This hasn’t been the best month for me. I mean, what month has been lately, for most people? But still. It was also my birthday, but I didn’t do anything special. Couldn’t even if I felt up to it, what with the pandemic and all.
Anyway, unable to focus on much, I’ve watched a lot of baking shows on Netflix. They’re a nice distraction, and I’ve rarely come across one I didn’t like. “Is It Cake?” was silly and fun, and I’m always impressed by how people can make cake look like real things. “Baking Impossible” was cool because of how it combined baking and engineering. My favorite was the costumes, some of those were gorgeous! I also watched “Zumbo’s Just Desserts S2.” They make some whimsical and pretty desserts on that show. After that, I watched “School of Chocolate,” and not only was the food really cool, I liked how it was more focused on teaching/learning than competing.
I’ve also taken to flipping through shorts on YouTube or watching compilation videos of things like art, hair transformations, cute animals, and more baking. My mood differs, and sometimes YouTube will toss me some random thing that turns out to be really entertaining. Didn’t know I’d be into sheep-shearing videos until I tried them! (I recommend the Right Choice Shearing channel.)
A bit further into the month, I managed to do some art, though it turned out to be a frustrating one. I haven’t quite finished it yet, so I’ll share it here next update, or you can see it when I post it on Twitter for Mermay. And, as usual, I’m excited to check out everyone else’s #Mermay2022 art on Twitter over the next month!
I’m finally just about caught up on posting reviews that I had backlogged. I don’t review every book I read, but for so long I had so many reviews just sitting there in my drafts, finished but not posted. Now the problem is that I might run out of posts because I haven’t found a lot of books lately that I feel strongly enough about to review. Oh well. I’ve got bigger problems to worry about than maybe skipping a post day here and there.
Books I Received for Review:
Felix Silver, Teaspoons, & Witches by Harry Cook, from NetGalley. Poised in Either Eye by B. Pigeon & Fell A. Marsh, from StoryOrigin.
Books I Finished:
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All That’s Left in the World by Erik J. Brown – A lovely queer post-apoc YA book. Appropriate heaviness of a post-apoc story, but still sweet and hopeful.
Believe Me by Tahereh Mafi – A really sweet extra after the events of Book 6.
Capt. Hook, The Adventures of a Notorious Youth by J. V. Hart – I’ve finally found the kind of Hook backstory book I’ve been wanting! Well, close. Disappointed it ended before he got to Neverland, but this author really did the character justice and wrote a fun story.
Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakley-Cartwright – I’d been wanting to try this one for so long, but I was disappointed. A great premise, but I just didn’t feel much in the execution.
The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks – Definitely not bad, though I couldn’t get super into this one either. But I loved how believably flawed/awkward/anxious/frustrating the characters were.
Poised in Either Eye by B. Pigeon & Fell A. Marsh – A light, quick, nice read about gay dragons trying to blend in as humans.
The Ghost Variations by Kevin Brockmeier – I think 100 stories about ghosts was a really cool idea, and the stories were really creative, even if super short stories aren’t quite for me.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – I waited so long to try this one because I was scared of the emotions, but I was actually a bit bored and not emotional.
In Case You Missed It:
– I reviewed The Alpha’s Son by Penny Jessup, a queer YA shifter book with a bit of both romance and action.
– I reviewed All That’s Left in the World by Erik J. Brown, a nice queer YA post-apoc both heavy and sweet.
– I shared some of my reader confessions and unpopular opinions.
– I recommended 10 books about dragons… kinda.
– I reviewed Song of Farca, a fun, somewhat intense hacker/P.I. puzzle game.
– I reviewed Trailer Park Trickster by David R. Slayton, a great sequel in a m/m urban fantasy with imperfect relationships that shone.