*peaks shyly around corner*
Hellooooooo there, friends. It is I, your friendly neighborhood Lila, returning from my impromptu hiatus! I know I was gone for two whole months and I’m so sorry there was no notice. Basically school and life got crazy and adjusting to the uptick meant I had to take an unscheduled break from everything that wasn’t a major life priority. But I’m back, baby!!
Sadly, because school and life were so hectic, I only managed to read two books, but I did manage to also consume some other great media as well. What can I say? Sometimes it really do just be like that, friends. Let’s take a look at what went down…
WHAT I POSTED
WHAT I READ
- The Lives of Saints by Leigh Bardugo (★★★) Honestly, this book had its hits and misses, but in my opinion it was mostly unnecessary and unmemorable. If you’re a big fan of the Grishaverse books who’s SUPER obsessed with them, then you might enjoy this, but if you’re wondering whether or not you have to read this collection to continue on with the books…Well, the answer is “no.”
- Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse (★★★) I actually read this book for a project for my Native American History course, which was an awesome opportunity. I LOVED the Navajo mythology aspect and world building of this book so much, but at the same time, the plot felt loosely constructed and convenient and the characters left me wanting more in terms of their histories and motivations. I’m on the fence as to if I want to continue with the series, so we’ll just have to wait and see if I’m ultimately drawn back to the world of Trail of Lightning.
WHAT I PURCHASED
WHAT I ACQUIRED FROM PUBLISHERS
WHAT I PLAN ON READING
Honestly, given how slump-y I’ve been lately and the overwhelming amount of schoolwork I typically am assigned weekly thiss semester, I’m gonna kind of play it by ear in the upcoming month. I’m planning on participating in the Taylor Swift themed Tis The Damn Readathon (info here), so I have a small TBR for that, but I’m not making any real promises.
TIS THE DAMN READATHON TBR
- Reputation // Read a book that is romance within a separate genre
- House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas ↝ I made it halfway through this book before getting distracted and setting it aside for later. I really enjoyed what I read, though, so I’m hoping I can finally finish it.
- “Look What You Made Me Do” // Read a book that’s recommended to you
- The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna ↝ I’m currently reading and absolutely loving this book! I’m excited to see how it wraps up!
- Folklore // Read a book based on mythology, folk tales, or a retelling
- Lore by Alexandra Bracken ↝ I started reading this YA fantasy that’s based on Greek mythology back in January when it released and was enjoyinig it so much, but put it down so I could read my schoolbooks. I can’t wait to get back into it at last!
- “Exile” //Read a book written by two authors
- Master of One by Jaida Jones and Dani Bennett ↝ Apparently this is a queer fae fantasy? Which, like, yes! I want to read it so badly!
WHAT I WATCHED
FATE: THE WINX SAGA
Winx Club was one of my favorite shows as a kid, so I was cautiously hopeful about this live action reboot, while also expecting it to be very different after watching the trailer. When I finally watched the show, I was pleasantly surprised, though! Does it differ drastically from the original cartoon? Yes. Does it fall prey to the typical clichés and tropes of a standard teen fantasy show? Absolutely. But if you’re willing to look beyond that, it’s a nice bit of fun fluff. The one qualm I do have with the show is the whitewashing, which is obviously never okay. But other than that, it’s a decent teen show.
Lissen, reading the reviews for this show before I watched it was a real rollercoaster, y’all, cause to be honest, no one seems to be able to agree as to whether Bridgerton is good or god awful. The reviews seemed to be split between people who loved the show and people who find literally every aspect of the show to be problematic. Now, I know about the [TRIGGER WARNING] rape scene and while watching I definitely noticed the colorism issue, but I was able to acknowledge how deeply problematic those two things are, while also genuinely enjoying Bridgerton as a nice, escapist historical romance show.
