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February 2021 Wrap-Up 🧤

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Hi again, bibliophiles!

Here’s another monthly wrap-up of an interesting reading month…

GENERAL THOUGHTS:

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me drinking way too much hot chocolate over the long weekend

February was just…freezing here in Colorado. I suppose I should say “more freezing than usual” because it’s usually pretty chilly, but it rarely gets into the negatives in February, which it happened to do over the long President’s Day weekend. So, yes, lots of hot chocolate was consumed, a few episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender were watched (yes I finally started it), and many pairs of fuzzy socks were worn.

My workload’s been manageable and I’ve managed to keep my grades in a place where I like them, for the most part. I’ve been steadily working away at the outline for my sci-fi WIP, and I probably would have finished were it not for the writing contest that my mom found. So now I’m working away at my short story, and I’m so excited to be really writing again!

I haven’t listened to a whole lot of new stuff, but I’ve been dabbling a bit of instrumental scores, some new Danny Elfman, a bit of Spacemen 3, and of course more Julien Baker as of this Friday. I rewatched half of Fargo and I’m now caught up on WandaVision, and I can’t wait to see how the latter ends!

Also, I somehow managed to get a lot of new followers this month? I’m almost at 400 now, so thanks to all of you lovely people for sticking around 🥺

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READING AND BLOGGING:

I managed to read 22 books this February! That’s two more than January, and certainly a better batch too. (A lot less reads in the 2 star range and none in the 1 star range, I’m glad to say.) So here’s everything…

2 – 2.75 stars:

Amazon.com: The Kinder Poison eBook: Mae, Natalie: Kindle Store
The Kinder Poison

3 – 3.75 stars:

Hellboy: Odder Jobs by Christopher Golden
Hellboy: Odder Jobs

4 – 4.75 stars:

The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin | Hachette Book Group
The City We Became

5 stars:

The Punch by Noah Hawley | Grand Central Publishing
The Punch

FAVORITE BOOK OF THE MONTH: Before the Fall5 stars

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

SOME POSTS I’M PROUD OF:

POSTS I ENJOYED FROM OTHER WONDERFUL PEOPLE:

DID I ACTUALLY FOLLOW THROUGH ON MY FEBRUARY GOALS?

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Let’s see…

  • Read more books by Black authors for Black History Month, and make a post about it: did that! I made an effort to read a lot of books from #OwnVoices Black authors, and I found so many great reads and new-to-me authors that I want to continue reading from. Of course, it’s crucial to read books from marginalized voices 24/7/365, but I figured that it was especially important for Black History Month.
  • Listen to & review Little Oblivions (Julien Baker) when it comes out: uh…
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Listen to it? I’ve done that a lot. Reviewed it? Well, it came out two days ago, so…maybe next week. We’ll see.

  • Read at least 20 books: did that! 22 books in February 🙂
  • Finish my initial outline for my sci-fi WIP: nope. I might’ve been able to pull it off, but like I said, short story.

GOALS FOR MARCH:

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  • Finish my short story for the writing contest (since the deadline is early April…)!
  • ACTUALLY review Little Oblivions
  • Read at least 20 books
  • Review all of the eARCs sitting on my Kindle

So that’s it for February, I guess. Here’s to a March that was…[ahem] less eventful than last March. You know what I mean.

Since I’ve already posted today, check out this week’s weekly update for today’s song.

That’s it for my February in blogging! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

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Weekly Update: February 22-28, 2021

Happy Sunday, bibliophiles!

The last week of February’s been a decent one, I’d say. The rest of my library haul was mostly 3-star reads, but there was still some good stuff in there. I had a lot more time to blog this week, and I had a lot of fun writing reviews and doing tags 🙂

Writing-wise, I finished up the outline for my short story, and I just started writing it last night! I’m at almost 800 words, and man, does it feel good to be actually writing again. Outline’s necessary and all, but nothing beats the real thing, does it?

