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Reading Wrap-up: July 2017

Hello! It’s been a while.

Before I write a final sappy post for The Leaning Tower of Tomes, here’s what I read in July 2017. Surprisingly, I read 6 books! 4 were required for a Creative Writing course I took, but I’m glad I read books I wouldn’t have picked up otherwise.


What I read in July 2017:

China’s Son: Growing Up in the Cultural Revolution by Da Chen
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A gut-wrenching memoir about the author’s childhood during the Cultural Revolution, and the trials he went through to secure an education.


Old Snow, poems by Bei Dao, translated by Bonnie S. McDougall and Chen Maiping
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Poems revolving around the author’s life after the Tiananmen Square incident in 1989.


The Lake Has No Saint by Stacey Waite
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Poems about the author’s identity struggle growing up.


When My Brother Was an Aztec by Natalie Diaz
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Poems about the author’s childhood and culture growing up on a Reservation.


How To Be Drawn by Terrance Hayes
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Confusing as heck, honestly. Extremely different and original, but hard to decipher.


We the Animals by Justin Torres
♥♥♥♥

A dark, beautiful coming of age novella.


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What I’ve Recently Read, Plus Thoughts on Going Forward

It’s been a month. How is everyone doing? Life has been crazy for me. I’m moving from the home I grew up in and going to another state. A fresh new start. I’ll also be starting university at the end of the summer. I’m super excited. But I already know I won’t be reading much once school starts.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how reading and blogging aren’t enticing me as much as they used to. I’ve gone through slumps in the past purely because of burnout. But now that my life is going to dramatically change, I’ve had to think about managing my time going forward.

I still love reading and will always read voraciously, but with work and now college fast approaching, I find that while I do still read, I don’t have the time to devote to writing reviews. I do love blogging and it’s taught me incredibly useful skills that I am actively using at one of my jobs. Book blogging kept me sane while I was going through a rough patch and trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I am blessed that I joined the book community and met and talked to other readers when I didn’t have any IRL friends who read the same types of books as me.

I plan to try to keep up posting at least once a month up until my third year blogging anniversary on August 24th, literally the week before I start classes. After the summer is over, though, I won’t promise anything. It seems like this will be the right timing to let go of The Leaning Tower of Tomes…

But until August 24th rolls around — here’s a look at what I’ve read in the past two months. I’ll admit, I have only read three books since I posted my review of Wild Orchid. And because I’m in the middle of packing, working two jobs, and getting my wisdom teeth out, I don’t know if I’ll be reading much of anything until I get settled in my new place. Still, I plan to read as much as I can over the summer.


What I Read in April and May 2017:

  

Paper Girls, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Cliff Chiang, colors by Matt Wilson, letters by Jared K. Fletcher (Paper Girls, #2) | Image Comics, November 2016. Paperback, 128 pages.

  • Maybe it’s because I read a physical copy, but I enjoyed Paper Girls, Volume 2 much more than Volume 1. The time-travel/alternate-worlds aspect was poppin’ and I felt much more invested in the mystery. ♥♥♥♥

The Legion of Regrettable Super Villains by Jon Morris | Quirk Books, March 2017. Hardcover, 256 pages. I received a copy from the publisher.

  • Quirk Books publishes the most amazing coffee table books, that’s what I’ve decided. The Legion of Regrettable Super Villains is basically an encyclopedia of super villains from comics that weren’t so super. ♥♥♥

Monstress, Vol. 1 by Marjorie Liu, art by Sana Takeda, lettering by Rus Wooton (Monstress, collected, #1) | Image Comics, July 2016. Paperback, 202 pages.

  • Now. THIS. Was quite something! Effing dark but so intriguing. I can see why it’s been so hyped. I didn’t love it with every ounce of my being (those cat info-dumps were tedious…), but I am definitely a fan of the story and artwork. Especially the artwork. ♥♥♥♥

So that’s what I’ve been up to lately. There’s just been so much going on I haven’t been in the mood to sit down and read. Escaping into Korean drama land and K-pop is so much easier for my brain to handle these days. And, you know, the books I typically read are complex and dark fantasies. I just need a break.

