Hello, I hope everyone is having a good fall! Or whatever other weather you are having! I haven’t given a proper update in a long time. For one it’s hard to update you on writing. That’s because it can be hard to see progress until a project is complete. What I can tell you is that I have completed my first readthrough of my manuscript. And I’ve started my first round of plot edits.
In october I had my first book signing. It made me nervous but was a great experience.
Since my last update I up-ed my reading goal to 40 instead of 30. So far I have read 36 books for the year. Nearly there!
In the House in the Dark of the Woods by Laird Hunt: 1 star
DNF… I buddy read this one with my mom. It was terrible. The writing style seemed similar to Emma Donoghue’s in Kissing the Witch. Which is a style that I tend to like. It sounds poetic and seems to flow well. But in this story it didn’t work. We often didn’t know what was happening.
Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer: 4 stars
Received an e-arc from Netgalley. I loved it a lot. Almost all of the poems were relatable in some way or another. I read them all, and I never found myself wanting to skip one. The art inside is also beautiful. Ultimately I think it’s a really well-done poetry collection.
Year One, and Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts: 4 stars
It’s pretty rare that I will pick up a book by Nora Roberts, because I tend to think that she writes only romance or mysteries. I actually picked up this series because of the controversy that happens between her and Tomi Adeyemi, the author of Children of Blood and Bone. I wanted to see what the fuss was about on Tomi’s end. Quite honestly I found the whole debacle hilarious, as the books are not similar at all. Anyway yes, these books definitely do have romance in them. But that’s not the main point. Originally I thought this was a duology, but then I found out that the third one should be out around December. This is a great series.
The Weight of a Soul By Tammy Elizabeth: 1 star
DNF… Received an e-arc from Netgalley. I stopped reading the book at 20%. I just didn’t gel with it. I found that there was a lot of info dumping right at the beginning, that didn’t really need to be there.
My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix: 3.5 stars.
I buddy read this one as well with my mom. It was good, though the first third was slow. But it was necessary to the rest of the book. If you have a weak stomach though, maybe check out some spoiler reviews to prepare yourself.
Betty Bites Back: Stories to Scare the Patriarchy edited by Mindy McGinnis, Demitria Lunetta, Kate Karyus Quinn: 3 stars
I received an e-arc of this from netgalley. The beginning of it was interesting enough, but then around 60% through the book I noticed that I didn’t enjoy the stories as often. To the point that there was a number of them that I skipped. It’s an interesting premise to write an anthology about, and some of the stories were executed well. However I don’t think all of them necessarily lived up to it. In my opinion, only about half of them interested me.
Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey: 5 stars
SO GOOD! Review done.
Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao: 3 stars
Physical arc from Penguin Teen Canada. Full review here. http://www.kalagodin.com/2019/09/17/review-song-of-the-crimson-flower-by-julie-c-dao/
Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall: 5 stars
Physical arc from Penguin Teen Canada. Full review here. http://www.kalagodin.com/2019/09/30/review-rules-for-vanishing-by-kate-alice-marshall/
Wilder Girls by Rory Power: 5 stars
This was weird and so good! And kinda gross, but still really good. I don’t really get why people are saying that it’s like Lord of the Flies…
Currently reading: Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Well that’s pretty much all I have to update you with.
Happy reading and writing!