Bookworm Blogging, Monthly Wrap-Ups

January 2023 Wrap-Up

2023 has been… hectic so far. I’m hoping it’s starting low so we can go up from here!

Books Read:

  • Such Pretty Flowers by KL Cerra. 3 stars, review.
  • The Atlas Paradox by Olivie Blake. 3 stars, review.
  • A Little Bit of Feng Shui by Ai Matsui Johnson. 5 stars, review.
  • Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt. 4.5 stars, RTC.
  • The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay. 5 stars, reread, RTC.
  • Our Share of Night by Mariana Enríquez. DNF.
  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. 4 stars, reread.
  • Polysecure by Jessica Fern. 3.5 stars, review.
  • Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse. DNF.

Books read: 7 books plus 2 DNFs (the exact same stats I had in December!)
Average rating: 4 stars (yay!!!)

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Short Reads & Watches

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Book Reviews, Bookworm Blogging

Such Pretty Flowers [review]

Such Pretty Flowers by KL Cerra
To be published by Bantam on February 7, 2023
my rating: 3 stars
Goodreads avg:
3.58 (as of 2023-01-02)
Spoiler-free review
Goodreads

disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for review consideration. Quotes have been taken from the advanced copy and may differ from the final publication.

Releasing next week, Such Pretty Flowers was a solid thriller (with some horror elements) that moves along steadily as we follow Holly in the search for the truth about her brother’s death. Holly becomes obsessed with the enigmatic Maura, who her brother Dane was newly engaged to. This was a quick read — I devoured it in just two days. My only qualms were that I found myself bored at parts and that some of Holly’s actions seemed a little absurd to me. I know characters often make ridiculous decisions in thrillers but I was often internally screaming at Holly as she continued to fall in deeper and deeper. I definitely recommend this to thriller fans, especially those with an interest in botany.


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Bookworm Blogging, TBRs

February 2023 TBR

I’ve decided to [gasp] start doing monthly TBRs? On average, I read ~2740 pages per month (easier, I think, than worrying about books per month since their lengths can vary so much). I decided to give myself a goal of 2055 pages for my TBR; this is about 75% of my monthly average so it gives me some leeway for mood reading and for slower reading months. I am currently reading Going Bicoastal by Dahlia Adler (~165 pages of 336) and Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse (115 pages of 454). I’ll group these into my leeway category (depending on the results of next month, I may include current reads in my TBR pages).

  • Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo (496 pages): I just re-read Ninth House in preparation to pick this up and I’m very excited!
  • The Anatomy of Jane by Amelia Lefay (261 pages): This has been on my polyamory TBR and I’m hoping I enjoy it.
  • Answering Tough Interview Questions for Dummies (320 pages): A re-read! I graduate in May and need to prepare myself for some job interviews.
  • A Shadow in the Ember by Jennifer L. Armentrout (647 pages): This is on my owned TBR and I’m excited to pick it up after getting caught up on the Blood & Ash series.
  • The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie (320 pages): I read the first in the series years ago and need to finish this sapphic pirate duology!

Do y’all have monthly TBRs and if so, what are you planning on reading? If not, what do you think you’ll be in the mood to read this month?

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Burn, Rewrite, Reread #4

I haven’t done this meme since 2019 but I thought it would be fun to try it out again!

What you have to do is: randomise your read shelf on goodreads, choose first 3 books & then decide which one and why you want to burn, to rewrite & to reread.


Burn: Braised Pork, I feel so bad but I just didn’t ‘get’ it.
Rewrite: Ancillary Justice, this was a little bit of a struggle for me and I think I could love it with some adjustments.
Reread: Everless. Hear me out! I gave this 4 stars when I first read it and… think I’d probably like it less now? But couldn’t tell unless I reread it.


Burn: Dangerous Girls, I tagged this as queerbaiting on Goodreads and it’s one of those thrillers where the end is completely out of left field — because the author didn’t give any indication it could go that way.
Rewrite: I did not write reviews for either of these books, but I’m going to go with The Lost World?
Reread: Because Through the Woods was just so unique that I don’t want to rewrite it.


Burn: The Horse Whisperer, I’m sure if I read this now I would not have a great time with it.
Rewrite: The Empress of Salt and Fortune, I wanted to love this so much but it just didn’t do much for me.
Reread: Lolll sorry, The Crown of Gilded Bones. I ate up this series in 2022.


