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March Reading Wrap Up

I accomplished a number of things in March. One, I finished the first draft of The Fire Within. Two, I read 22 books. I’m quite pleased with myself. Of course the high number is due to the many picturebooks read but still, achievements are achievements.

(I also re-caught a cough so there’s that.)

Here are the titles I read:

  1. I’m Judging You – Luvvie Ajayi
  2. A Curious Land – Susan Muaddi Darraj
  3. The Lonely Hearts Hotel – Heather O’Neill
  4. The Road Home – Katie Cotton
  5. Pandora – Victoria Turnbull
  6. If My Love Were a Fire Truck – Luke Reynolds
  7. Princess Cora and the Crocodile – Laura Amy Schlitz
  8. Lint Boy – Aileen Liejten
  9. This Is How We Do It – Matt LaMothe
  10. Real Friends – Shannon Hale
  11. The Bear and the Nightingale – Katharine Arden
  12. bone – Yrsa Daly-Ward
  13. Wires and Nerve vol 1 – Marissa Meyer
  14. Cigarette Girl – Masahiko Matsumoto
  15. How to Find a Fox – Nilah Magruder
  16. Puss and Boots – Ayano Imai
  17. Dream Big, Princess – Andrea Posner-Sanchez
  18. Lila and the Crow – Gabrielle Grimard
  19. The Last of August – Brittany Cavallaro
  20. FukuFuku – Kanata Konami
  21. Seventh Day – Yu Hua
  22. Questions for Ada – Ijeoma Umebinyuo
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October Reading Wrap Up

My reading this month wasn’t as great as it could have been but I have had such a wonderful track that I can’t complain too much. I mean, it was a deliberate choice to slow down on the reading which, you know, I’m okay with doing at the moment. I’m sure I’ll fling myself back into my favourite past time soon enough but right now, let’s take things easy.

I read 37 books this month. Of these:

  • 12 were from my TBR pile
  • 4 were from the library
  • 3 were rereads
  • 18 were borrowed (manga)/ sent to beta read (manuscript)

I received 17 books this month.

  • 2 were purchased
  • 15 were sent for review.

The TBR pile stands at 513.

Books read this month:

  1. The Storybook Knight – Helen Docherty
  2. Curious George – H. A. Rey
  3. Buried Heart – Kate Elliott
  4. The Inconvenient Indian – Thomas King
  5. Clariel – Garth Nix
  6. Magic Binds – Ilona Andrews
  7. Down with the Shine – Kate Karyus Quinn
  8. Citizen – Claudia Rankine
  9. Unspoken – Sarah Rees Brennan
  10. Untold – Sarah Rees Brennan
  11. Unmade – Sarah Rees Brennan
  12. The Elephant Who Wants to Fall Asleep
  13. Wonder Women – Sam Maggs
  14. Wee Gallery: Jungle – Surya Sajnani
  15. Wee Gallery: Farm – Surya Sajnani
  16. Hunting – Andrea K Host
  17. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus – Mo Willems
  18. Rad Women Worldwide – Kate Schatz
  19. Komomo Confiserie vol 1-5 – Maki Minami
  20. Seiyuu Ka vol 1-12 – Maki Minami
  21. Petty Treason – Madeleine E. Robins
  22. Women in Science – Rachel  Ignotofsky
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September Reading Wrap-Up

September might have been my worst reading month of the entire year but there are 3 more months left in the year and I might surprise myself. I am caught in a reading slump of sorts. Or perhaps I have just stopped reading fast. Whatever it is, it takes me forever to finish a book now because I just don’t gravitate towards reading as much as I did. Maybe it’s a temporary thing. I hope it’s a temporary thing. I don’t know.

Here are my stats for the month:

I read 19 (eep!) books last month. Of these:

  • 6 were from my TBR pile.
  • 12 were from the library.
  • 1 was a reread.

All were physical copies except for one.

I received 22 books this month.