Other than that, I’ve just been drawing a bit, messing around on Minecraft, watching more WandaVision (AAAAAH), starting to rewatch season 3 of Fargo, and obsessively listening to Julien Baker’s Little Oblivions since Friday morning. (I thought it came out sooner, and I usually like to sit with an album about a week before I review it, so expect…*something* next week…)

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WHAT I READ THIS WEEK:

Mooncakes – Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

Amazon.com: Mooncakes (9781549303043): Walker, Suzanne, Xu, Wendy: Books

Felix Ever After – Kacen Callender (⭐️⭐️⭐️)

Amazon.com: Felix Ever After (9780062820259): Callender, Kacen: Books

Abandon – Blake Crouch (for book club) (⭐️⭐️⭐️)

Amazon.com: Abandon (9781503946194): Crouch, Blake: Books

Hellboy: Odd Jobs – Christopher Golden, Mike Mignola et. al. (anthology) (⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)

Hellboy: Odd Jobs: Christopher Golden: 9781569714409: Amazon.com: Books

A Dark and Starless Forest – Sarah Hollowell (eARC) (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.25)

A Dark and Starless Forest by Sarah Hollowell

POSTS AND SUCH:

SONGS:

CURRENTLY READING/TO READ NEXT WEEK:

Hellboy: Odder Jobs – Christopher Golden, Mike Mignola et. al.

Hellboy: Odder Jobs by Christopher Golden

Sisters of the Wolf – Patricia Miller-Schroeder (eARC)

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Hellboy: Oddest Jobs – Christopher Golden, Mike Mignola et. al.

Hellboy: Oddest Jobs - Kindle edition by Mignola, Mike, Various,  Christopher Golden. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

The Life and Deaths of Frankie D. – Colleen Nelson (eARC)

Amazon.com: The Life and Deaths of Frankie D. eBook: Nelson, Colleen:  Kindle Store

Today’s song:

That’s it for this week in blogging! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

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Weekly Update: February 15-21, 2021

Happy Sunday, bibliophiles! I hope this week has treated you well, and for everyone in the Texas area, stay safe out there. Lots of love. 💗

Reading-wise, I’d say it’s been a bit of a hit-or-miss week. A lot of what I read fell in the 3-star range, but I did find another 5-star read! I still have some of my library haul from this week left to read, as well as some Hellboy books my dad lent to me (thank you!) and 3 eARCs I got approved for. So expect a lot of reviews in the next few weeks!

Writing-wise, I’m nearly done with my sci-fi outline, but I switched gears later in the week because my mom found this writing contest that I’m interested in. I’m now shifting over to outlining/writing a short story, and I’m really excited to get into it!

Other than that, I just drew a bit, rewatched more Fargo, got caught up on WandaVision (OH MY GOD THAT LAST EPISODE), volunteered at the library, and drank a whole lot of hot chocolate.

Also, I thought that the new Julien Baker album came out today, but no, not until the 26th…[cries]

WHAT I READ THIS WEEK:

The City We Became (Great Cities, #1) – N.K. Jemisin (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

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The Kinder Poison – Natalie Mae (⭐️⭐️.5)

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Game Changer – Neal Shusterman (⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)

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The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller (⭐️⭐️⭐️)

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The Punch – Noah Hawley (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

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Happily Ever Afters – Elise Bryant (⭐️⭐️⭐️)

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POSTS AND SUCH:

SONGS:

CURRENTLY READING/TO READ NEXT WEEK:

Mooncakes – Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu

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Abandon – Blake Crouch (for book club)

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Felix Ever After – Kacen Callender

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Hellboy: Odd Jobs – Christopher Golden et. al.

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A Dark and Starless Forest – Sarah Hollowell (eARC)

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Today’s song:

That’s it for this week in blogging! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

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Weekly Update: February 8-14, 2021

Happy Sunday, bibliophiles, and happy Valentine’s Day, if that’s your thing! I’m not *super* into it or anything (I guess it’s more worthwhile when you’re…y’know, actually dating somebody), but regardless, I’m down for any kind of holiday that celebrates love of all kinds, be it romantic, familial or platonic. So love each other today and every day of the year, okay?

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This week’s been kind of hit or miss; there hasn’t been a whole lot of schoolwork, thankfully, but precalc just continues to make my mood go 📉 so…yep. Let’s hope that statistics next year will be more merciful…

I accidentally got a whole bunch of shorter books on my library haul last week, so I read a lot more than I expected! Again, hit or miss, but I did find a few great ones, for sure. And blogging-wise, I loved doing my review this week! Writing-wise, I’ve been steadily outlining, and I got around to organizing my favorite scene in my sci-fi WIP. 🥺 (Again, details are largely undisclosed, but I will say that there are quite a lot of tender feels and a certain Beatles song.)

