Hi everyone! As you might’ve noticed I haven’t really been blogging a lot lately. I just checked and I haven’t actually posted a wrap-up since January… yikes. It makes sense because I fell into a reading slump back in February and since then I haven’t really been on top of my reading game, which meant I didn’t feel like blogging, which kind of resulted in my disappearance. But luckily I’ve been reading again lately and I’ve also been excited about writing blog posts again so… I’m back? Hopefully?
ALSO, today I come bearing good news: I GRADUATED. I actually did it!!! I had my last finals in May and June and they were hard and I was incredibly stressed, but I managed to do it and I received some pretty good grades for it as well. It took me a little longer than it usually takes people (I’ve been doing this for 10 years AH) but I’m so incredibly happy that I’ve finally done it (SCREW YOU ANXIETY). Plus, June was also my birthday month so I’m a 22 year old now. And I still don’t feel like an adult at all.
Sadly, graduating for me doesn’t just mean not having to study anymore (yay) and finally getting back into a reading mood (also, yay), but it also means a lot of anxiety about my future and making tons of appointments with city hall people and just… it’s a Lot. But I’ll figure it out, and I’m trying to focus on being happy about all the positive aspects of it!
Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills – I read this book because Fadwa picked it out for me for our “my best friend chooses my 2019 TBR” project, and I’m so glad she did because I adored it. This was the cutest book I’ve read in quite some time.
The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser – I hardly ever reread books, but The Vanderbeekers is a series that always brings me comfort. So, when I was completely stressing out about my exams, I decided to reread this for the 3rd time and it helped a lot.
A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole – I absolutely adore the Reluctant Royals series and, while this wasn’t my favorite in the series, I still enjoyed it a lot and I’m incredibly sad that this series is over.
Going Off Script by Jen Wilde – I always adore Jen Wilde’s books and, while I loved this one and would definitely recommend it, I just didn’t love it as much as I loved her other books.
Heavy Vinyl by Carly Usdin and Nina Vakueva – I reread this one because I needed something quick and fun to read, and preferably queer because of Pride month and this was perfect. I still love this just as much as I did the first time, which is a lot.
Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan – I’m really sad to say that this book was a disappointment. I’m still doubting whether I should write a full review for it but just… this book is Not Great.
A Study in Honor by Claire O’Dell – Sadly, this was another disappointment. I already have a full review for this in my drafts so you can expect that soon.
The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston – I was super excited about this one since this book is sapphic and I adored the first book in this series, Geekerella, and this book delivered. I had the best time reading it and it made me incredibly happy.
The Avant-Guards vol. 1 by Carly Usdin and Noah Hayes – Comics about a group of queer people doing sports are very much my thing for some reason, so the Avant-Guards was perfect for me. I guess this now means that Carly Usdin is definitely an auto-buy author when it comes to comics.
Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai – I put this one on my wishlist because my amazing friend CW recommended it and then my lovely friend Marjo bought it for me for my birthday and, once I finished my exams I dove right into it. CW has never let me down when it comes to book recs before, and she was right about this one as well: this book is a gem.
Hazel’s Theory of Evolution by Lisa Jenn Bigelow – I loved this author’s first book, Drum Roll, Please, so when I heard that she was publishing another middle grade book and that this book would have an ace main character I was overjoyed. I just finished this one yesterday and I’ll be writing a full review for it soon, but I loved it.
Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee – After finishing Hazel I needed something else to read so I decided to pick up Star-Crossed, and finished it that same day. This book wasn’t perfect but I had a lot of fun with it, and seeing a 12 year old girl crush on another girl and get all giddy about it was incredibly cute.
While I was in my slump I started, read a few chapters of and then stopped reading a ton of books. My currently reading shelf is filled with all different kinds of books at the moment, and my plan is to make a whole blog post on that. Actually, I’ve written the full blog post already and planned to post it last Friday but then I suddenly got a lot of anxiety over publishing a blog post again and I… didn’t. But I hope that actually posting this wrap-up will lessen that anxiety and will make me able to post that blog post in a few days!
I’m incredibly excited to be back to blogging and I hope I’ll be able to write and post a lot the upcoming few weeks because I’m incredibly behind on… well, everything. Please cross your fingers for me, AHH. And also, please send me links to your recent blog posts in the comments. I’d absolutely love to read them and catch up on what you’ve all been reading lately!