you read that right! i read less than 10 books last month, which i literally have not done in over a year. i'll tell you all about the books i read, my new rating system for books, and why i'm so proud of myself for having read far less books than i have in a while.
the last time you saw me here was way back in november, right before the december madness started and my life changed drastically. while i don't feel the need to explain absences either in advance or after the fact, i wanted to take this opportunity to catch you guys up on where i'm at right now and how i've been reflecting on 2020 to shape my goals for 2021. i missed you all a bunch and i hope these changes are welcomed!
Click through for my vlog where I read ALL of Kacen Callender's published works!
Click through for a fun creative photo I created for the #CuteMutantsTour!
Spotlight: The Chimera Code by Wayne Santos & Science fiction through the years as technology advances
A long time ago in a galaxy not too far away... I was a huge science fiction fan and constantly found myself deep diving into classic sci-fi to get a certain fix — get my brain thinking critically about our current world and how it could evolve. Little did I know this was the beginnings of my love for fiction that takes place within the constructs of our current world but has further advanced current technologies over time to a point where we must rethink our ethics regarding technology. In this post, I'll introduce you guys to the idea of this kind of science fiction, some of my favorite key titles in the genre, and The Chimera Code by Wayne Santos, which takes place in a world not too unfamiliar.
one thing i've learned since joining the bookish community is that people track their reading in all sorts of ways. i love seeing beautiful bullet journal spreads and aesthetic notion set-ups, and those are awesome as they're highly customizable, and therefore subjective depending on the person. one of the ways that i've seen people tracking their reading recently is through spreadsheets, especially when it comes to keeping track of reviews, ratings, and what you have to read. while i am very dedicated to my bullet journal (lite) and planner (it's a long-term committed relationship, nobody's gonna come between me and my analog system!), i have actually been loving spreadsheets lately for calculating and tracking statistics. here, i'll show you the key formulas i use to create reading statistics in google sheets.
i'm a numbers geek, after all. how have i gone this long without showing you guys how i calculate those numbers i include in my wrap-ups?
I've been on a bit of a diverse middle grade kick lately as some sort of reparation for not reading middle grade when I was actually that age. I was more than happy to join the tour for The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel, which is a fun middle grade book centered around a podcast.
If you're interested in my thoughts, click through!
image: the haunting of hill house by shirley jackson against a white stucco wall
i've said this a bunch of times but still have come up with no proof that prior to my endeavors with this blog and my youtube channel, i was nose deep in the classics. from 2017 until recently, pretty much all i read were the classics, ranging from homer to john steinbeck to isabel allende. while i've yet to cover all of the classics, i certainly have quite a few that hold a place very near and dear to my heart. and most of those tend to be in the horror/thriller/mystery genre.
now, you've probably heard of the picture of dorian gray by oscar wilde, or frankenstein by mary shelley. while those are both great reads (that i recommend everyone get to before they die), i wanted to recommend some that are less known but well-loved by yours truly.
After reading The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso in August, I was almost nervous about the sequel because I wasn’t sure how a sequel could live up to the adventure of the first book. But, thankfully, The Ikessar Falcon proved me wrong, and showed just how masterful K.S. Villoso is as an epic fantasy writer.
If you weren’t convinced you should read The Chronicles of the Bitch Queen before, I’m going to try and change that.
in case you missed it, it's that time of the year: time to clean yourself up bookish-wise. thank you to the lovely shealea at shut up, shealea for initiating this productive and organized mood!!
hi, i'm mari, and i'm a STEM grad student, i watch baseball, and i read... a lot of books. i hope you learn some-thing new while you're here!