  • 1 was purchased.
  • 16 were requested/accepted review copies.
  • 5 were unsolicited review copies.

The TBR pile currently stands at 510.

These are the titles I read in September:

  1. Death Wears a Mask – Ashley Weaver
  2. A Useful Woman – Darcie Wilde
  3. Heroine Complex – Sarah Kuhn
  4. The Girl Who Drank the Moon – Kelly Barnhill
  5. Champion of the Rose – Andrea K Host
  6. Vassa of the Night – Sarah Porter
  7. Bones of the Fair – Andrea K Host
  8. The Art of Subtext – Charles Baxter
  9. Heartless – Gail Carriger
  10. The Clever Little Witch – Laeve Baeton
  11. Snow Bears Never Lie – Said
  12. The Swan Riders – Erin Bow
  13. The Fantastic Adventures of Baron Munchausen – Heinz Janisch
  14. Beautiful Bastard – Christina Lauren
  15. A Little Taste of Poison – R. J. Anderson
  16. The Adventures of Miss Petitfour – Anne Michaels
  17. Heartless – Gail Carriger
  18. The Diary of Ma Yan – Ma Yan
  19. A Front Page Affair – Radha Vatsal
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July Wrap-Up

July just whirled past us with all the grace of a grey elephant (not that elephants are any other colour). Here are the deets:

In July, I read 29 books. Of these:

  • 13 were from the TBR
  • 16 were from the library.
  • 6 of the 29 were e-books.

I acquired 18 books this month. Of these:

  • 4 are ebooks.
  • 4 I have already read.
  • 8 were for review.
  • I purchased 10.

The TBR pile stands (sadly) at 500 (not including ebooks, let’s not include those).

Books I read in July:

  1. From the Charred Remains – Susanna Calkins
  2. The Rose Garden – Susanna Kearsley
  3. Saga vol. 3. – Fiona Staples
  4. Saga vol. 4 – Fiona Staples
  5. Saga vol. 5 – Fiona Staples
  6. Bonfire Night – Deanna Raybourn
  7. Grief is the Thing With Feathers – Max Porter
  8. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire – Rosamund Hodge
  9. Gotham Academy vol. 2: Calamity – Becky Cloonan
  10. 100 Million Years of Food – Stephen Le
  11. Finnikin of the Rock – Melina Marchetta
  12. Waistcoats and Weaponry – Gail Carriger
  13. The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo – Zen Cho
  14. The Bird and the Sword – Amy Harmon
  15. Manners and Mutiny – Gail Carriger
  16. Graffiti Moon – Cath Crowley
  17. salt. – Nayyirah Waheed
  18. Clean Sweep – Ilona Andrews
  19. Sweep in Peace – Ilona Andrews
  20. The Summer of Ubume – Natsuhiko Kyogoku
  21. The Art of Perspective – Christopher Castellani
  22. Home – Sarah Prineas
  23. Nobody’s Baby But Mine – Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  24. The Masque of a Murderer – Susanna Calkins
  25. The Battle of the Labyrinth – Rick Riordan
  26. The Last Olympian – Rick Riordan
  27. Ink and  Bone – Lisa Unger
  28. Point of Honour – Madeleine E. Robins
  29. Devil and the Bluebird- Jennifer Mason-Black
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June Wrap-Up

Half of the year is gone way too fast. I’d say more but I’m fasting and I have no energy. So let’s get on with this wrap up.

In June I read 34 books. Of these:

  • 20 were from the library.
  • 14 were books from the TBR, either new additions or older ones.

I acquired 21 books this month. Of these:

  • I have read 8.
  • 8 books I purchased.
  • 1 book I received as a gift.
  • 12 books are review copies.

The TBR pile stands at 498 as of today. And okay, it went down one number but I’m still celebrating.

