Monthly Wrap-Up: March ’20

Raise your hand if you’ve been blogging less even though you have more time on your hands *raises both hands* You would think that I would just throw myself into blogging as a way to keep busy, but I’ve found it incredibly difficult to concentrate on blogging. I even incorporated a “What I’m Watching” section to this wrap-up because that is where a lot of my energy is going, haha. Luckily I’ve had a few drafts at the ready. I haven’t participated in a meme for the last two weeks but will probably start working on those again in the next week or two. This month I read and listened to (thanks, Scribd) eight books. I was able to read three ARCs which I am really happy about, but it turns out April is going to be full of ARCs as well. With the exception of the Latinx Book Club pick, I don’t have any other definitive reading plans for April. The library is currently closed, so I will have to reach for my own shelves. Never a bad thing.

(Book covers below are linked to my reviews, unless otherwise specified.) 

Favorite Book This Month:

I had a really good reading month in terms of ratings, but only one five-star read. My favorite March read was Carmen Maria Machado’s In the Dream House. I listened to the audiobook which she narrates and was incredible moved by this memoir. Her writing is so powerful and her narration gave me chills. If you decide to pick this one up, I highly recommend the audiobook. Cover linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

No read received less than three stars.

Reviews Posted This Month:

Books I Read, Review Coming Soon:

(Covers linked to Goodreads)

Books I Read, Not Reviewed:

(Covers Linked to Goodreads)

  1. A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano – This was a reread for the Latinx Book Club (Twitter/Goodreads). It was just as charming the second time around. If you love sweet MG novels this is the perfect series to pick up. Rating: 4/5
  2. A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney – I’ve heard a lot of mixed things about this one, so went into it not expecting to hate it but not expecting to love it either. I really enjoyed Alice and the setting for this one. It was really fun, but I think it faltered a bit in the relationship department. Rating 3/5
  3. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds – I feel like I’ve been meaning to pick this one up for years and I finally got around to listening to the audiobook. I love how much story Reynolds was able to fit in to such a small book. I loved that he plays with time and how reality is bent in this small stretch of time while the main character takes an elevator ride. Also really enjoyed Reynolds narration of this one. Rating: 4/5

Notable Blog Posts This Month + Looking Ahead:

Talk Chisme to Me: Last Ten Books By Latinx Authors I Added to My TBR – Curious about what books I’ve recently discovered and added to the TBR? Head on over to this post.

Talk Chisme to Me: Spotlighting March 2020 Releases – Here are some March releases you need to know about by Latinx authors.

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring ’20 Releases I’m Excited For – There are some great spring releases coming our way. Check out my top ten most anticipated!

2020 First Quarter Book Haul: Well at Least I Have Some Books – Take a look at the books I’ve acquired so far this year.

Latinx Book Club’s April Pick – The Latinx Book Club will be reading The Victoria in My Head by Janelle Milanes as we wanted to pick up something light. We’d love for you to join us! Find us: Twitter/Goodreads.

What I’m Watching:

Crash Landing on You – This K-drama on Netflix is exactly what I needed. It’s about a South Korean woman who accidentally finds herself in North Korea and the soldier who ends up hiding her. I love it so much and by the time this is posted, I will have finished it. I laughed, I cried, I swooned. It was perfect. Just looking at this gif puts a huge smile on my face. Please, if you have any recommendations of something similar, give them to me in the comments. I have a mighty need.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – I rewatched this one for the sixth…seventh time? Gah, I love this movie so much and demand a live action Miles Morales movie now!!!

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series – I started this one and am really enjoying it so far. I have very fond memories of the original movie and this homage is a lot of fun and filled with so much distracting drama.

On My Block: Season 3 – I love this show so much but the ending for season three was just cruel. If we don’t get a season 4, I am going to riot! Also, what happened to all the Jamal and Abuelita scenes? Did you forget to shoot them? Where are they?!

April Releases I’m Excited For:

What 2020 ARCs have you been reading? Have you been blogging more or less this month? What have you been watching? Let me hear from you in the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit!

Monthly Wrap-Up: February ’20

Happy March everyone! I wasn’t the best blogger in February and even though I had plans to put several posts together for the month, it just didn’t happen. I did somewhere around zero blog hopping and for that I apologize. Hopefully I come into March feeling more motivated. I have some post ideas, I just have to sit down and put them together. I didn’t quite fly through books like I did in January, but in February I still got to seven books. I picked up a variety of things including two 500+ page books and a memoir. Hopefully I can continue this trend for the rest of the year as I am hoping to pick up more big books and a few books out of my comfort zone. In March I want to pick up at least a couple of ARCs and work on reading some books I recently purchased. Wish me luck.

(Book covers below are linked to my reviews, unless otherwise specified.) 

Favorite Book This Month:

I had four five-star reads in March which is pretty incredible, so I am listing them all. Covers linked to Goodreads.

  1. Citizen Illegal by José Olivarez was a brilliant collection of poetry and just inspires me to pick up more poetry by Latinx authors.
  2. Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann has my entire heart. I loved the MC of this one and her entire journey being comfortable sharing her asexuality with others was so touching. I immediately bought the author’s second novel after finishing this one.
  3. Children of the Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is one of the most beautiful and emotional reads I’ve picked up this year. Memoirs are not something I reach for but this one may have changed my mind single-handedly. I hope my review does this one justice.
  4. Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty was just so good. I think my review is one of the longest I’ve written this year because I just had so much to say.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

No read received less than three stars.

