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May 2017 Wrap-Up

May 2017 Wrap-Up

May has been an unusual month here at LiteratureLynx.

I changed the style of my reviews, and I can’t decide how I feel about it. One the one hand, it makes things much simpler (to read and to write). On the other hand, it limits my ability to go into detail about social/political issues. I enjoy the educational aspects of my reviews, but I’m curious if my readers find it worthwhile. I’d love to hear your feedback.

This month I was also added to The Book Blogger List. This website keeps an active directory of all book bloggers, categorized by preferred genre. Authors can use it to connect with subject-appropriate reviewers. I (happily) started accepting review requests, and the response was overwhelming! I’m really excited about this turn of events, but it also means that my planned posts have gone totally haywire.

May was Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. I had every intention of putting together an author list for the occasion, but time got away from me. It’s important to me that the resource is out there, though, so I’ll be posting those lists in the future.

 

Reviews

The Leaving of Things by Jay Antani

Shrill by Lindy West

Revenants by Scott Kauffman

A Life Removed by Jason Parent

A Journey Home by Angela Scavone

If We Had No Winter by D.L. Pitchford

 

My reviews were all over the place this month. Accepting requested reviews has given me access to genres I don’t normally pick up. It’s been a pleasant change of pace. Reviewing new and indie releases has been really awesome.

 

Miscellaneous

Friday Sneak Peek– a quick look at ‘Shrill’ before my full review went up

Discussion: Annoying Book Tropes– some thoughts on things that consistently annoy me in literature

 

Coming Soon

June is LGBT+ Pride month. I’m hoping to put together more reading resources, but we’ll see if it gets done on time. I’m doing my best to keep up with the monthly holidays, but I figure it’s better late than never.

I think I’ll stick with my new review format for now. Like I said before, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Should I go back to writing essay-style, and include more educational links?

I don’t have a TBR list put together for June, so we’re just going to wing it. 🙂

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!