What I am Studying: Vol 118.

What I'm reading. Rainbow book photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash


Hiya my darlings,  

Right here we’re, on the cusp of Summer time 2021. It’s been surreal, hasn’t it? I’m totally vaxxed in the end and having fun with the power to go exterior the home with much less worry, though being in Maryland does imply that I often should wade via crunchy drifts of cicadas. 

I might have stated this at any level up to now yr or so however: that is such a bizarre second in time.

I really feel a bit of bit in limbo, understanding that many individuals are protected against COVID now however not everybody, and by no means understanding what info to belief or who to consider. I’m additionally feeling some FOMO as folks hurry into the “return to regular.” I’m vaccinated and intensely grateful, however the truth is that my continual well being points imply that it’s nonetheless going to be onerous for me to exit and do issues. The recognition of Zoom and digital attendance of occasions over the previous yr gave me extra choices for private {and professional} connection than I’ve had in a very long time and I’m afraid that’s going to go away. 

In the event you comply with me on IG, you additionally know that I used to be in the hospital recently. I’m superb now, however I’ve needed to reassess how I’m spending my time to make room for some new docs and new therapies, which implies I’ve needed to minimize down on writing. I’m very grateful to have entry to healthcare after I want it, particularly now that it’s much less harmful for me to be round folks, but it surely’s all the time a little bit of a bummer after I must scale down on issues I take pleasure in to create space for sophisticated, boring, exhausting, costly medical therapies. 

With all of that stated: it’s heat exterior, the sky is gorgeous, flowers are blooming, and I’m capable of spend time INSIDE BUILDINGS with my family and friends once more and that’s probably the most unbelievable pleasure. I missed my folks desperately and it’s such a reduction to have the ability to host brunch or sit in a automotive with my sister or hug my dad and mom. I’m so grateful for the science that made the vaccine potential and the varied components that meant I used to be capable of get mine.

I don’t know what’s coming subsequent and issues aren’t good, however there’s a lot to be glad about proper now.

How are you doing, my darlings? Are you having fun with a little bit of a “return to normalcy”? Do you even have conflicting emotions about the place all of us are proper now? Have you ever learn something good just lately? 


What I’m studying:

Rosemary And Rue by Seanan McGuire (October Daye sequence): Indiebound/Amazon.

I discovered this sequence via an writer’s Twitter suggestions and I’m obsessed. It’s City Fantasy centered across the lifetime of October Daye, a San Francisco Non-public Investigator who simply occurs to be half-fae, which implies she focuses on mysteries that have an effect on each the supernatural and human communities. Fantasy with a little bit of thriller is strictly what I need proper now. It’s a vivid, gorgeously plotted, completely absorbing sequence with advanced, fascinating characters and elaborate mythology. I’m on e book 10 and nonetheless enthralled. The primary e book is a bit of sluggish, however by e book three I knew I used to be studying a brand new favourite.

Contact The Darkish (Cassie Palmer sequence) by Karen Likelihood: Indiebound/Amazon

One other City Fantasy sequence I devoured just lately! Cassie Palmer’s story isn’t as good a match for me as October Daye, however I completely loved studying all of it.  These books have a bit extra of a True Blood vibe: there’s fixed movement, because the heroine is catapulted from one dramatic blood-soaked state of affairs to a different, whereas often making time to have intercourse with fascinating and sometimes supernatural males. There are nearly no quiet moments in your complete sequence, each pause for breath is interrupted by an assault or plot twist. There are vampires, ghosts, psychics, demons, and historic gods. It’s very enjoyable, particularly if you’re seeking to bury your self in a distraction that has nothing to do with your personal life.

The Satan Comes Courting by Courtney Milan: Indiebound/Amazon

I’ve all the time loved Courtney Milan’s Historic Romance, however her current books (this one and the great The Duke Who Didn’t) have reached a complete new stage of heartwarming, squee-worthy delightfulness. Such an ideal mixture of intriguing historic materials, thoughtfulness, characters’ journeying to seek out their very own truest selves, and pure attractive human connection. Milan’s current books have additionally centered on mixed-race major characters and major characters of coloration, which is all too uncommon within the Historic Romance style. 


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The Strange and Mysterious History of the Ouija Board. Instrument of the satan, innocent household sport—or fascinating glimpse into the non-conscious thoughts?

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Overanalyzing every book in Ted Lasso to Predict Season 2, at E book Riot. Do you LOVE Ted Lasso as a lot as I do? That present is a treasure. 

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