Reviews Posted This Month:

Other Books I Read, Review Coming Soon:

(Covers linked to Goodreads)

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

Book Lists: 24 Retellings by Authors of Color – If you’re looking to pick up more retellings by authors of color, this list will help you get started.

Top Ten Tuesday: An Ode to Book Blogging – Why do I love book blogging? Check out this post to learn some of the reasons.

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters’ Food Blogs I’d Follow – I really enjoyed coming up with this list though I am still beating myself up for forgetting Laila from The Gilded Wolves. I’m so sorry, Laila, I love you!

Reading Challenges Wrap-Up: January – February ’20 – Find out how I am doing with the Year of the Asian reading challenge and the Con Sabor Reading Challenge!

March Releases I’m Excited For:

How many five star reads have you had this year? Which March release are you most looking forward to? Let me hear from you in the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit!

Monthly Wrap-Up: January ’20

I had a really great January in terms of reading and blogging. I read nine books (yes, three of these were graphic novels but let me LIVE). I got to a few books that I have been meaning to read for so long. I always feel like January is kind of a catch up month where there aren’t a ton of releases I’m clambering to get to, which gives me an opportunity to read some books I’ve missed in the past. I also brought back my Talk Chisme to Me series, which I am working on and hoping to have run all year long. I signed up for two different year-long reading challenges whose sign up posts I link to below. I usually avoid these, but I wanted to have a bit more fun with what I pick up this year and maybe celebrate some accomplishments when the year comes to an end. I have a couple of upcoming buddy reads lined up that I am really excited about. Bless buddy reads, they help me knock off some reads on my TBR that I need that extra push to get to.

(Book covers below are linked to my reviews, unless otherwise specified.) 

Favorite Book This Month:

I actually had a five-star read (Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda’s Monstress, Vol. 3: Haven), but since I have already mentioned this series before I wanted to give another book a chance to shine. Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone’s This Is How You Lose the Time War was so good. I’m still trying to recover from its love story and need to get myself my own copy so I can reread it. My review will probably go up in February. Cover is linked to Goodreads

Least Favorite Book This Month:

No book received less than 3 stars.

Reviews Posted This Month:

Other Books I Read, Review (Maybe) Coming Soon:

(Covers linked to Goodreads)

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

2019 Fourth Quarter Book Haul: Closing Out the Year – Take a look at the books I acquired in the last part of 2019!

2019 Reading Stats: Who and What Did I Read This Year – This was such a fun post to put together. It will definitely not be the last time I use pie charts on my blog.

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Four-Star Reads of 2019 – Sometimes four-star reads do not get the kind of recognition they deserve, but I scream about them (and kind of rant) here.

Year of the Asian Reading Challenge, 2020: Sign-Up and TBR – This is my first time joining this challenge and it is absolutely perfect as most of my TBR for this one is comprised of books on my shelf I have yet to get to. Will let you know how I am progressing next month.

Con Sabor Reading Challenge 2020: Sign-Up, Goals, and TBR – Yes, I am so excited to join this challenge which encourages readers to pick up all the books by Latinx authors. Will have an update on my progress come February.

Talk Chisme to Me: Upcoming Releases You May Not Have Heard Of – My first post in this series in 2020 highlights some upcoming books by Latinx authors I thought deserved a bit hype.

February Releases I’m Excited For:

How many books did you get through in January? Which challenges have you joined so far this year? Which February release are you most looking forward to? Let me hear from you in the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit!

Monthly Wrap-Up: December ’19

I had high hopes at the beginning of the month that I was going to get through so many books, including some early 2020 ARCs, but I ran into a roadblock and it took me a while to get back on track. In the end I only read five books but three of those were ARCs, so that’s something. I got some really amazing books for Christmas which I can’t wait to share in my book haul post. I also got some amazing book mail from a publisher that I am really excited about. Will be posting about it on IG and Twitter soon. Everyone has been doing decade lists, but I’m over here just tired and ready to turn the page, so don’t expect any of those from me. I did do a statistic-based post which should be coming your way very soon. In January, I am concentrating on taking care of a couple more ARCs and finally getting to some much anticipated reads I have put off.

(Book covers below are linked to my reviews, unless otherwise specified.) 

Favorite Book This Month:

My favorite read this month was Dark and Deepest Red. I always worry that my reviews can never do Anna-Marie McLemore books justice and in the end, I am just hoping to spark enough interest in all of you so you can check out their novels. Each one is a masterpiece in itself. Review for this one coming in the next week or so. Cover linked to Goodreads.

Least Favorite Book This Month:

No book received less than 3 stars.

Reviews Posted This Month:

Books I Read, Review Coming Soon:

(Covers linked to Goodreads)

Notable Blog Posts This Month:

Twelve Days of…Latinx Book Recommendations – I put together this series on whim and it ended up being a lot of fun. You can check out all my posts and recommendations.

2019 End of the Year Book Survey – I love doing this tag every year. Be sure to check it out!

Top Ten Tuesday: Winter Releases I’m Excited About – There are so many amazing books on the horizon!

Top Ten Tuesday: My Five-Star Reads of 2019 – Come take a look at my favorite reads this year!

January Releases I’m Excited For:

Which book did you read to close out 2019? What do you have planned as your first read? Let me hear from you in the comments and feel free to leave me a link to your own wrap-up post and I’ll be sure to visit. Happy New Year!