What I am Studying: Vol 118.

What I'm reading. Rainbow book photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash


Whats up my darlings,  

Right here we’re, on the cusp of Summer time 2021. It’s been surreal, hasn’t it? I’m totally vaxxed in the end and having fun with the power to go exterior the home with much less concern, though being in Maryland does imply that I sometimes need to wade by crunchy drifts of cicadas. 

I might have stated this at any level previously 12 months or so however: that is such a bizarre second in time.

I really feel slightly bit in limbo, realizing that many individuals are shielded from COVID now however not everybody, and by no means realizing what data to belief or who to imagine. I’m additionally feeling some FOMO as individuals hurry into the “return to regular.” I’m vaccinated and very grateful, however the reality is that my continual well being points imply that it’s nonetheless going to be laborious for me to exit and do issues. The recognition of Zoom and digital attendance of occasions over the previous 12 months gave me extra choices for private {and professional} connection than I’ve had in a very long time and I’m afraid that’s going to go away. 

When you comply with me on IG, you additionally know that I used to be in the hospital recently. I’m tremendous now, however I’ve needed to reassess how I’m spending my time to make room for some new medical doctors and new remedies, which suggests I’ve needed to lower down on writing. I’m very grateful to have entry to healthcare once I want it, particularly now that it’s much less harmful for me to be round individuals, however it’s at all times a little bit of a bummer once I must scale down on issues I get pleasure from to create space for sophisticated, boring, exhausting, costly medical remedies. 

With all of that stated: it’s heat exterior, the sky is gorgeous, flowers are blooming, and I’m capable of spend time INSIDE BUILDINGS with my family and friends once more and that’s probably the most unbelievable pleasure. I missed my individuals desperately and it’s such a reduction to have the ability to host brunch or sit in a automobile with my sister or hug my dad and mom. I’m so grateful for the science that made the vaccine potential and the varied elements that meant I used to be capable of get mine.

I don’t know what’s coming subsequent and issues aren’t good, however there’s a lot to be thankful for proper now.

How are you doing, my darlings? Are you having fun with a little bit of a “return to normalcy”? Do you even have conflicting emotions about the place all of us are proper now? Have you ever learn something good just lately? 


What I’m studying:

Rosemary And Rue by Seanan McGuire (October Daye collection): Indiebound/Amazon.

I discovered this collection by an creator’s Twitter suggestions and I’m obsessed. It’s City Fantasy centered across the lifetime of October Daye, a San Francisco Personal Investigator who simply occurs to be half-fae, which suggests she makes a speciality of mysteries that have an effect on each the supernatural and human communities. Fantasy with a little bit of thriller is strictly what I need proper now. It’s a vivid, gorgeously plotted, completely absorbing collection with complicated, attention-grabbing characters and elaborate mythology. I’m on guide 10 and nonetheless enthralled. The primary guide is slightly gradual, however by guide three I knew I used to be studying a brand new favourite.

Contact The Darkish (Cassie Palmer collection) by Karen Probability: Indiebound/Amazon

One other City Fantasy collection I devoured just lately! Cassie Palmer’s story isn’t as good a match for me as October Daye, however I completely loved studying all of it.  These books have a bit extra of a True Blood vibe: there’s fixed movement, because the heroine is catapulted from one dramatic blood-soaked state of affairs to a different, whereas sometimes making time to have intercourse with attention-grabbing and sometimes supernatural males. There are virtually no quiet moments in the complete collection, each pause for breath is interrupted by an assault or plot twist. There are vampires, ghosts, psychics, demons, and historic gods. It’s very enjoyable, particularly once you’re seeking to bury your self in a distraction that has nothing to do with your personal life.

The Satan Comes Courting by Courtney Milan: Indiebound/Amazon

I’ve at all times loved Courtney Milan’s Historic Romance, however her latest books (this one and the great The Duke Who Didn’t) have reached an entire new degree of heartwarming, squee-worthy delightfulness. Such an ideal mixture of intriguing historic materials, thoughtfulness, characters’ journeying to search out their very own truest selves, and pure beautiful human connection. Milan’s latest books have additionally centered on mixed-race primary characters and primary characters of shade, which is all too uncommon within the Historic Romance style. 


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