Other than that, I’ve been drawing a bit, I finished rewatching season 1 of Fargo and started rewatching season 2, and I finally got around to watching The New Mutants, which I was so excited for, but…gah, if you looked up the entry for the word “disappointment” in the dictionary, the movie poster would be there. So much wasted potential…they did my poor X-Men so dirty…😔👊

WHAT I READ THIS WEEK:

If It Makes You Happy–Claire Kann (⭐️⭐️⭐️)

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Dawn (Xenogenesis, #1)–Octavia E. Butler (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

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The Dark Matter of Mona Starr–Laura Lee Gulledge (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

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Escaping Exodus (Escaping Exodus, #1)–Nicky Drayden (⭐️⭐️)

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Color Outside the Lines–Sangu Mandanna et. al. (anthology) (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

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POSTS AND SUCH:

SONGS:

CURRENTLY READING/TO READ NEXT WEEK:

The City We Became (Great Cities, #1)–N.K. Jemisin

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Game Changer–Neal Shusterman

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Today’s song (sort of Valentine’s Day edition):

That’s it for this week in blogging! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

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Weekly Update: February 1-7, 2021

Happy Sunday, bibliophiles! I hope this first week of February has treated you all well.

Reading-wise, I’d say February’s off to an awesome start! I finally got around to some of the books I’d bought with a gift card I got for Christmas, and they were all great! (And I have my first full 5-star read of the year! Noah Hawley never misses…) Other than having to study for a math test, I had hardly any homework, so I had a bit of time to relax. And since the cases have been getting more manageable where I am, I went back to volunteering at my local library! It’s so good to be back. (Safely, of course.)

Other than that, I’ve been steadily working away at my outline, watched Vertigo, and caught up on WandaVision. (And for those of you who’ve seen the last episode…OH MY G O D AAAAAAAAAAH)

Also, I gave in and started rewatching Fargo from the beginning. Oops.

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WHAT I READ THIS WEEK:

Before the Fall–Noah Hawley (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

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A Song of Wraiths and Ruin–Roseanne A. Brown (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

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The Conference of the Birds (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #5)–Ransom Riggs (⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)

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The Brighter the Stars–Bryan K. Prosek (eARC) (⭐️⭐️)

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)–Becky Chambers (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

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POSTS AND SUCH:

SONGS:

CURRENTLY READING/TO READ NEXT WEEK:

If It Makes You Happy–Claire Kann

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Dawn (Xenogenesis, #1)–Octavia Butler

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Color Outside the Lines–Sangu Mandanna et. al. (anthology)

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The Dark Matter of Mona Starr–Laura Lee Gulledge

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Escaping Exodus–Nicky Drayden

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Today’s song:

That’s it for this week in blogging! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

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Weekly Update: February 24-March 1, 2020

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Happy Sunday, bibliophiles!

I’ve had a bit of sluggish and tiring week, what with a slew of quizzes and tests, less reading than I would’ve liked, and a bit of writer’s block and general lethargy. But hey, my new Radiohead shirt came in the mail, so that’s a plus.

All things considered, February’s been a pretty great month for me! Lots of good reading and writing progress, and lots of good times, fun movies, and delicious food. Here’s hoping that March will be more of the same. I have some fun posts planned for the coming month 😉

 

WHAT I READ THIS WEEK: 

Roar (Stormheart, #1)–Cora Carmack (⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)

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Sky Without Stars (System Divine, #1)–Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, vol. 2–Hayao Miyazaki (⭐️⭐️⭐️)

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Loki: Where Mischief Lies–Mackenzi Lee (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

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POSTS AND SUCH 

 

SONGS:

 

CURRENTLY READING/TO READ NEXT WEEK: 

Cannery Row–John Steinbeck

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(This one’s for school. We’ll be stretching it out through the end of March, so I won’t repeat it on further weekly updates until we finish it up.)

 

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)–Philip Pullman

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Mammoth–Jill Baguchinsky

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All Out: The No-Longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages–Saundra Mitchell (anthology)

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Rebel Girls–Elizabeth Keenan

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Today’s song:

(I’m gonna try to review this album soon…)

 

That just about wraps up this week in blogging! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

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Weekly Update: February 17-23, 2020

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Happy Sunday, bibliophiles!

I’ve always regarded February as the most boring month of the year. Hardly any breaks, dreary weather, lame holidays, nothing eventful ever happens. But as the month comes to a close, I’ve realized that for February, this has been an awesome month. This week, in particular, has been pretty spectacular; a few peaceful shifts at the library, good food, fun with friends (playing Uno gets absolutely diabolical with our bunch), and a particularly lovely Friday night involving writing, drawing, ice cream, and an annual re-watching of one of my favorite films of all time: Hellboy II: The Golden Army. 

