In January I had a lot less responsibility at the beginning so I read a lot of different things and patted myself on the back for reading 12 books over the course of the month.
Manga: Basara 1-5
I enjoyed reading this manga immensely. I lost my momentum as I picked up more teaching responsibilities, but I’m hoping to start reading it again. The manga Basara is about a post-apocalyptic Japan that is ruled by a tyrant, in one of his regions there is a girl determined to rise against his power and avenge her brother’s death. I was interested because I heard this story does feature a hero/villain romance where they fall in love with each other’s civilian alter-egos. I’ll tell you right now this series has definitely not disappointed so far, each book has been either a 4 or 5 star read. It’s an extremely old manga so if you can’t deal with the old art style it probably won’t be your thing, but I think it’s fantastic.
Overall, these were 4-5 star books and I enjoyed reading all of them! I put out arc reviews for Blood Countess and Of Curses and Kisses as well. It was a great month for getting old books off my TBR, I managed to finish 3 books that have been sitting there for a while. I also finished the Winternight Series and I can honestly say I enjoyed the ending (10/10 would recommend).
This month I started teaching 4 classes full time and had to film all my videos for licensure, so I’ve had a lot more on my plate during the month. However, I did manage to get some reading done and knock out 6 books. Which to be honest, I wasn’t sure I was even going to read 5, so I proud.
February had quite a few reading challenges I really wanted to participate in so I did the best I could to follow with them. For #FFFEB I read The Weight of Our Stars, The Dark Tide, and The Abyss Surrounds Us. All were great books but I have to say The Dark Tide was my favorite, I was having a horrible day and I got approved for an arc which made my day 10x better (stay tuned for my eventual review).
Also since February is Black History Month, I wanted to try and read a few books by Black writers. The Weight of Our Stars by Kay Ancrum and The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin were both INCREDIBLE. I’d never heard of N. K. Jemisin’s Inheritance trilogy until the lovely Bee from BookishPisces started hyping it up on my timeline. I’m grateful for the recommendation because this book is exactly my style of fantasy. If you’re looking for a good adult fantasy involving creative mythology check this one out.
+ I’ve been working hard at this full time internship teaching middle school ELA classes. I just finished my segment in ELA and I’m moving to Social Studies this coming week. I’m excited to see how teaching different content areas changes the experience.
+ Currently I’m right smack in the middle of a giant project I have to submit for teacher licensure. It’s been a lot of extra work but I’m putting my heart and soul into it, hoping I’ll pass. If I miss a blog post over the next two weeks, it’s only because I’m trying to finish it before the deadline.
+ I’ve been coming to terms with the fact that I actually like having a smaller blog and interaction base. Lately I’ve noticed that it seems like people with bigger platforms get a lot more drama thrown at them and I’m not here for that. I have enough anxiety already. Anyways, I would just like to thank all my faithful readers who take the time to interact with my content… It makes me so happy.
+ In terms of goals for next month: survive
…That I made
…That I liked
+ Lulu @ LibraryLeopard’s review of Rules for Vanishing
+ Kate @ Cover to Cover’s review of Truthwitch
+ Em’s Bookish Musings’ entire blog series The Black Experience
+ BookishPisces’ discussion post The Importance of Reading Diverse Books
+ ReadsRainbow’s post Book Recs: Books By And About QPOC
So far I’ve had a solid start to the year in regards to reading and blogging. I’m hoping to keep it up since hopefully, my big assignments will be done at the beginning of March… We shall see.
How’s your reading/blogging been so far this year?
What’s the best book you’ve read so far?