MONTHLY TBR #12 | March 2019

Uww, look, a month in which I have a break, so maybe I can get some reading done! (…unlikely, but still). I’m pretty excited for this month. However, for this month, I’m not going to be picking out new books from my TBR jar because I didn’t finish the ones I picked last month. But! I’ll still put them down in this TBR. Also, since my in-progress books have been on here for…a while, I’m not going to have any commentary on them!


 

Sister Citizens: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry

The Shadow Girl by Misty Mount

Another Country by James Baldwin

Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans by Gary Krist

Bulletproof by Jeff LaFerney


Okay, so I actually have read this book before, back when I first got it in elementary or middle school. I just don’t remember a thing, so I figured I would reread it. I actually met the author when my mom bought it for me! He was running a writing workshop I went to — I was really into writing at the time and wanted to be an author when I was older. He personalized it and everything! Anyway, it’s a mystery book with a main character with psychic powers who tries to solve a murder.

February 2019 TBR

Hoping to get to this next week over break…we’ll see, haha.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury


I originally read the classic in school and remember liking it. So, I figured “why not?” Let’s see if it holds up after five years! It probably won’t because I’m really picky now about classics I think are good, but we can at least try it out. For those who don’t know, Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian book set in a world where books are considered illegal and are burned upon seeing them.

February 2019 TBR

Another book I hope to get to over spring break!

Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World by Bill Nye


Fun fact: I bought a copy for both myself and my partner back when it first came out. It was signed! I actually pre-ordered it! Well, guess what, y’all. Neither of us have read it yet. It’s been almost four years, and we haven’t touched it. So I was pretty content when I pulled it out of my TBR jar.

February 2019 TBR

I don’t think I’ll be able to get to this, but…sometime this month, yes. I don’t think a few months would make a huge difference since it’s been almost four years since I’ve bought, but ya know.

Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen


This was one that was on my TBR last month, and it’s being transferred to February. Still hoping it’s good and that, ya know, I actually get to it. It’ll be interesting to see if there are things I don’t know about in this books.

February 2019 TBR

I know for sure I won’t be able to get to this for break — I left it in my dorm room. But I really want to read it this month!

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo


The more I stare it, the less I want to read it, but I really want to read King of Scars. So. You see my predicament. I do have to say, though, I absolutely love the cover. Just not that excited for the plot, ya know?

February 2019 TBR

Another book I didn’t bring home with me, but I’m not too worried about it. It’s a quick read.

Sadie by Courtney Summers


I’ve had the audiobook on hold since the day after Christmas, and I’m fifth on the list now…I just want to read it because I’ve heard nothing but good things about Sadie. I hope I can get it this month.

February 2019 TBR

I’m number one on the list now! Yay! I’m really excited for this book, I can’t wait to get it!

Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine and Ann Aguirre

I found this at the library when I came home from college, and it seemed interesting! I usually don’t go for sci-fi, but I’m intrigued. It has a space crew who work with their sentient space ship, and…that sounds so cool??

Parkland by Dave Cullen

Another book I found at the library! It’s about the Parkland shooting, but it isn’t really focused on the shooting itself. Instead, it’s about the teens who go out and advocate in the aftermath of the shooting. I’m hoping to finish it before break ends and that it’s good!


And there you go! I know it’s…a ton of books, but I think I can do it.

What about you all? What do you plan on reading this month, or are currently reading? Let me know!

Until next time~
Kaitlyn

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP #12 | February 2019

So, uh, February was weird — I was able to get through a few novels (…ones that weren’t on my TBR, but we’ll ignore that), but as for blogging? Lmao, that fell apart. Including reviews, apparently. Sorry about that, y’all, there was just way too much going on for me to worry about this. I’m going to try harder this month, though! So, here we go, my February wrap-up!


 

Cranesong by Rona Wang

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
5/5 stars

Review

The first book I read for February, and it was absolutely gorgeous! I loved every second of it. Cranesong is an anthology, with all the stories dealing with some sort of trauma or hardship. What’s really cool is that all of the protagonists are East Asian! Definitely pick this up if you’re interested; you won’t be disappointed.

Norse Mythology by Neal Gaiman

⭐⭐⭐⭐ .5
4.5/5 stars

So I don’t have a review for this yet because outside of the review I had to do….Nope, didn’t get to anything. Anyway, this is the first Neil Gaiman book I listened to, and read altogether, and I was blown away. I loved it! It gave the basics of Norse Mythology, and it was funny, and it was dangerous. It’s a wonderful book, and Gaiman does such a good job narrating it.

