I think this might have been the best reading month I’ve ever had in my life. I read TWENTY FOUR books. You read that right! It was also my first full month in my new apartment with my fiancee! While there were quite a few problems with the house (I went over 25 days without wifi – this perhaps explains why I read so much) we’ve really settled in and started to explore the area.
The Lost Coast
Top 5 recommendation:
- 100 books – I have reached my target! I have officially read 102 books. I’m not sure whether I’m going to make a stretch goal or not because I don’t want to stress myself out thinking about numbers.
- Continue to read diversely – yup, this month was good! I read a bunch of books with queer characters and characters of colour. I also read Get A Life, Chloe Brown which was about a black woman with fibromyalgia, and The Bride Test which featured Khai, a Vietnamese and autistic character. Oh, AND I read a couple of fat positive books, including The (Other) F Word.
- Read more independently published/self-published authors – Taproot and Mooncakes.
- Try to read more genres – yup, I read a bunch of YA and nonfiction, but also a good smattering of fantasy, adult contemporaries, and erotica.
- Try to read one graphic novel a month – I read Taproot, Mooncakes, and My Brother’s Husband vol 1.
- Try to post three times a week – this was a pretty mixed goal. The first week and the last week of the month were pretty good for posting, but the middle two definitely were not!
- Increase Netgalley score – 65%!!!! HELL YES!
Every month I’m also going to update you with what books I’ve read for YARC (Year of the Asian Challenge!). This month I read: Anna Dressed in Blood, My Brother’s Husband vol 1 and The Bride Test bringing my total up to 20. I have officially exceeded my target, and won the Philippine tarsier badge AND the Indian cobra badge! I only need one more book to get to the Malayan tapir badge, too.
Queers Gone By:
- Read a book written or set during 1985-present day: There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
- Read a book with a Black female MC: Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
- Read a book with a pansexual main character: Double Exposure by Chelsea M. Cameron
- Read a dystopian or sci-fi novel: The Last by Hanna Jameson
- Read a book, fiction or nonfiction, about a female musician or actress:
- Read a book written or set during 1907-1954: Pulp by Robin Talley (it’s 1955, so CLOSE ENOUGH)
- Read a graphic novel: This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
- Read a book with an aesthetically pleasing cover: Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno
- Read a book with a disabled MC: Loud in the House of Myself by Stacy Pershall
- Read a book set in Mexico or with a Mexican MC:
The Reading Rush:
- Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker (non-human MC)
- A Lesson in Thorns by Sierra Simone (book read in one place)
- Misogynation by Laura Bates (book I wanted to read last year)
- When I Had A Little Sister by Catherine Simpson (book with 5+ word title)
- The (Other) F-Word edited by Angie Manfredi (purple on the cover)
- My Brother’s Husband vol 1 by Gengoroh Tagame
- The Heartland by Nathan Filer (5-star-read)
So I didn’t complete all of the prompts – I didn’t get to ‘Read an author’s first book’ or ‘Read and watch a book to movie adaptation’, but I did read 7 books, 4 of which were ARCs!
- Continued with therapy – Unfortunately not. It took so long to set myself up with a new doctor that I wasn’t able to look for a new therapist. I have also contacted my old therapist to see whether she would do Skype sessions, but she’s currently on holiday.
- Planned at least one exciting thing a month – My fiancee and I met up with our friends a couple times this month which was great, and we went to the Athenian restaurant in Shoreditch which we’ve been meaning to go to forever! As for August, I don’t think I have any concrete plans yet, but I imagine I’ll see some of my friends.