What I am Studying: Vol 118.

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


Hi there my darlings,  

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

I might have stated this at any level prior to now yr or so however: that is such a bizarre second in time.

I really feel a bit bit in limbo, realizing that many individuals are protected against COVID now however not everybody, and by no means realizing what data to belief or who to consider. 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 yr 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. 

In case you comply with me on IG, you additionally know that I used to be in the hospital recently. I’m high-quality now, however I’ve needed to reassess how I’m spending my time to make room for some new docs and new therapies, which implies I’ve needed to reduce 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, nevertheless it’s all the time a little bit of a bummer once I have to scale down on issues I take pleasure in to create space for classy, boring, exhausting, costly medical therapies. 

With all of that stated: it’s heat outdoors, 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 unimaginable pleasure. I missed my individuals desperately and it’s such a aid to have the ability to host brunch or sit in a automotive with my sister or hug my mother and father. I’m so grateful for the science that made the vaccine potential and the assorted components 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 pleased about 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 lately? 


What I’m studying:

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

I discovered this collection by means of an writer’s Twitter suggestions and I’m obsessed. It’s City Fantasy centered across the lifetime of October Daye, a San Francisco Non-public Investigator who simply occurs to be half-fae, which implies 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 advanced, attention-grabbing characters and elaborate mythology. I’m on guide 10 and nonetheless enthralled. The primary guide is a bit sluggish, 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 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 often making time to have intercourse with attention-grabbing and sometimes supernatural males. There are nearly no quiet moments in your entire 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 if you’re trying to bury your self in a distraction that has nothing to do with your individual life.

The Satan Comes Courting by Courtney Milan: Indiebound/Amazon

I’ve all the time loved Courtney Milan’s Historic Romance, however her current 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 attractive human connection. Milan’s current books have additionally targeted on mixed-race predominant characters and predominant characters of coloration, which is all too uncommon within the Historic Romance style. 


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