What I am Studying: Vol 118.

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


Howdy 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 must wade by means of crunchy drifts of cicadas. 

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

I really feel a bit of bit in limbo, figuring out that many individuals are protected against COVID now however not everybody, and by no means figuring out 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 intensely grateful, however the reality is that my persistent well being points imply that it’s nonetheless going to be exhausting 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 the event 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 therapies, which suggests I’ve needed to minimize down on writing. I’m very grateful to have entry to healthcare after 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 after I must scale down on issues I get pleasure from to create space for sophisticated, boring, exhausting, costly medical therapies. 

With all of that mentioned: 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 essentially the most unbelievable 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 doable 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 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 sequence): Indiebound/Amazon.

I discovered this sequence by means of an creator’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 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 precisely what I would like proper now. It’s a vivid, gorgeously plotted, completely absorbing sequence with complicated, fascinating characters and elaborate mythology. I’m on e-book 10 and nonetheless enthralled. The primary e-book is a bit of gradual, however by e-book three I knew I used to be studying a brand new favourite.

Contact The Darkish (Cassie Palmer sequence) by Karen Likelihood: Indiebound/Amazon

One other City Fantasy sequence I devoured lately! Cassie Palmer’s story isn’t as good a match for me as October Daye, however I totally 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 fascinating and infrequently supernatural males. There are virtually no quiet moments in the whole sequence, 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 while you’re seeking 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 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 seek out their very own truest selves, and pure beautiful human connection. Milan’s latest books have additionally centered on mixed-race essential characters and essential characters of shade, which is all too uncommon within the Historic Romance style. 


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