The past two months, I’ve managed to read over 15 books, compared to only reading four in February! I did finish school this month, so I had a lot more time. 22/30 books were YA contemporaries, which usually take me a day to read, and then fantasy novels (adult and YA) usually take me one to eight days to read. I have not read 30 books in a month in a while, and I don’t know if I want to do it again because I like taking my time while reading. However, the last time I read over 30 books in a month was in August 2019, when I was attempting to read 300 books in that year. In 2020, the most books I read in a month was in July – I read 22 books that month.
This section will include spoilers for: An Ember in the Ashes AND A Torch Against the Night.
“You are full, Laia. Full of life and dark and strength and spirit. You are in our dreams. You will burn, for you are an ember in the ashes.That is your destiny.” – Cain, pg 400-401 of An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
“Killer! Death himself! Reaper walking! If your sins were blood, child, you would drown in a river of your own making.” – pg 8, A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
Favorites are highlighted in bold, authors who are new to me are italisized.
- Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart – started in May
- Up All Night edited by Laura Silverman – started in May
- These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy – started in May
- Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas – started in May
- The Serpent’s Curse by Lisa Maxwell – started in May
- Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous by Suzanne Park (ARC from Netgalley) – started in May
- Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft
- Pumpkin by Julie Murphy
- Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar
- Perfectly Parvin by Olivia Abtahi
- A Phở Love Story by Loan Le
- The Marvelous Mirza Girls by Sheba Karim
- Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier
- The Silence of Bones by June Hur
- Me (Moth) by Amber McBride
- Of Princes and Promises by Sandhya Menon
- Fifteen Hundred Miles From the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa
- The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris
- That Way Madness Lies edited by Dahlia Adler
- Where the Rhythm Takes You by Sarah Dass
- Sisters of the Snake by Sarena and Sasha Nanua
- Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler
- Fight Like A Girl by Sheena Kamal (from Netgalley)
- Roman and Jewel by Dana L. Davis
- Love and Other Natural Disasters by Misa Sugiura
- Simone Breaks All the Rules by Debbie Rigaud
- The Box in the Woods by Maureen Johnson
- Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi
- Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson
- Illusionary by Zoraida Córdova
As you can see, I had ten favorites. Illusionary is the sequel to Incendiary, and now Zoraida is officially one of my favorite fantasy YA authors. To my list of favorites, I would like to add The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri and She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan and Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao; however, I haven’t finished these books yet (I also need to write reviews for them since I received all from Netgalley as ARCs).
I posted nine times in June, compared to three times in May, five times in April, twice in March, once in February, and seven times in January.
Other Life News
I’m going to the West Coast of the “US” to look @ colleges in August, so that’s fun!! I have to work on my Posse app as well and my Collegiate Scholars Program is starting next Tuesday – my last summer with them! I’m also hoping to receive my copy of The Chariot at Dusk by Swati Teerdhala. I went to an online event with her and Roseanne A. Brown yesterday and would love to see them in person someday!!
In July, I’m hoping to finish IW, SWBTS, TJT, Skyhunter by Marie Lu, Everything That Burns by Gita Trelease, Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood, and Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas.