Every month I start up with such blogging optimism and planning but it never seems to quite work out how I wanted it to go! I did get 9 books read but 4 of them were graphic novels and only 1 of them was themed around Autism Awareness Month which I didn’t get to review in time before the end of the month. I’ve not been doing too great with actually reviewing things on time so this is definitely something I want to work on next month. Over the next month, I am also hoping to continue my blog redesign so it should be a busy next month ❤
I do have two really exciting pieces of news for you all though, which you can catch later on in this post! ;D
(L) Through the Woods by Emily Carroll – ★★★
(L) Saga Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples – ★★★★★
(L) Saga Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples – ★★★★★
(L) Lumberjanes Vol. 2 by Noelle Stevenson – ★★★★★
(L) Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – ★★★★★
(E) Gaming Masculinity: Trolls, Fake Geeks & the Gendered Battle for Online Culture by Megan Condis – ★★★★
(E) Nothing But Sky by Amy Trueblood – ★★★★
* Failure to Communicate by Kaia Sønderby – ★★★★★ My Book of the Month
* A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – ★★★★
As April is my birthday month, I obviously got a lot of books – but they were presents so they technically don’t count 😉 Aside from all of those books which have bumped up my TBR list once again, I also inherited Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel from a colleague, bought Testing Pandora (Xandri Corelel #0) immediately after finishing Failure to Communicate, and was approved for 2 books on Netgalley which I couldn’t help but request; Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller and Free Chocolate by Amber Royer.
Possibly the most exciting book that I got this month though was my first ever physical arc which I got in the post a few days ago and it’s a book written by one of my friends, Mia, called Yes, You’re Trans Enough. You might have seen me blubbing about it on Instagram and/or Twitter, but honestly, this book is SO important and I’m super honored to have received a copy to review by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
- I’ve been nominated now by about 5-6 people in the Second Annual Book Blogger Awards which are being held by Joce @ Write Through the Night. Thank you so much to everyone so far who has nominated me as Best Book Blogger from an Underrepresented/Minority Group. These awards are a fantastic way to support your favorite bloggers. Nominations close tomorrow so get your nominations in by tomorrow before the voting goes live on Twitter!
- The other piece of news is something I am really excited but totally overwhelmed by. Thanks to Paper Cat Press’ Weekly Roundup post, I found out about an opportunity to apply for a free WorldCon 2018 ticket for LGBTQ+ people. I shot the email off thinking nothing of it because, hello it’s in America and I’m all the way over here in the UK. The next day I got a response saying that they would love to offer me a ticket to come to WorldCon in San Jose! I am literally still reeling. I’ve only ever been abroad a handful of times throughout my life as I come from a low-income family but haven’t left the country in over 10 years, and definitely have never been away on my own! I’m really nervous and I’m not sure if I will 100% be able to go as I will need to do a hell of a lot of fundraising to actually be able to afford the travel and accommodation costs, but if I could it would be so amazing!
- And one last tiny thing to celebrate – I finally got over 80% feedback score on Netgalley for the first time since having an account :’)
Top 10 Tuesday
What’s on the Box
- What Book Reviews Catch Your Eye?
- Let’s Discuss | Non #Ownvoice Reviews
- The Second Annual Book Blogger Awards
- Birthday Books and THUG Winner
- A Personal Interlude: Job Rejections and Mental Health
Favorite Posts by Fellow Bloggers
- Kate wrote a great post In Defense of Battered Books which you should go and check out! We all have our opinions and I’m bet your burning to express yours.
- Wendy always speaks so candidly in her #mentalhealthmonday posts, especially in her recent post about self esteem. She’s an amazing blogger and if you aren’t already following her you should go show her some love ❤
- We’re all terrible trash bags who abandon series at every turn. Norrie has collected together some of her books which are next in her abandoned series.
- I always have to shoutout Aurora’s Diversity Spotlight, particularly when it’s about one of my favorite things ever – SFF Books about Queer Girls