So August was….a thing. Not much happened to me, to be honest! I had a phone-free Friday evening with my fiancee, which was lovely, and as this post goes up we are camping in the UK and going on a PYGMY GOAT EXPERIENCE! It is probably for kids (lol) but I don’t care. I’m gonna pet a goat.
Also, I am super ready for summer to be over now. I want it to be spooky season!
Top 5 recommendation:
- 100 books – I have reached my target! As of writing I’ve read 116 books. Do you think I should go for a stretch goal? Let me know in the comments.
- Continue to read diversely – Yup, this was pretty good. I read Let’s Talk About Love, a book about a black asexual girl, The Memory Police which was translated from Japanese, and Odd Girl Out, a memoir about an autistic woman
- Read more independently published/self-published authors – Whoops, not this month. I’ll have to try to read more of these during September
- Try to read more genres – Yup, I got nonfiction, fantasy, sci-fi, romance and horror
- Try to read one graphic novel a month – I read Heartstopper vol 2 which I LOVED WITH EVERY FIBRE OF MY BEING
- Try to post three times a week – I pretty much did that!!! I think it was because I had a lot of discussion posts about libraries and audiobooks – I was really motivated to write
- Increase Netgalley score –
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: The Memory Police bringing my total up to 21. I have officially exceeded my target, and won the Philippine tarsier badge, the Indian cobra badge, and the Malayan tapir badge!
This was the last month of the Queers Gone By challenge. I kind-of forgot that I was doing this, so I forgot to read the last two books. Ah well! I did pretty well despite those two.
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:
- Continued with therapy – YES FINALLY! I had one session with my therapist, who I skyped from my new home. I’ll definitely have to write about that when I start up Mental Health Mondays again!
- Planned at least one exciting thing a month – Like I said above, I am currently camping! There’s no phone signal, which will either be heaven or hell. It’s a working farm so there should be lots of animals too! I’m very excited.