We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

⭐⭐ .5
2.5/5 stars

Another book I finished listening to but didn’t get around to reviewing. Well, okay, it’s more like a longer essay, but it still counts on Goodreads! I thought it was going to be good because I heard such good things about the author, but…it fell flat for me. Sure, it’s good for someone if they want a “basic” overview of feminism and have that feminism be very trans-exclusive in its language. There was also a bit that was biological essentialist, and… Well. I’ll write a whole review about it later. Let’s just say I wasn’t a huge fan.

The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

⭐⭐⭐ .5
3.5/5 stars

Another book I had to read for class, so I didn’t review it. It was pretty good, but I wouldn’t read it again unless I had to. It was mostly sad, and I wasn’t a huge fan of the last 20% or so of the book.

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

⭐⭐⭐⭐
4/5 stars

Wow, look, it’s another book I finished that I didn’t review. It’s almost like that’s the theme for this month. Moving on, this was another book I listened to impulsively, and I really enjoyed myself. I liked how the narrator brought the characters to life, even if it took a little time to get used to her, and I loved Mila and the group of girls she brings back to life. I would definitely look into it if you’re into witchy feminist stories with fat girl protagonists of color!

Sister Citizens: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry.

I’ve been on this book for the past two months, and if we don’t finish it this month, I’m dropping out of college. Y’all already know what it’s about from my last wrap up, so I’m not saying anything, lol.

The Shadow Girl by Misty Mount

…Same thing about this one. Misty, if you’re reading this, I’m so sorry I haven’t finished already. Audiobooks are just so much easier when I have to constantly be walking around campus.

Another Country by James Baldwin

If I say it’s another book for class, how many people would throw tomatoes at me? Oh well, it’s another book for class. From what I’ve read so, it’s pretty good, but none of the characters are really that likeable. I get that that’s supposed to be the point, but…still.

Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans by Gary Krist

I’ve been reading this book since January, and I’m still not done… It’s a good book, don’t get me wrong, but it’s one that I’m annotating, so it’s taking me forever to actually sit down and read a chapter every now and then. Hoping to finish it in March, though!


And there you have it! My (late) February 2019 wrap up. I hope you enjoyed it, and I look forward to a more productive month!

Until next time~
Kaitlyn

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MONTHLY WRAP-UP #11 | January 2019

Hi, everyone! Can you believe it’s already February? Because I sure can’t. Well, here’s what I’ve read this past month, and what I’m currently reading!


 

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

⭐⭐⭐⭐ .5
4.5/5 stars

Review

This was the first book I finished in 2019, and I loved it! I don’t read as much middle grade as I would like, so I really enjoyed this one. It’s a spooky ghost story with Cass, a girl who can see and talk to ghosts, and Joacob, her ghost-y best friend!

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
5/5 stars

Review

Another V.E. Schwab book finished, and I loved it even more than City of Ghosts! I loved everything about it: the characters, the plot, the magic, the setting. All of it. The book follows Kell, a magician, and Lila, a girl with the love for adventure, as they try to take a mysterious stone back to its rightful place. Please read it, it’s my new fav next to Six of Crows.

Sula by Toni Morrison

⭐⭐⭐⭐ .5
4.5/5 stars

Review

If you’re interested in classics, black authors, or anything remotely connected to either of those two, look into Sula. I’m usually not for books considered classics, but I really enjoyed this one. Sula is about the lives of two childhood best friends, Sula and Nell, throughout their lives.

Maurice by E.M. Forster

⭐⭐⭐ .5
3.5/5 stars

This one doesn’t have an official review because I read it for a class. It was pretty good; nothing to call home about, though. I wasn’t really connected with any of the characters. However, I do have to say, that last scene between Maurice and Clive made me laugh. I don’t think it was supposed to? But it did.

Sister Citizens: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry.

Another book for a class — I’m almost halfway through it, and so far, so good. It’s pretty self-explanatory: it delves into stereotypes about Black women in the United States and how shame may affect them. There’s a lot I’ve annotated so far, so if social science and race are your thing, give it a try.

The Shadow Girl by Misty Mount

It is so hard for me to finish e-books, apparently. I started this in the beginning of January, and I’m still working on it. It’s not bad at all — I’m actually quite enjoying it — but I just can’t seem to bring myself to open the Kindle app on my laptop. The Shadow Girl is about an invisible girl, both literally and metaphorically!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

So this would have been finished, except 65% of the way through the audiobook, my account decided to log itself out. And the password and login weren’t saved. Pair that with the fact that I didn’t feel like digging out my library card (it was through OverDrive), and you have an unfinished book.


There you go, my January wrap-up! I didn’t do qute as much as I wanted to, but that’s okay. I’ll have all next month to catch up! …Says every reader every month.

Let me know what you’ve read this month! What was your favorite and/or least favorite book of the month? Do you constantly see yourself pushing books back to read?

Until next time~
Kaitlyn

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