Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga for the book community to share what we’ve added to our TBR lists or bought this week. Go here to find out more!
As well as taking part in StS’s over at the Happy Homo Book Club, I thought it would be good to bring it over here as I always seem to have a lot of books added to my TBR list every week and it looks too crowded to add them in with everyone else’s! Especially as over the past 2 weeks I have added something like 15 books to my list, so now you can find my extended list here instead!
I usually don’t get to purchase too many books due to money, but this week I stumbled across both the Kindle 99p summer sale and the new Prime reading service which allows Prime readers to read certain books for free!
Hey again everyone! Look how good I’m being with posting consistently at the moment (although HA lets see how long this lasts for).
I thought this would be a great time to post up my first outlook on what (I hope) the month of July might bring in terms of reading, playing and blogging. I’ve found it really hard to regularly blog without a schedule, so I’m hoping that doing this will actually give me some structure and something to aim for so that I can post more! So, here are my goals for this month, what are yours?
Need to finish
I desperately need to finish Radium Girls. It’s an amazing ARC I got from Netgalley on the 22nd April about the women who worked as dial-painters in America during the 1920s, and who fought relentlessly for years for the Radium companies they worked for to take responsibility for the toxic radium poisoning many of the girls got, which lead to a horrendous amount of death and suffering. Whilst I’m really enjoying the book so far, I’m quite a slow reader and this seems to be a little bit on the lengthy side book. Having said that I’m now on 54% so hopefully I can finish it this month. When I first joined Netgalley I didn’t understand how it actually worked, so requested and was approved for loaaaaads of non-fiction books which always take me forever to read D: One day I’ll finish what I have, so I can actually request some fiction (and get approved for them).
I’m also in the middle of reading the amazing ‘The Spectacle’ edition of Skin Deep’s bi-annual publication which I really want to finish and write a glowing review for. For something which I got for a really reasonable £6, it’s packed full of amazing opinion pieces, art and design work, and interviews on issues of race and culture in an enjoyable, more accessible format than online blog posts and academic articles sometimes are.
I debated about putting this as my favourite book, given my distancing from the HP Universe thanks to Rowling’s insistent ‘death of the author’ mission. However, even when I can remove myself from the rest of the universe, I still get such warm glowy feels from this book and can’t deny that it’s probably one of my favourite books.
Welcome to my first ever monthly wrap up for June!
I had so many plans of all the blogging I would do over the summer, but unfortunately June turned out to be a not very fruitful month for blogging. I feel like being involved in not one but two blogs, as a blogging noob, was a bit of an ambitious project as I’ve found it quite difficult to manage posting content for both this blog and corralling the other 3 members of the Happy Homo Book Club every week. Not to mention trying to do this on top of desperately applying for jobs as my last student loan payment begins to drain away, write my dissertation, deal with everyday life, leaving the house every so often, coping with my depression & anxiety, and of course, trying to keep up with reading and gaming! *gasps for breath* But, it is what it is. I’ll use it as a learning experience and try to work around it for next month. So here’s what I *did* manage this month.
My first and only review to date. It took me over 2 months to finish JTAB due to struggling with some of the content, but overall JTAB was an amazing YA book about the intersections of race, gender, queerness, feminism, coming out and coming of age.
My partner bought me this as a present for finishing my exams in May. I loved the beautiful cover and maps inside the book, and following the journey of cartographer’s daughter Isabella Riosse as she ventures through the mysterious Forgotten Territories of her island in search of her missing friend. It didn’t take me long to get through this book and I loved every second of it. Read More »
After seeing Mud and Stars post on the Unpopular Opinions book tag, I thought it would be a great way to finally post something after a bit of a break. In between getting over my post-uni depression and trying to combat my writing anxiety, I have not had much confidence to write anything. But oh boy, can I write a ranty post! So bring in the unpopular opinions and let the words start rolling.
A popular book or series you didn’t like
This one was super hard because, as it turns out, I seem to hate a lot of books other people seem to love…. In the end, I settled for anything written by John Green, but honourable mentions also go out to Ready Player One and Girl, Interrupted. Although I did use to really love John Green and owned all of his books, the more I read, the more I began to really not like any of the books. The Fault in Our Stars was the final nail in the coffin and I don’t understand why there is so much hype around him when his characters all suffer from a chronic case of Samey Mc-Sameface.