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The Atlas Paradox [review]

The Atlas Paradox by Olivie Blake
Published by Tor Books on October 25, 2022
my rating: 3 stars
Goodreads avg:
3.74 (as of Jan 8, 2023)
Spoiler-free review
Goodreads

I’ve seen people say that it feels like this was meant to be a duology that Blake had to expand into a trilogy and I agree with that sentiment. Thinking back, I remember almost nothing that happened in this book. It was a lot of talking, repetitive conversations, and exposition, I guess? This suffers immensely from second book syndrome and the only thing that kept me going was the characters and their relationships. Thankfully I still found myself deeply invested on that front. I expect the next book to be more cohesive and plot-filled. And as always, I ship the polycule. ❤

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Movie Reviews, Not Books

Letterboxd Gems XVI

Hi everyone! Time for another edition of Letterboxd Gems. As a reminder: every so often I’ll post particularly funny or entertaining Letterboxd reviews from movies I’ve seen recently. If you’ve never heard of Letterboxd, it’s like Goodreads but for movies (feel free to add me if you’d like!) and there are plenty of interesting reviews. I’ll usually sift through them after seeing a film, which is how I got the idea to share them! A lot of these reviews will have spoilers, so feel free to skip through only to films you’ve already seen if you’d like to avoid being spoiled.


No Exit [2022]

the nail gun was the main character

chloeac

when the little girl opened tiktok but it was called klipklip instead………

natb294

A lot of rehab places let you leave if you sign a form saying you promise to try and rescue a kidnapped child.

bransonreese

Aliens [1986]

The most creative part of this was adding an “s” to the title.

jizzmonkey

probably would have liked this more if the cat had more screentime to be perfectly honest

leeyim

Did the math, and I do believe, on a purely technical level, “Get away from her you bitch!” does in fact pass the Bechdel test.

timcop

Fresh [2022]

*fear of dating intensifies*

efw

this would never happen to me because i have social anxiety

blackswannss

nooo Sebastian don’t be a cannibal ur so sexy aha

chefboyarbrie

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Bookworm Blogging, Monthly Wrap-Ups

December 2022 Wrap-Up

Onward to 2023.

Books Read:

  • After the Eclipse by Sarah Perry. 5 stars.
  • What Moves the Dead by T Kingfisher. 3 stars.
  • Sand by Hugh Howey. 3 stars.
  • Astrid Parker Doesn’t Fail by Ashley Herring Blake. 3.5 stars.
  • How to Keep House While Drowning by KC Davis. 5 stars.
  • The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill. 2 stars.
  • Across the Sand by Hugh Howey. DNF.
  • Preludes & Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman. DNF.
  • The Daughters of Izdihar by Hadeer Elsbai. 5 stars.

Books read: 7 books plus 2 DNFs.
Average rating: 3.79 stars

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Favorite Backlist Reads of 2022

I already wrote a Favorite 2022 Releases list, so here are my favorite books of 2022 written in previous years.

  • Know My Name, 5 stars. Absolutely devastating, but beautifully written.
  • The Fifth Season, 5 stars. I need to finish this trilogy, also a devastating read.
  • Why Fish Don’t Exist, 5 stars. I listened to the audiobook version of this and had to sit in my driveway after a long ride to finish it because I just couldn’t stop.
  • Detransition, Baby, 5 stars. A really amazing and insightful read.
  • Near the Bone, 5 stars. I read this essentially in one sitting. An emotional read, but also very spooky.
  • From Blood and Ash, 5 stars. I inhaled this series.
  • A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire, 5 stars. See above.
  • How to Keep House While Drowning, 5 stars. A really gentle self-help book for those who struggle with house cleaning.
  • The Paper Palace, 4.5 stars. Thinking about this still makes me so emotional.
  • Milk Fed, 4.5 stars. I love Melissa Broder so much, but her books are not for everyone.

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Favorite 2022 Releases

  • Book Lovers, 5 stars. I loved the dynamic between these two characters and the play on Hallmark movies.
  • Sweet Berries, 5 stars. Another excellent paranormal romance from CM Nascosta.
  • Delilah Green Doesn’t Care, 5 stars. I loved this soo much. I’m looking forward to book 3.
  • Just Like Home, 4.5 stars. I know the ending of this was really divisive, but I really appreciated it.
  • Dead Silence, 4 stars. This lost me in some ways, but the Ghost Ship in space vibes were immaculate.
  • The Odyssey, 4 stars. I think most people won’t end up enjoying this, but it really was a good read for me.

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2022 Wrap-Up

Statistics

I read 86 books in 2022! 81 of these were first-time reads, 5 were re-reads, and 15 were DNFs.

My most read genre was Fantasy (26 books, 9812 pages), followed by Literary Fiction (18 books, 5469 pages) and Horror (14 books, 4387 pages).

I read primarily ebooks this year!

Relatedly, almost 70% of my reads were from the library. Almost 12% were ARCs, which were almost all digital.

I rated most books 4 stars (104 books), followed by 3 stars (42 books) and 3.5 stars (42 books). My average rating was 3.52 stars.

I averaged 7.2 books per month and 2740 pages per month.

I used Brock Roberts’ reading spreadsheet to generate these statistics! I intend to read more intentionally in 2023, so I’m hoping my average rating ends up a little higher. 🙂 Please share if you’ve put together any of your statistics!


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