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April 2017 Wrap-Up

April 2017 Wrap-Up

As of today, Literature Lynx has been in operation for 6 months!

Starting this blog was a bit of a personal struggle for me. I was nervous that everyone would hate my writing, or I’d run out of things to say. Before blogging I had never been on social media (I know, right?). I was extremely hesitant to put myself out there- particularly because I wanted to talk about potentially polarizing topics.

Six months later, blogging isn’t scary anymore. I’ve had some hits and misses, but that’s okay. I’d love to see my audience grow, but for now I’m just proud of myself for sticking with it this long.

Thank you to each and every one of you who has ever taken the time to read my ramblings here- I appreciate you more than you know.

 

Reviews

The Thieves of Nottica by Ash Gray

Blood, Marriage, Wine & Glitter by S. Bear Bergman

Treasure of Darkness by Martin A. Ramos

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

 

No contest, my favorite this month was ‘Blood, Marriage, Wine & Glitter,’ although ‘The Thieves of Nottica’ was really interesting too. I wouldn’t say I disliked ‘Treasure of Darkness’ or ‘I Am Malala’ but I don’t think I’d re-read either of them.

 

Reading Resources/ Book Lists

15 Modern Poetry Collections

 

Miscellaneous

Author Chat: Ash Gray– Ash shares some thoughts on bigotry, science fiction, and the publishing world

Discussion: Library Appreciation– for National Library Week

 

Coming Soon

I’m going to change things up next month. The structure of my book reviews will look a little bit different, but the content will stay the same. I’m hoping this change will make my reviews easier to read, and that they won’t look like a giant block of text.

My May TBR list is still undetermined, but I know it will include ‘The Leaving of Things’ by Jay Antani and ‘Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman’ by Lindy West.

Here’s to another 6 months, readers!

 

March 2017 Wrap-Up

March 2017 Wrap-Up

So… yet again, I fell short of my goal- but that’s okay!

Right?

Right.

I’m trying to learn how to be less of a perfectionist, so I’m going to say that failure is good for me *eye twitch*.

 

Reviews

The Heroine’s Bookshelf

Shadow Chase

The Handmaid’s Tale

Who Cooked the Last Supper?: A Women’s History of the World

 

I don’t think I can pick a favorite this month. They were all excellent!

 

Reading Resources/ Book Lists

Finding Diversity in Sci-Fi/Fantasy– All genres have a diversity problem, but SF/F seems to be one of the worst offenders. Here are a few resources to help you find books that feature marginalized or minority characters.

Women’s History Book List– A quick intro for Women’s History month, featuring books for young teens and adults.

 

Miscellaneous

Discussion: What is the Purpose of a Book Review?– I posed this question on my blog, and on Instagram, and I’d love to hear your thoughts.

A Reluctant E-Book Reader– some general thoughts on e-books, and an open invitation for recommendations!

 

Coming Soon

April is National Poetry Month and I have a post or two planned for that, but my other choices are a bit random. Instead of sticking to a theme for next month, I looked at what I’ve read so far, and what I’ve felt has been missing.

I recently joined Kindle Unlimited and I’m totally blown away by the variety and diversity I’ve found so far. I will never give up physical books, but my Kindle TBR list is already growing out of control.

I’ll also be posting my very first author interview, which I’m really excited about, so keep an eye out for that next week.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

February 2017 Wrap-Up

February 2017 Wrap-Up

Well, 2017 is moving right along. I feel like I just wrote my Jan. wrap-up post yesterday!

Socially/politically it’s been another weird month. Things are getting even more chaotic and uncertain. One the one hand, that makes me want to read and write more about social issues. On the other hand, it starts to become overwhelming. Reading can be an amazing way to learn about the world’s issues, but for me, it also serves as an escape from reality.

I’ve been thinking about this issue a lot when deciding what to review. I want to stay engaged and to continue to provide news-type information, but I think I’m going to scale it back a little bit on the non-fiction books.

I’ve also decided to cut back to two posts/week, Mondays and Fridays. Last month I said I wanted to review 8 books, and that turned out to be unrealistic. My intent was to review two books every week but that pace isn’t sustainable in my life. Next month, my goal is five.

With all the business stuff out of the way, let’s get to the recap!

Reviews

The Good Immigrant

Shadowshaper

Hidden Figures

What We Do Now

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Shadow Blade (not related to Shadowshaper)

I actually enjoyed every book I reviewed this month. Some were harder to get through than others, but I felt like each one was worthwhile in it’s own way. If I had to pick a favorite, it’d be Shadow Blade.

Miscellaneous

WWW Wednesday– a weekly book blogger meme that asks what are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What are you planning on reading next?

Shelf Control– a look at a book I’ve had on my shelf for a while, and a discussion of why I originally picked it up. I wrote about ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood.

Book Beginnings/First Lines Friday– my first impressions of ‘Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl’, before writing my full review, listed above

Coming Soon

March is Women’s History Month, so I wanted to keep that in mind, but I’m also challenging myself to clear off my TBR shelf. I’ve picked out a few books that I think will fit both goals, including ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Who Cooked the Last Supper: The Women’s History of the World’.

I’d love to hear from you- what else would you like to see? Do you enjoy book/movie comparisons? Are book lists helpful? Let me know!

Happy Reading.