This has been THE most eventful month for me! Firstlt, I graduate! Woohoo! Do I look like an official adult now? It was a crazy difficult journey and to be honest, I downplayed myself too many times. I’ve grown more confident with my skills and have grown quite fond of research. So, yes, I’m currently look to get my journal articles published in an academic publishing! Wish me luck!
Now that I’m done I have the time to enjoy an actual vacation. I’ll be making a trip to Australia to visit Mister. I’m looking forward to the two month long vacation of just enjoying time with Mister, working on my writing projects, and well, catching up some movies!
I want to try something different in July, so I decided it would be a change to join a readathon. I came across the Magical Readathon hosted by booktuber Book Roast. I know this was supposed to be done in April but I missed out on it. I’ll try to complete it this July, so that I can participate in the NEWTs readathon which is happening in August (Twitter: @MagicalReadthn).
We also have the Indian Lit Readathon (Twitter: @IndLitReadathon) which is a 48 hour readathon happening between July 7 to July 8. This will be my first time participating in a 48 hour readathon! Am I ready for this? Any tips on how to prep myself? Check out Charvi @ Not Just Fiction , Aditi @ Dreamy Reads, Nandini @ Unputdownable Books and Shruti @ This is Lit Blog for more details about this readathon.
And finally, we have Evelina @ Avalinahs Books who has come up with a State of the ARC bingo! It’s a year long prompt to help you cut down your ARC pile.
Oh, the Books!
It has been a pretty good reading month for me as well! I managed to knock three review copies and, I also finished reading three volumes of The Ancient Magus Bride by Kore Yamazaki. I absolutely loved this manga and would highly recommend it to anyone who loves magic realism!
Dawn Among The Stars is a science fiction book which deals about the relationship of people, and people with aliens, during an alien invasion. Tracing Shadows, on the other hand, has a bit of Mulan-ish vibe. It was a quick read and one I’d recommend for a reader who is looking for a book to kick back and rela with (Goodreads review). I won’t be posting my review for The Boy at the Door by Alex Dahl until mid-July but I really like this book! It’s a psychological thriller which focuses on the messy and obsessive aspect of motherhood.
This month I also got some Indie e-books for review: I’ve been hearing a lot of people praise Soul Render by T.L. Branson, so when the author offered the book for review I jumped at the opportunity. The Gods of Men by Barbara Kloss is about a world where magic is forbidden. Firstly, judging from the summary, I think this book will have themes of sibling relationships, a healer and a necromancer characters, and I’m hoping for some good PTSD rep! I also love fantasy books with a religious theme! I participated in the blog tour for Heart of Mist by Helen Scheuerer last year, so I was very excited when I saw Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch had chosen me for the sequel, Reign of Mist, blog tour!
And now, before I continue can I just gush about how amazing Mister is! Within the month he got me two books which I’ve been dying to get my hands on! The first is A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews! I feel like everyone I know has read the book and I’m very late to the party. I know I could have bought the ebook but I just really wanted to support Cait @ Paper Fury and holding a book by someone I know = priceless.
Also, Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida! I may have died a little when I saw Mister holding a copy of this book. If you know me in real life, then you know how obsessed I am with the show! I have not read the manga yet though. So it’s like a rush of pride and excitement to say, “Why, yes, I own a copy of Tokyo Ghoul.” I remember how broken the series left me. I think I’m ready for that feeling again.
And finally, I only bought two physical books this month all thanks to Evelina @ Avalinahs Books and Kate @ The Backwards Bookshelf. I feel like I’m missing out on a lot not having read any of Neil Gaiman’s books, so I decided to buy Neverwhere and The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Besides, I wholeheartedly trust Kate and Evelina’s recommendations without a doubt so I didn’t hesitate buying the books.
And I also got some discounted ebooks. I think I need to take a book buying ban next month. And the months after.
I’m happy with the progress I’ve been making with my review copies. Right now, my Netgalley 2018 ARCs have been readuced to just nine! My backlogged review copies are around fourteen and since I don’t have many ARCs between the months of August and October, I can take time to focus on my backlogged copies.
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