January 2019 Wrap Up (+ Mental Health Book Bingo Wrap Up)

Monthly Wrap Up newest

Life Update 

  • I started the month in the best way, traveling through Italy. I went to Rome, Florence and Venice and it was amazing! Venice was so beautiful.
  • Then I got home the 8th of January and I started my internship the next day – after a 20 days trip through France and Italy – and it was exhausting if I’m being honest. The internship has been kind of a disappointment.
  • I also had exams during January, I did really well on those, but with everything that was going on, my anxiety got a bit out of hand after a few months of being in very low levels, which sucks.
  • Still, overall it was a good month, I love the fact that I started the year traveling and I’m so grateful I got that chance!

What I Read 

This year I’m participating in a few reading challenges, so I’ll be lkeeping track of that with some emojis!

                     🌸 =Reading Women Challenge 🌿= Catch Up on Classics                                    ⭐= Dancing with Fantasy and Sci-fi Challenge 🌻= Year of the Asian

In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire (4,3 stars): my favorite book in the series so far! I found the goblin market so interesting and the characters were so complex! This entire book was so bittersweet and I loved it! (review)  – ⭐

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle (3 stars): This was disappointing; the writing style wasn’t for me, I didn’t found the case interesting and the only really good thing was the characters. (review) – 🌿

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (5 stars):  Lovely, flawed, amazing characters and a really interesting relationship and dynamic between them.  (review coming this week!) – 🌿🌸

Tangled Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie (4 stars): This was really good, Thatcher is not my favorite but I love Jane and they work as a couple and I liked that we got to see more of the Cobalts. Honestly,  I can’t wait until we get a Sulli and Akara book. I NEED IT! – 🌸

Hi Fi Fight Club by Carly Usdin (4 stars): I really liked this, I think the characters are amazing and the art and color pallet are so lovely! (review)

Lumberjanes by Various Authors (4 stars): This was so much fun! The perfect amount of spooky and mysterious to make want to continue with the other issues. (review)

Lumberjanes: 2016 Special by Various Authors (3,4 stars): Didn’t really enjoy this story as much, I think it was a little too ridiculous and not spooky enough. But the art was pretty. (review)

Mental Health Book Bingo 

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan (4 stars): Beautifully written, I loved the romance and seeing the evolution of the father/daughter relationship. I wasn’t even 10% into this and it had me tearing up. My only problem with this is that it dragged a little. It has depression rep, so trigger warning for that and for suicide.  (review) – 🌻 🌸

Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria (4,5 stars): I loved all the characters in this book so much and I had a lot of fun reading this story until the moment when my heart was broken. Besides that, I really liked that this was a Fantasy standalone, which we need more of, and it’s a fantasy with anxiety rep, which we need even more –  ⭐

Darius the Great in Not Okay by Adib Khorram (4,5 stars): This was fantastic, the family relationships were the main focus of this book and there were so many complex and interesting characters that even when there’s not much plot, I still found this absolutely compelling. The friendship part of the story was also really sweet and i loved that it was set in Iran and mostt of the main characters were iranies. Also, this was the second book this month that made me tear up, which is so unusual for me! Trigger warnings for depression- 🌻

You Are Here by Dawn Lanuza (3,5 stars): The writing style wasn’t that great, but I really liked the themes this addressed, like depression and  second love, and I found a lot of what the author was trying to say relatable. (review coming this week!)

Blog Posts 

Here are some of my favorite blog posts I wrote in January:

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Mini Reviews: Comics Edition (Hi Fi Fight Club + Lumberjanes)

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Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing some mini reviews of comics that I have read lately. I used to think that comics weren’t for me, but I kept trying because there were some that sounded amazing and, after a while, I have gotten used to reading them and I have started to really enjoy them, so you will probably see more posts about comics in the future!

Hi Fi Fight Club 1

Title:Hi Fi Fight Club #1

Author: Carly Usdin, Nina Vakueva (Illustrator)

Release date:  August 23rd 2017

Published by: BOOM! Box

New Jersey, 1998. Chris has just started the teen dream job: working at Vinyl Mayhem, the local record store. She’s prepared to deal with anything—misogynistic metalheads, grunge wannabes, even a crush on her wicked cute co-worker, Maggie. But when Rory Gory, the staff’s favorite singer, mysteriously vanishes the night before her band’s show in town, Chris finds out her co-workers are doing more than just sorting vinyl…her local indie record store is also a front for a teen girl vigilante fight club!

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  • I read this comic thanks to the really cool quiz that the amazing Laura put together! If you want to get more into comics and you need some help deciding where to start, you should definitely check it out!
  • This first issue was really short and it just sets up everything for the series, but it’s still really enjoyable. This has enough to get a general feel of both the world and the characters, since it mainly focuses on introducing the characters and their dynamics and giving some hints of where the series is going.
  • The best part of this comic are the characters, they all have their own styles and personalities and by the little bit that this first issue shows, I’m sure I’m gonna love them. I think it’s important to mention that the main character is queer, which is something else to love about it.
  • The art is amazing, it’s so delicate and the color pallet is so pleasing and lovely.
  • This is oozing with girl power and I’m sure that would increase in the other issues.

RATING: 4 STARS

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The Lumberjanes 1

Title: Lumberjanes #1

Author: Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Brooke A. Allen (Illustrator).

Release date: April 9th 2014

Published by: BOOM! Box

Jo, Apri, Mal and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way!

 

  • The first page in this is amazing. The art, the way it conveys what’s happening and the way it has this spooky feel to it, everything in that first page is great and sets a great tone for the next couple of pages.
  • I had heard this mentioned a lot before reading it, but I didn’t know what this was actually about so I was pleasantly surprise by a lot of things. I knew this had supernatural elements, but I didn’t know it’s about girl scouts solving mysteries while being in some spooky situations. This ended up being a lot more fun and unique than I was expecting!
  • Another great thing about this is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously and it’s kind of funny at some points, which I really enjoyed.
  • The art style is not my favorite, but the color pallet is very vibrant and works really well with the story.

RATING: 3,8 STARS

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Lumberjanes 2016 Special

Title: Lumberjanes: 2016 Special: Makin’ the Ghost of It

Author: Jen Wang, Kelly Thompson, Shannon Watters,  Christine Norrie (Illustrator), Savanna Ganucheau (Illustrator).

Release date: May 18th 2016

Published by: BOOM! Box

Jen takes the girls on a nature walk to show them which plants are edible in case they need to survive in the wilderness. Along the way, she tells them the story about an axe murderer who took his friends out, one by one until no one was left, thoroughly scaring Mal. Terrified and unable to sleep, Mal thinks she sees something lurking outside. Is it…THE AXE MURDERER?!?!

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  • I have to admit that I got a bit confused and this was the first Lumberjanes issue that I read, which sucks because I didn’t enjoy this that much and it also diminished my enjoyment of the first issue a little bit when I finally read it.
  • There’s a main story in this issue that was good, but then at the end there was this short story that I felt didn’t add anything to the issue.
  • The best part of this is a small section at the beginning when a scary story is told to the girls, it was a bit spooky and entertaining.
  • But the rest of the story was a bit ridiculous and not as enjoyable.
  • The art on this is prettier and more delicate than in issue 1, if it doesn’t seem that way from the cover.

RATING: 3,4 STARS 

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