Hello Fiction Dwellers!
Do you miss me? Or should I say do you miss my wrap ups? Well good news for you because this is not a drill, it is really my October Wrap Up. I don’t know what have gotten into me but I just felt like posting my monthly wrap up. I forgot how much I enjoyed listing everything I read, listened to, and enjoyed in general throughout the month. I also included a big shoutout to my blogger friends in this post reviving my usual bookish content creator shoutout.
Anyway, I don’t want to hold you here for long. Let’s talk updates shall we? <3
- Total books read: 2 books
- Total books DNF’d: 1 book
- Total pages read: 1,167 pages
🎃 Acts of Service by Lilian Fishman
Release Date : May 3rd 2022
🏳️🌈 bi main character, queer side characters, sapphic relationship, polyamorous rep
Acts of Service is an exploration on the correlation between lust, sex, and desire written with the alluring sultry prose of Fishman that will surely get you addicted in this stunning debut.
🎃 Chlorine by Jade Song
Release Date : March 28th 2023
🏳️🌈 closeted lesbian main character, sapphic relationship
Full Review to come soon nearing release date!
🎃 Book Lovers by Emily Henry
Release Date : May 3rd 2022
DNF @ 50%
This book is too boring for me. The characters are plain and bland. The only good thing is the banter. Yet it gets boring the more you read because the plot is predictable. The conflict and plot progression isn’t compelling nor interesting. There is no yearning at all nor the “rivals to lovers” trope that was promoted by the publisher. If you count being horny for each other as ‘yearning’ be my guest because for me there is nothing in this book that makes me want to continue it.
The magic that I found in People We Meet On Vacation isn’t present at all. I am utterly disappointed.
Songs on Repeat
I posted a Catch Up With Me blog post to catch up with what I’ve been up to this past six months. I listed all the books I’ve read, the musics I enjoyed, life updates, and a pretty heavy heart-to-heart about the pressures of content creating. You can click on the picture below if you want to read it <3
Bookish Content Creator Shout Out
👻 Sahi from My World of Books shares an audiobook review of Strike of the Zither by Joan He. This book is one of my most anticipated releases this year so Sahi’s review really got me interested in reading the book. I recently requested it at my library so hopefully I can read it soon.
👻 Sumedha from The Wordy Habitat shares 20 Monthly Wrap Up Ideas For Your Blog. This post is so handy especially if you caught in a rut and don’t know what to post. Or if you are a new blogger trying to figure out the perfect monthly wrap up you want to make for yourself.
👻 Katie from A Cup of Cyanide posted a review of The Atlas Paradox by Olivie Blake. Fans of The Atlas Six are you excited to read the sequel of the Atlas crew? Look no further Katie got you covered with a review of the sequel if you are thinking of picking up the book.
👻 Saima from Stories With Saima shares a list of Cozy Autumnal Book Recommendations. I love seasonal recommendations and here Saima recs some really good books for your autumnal reading moods. Check it out!
👻 Queenie from The Erudite Labyrinth posted an interview with Sathya Achia author of “In My Hands” as part of her South Asian Spotlight feature. Sathya talks about her debut book In My Hands : the inspiration, writing process, and many more.
👻 Shazzie from Reader At Work posted a review of The Spear Cuts Through Water by Simon Jimenez. I love reading reviews of my favorite books so reading Shaz’s review really makes me happy especially if the book is by Simon Jimenez. I’ve been wanting to read it but I haven’t been in the right mood. If you need a bit of motivation to read The Spear Cuts Through Water check out Shaz’s review I’m sure you will be compelled to do so.
👻 Robin from The Last Page posted a list of Gothic Reads for The Fall Season. Gothic reads is something that I’m slowly trying to get myself into. Reading Robin’s list of recs I added more books to my TBR. If you are looking for more gothic books do check out the post!
I really don’t have any goals this November. Last year I did participate in NetGalley November but this year I think I want to take it easy and read whatever I want. Since I am not fully out of my reading slump yet I’ll pick up books depending on my mood at the moment.
I am currently reading The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin, honestly, I am reading this book very slowly. My SFF brain isn’t as strong as before. It is currently in its training arc right now. Though I am really enjoying it so far as I’ve read the short story version of The City We Became last year so I kind of knew what I am getting into.
Also I do have a few books that I took out from the library that interest me. So here are the hopefuls for November~