First Weekly Update of 2019!

We’re three weeks into 2019 and this is my first weekly update… oops. 🤷🏻‍♀️ For now I’m going to update you all on my month so far, what I’m currently reading, and what I hope to read next! The template I’m using for these updates is WWW Wednesday, hosted by Taking on a World of Words and recommended to me by Destiny at Howling Libraries.

What am I currently reading?

Nothing at the moment!

What have I finished reading since my last update?

So far I’ve read ten books in 2019.

📚Devour Your TBR January challenge: Books that I’ve pulled from my “jam jar”

🕰 LateAThon: Books I started in 2018

  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo: 📚🕰, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars. This was a reread for me and the first time I visually read my annotated copy. As cool as the annotations were I prefer the audiobook, which is narrated by the author and speaks to my slam-poetry-loving heart. REP: Dominican-American MC, CW: parental abuse (mostly emotional, some physical), slut shaming, some implied homophobia
  • A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars. This was all Madalyn’s fault and I love her for it. When describing this to a friend, I said that it was a book that would let me feel sad about someone else’s pain and also show them beginning to recover. It’s a book that hits you right in the feels and was a little too real at times, but was also slow and soft and atmospheric. I loved it to bits. CW: rape culture, toxic masculinity and its consequences for teen girls, gun violence
  • A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole: 🕰, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.5 stars. I’ve been planning to read this series ever since I preordered Once Ghosted, Twice Shy a month or so ago. This first book in the series was delightful and I’m really excited to read the companion novella in February. REP: One POV character is African American and grew up in the foster system; the other is African, CW: discussion of sexism in STEM, lying/trust violations in a relationship
  • Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, and Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3.5, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4, and ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars, respectively. I feel like I need to start a series titled “Books my Friends Made Me Read.” Not because I feel pressured by my friends at all, but because I get the best recs from my friends and I’ll always associate reading that book with their recommendation. All of this to say that Madalyn also encouraged me to reread Clockwork Angel and then finish the series. It gave me LOTS of feels, enough that I’m going to continue on in the Shadowhunters ‘verse. REP: One POV character is Chinese British and has a chronic illness. A side character is bi/pan and of Asian decent. CW: death, discussions of addiction, ablism.
  • Horrorstör by Grady Hendrix: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 stars. I got sick earlier in January and spent a roughly 36-hour period continually dosed on NyQuil. I was bored and frustrated and grouchy, and in the times between doses I read this horror satire. It was scarier and more gruesome than I was expecting (I was more excited about the satire than the horror) but possibly due to my drugged state I ended up loving it a lot anyway. I’m really excited for the author’s 2018 release We Sold Our Souls, which I’ve heard has the same dry humor but a little less of the gore. CW: violence, gore, torture, suspense… etc.
  • A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4.5 stars. Destiny and I got to talking about Talia Hibbert recently and it came up that I hadn’t read anything by her yet. Because Destiny is extra and wonderful, she sent me a copy of A Girl Like Her, which is her favorite of this author’s books, and I binged it. It is gorgeous and happy and full of nice sex scenes. REP: MC is autistic, black (she is British and her mom is from Sierra Leone), and plus sized. CW: partner abuse in the past, slut shaming, slut shaming, ablism. If any of these are an issue for you please be aware, but please also know that this was an overall fluffy read.
  • This is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3.5 stars. This is unfortunately a case of expecting something that this story wasn’t. I thought the main characters were in college and reconnecting. They’re actually juniors in high school and dealing with a lot of the issues related to that time. I love that all the characters were casually queer, but it just wasn’t the story I was expecting so I wasn’t as excited about it as I had hoped to be. REP: MC is black and bi, LI is Latinx, deaf/hard of hearing, and queer in some way, and almost everyone is a POC and casually queer in some way.
  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin: 🕰, ⭐️⭐️ 2 stars. I really really wanted to like this book. At one of my libraries I’m running a book club and this was our first pick. I was incredibly excited for it even knowing it was a little dated and LeGuin wasn’t able to do all she had wanted to with it. It ended up being way too slow and confusing for me. It reminded me of Dune in that there’s a lot of intense world-building but not a lot of character development. I also understand that she had to edit herself to get the story published in 1969, but some of the gendered language and stereotypes were still hard to read. Add to that a writing style that didn’t work well for me and here we are. REP: All the natives of Winter are agendered/nonbinary. CW: The narrator brings with him some sexist thoughts and stereotypes.

What do I plan to read between now and my next update?

As you can see, I’m not killing it on either of my reading challenges for the month. And to be honest, I don’t anticipate doing much better during the rest of the month. The second book I picked from my jam jar/LateAThon TBR was Ardulum: First Don which I think I’m going to love but I’m not feeling it right now and I don’t want to force myself to read it and then hate it. Ditto with To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, which was my next pick. On that TBR, the only book I’m feeling good about is A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard, so I might try to get to that this week.

In the next week, I’m probably going to start rereading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare in continuing my effort to get caught up in the Shadowhunter universe. I’ve read the first three Mortal Instruments books before, but now that I want to read Ghosts of the Shadow Market and The Dark Artifices and The Last Hours and the new Malec series I should probably finish The Mortal Instruments. Madalyn is also rereading TMI now and Destiny has informed me she found the second half of the series better than the first half, so I’m not completely dreading it. Even though I remember some serious cringing.

The other bonus of rereading the City of books right now is that I can get the audios through Scribd, and this weekend I’ll be driving to Seattle to hang out with Madalyn at ALA! It’s a long road trip, which makes it perfect for binging some audiobooks.

That’s it, my update of 2019 so far. Have you read any of these? Any thoughts on what I should read soon? Let me know in the comments!

Author: SeeOwlRead

They/She. I’m a queer reviewer and librarian.

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