Big things happened in February! I got a job, I started said job, I immediately realized how little free time I had. One of my goals for March is to figure out how to organize my free time so that I can keep up with my reading without dying from stress. I also started gympocalypse which is basically going to gym Monday through Friday with my ex-cheer-captain best friend back home. I was not a cheerleader I was in the Art Honor Society. I drew pretty pictures. This might kill me. It also has contributed to how tired I am each night. Hopefully I will equalize and do better at this pace.
You didn’t come here to hear about my life, you came here to learn what books I read and how I’m doing on my reading challenges.
First things first, books.
The first book I read this month was actually the #imbibliomancy pick! If you haven’t watched our book club discuss this one while drunk you should definitely go do that asap. It was hilarious, plus we had the special guest of Taylor’s totally British girlfriend. Classing the show up just by having her there. It was also nice to know that she does actually exist and wasn’t photoshopped into his pictures from Scotland.
The next book I read was for a special I wanted to do for lunar new year. I had been wanting a copy of The Three-Body Problem for a while but was waiting for it to come out in soft cover. I talked about this book in a video and discussed translation a bit, since that is one of the things I would like to do with my life. It is one of my favorite science fiction novels I have read to date and I am excited to pick up the second when I can.
The third book I read you will be seeing on Friday actually! It was also translated from Chinese but this one is a collection of stories by a Malaysian author. I found them all incredibly beautiful and talk about some of the themes that show up in this collection throughout. I really loved the way that this author was able to build ambiance in such short stories. They got a bit repetitive for me but I read them all one after the other and they might not be that way if you read them a little slower.
I followed that up with The Circle by Dave Eggers! Some dystopian/utopian fiction wherein one company trying to do the right thing actually alienates a large portion of society. I think that this book got a little preachy sometimes, but was actually really disturbing to read from. If you like stories about societies not too different from our own that are mildly creepy and discuss a more realistic fall into dystopia then this is definitely one to check out. I reviewed this one on YouTube so you can hear me talk about it there!
I followed that up with my YA Bestseller of the year. I picked this one up from the library and read it and reviewed it on the youtube channel. In it I discuss a lot about book cover trends and why I feel like ya fantasy is all the same story over and over. I want a different story guys. Is that so much to ask? Not just a new world, a new story.
The next book I read was actually for a joint review between Gretchen and myself. I had seen this one making the rounds on booktube and everyone seemed to love it. For me it wasn’t so amazing, I definitely enjoyed it, but for Gretchen it wasn’t great at all. If you want to hear us discuss the pros and cons of this novel you should watch that video. Our next read is Gretchen’s choice and that means it will be YA so look out for that.
I read some poetry this month guys. I hardly ever read poetry for myself. In fact this is only 1 of 2 poetry collections I have bought for myself. I have some that I used in school, but I picked this one up because I wanted to read it. I talked about this one before going to the gym because poetry is terrifying and exercising is also terrifying. So woo, that happened. I might try and review more poetry as time goes on, but for now this is what I have for you guys and it probably isn’t the best review out there.
This was followed by an ARC that I was actually reached out by the author to review. Usually I pick up ARCs that I request from the published but the author of this one found me on tumblr and asked if I would be interested in reading his book. It was quite short and actually did some new and interesting things with the YA fantasy genre but if you want to know what exactly I really loved about this book you should go read the post here!
Apparently I was on an ARC kick because after that I read Lions. This book doesn’t come out until July so there is quite a long wait for the review of this one but it did convince me to pick up her debut novel which I will hopefully be reading and review soon for you guys. Once this review comes out I also want to do some sort of discussion post where I compare them because her debut is called Lamb and this is Lions and they have to be connected in some way. I just feel it.
As far as challenges are concerned:
I have now completed 12 of 40 Pop Sugar Challenges.
However, I have only read 5 of my own damn books despite reading
22 of 50 books for the year.
Crazy that I’m almost halfway through my yearly reading challenge with ten more months left in the year. However, I have started a job and my reading has slowed significantly. I need to let my body find a new equilibrium before I can catch back up with reading.
There you have it folks, the February wrap up. I will hopefully have two ARC reviews for you this week, so look forward to those! Gretchen and I also have new 30 Seconds to Disagree videos coming out tomorrow.
Another month down, on to the next one.