See you next month!


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Reading Wrap-up: May 2016 (yup, this is SUPER-DUPER late, I know)

May and June really got away from me… Almost this entire first half of the year I haven’t felt super motivated to read or blog. In the spring I read mainly graphic novels, comics, and manga. However, now that it’s summer and life has gotten a bit less stressful lately, I’m back in full swing, ready to tackle my TBR pile again and catch up on my Goodreads challenge!

In May 2016, I managed to read 10 books, though most of them were still graphic novels, comics, and manga. June isn’t over yet, but I have read one actual novel as of writing this post! (Wow. Isn’t that incredibly impressive? i.e. Not.) For now, let’s just look at what I read in May. Here are the books, organized by rating. (Also, I’m working on reviews for a lot of these books, so hopefully, if all goes according to plan, they’ll be up on the blog within the next number of weeks.)

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Reading Wrap-up: April 2016 [#20]

It’s that time again, the end of a month and beginning of another. (Yikes!) In April, I managed to read 19 books! Most of them were graphic novels, comics, and manga, but I’m finally caught up to my Goodreads challenge, and I’ve greatly enjoyed what I’ve been reading lately. I’m kind of in a reading slump when it comes to novels, though… I’ve really been neglecting my egalley and ARC pile, and I’ve returned a bunch of library books unread. Sigh. Maybe May will be better in terms of reading books made up of mainly words and not just gorgeous art?

Let’s take a look at all the books I did read last month, shall we? Here they are, organized by rating. Click on a title to read my review.

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Reading Wrap-Up: March 2016 [#19]

Another month gone… Wow, time flies… In March 2016, I managed to read a whopping total of 5 books. Not a great reading month, but I’ve been feeling stressed and watching a lot of TV lately, so… that’s why. Anyway, let’s take a look at the books, shall we? Here they are, organized by rating. Click on a title to read my review.

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Reading Wrap-Up: February 2016 [#18]

It’s that time again, the end of a month and beginning of another. (Yikes!) However, today is a very special day, since it’s Leap Day! We won’t see another February 29th for another four years, so let’s all make the best of this special day. 🙂

In February, I managed to read 6 books. Not my greatest reading month, although I have been coming out of the reading and blogging funk I got into at the end of last year. I’m confident I’ll be reading up a storm again next month. (Ha, famous last words!)

So, let’s take a look at the books I read, shall we? Here they are, organized by rating.

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The Sunday Post — January 31st, 2016 [#45] | Monthly Wrap-up Edition: January 2016 [#17]

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So you may have noticed that the blog has been kinda quiet these past few weeks. It’s mainly due to the fact that life is busy and stressful for me right now. I’m becoming tired of/discontent with my interning job, even though nothing much really has changed, just some work shift/timing adjustments and whatnot, and I might be moving (actually, I very likely will be moving) at the end of March, but to where I don’t yet know.

The thought of clearing out my apartment in sixty days and moving somewhere else (I’ve lived in this home my entire life) is kind of scary and super stressful. Isn’t moving said to be the third most stressful event in life, after death and divorce? Yeah, I understand why now. My skin is angry red, my weight is fluctuating, and I’m in this weird funk where I feel like the universe is against me.

Obviously I’m not sharing the whole story — who actually does? But I just need to say something to someone in the world because I don’t feel like it’s the right time yet to share this news with the people in my life I see on a regular basis. So consider yourself lucky that I’m blabbering to the internet first, haha.

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The Sunday Post — January 3rd, 2016 [#43] | Monthly Wrap-Up Edition: December 2015 [#16]

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Last week on the blog:

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The Sunday Post — December 6th, 2015 [#39] | Monthly Wrap-up Edition: November 2015 [#15]

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Last week on the blog:

   

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