TO ALL THE BOYS 2: P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU
For Valentine’s Day I (finally!) watched To All The Boys 2: P.S. I Still Love You and, I’m not gonna lie, I loved it so much! Netflix really does a great job of adapting Jenny Han’s feel-good romcom series and managing to just completely capture ~the vibe~ of the books! I was surprised because when I read P.S. I Still Love You, I was totally Team Peter K., but in watching the movie, I definitely found myself warming up to John Ambrose McClaren. Anyhoo, this film was a sweet way to celebrate the holiday and I’m excited to read Always and Forever, Lara Jean and watch the movie!
WHAT I LISTENED TO
The Cipher is a YA sci fi audio drama podcast starring The Witcher‘s Anya Chalotra and y’all!!! If you enjoy sci fi audio dramas, then you have to listen to this one! It’s about this teen girl who solves a complex puzzle and finds herself working with a secret organization to hunt down an interdimensional serial killer.
POD SAVE AMERICA
Having grown up in the Washington, D.C. area, I’m (naturally) pretty obsessed with politics…Yet somehow I never listened to Pod Save America until recently? Basically, Pod Save America is a political news and punditry podcast hosted by former Obama staffers and, for a politics junkie like myself, it is just *chef’s kiss*!
WHAT I BOOKMARKED
- Molly let The StoryGraph pick her TBR
- Krysta gave her perspective on if graphic novel adaptations of classics are any good
- Steph highlighted four apps for book lovers
- Rain taught us all about Webtoon comics and gave some recommendations
- Fadwa shared her updated reading spreadsheet
- Eustacia asked if it’s important to be well read
- Sea shanties took off on Tik Tok in January 2020 and Briana capitalized on the obsession by recommending books you’d love if you’re obsessed with sea shanties
- Leah went over eight ways to organize your bookshelves and recommended books to read this lockdown
- Veronika read and reviewed her co-blogger’s favorite books
- Margaret jotted down 59 thoughts she had while re-reading the Graceling Realm books
- Sarah asked, “How well do these books compare?“
- Ness listed five YA boarding school and dark academia books releasing in 2021
- Alice told us all about nine resources all readers should know about
- Alicia gabbed about her 10 most anticipated 2021 releases by Latinx authors
- Amy gave her opinion on fairy tales that need YA retellings and told us about her most anticipated book-to-screen adaptations of 2021
- Mishma recommended historical romance books and series to check out
- Marie gushed about YA books with the friends-to-lovers trope that she enjoyed
- Malka talked about her varied relationship with various genres
- Rendz shared about books that are emotional rollercoasters
- Heather lamented over her least favorite romantic tropes in books
- Veronika gave some love to her comfort characters
- Ash paired song and book recommendations
- Elodie explained how she creates her blog themes
- 24hryabookblog recommended resources for creating blogging graphics and organizing your reading
- Elaine shared 30 blog post ideas plus calendars for February 2020
- Marie mulled over her blogging insecurities and how she tries to get over them
- Mishma interviewed Sarah Barley, the editorial director at Flatiron
- Michelle recommended board games for nature lovers
- Amy shared seven reasons to watch Netflix’s Bridgerton
- Elsie tipped us off as to how to style your space without breaking the bank
- Ellyn gave an informal review of Netflix’s Bridgerton
WHAT HAPPENED IN JANUARY & FEBRUARY 2021
Honestly, most of my time was taken up by adjusting to a new semester online and getting set up and solid with my courses (hence why I took my impromptu hiatus). My courses this semester are pretty difficult, but I’m managing to hang in there. But other than that, life hasn’t really been full of much else.
WHAT’S AHEAD FOR MARCH 2021
Mid to late March is the beginning of spring weather in the D.C. area, so I’m really excited and relieved to be able to spend more time outside after what feels like the longest winter ever! I’m hoping to get together with a friend or two and socialize a bit more than I’ve been recently. The pandemic still means playing it by ear, but I’m hopeful that what’s to come will at least be slightly better than what’s behind me.
SPILL THE BEANS, FRIENDS!
- How have the past two months been for you, dear friends?
- Has 2021 been off to a good start for you?
- What have y’all been reading?
- Anything coming up that you’re excited for?