to be a lot busier than I anticipate! But in mostly good ways. I went to my lake for the first week of July. I did a pretty good job of blogging ahead and reading while I was out there. Then I went camping again, but this time on a four day trip with my best friend. Starting back at my old job and Fringing also ate a lot of my time. These are all good things, but the one event that made me use ‘mostly’ instead of ‘all’ up there is that my mom broke her arm 🙁 Since I am more available than my dad and sister (who both work full time), I’ve been helping her out and taking her on excursions, haha. Between camping + work + Fringe + Mom, my blogging took a hit in July, but I don’t mind much because these are all things I want to enjoy before I move.

Books Finished

  • Wish Girl by Nikki Loftin
  • Japanese Pilgrimage by Oliver Statler
  • Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan Mcguire
  • The Hounds of the Morrigan by Pat O’Shea
  • The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutsie
  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan Mcguire

Books Reviewed

Words and Pictures

I forgot this segment last month, so this includes picture books and graphic novels read in June and July.

  • Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony
  • I’ll Wait, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony
    • I liked the serious panda who stars in these cute books about manners.
  • Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis
  • The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! by Mo Willems
    • The four picture books above I read when I had some downtown at one of the elementary schools where I work.
  • Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem by Mac Barnett
  • Noisy Night by Mac Barnett
  • Telephone by Mac Barnett
  • Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
    • I sat in the Barnett section of the library the other day and read the books I hadn’t already read 😛
  • Midnight City: Corpse Blossom by G.M.B. Chomichuk – Graphic novel by a local author that had been on my shelf for awhile.

Features

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Upcoming in August

  • Month long ARC August (still time to sign up!). I will be reading:
    • Patina by Jason Reynolds (finished today)
    • The Painting by Charis Cotter
    • Elizabeth and Zenobia by Jessica Miller
    • The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera
    • Scion of the Fox by Sam Beiko
  • 1 Aug – Publication of The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor (Mom and I are going to try this one for Family Reads)
  • 18 Aug – Start of my move to Vancouver! Except a hiatus announcement around this time.

I don’t have many new releases on my radar for August. What books are you eyeing this month?

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June 2017 Month in Review

June 2017 month in review

This post is linked up at the Monthly Round-Up Wrap-Up @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

Is summer here yet? The season has been slow to arrive where I live. But if the weather forecast can be relied on, then I should only have to wait a few more days! I finished work on 23 June and move in mid August. In the meantime I’m want to enjoy my last few weeks here as best as I can. This means as maximizing lake time, biking to the library and, in a couple weeks, attending lots of Fringe shows. I’m also going on a four day camping trip with my best friend to a national park I enjoyed as a kid. As for blogging goals, since we’re halfway through the year, I’ll have a post up in a couple days for a check in of my overall yearly progress. June overall was a good month for posts and books read.

Books Finished

  1. The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods
  2. The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell
  3. Borne by Jeff VanderMeer
  4. Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild
  5. Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell
  6. Yours Sincerely, Giraffe by Megumi Iwasa
  7. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
  8. Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee
  9. Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn

Books Reviewed

Features

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Upcoming in July

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  • 11 July – Publication of Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn (post-apocalyptic story in which households have to earn a banner, giving them the right to have a child. Sneak preview of my forthcoming review: don’t bother with this one.)
  • 18 July – Publication of The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana (“A romantic coming-of-age fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore […]” I’m willing to ignore that romantic bit because the cover is so gorgeous.)

How was your June? What July events or releases should I check out this month? 

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May 2017 Month in Review

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This post is linked up at the Monthly Round-Up Wrap-Up @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

Hello June! Lovely weather has arrived. I’ve been participating in Armchair Book Expo the past few days. Reading so many thoughtful posts and engaging with blogging friends both new and old has got me feeling exciting about blogging again. I’ll try to keep up that feeling throughout this month.

May turned out to be the first month I didn’t reach my posting goal, but I’m pleased with the reviews that I did write. I was surprised to realize I only read six books in May. But thanks to the April readathon, I remain on track to reach my mid-year target of 50 books read.

Books Finished

  1. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
  2. Icemen by Mick Conefrey and Tim Jordan
  3. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
  4. Indigenous Writes by Chelsea Vowel
  5. Drift & Dagger by Kendall Kulper
  6. In Calabria by Peter S. Beagle

Books Reviewed

Features

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Upcoming in June

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  • 4 June – Armchair Book Expo concludes today (my giveaway runs until the end of the day, so check it out if you haven’t already!).
  • 13 June – Publication of Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali (Arab Indian-American hijabi MC. Might be too romance-y for my tastes…)
  • June 17 and 18 – Mini Bloggiesta
  • 27 June – Publication of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (“Two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.” – this one sounds more to my taste, even if there’s romance. Gay MC.)

How was your May? What June events or releases should I check out this month? 

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April 2017 Month in Review

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This post is linked up at the Monthly Round-Up Wrap-Up @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction.

Oof, how are we already a week into May?! The past few weeks have seen my energy diverted into apartment hunting. I have heard a lot about how hard it can be to find a place in Vancouver. Thankfully, I signed a lease yesterday! Now, I can put my time back into reading and blogging. I managed to skip ahead of my reading goal thanks to the 24 hour read-a-thon, during which I finished the final book in a trilogy, read three middle grade novels, an account of the 1913 Arctic disaster of the Karluk, and started two other books. I think it was my post productive read-a-thon 🙂

Books Finished

  • Sputnik’s Children by Terri Favro
  • Gutenberg’s Fingerprint by Merilyn Simonds
  • Music of the Ghosts by Vaddey Ratner
  • The Break by Kathrena Vermette
  • Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Ten Degrees of Reckoning by Hester Rumberg
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsberg
  • Wednesdays in the Tower by Jessica Day George
  • Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
  • A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
  • The Luck of the Karluk by L.D. Cross

Books Reviewed

Features

  • My review of The Little White Horse was a part of Elizabeth Goudge Reading Day, hosted by Lory @ Emerald City Book Review.
  • I wrote about how my physical TBR stack was getting out of hand.
  • Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon took place on 29 April. It was my seventh time participating, to great success.

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Upcoming in May

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How was your April? What May releases should I add to my TBR? 

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