It’s that time of year again! I always start to see the Mid Year Freak Out Book Tag floating around early June, which always seems a little premature to me – there’s a whole month of the first half of the year left?! What if you read a masterpiece mid-June?! But we’re firmly in the second half of the year now so I’m ready to add mine to the pile.
When Circe is born to a the god Helios, there is something different about her; she lacks the inescapably allure of her nymph siblings and cousins, and is shunned by most of her family. Discovering that her power lies in the herbs and flowers of her homeland, she seeks solace in her witchcraft. But the gods are wary of her new skills, and when she transforms a fellow nymph into a seething monster, Zeus banishes Circe to a life of solitude on an island far from anyone else. Here Circe develops her powers and comes into contact with a host of characters, gods and mortals a like.
I finally feel like I’m coming out of my post-Magical Readathon slump, even though I didn’t really pick up a book until about 20 June. I do feel like I’m getting back into my groove now though (just in time for the August Magical Readathon to come around and kick my ass all over again) so hopefully I’ll have more than a couple of books on my July round-up next month. Here’s what I managed to finish in June.
Back in January I did the New Year Resolutions Book tag, and I talked about books, series, and authors I wanted to read in 2020. Since we’re about halfway through the year now, I thought it would be fun to look at the same questions again and see if I managed to read any of the things I was hoping to. Ah, bright-eyed January me. You would be sorely disappointed.
A young writer flees up north to a teaching position after a violent assault in the city leaves her desperate for escape. With her young son in tow and her husband struggling to make ends meet hundreds of miles away, she throws herself into her work; lesson plans, lectures, and her own writing. Her Creative Writing Masters students grapple with each others work with rising tempers, spurred on by the mysterious Nicholas; a brooding rich kid with talent, but talent that comes with a complicated past. When Nicholas begins to blur the lines between personal and professional, and fiction and reality, the narrator grasp on her own storyline begins to slip.
Happy hump day, guys. I think I’ve finally kicked my reading slump but I’m still struggling to find motivation to review books, so in the meantime, here’s another tag. This one was a little more fun than usual since it actually forced me to move around my room – working from home usually means I spend hours on my bed on a laptop!
Ijeoma Oluo answers the questions about race that you were afraid to ask, in the hopes that by beginning to talk about these issues, people will eventually do more than talk, and start to act. If you’ve ever wondered what it means to have privilege, what micro-aggressions are, and what it means to be intersectional, this is the book for you.
Welcome back to Friday’s Further Reading! If you missed previous posts, you can check them out here. Friday’s Further Reading is chance for me to share some interesting reads I’ve come across in the past few weeks. These could be short stories, poems, posts from other bloggers, or news articles; bookish and otherwise.
Hey all, I’m back again with another tag since *sings* I have nothing else to post because I’m in a huge reading slump and generally have no energyyy!
Noura (@theperksofbeingnoura) recently launched this K-Pop themed readathon and since I’ve recently gotten into BTS I thought it would be fun to take part and maybe even expand my K-Pop horizons a bit?