Hi everyone! I know I made a post announcing I was back a couple weeks back and that I haven’t actually posted a lot since then and I want to say I’m sorry. I really thought I was ready to come back but apparently I wasn’t. I guess life sometimes goes a little differently than you plan. That’s also why I want to refrain from making any “YAY I’M BACK” statements right now, even though I have finished my finals and I’m so, so ready to be back. I’m incredibly excited to catch up on reviews and I have quite a few post ideas already. I just hope this mood stays for a little while.
For this post however, I thought it might be a fun idea to take a look at all of the books on my currently reading shelf on Goodreads. Because I was slumping so hard I ended up picking quite a few books, reading a few chapters, and then putting them down again in favor of another book. I hope that discussing these books with you all might finally give me the motivation to actually, properly read these books.
Hazel’s Theory of Evolution by Lisa Jenn Bigelow
Let’s start with a book I’m actually properly reading, which is Hazel’s Guide to Evolution by Lisa Jenn Bigelow. I read Bigelow’s Drum Roll, Please last year and I loved it very much, so when I heard that she was coming out with a new book ánd that this book was going to feature an ace mc I immediately added it to my TBR.
I ended up requesting it on Edelweiss and actually being approved for it (AHHH) so I started it a couple of days ago. I’m currently around 20% in and I’m enjoying it a lot!
Stealing Luna by Carla de Guzman
I don’t tend to read a lot of romance, but when I do I usually either go for audiobooks (I really love a good romance audiobook, and so far The Reluctant Royals series has definitely been my fav) or I read a #romanceclass book. So far, my favorite #romanceclass was The Queen’s Game and when I saw that the author was coming out with another book set in the same universe I was sold. And it involves a heist too? YES. A THOUSAND TIMES YES.
I started it right when it came out but I didn’t end up reading more than 5% and I’m honestly not sure why. I need to get on that.
Running With Lions by Julian Winters
This book seemed like the absolute perfect book for me when I first heard about it. It’s queer, it’s a sports book, it’s set at a summer camp, there’s a hate-to-love element, and I follow the author on Twitter and he’s incredibly lovely. But then I picked it up and I’m not sure what it was about it but it just wasn’t working for me, and I was incredibly sad about it because I wanted to love it so so badly.
I read it right when my slump started so I’m still kind of hoping that that’s why I didn’t like it so I really want to try and pick it up again because of this, because I might still love it, but I’m also scared to because… what if I don’t.
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
The Gilded Wolves was a book that everyone and their mother was talking about at the beginning of the year and everyone kept raving about how incredibly good this book was, so of course I wanted to read it too. My dear friend Lili ended up loaning me her copy (thank you so, so much again) and when I picked it up I did love it, but then I got 60 pages in and they started talking about math and because I was in the middle of studying for my math finals I was like “nah, can’t handle more math” and I put it down.
However, now that I’m done with my math finals I am incredibly excited to pick it back up, and I actually read a few more pages of it today. I love a good ensemble cast and I’m pretty sure this involves a heist as well, so I’m 100% here for it.
Graham’s Delicacies by Mina Waheed
Graham’s Delicacies is a book I started reading for Pride and I was incredibly excited about it. It involves three (?) different couples, all queer, and it’s centered around this cute little café, which is a setting I always love. Plus, I adore the author which is definitely a plus.
I’m not that far into it currently but I am liking it, I’m just not very in the mood for it right now which is sad because it’s definitely that kind of book that I could read in one setting if my mood was right. Hopefully this’ll happen sometime soon. Preferably very soon.
The Downstairs Girl by Stacy Lee
Okay I know this list seems endless but this is the last one, I promise. I am so incredibly lucky to be able to read this book already! I’ve read two of Stacy Lee’s books (Outrun the Moon and Under a Painted Sky) and I adored both of them and this book sounded even more incredible to me. I immediately added it to my TBR once it was announced, and I’ve been highly anticipating it since.
Again, I’ve read quite a bit of this one already (I think I’m at around 120 pages, so that’s a third of the book done) and I’m really liking it, but when it comes to historical fiction I have quite a specific reading preference. I just can’t read a lot at once because it gets too much for me so easily, so I’m just taking my time with it and loving every minute I do spend with it.
(Note: I actually wrote this post last week and I was planning on posting it on Friday, but my anxiety was way too high that day to go through with it, so I’m posting it now. The books on my currently reading list changed a little tiny bit since then (which is why Hazel’s Theory of Evolution already appeared in my wrap-up), but this post is still accurate enough that I still wanted to post it).