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July 2017 Wrap-Up

July 2017 Wrap-Up

Another month gone…

Requested reviews were the theme in July (6 out of 7 reviews this month were requested by the authors). I’m still not as caught up as I’d like to be, but progress is more important than perfection, right? (Or something…?)

 

Reviews

The Execution by Sharon Cramer

Julia Dream by Fabia Scali-Warner

The Itching Scars by Mohy Omar

Marbles by Ellen Forney

Fatemarked by David Estes

A Passport to a Nation of Talking Slugs by Andrew Kozma

Karma by Cynthia Vespia

 

There were a lot of good books this month. I think my favorite was ‘Fatemarked,’ although they were all interesting. Reading requested reviews is truly a privilege. These authors are just as talented as the NYT Bestsellers (or even more so, in my opinion) but their books simply don’t have as much exposure. Self publishing gives writers so much more freedom. That isn’t always a good thing, but I feel like I’ve seen way more hits than misses.

 

Miscellaneous

Discussion: When to Quit– do you DNF? I shared my thoughts on quitting a book. Come join the discussion!

My Favorite Chapter Books– here are a few of my favorite middle grade chapter books, that I still love to read as an adult.

 

Coming Soon

I have a few more books to get through, and then I’ll start accepting review requests again. In the meantime, keep an eye out for more graphic novel reviews, and (hopefully) some more reading resource lists.

I’d love to hear from you guys. What would you like to see? What are your favorite types of posts? I’m open to feedback, so share your thoughts!

Happy reading.

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. ­čÖé

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!