Welcome to another monthly wrap-up!
Please note: I used to put a section in this post called Around the Blogosphere, where I share a few great posts from the month by other bloggers. Due to the sheer amount of awesomeness currently in my WordPress Reader, I’ve decided to do a separate post for this. You will find Around the Blogosphere posts here, starting tomorrow.
in my personal life
June was an eventful month on several fronts. Basically my living situation went from relaxing and stable to this current state where I’m perpetually on edge. It’s not really a great feeling, and I’d like to move immediately, but it’s not feasible for multiple reasons. I guess right now I’m just focusing on taking things one day at a time. Sometimes, the only way out is through.
On the bright side, the shit hitting the fan spurred me into action. I’d been talking about needing to get a job (at least with myself) for literally months. But because I’d been unemployed for so long, the idea of job hunting gave me so much anxiety. Being unemployed (even though it was my choice to quit my job) gave me this feeling that I was not hirable, and that I’d never find a job, much less one I actually enjoyed. And then something snapped in me.
Which, oddly enough, is how mental health goes for me a lot of the time. I’m stuck in the mire and then Something makes me realize I need to Do Something about it. In this case, Doing Something culminated in me going out and getting a shitty job that I will definitely hate in less than a month, but will help me pay my bills. Even though it’s only part time, it’s something, and it’s definitely throwing my old routine into a state of chaos. I’ve yet to determine if said chaos is awful or exactly what I needed. Ask me in a month.
in my writing life
I started June intending to get down to business with editing my WIP, affectionately called #BiDepressiveYA. It went great for about a week, and then shit hit the fan and threw everything off.
On the one hand, I’m vaguely upset with myself for letting my novel get shoved to the back burner yet again. On the other hand, I reached a point where I couldn’t even think about the story. I realized that, you know, sometimes this just happens, and it’s okay. I have to take care of myself before I can do the creative work.
At this point, I’m still on hiatus from writing. I’m adjusting to the new job and then I’m going to go from there.
If you want to see more on this, I did a post a few days ago.
in my reading life
June is Pride Month, so naturally the Diverse Reads 2017 Challenge for this month (and next!) is to read LGBTQIA+ books! Yay! This month was so much fun that I did a Twitter thread of Pride Recs. I’ve had a lot of queer books on my shelf for literally years and there are so many amazing new ones coming out as well.
I read 15 books in June: 13 of them were LGBTQIA+. Since my goal for this year was to read 2 diverse books for every 1 non-diverse book, I’m currently sitting right at 66% diverse reads for this year. I’m really, really happy with those stats and hopefully I can maintain it.
I’m actually pretty proud of myself for reading diversely within the “queer” umbrella. In the past, I’ve read a lot of L/G books, with a few B books sprinkled in (since that’s my category, after all). Here’s a breakdown of the IDs of the main characters of the books I read this month:
Lesbian – 1 | Gay – 2 | Bisexual – 2 | Transgender – 3 | Queer (or otherwise unspecified) – 2 | Intersex – 0 | Asexual – 1 | Pansexual – 1 | Polyam – 1
Since the challenge extends into July, I’m looking forward to reading more queer books. I’m going to focus on (a) books I already own and (b) books featuring non-binary characters and intersex characters, as those are categories I haven’t covered yet.
Here’s a look at what I read this month.
[as always, titles link to Goodreads. * indicates reviews on Goodreads only]
from the TBR shelf
- How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | (reviewed)
- The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | (re-read/not reviewed)
- We Are Okay by Nina LaCour | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ |*
- My Fairy Godmother Is A Drag Queen by David Clawson (May 2) | ⭐️⭐️ |*
- Delinquent by M.F. Lorson | (not reviewed)
new to my shelf
- The Melody of You and Me + The Paths We Choose by M. Hollis | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | (reviewed)
- If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo | ⭐️⭐️⭐️ | (reviewed)
- Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | (reviewed)
- A Safe Girl to Love by Casey Plett | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | (reviewed)
- Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | (reviewed)
- 3 by Hannah Moskowitz | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️|*
- Wild by Hannah Moskowitz | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️|*
- Nevada by Imogen Binnie | ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ | *
spotlight: it’s too close to call!
That’s the thing about reading (almost) all LGBTQIA+ books (by mostly queer authors): I have almost no complaints on this list. My average rating this month was about 4 stars.
- Ramona Blue by Julie Murphey (bisexual MC)
- The Gentelman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (bisexual MC)
- Grrrls on the Side by Carrie Pack (f/f – ARC copy)
- Addict by Matt Doyle (queer MC – review copy)
- Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg (lesbian/non-binary MC)
- None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio (intersex MC)
- Coffee Boy by Austin Chant (trans/non-binary)
Interface by Lucy Mihajlich (ace spectrum MC)
- Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (ace MC)
- AND SO MANY MORE
on the blog
I realize that I just redesigned my blog in April, but guess what? I did it again. I’m indebted to Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews for her amazing post on how to choose a blog theme. She’s got more posts coming in the series, so keep an eye out for those!
In other news, I learned something that sounds pretty obvious: the more posts I put out in a week, the more people view, like, and comment on my posts. This month, I upped my posts per week from 3-4 to 5 posts per week. It’s slightly more work, obviously, and I may not be able to keep it up when I get in the thick of editing. What I discovered is that the more discussions I write, the easier it becomes, and the more ideas I come up with. I guess the take away is that I stopped being so afraid that no one would care what I have to say—and now at least a few people care what I have to say, which is kind of cool.
The funny thing is, I’ve only really been at this blogging thing for 3 months. Before April, I didn’t really know what I was doing and I didn’t have a specific theme to my blog. It feels like now, finally, I’m getting into a groove.
my posts from this month:
- on my editing process for my WIP (& what happens when it goes wrong)
- I also did a Beautiful People post about my main character!
- I listed the Top 10 Things I Miss About Living in NYC in honor of my 1-year anniversary of leaving
- I did 4 Diversity Spotlight Thursday posts on different aspects of LGBTQIA+ rep
- for #MentalHealthMonday, I talked about the Oppression Olympics & on being passively suicidal
- I talked about biphobic stereotypes in YA for Trope Tuesday
- and, ICYMI, yesterday I compiled a post of my Top 10 Queer Classics
In all the shit that went down this month, this blog is pretty much the big ol silver lining in the mess of my life. So thank you to all of you who stop by, even if all you do is like the post or leave a short comment. Every single bit of interaction on here fills me with so much joy. Keep on keepin on.
That’s a wrap for June! I can’t believe it’s already over! How was your month? Link me to your wrap-up post in the comments!