Books I read in June

  1. A Drop of Night – Stefan Bachmann
  2. The Dragons of Heavens – Alyc Helms
  3. Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire
  4. Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! – Laura Amy Schlitz
  5. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making – Catherynne M. Valente
  6. 738 Days – Stacey Kade
  7. The Sea of Monsters – Rick Riordan
  8. A Fierce and Subtle Poison – Samantha Mabry
  9. A Murder at Rosamund’s Gate – Susanna Calkins
  10. And Only to Deceive – Tasha Alexander
  11. The Magical Fantastical Fridge – Harlan Coben
  12. Skip Beat 3-in-1 edition vol 8 – Yoshiki Nakamura
  13. Skip Beat 3-in-1 edition vol 9 – Yoshiki Nakamura
  14. Skip Beat 3-in-1 edition vol 10 – Yoshiki Nakamura
  15. Skip Beat 3-in-1 edition vol 11 – Yoshiki Nakamura
  16. The Gilded Shroud – Elizabeth Bailey
  17. Humans of New York: Stories – Brandon Stanton
  18. Thunder Boy Jr. – Sherman Alexie
  19. Silence is Goldfish – Annabel Pitcher
  20. Murder at Brightwell – Ashley Weaver
  21. I Remember You – Yrsa Sigurdardottir
  22. A Conspiracy of Kings – Megan Whalen Turner
  23. A Poisoned Season – Tasha Alexander
  24. Masks and Shadows – Stephanie Burgis
  25. The Titan’s Curse – Rick Riordan
  26. Midsummer Night – Deanna Raybourn
  27. Alex + Ada vol 2 – Jonathan Luna
  28. Alex + Ada vol 3 – Jonathan Luna
  29. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle – Betty MacDonald
  30. Silent Night – Deanna Raybourn
  31. The Invisible Library – Genevieve Cogman
  32. Twelfth Night – Deanna Raybourn
  33. Rapture – Sjohnna McCray
  34. Sword in the Stacks – Jenn Swann Downey
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May Wrap-Up

In May I read 31 books (well, it’s the 30th today and I have one more day to read a book but I doubt that’s happening). Of these 31:

  • 20 were from the library.
  • 11 were from my TBR pile.

So um, I read a lot of books from the library this past month.

I acquired 20 books this month. Of these:

  • 14 were review books
  • 6 were books I purchased.

Not too bad I’d say.

The TBR pile stands at 499 currently. Sigh.

Books I read in May:

  1. Korean Children’s Favourite Stories – Kim So-Eun
  2. Vietnamese Children’s Favourite Stories – Phuoc Thi Min Tran
  3. A Gathering of Shadows – V. E. Schwab
  4. Words – Lora Rozler
  5. Emily of New Moon – L. M. Montgomery
  6. Little Red Gliding Hood – Tara Lazar
  7. The Ballad of Black Tom – Victor Lavalle
  8. Grayling’s Song  – Karen Cushman
  9. Mad Kestrel – Missy Massey
  10. Roses and Rot – Kat Howard
  11. The King of Attolia – Megan Whalen Turner
  12. The Animal Report – John Swartzwelder
  13. The Fire Children – Eric Maddern
  14. Last Night’s Reading – Kate Gavino
  15. Stiletto – Daniel O’Malley
  16. The Hollow of the Hand – P. J. Harvey
  17. Migritude – Shailja Patel
  18. Marked in Flesh – Anne Bishop
  19. Love Style Life – Garance Dore
  20. The Whatnot – Stefan Bachmann
  21. Nine Coaches Waiting – Mary Stewart
  22. How Mirka Caught a Fish – Barry Deutsch
  23. The Vegetarian – Han Kang
  24. Once Upon a Time – Leila Sales
  25. Binti – Nnedi Okorafor
  26. Sweater Weather – Sara Varon
  27. Here I Am – Patti Kim
  28. The Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi
  29. Come Close – Sappho
  30. Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms – Fumiyo Kouno
  31. Shadow Queen – Deborah Kalin