It’s been a while! Since Christmas, I haven’t been very active on the blog. I’ve also been on Instagram infrequently. The new year hit me quite hard – my anxiety has hit an all-time high, and I was having panic attacks up to multiple times a week. School has gotten absolutely crazy, and I found out that I wasn’t going to graduate with the degree sequence that I thought I would in the Fall (cue said anxiety). I’m doing better and I hope to catch up with blog posts and Instagram posts about all of the books I’m reading.
Even with my anxiety (along with work, school, teaching and advising) I’ve still managed to read 15 books up to this point. I’m not going to go through every book I’ve read (I have this all listed on my Goodreads challenge page), but some of the things I’ve read that I really loved! So far I’ve done a full re-read of the Throne of Glass series, and been hit by a Scottish romance obsession. I’ve tried to read more diversely this year and some great fantasy.
1) A Gathering of Shadows and A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
I really loved finishing this series! Other than the fact I’m a huge fan of Victoria Schwab, the ending of this was so satisfying. I cried like a baby, especially with the first line of the last chapter of A Conjuring of Light. It is one of the most magical series I’ve read in the last ten years. Such a great series, and I’m so looking forward to her prequel graphic novel series!
2) The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
This book needs to be mandatory reading for every high school student. Everywhere. In this day and age, I needed this book. This book gave me hope, this book made me assured that the YA community would be supporting and spreading awareness about believing victims of sexual assault. Then the YA and children’s literature communities followed up by sticking to their guns and reporting people in the community. This was a necessary book for the time we’re in, and I’m so glad it was my first read of 2018.
3) Blood and Sand by C. V. Wyk
I was sent this book by Tor publishing. I LOVED this book. As a classics major, this gender-bent retelling of Spartacus was exactly the kind of book I wanted and needed. The romance was amazing, all of the characters had deep and established backgrounds, and the historical context was always accurate and on point. If you’re looking for a historically based YA novel, this one was amazing.
There we go! My first blog post in a hot minute! I’m happy to get back into the groove of things and back to what I love.
See you all soon!