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The latter has inspired me to do a few blog posts, which I’ll try and get to in the next few weeks.

As far as reading goes, my week hasn’t been *quite* as productive; most of what I got to was single-issue comics, and the library books that I got to were…okay. Decent. I’ll finally be able to get to the books I bought last week in the coming days, so hopefully things will pick up from there.

WHAT I READ THIS WEEK: 

Guts–Raina Telgemeier (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

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Skulldigger and Skeleton Boy (Issue #2)–Jeff Lemire (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

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Hellboy Winter Special 2019–Mike Mignola (⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)

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Frankenstein Undone (Issue #1)–Mike Mignola (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

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The Downstairs Girl–Stacey Lee (⭐️⭐️)

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Nights at the Circus–Angela Carter (⭐️⭐️⭐️)

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POSTS AND SUCH: 

 

SONGS: 

 

CURRENTLY READING/TO READ NEXT WEEK: 

Roar (Stormheart #1)–Cora Carmack

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Loki: Where Mischief Lies–Mackenzi Lee

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Sky Without Stars (System Divine, #1)–Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

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Today’s song:

 

 

That just about wraps up this week in blogging! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

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Weekly Update: February 10-16, 2020

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Happy Sunday, bibliophiles!

You know what? This week’s been a pretty great one, all things considered. A four-day weekend, a book haul and a comic haul, lots of good reading and watching…life is good.

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I didn’t quite get to read all that I’d promised last week because of my lack of books prior to picking up my library haul, but thanks to the Kindle library and several issues of Batman: Universe, I’m still on track. Hopefully you’ve all had fun and productive weeks as well. 💗

 

WHAT I READ THIS WEEK: 

You in Five Acts–Una LaMarche (⭐️⭐️⭐️)

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Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft–Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez (⭐️⭐️)

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Batman: Universe (Issues 1-6)–Brian Michael Bendis (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

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Rogue Princess–B.R. Myers (⭐️⭐️.5)

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Courtney Crumrin, Vol. 4: Monstrous Holiday–Ted Naifeh (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) (re-read)

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All the Impossible Things–Lindsay Lackey (⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)

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POSTS AND SUCH: 

 

SONGS: 

 

CURRENTLY READING/TO READ NEXT WEEK

Guts–Raina Telgemeier

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The Downstairs Girl–Stacey Lee

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Nights at the Circus–Angela Carter

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Roar–Cora Carmack

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Sky Without Stars (System Divine, #1)–Jessica Brody and Joanne Rendell

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Loki-Where Mischief Lies–Mackenzi Lee

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Today’s song:

(Just saw these guys last night, they were amazing!)

 

That just about wraps up this week in blogging! Have a wonderful rest of your day, and take care of yourselves!

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Weekly Update: January 27-February 2, 2020

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Hey there, fellow bibliophiles! Hope you all had a good week. ☺️

Aaaaand now it’s February. Wow. January was an odd month for me, filled with a whole plethora of ups and downs. But hey–I read 21 books, got to about 38,000 words (about 60 pages) in my WIP, and got past 100 followers! What a month, indeed…

I’ve had a bit of a disappointing library haul this week, but I did find a few noteworthy books among the meh, at least. Here’s hoping that this week’s haul will be better. 🤞

WHAT I READ THIS WEEK: 

Gravemaidens (Gravemaidens, #1)–Kelly Coon (DNF–⭐️.5)

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From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars anthology)-Elizabeth Schaefer (⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)

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Foundation (Foundation, #1)-Isaac Asimov (⭐️⭐️.5)

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OCD, The Dude, and Me–Lauren Roedy Vaughn (⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)

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Nausicaä of the Valley of the wind, vol. 1-Hayao Miyazaki (⭐️⭐️⭐️.5)

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POSTS AND SUCH: 

 

SONGS:

 

TO READ NEXT WEEK: 

Kiss Number 8–Colleen A.F. Venable, Ellen T. Crenshaw

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The Order of Odd-Fish–James Kennedy

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Lizard Radio–Pat Schmatz

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One Giant Leap (Dare Mighty Things, #2)–Heather Kaczynski

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Today’s song:

 

(0:00-0:15–your headphones aren’t conking out on you, that’s just the intro 😜)

 

That just about wraps up this week in blogging! Have a wonderful day, and take care of yourselves!

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