It’s been an increasingly busy month for me, so unfortunately I barely got to read anything in July. This month was a combination of “my interesting ARCs are too long and I don’t have the patience,” “my short ARCs aren’t very intriguing right now”, and “being too exhausted to read” that culminated in me not being able to read. I’ll have to get used to this and strike a balance so I’ll be able to read in general, but I am reading two books right now! This month, I read 8 books in total.

In case you missed it, I announced a short hiatus for the next two weeks. I actually would love for it to be longer but I need to start posting reviews for my later August releases…See you in 2 weeks!

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#waitingonwednesday: strike the zither

I’ve been a huge fan of Joan He and her works since her debut (Hesina’s court forever!), so of course I’m awaiting her next release! I recently received an ARC (thank you, Fierce Reads!) and I can’t wait to dive into it (but also I am not ready for this pain :’)). Strike the Zither releases October 25; read more about it below.

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June has been a whirlwind month, and I’m sad to see it end. Somehow, I got my reading motivation up, including my ability to reread books. I’m slowly trying to reread more, just because I need to open more physical books to limit my screen time. I managed to read a whopping 18 books this month, beating the “Michelle can only read 13-15 books a month” allegations!

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#waitingonwednesday: everyone hates kelsie miller

I enjoyed Meredith Ireland’s debut, The Jasmine Project, and I’m excited to see what comes next from her! This book is a rom-com with rivals-to-lovers and overall just sounds both chaotic and heartwarming. Everyone Hates Kelsie Miller is out October 11; find out more about it below.

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May was a great month for me in that most of I got my reading motivation back! Unfortunately though, I didn’t always have time to actually, you know, read. Since my classes ended, I had to catch up on sooo many blog posts, namely the 2022 LGBTQ+ YA releases post (I’ve estimated that I’ve spent about 30 hours total on this post and I’m not exaggerating) that’s up tomorrow. I had a new slew of ARC approvals and library holds come in, so hopefully this motivation will stick around for all of June! I managed to read 14 books in May; see all of them and more in my wrap-up post below!

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#waitingonwednesday: well, that was unexpected

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I’ve loved Jesse Q. Sutanto’s adult romance, so naturally I’m so excited for her young adult rom-com! This one sounds like another wild yet heartwarming ride. I can’t wait to read it. Well, That Was Unexpected is out September 27; read more about it below.

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Violet Made of Thorns has been one of my most anticipated releases for soooo long, and I dropped everything to read the ARC once I received one. Asian-coded antiheroine protagonist who lies about her visions and her love-hate relationship with the crown prince? I’ve talked about this more in my review, but everything about this book was made for me honestly. Violet Made of Thorns is out July 26! In the meantime, read on for my interview with Gina Chen about “unrelatable” characters, Shrek parallels, and her publishing path!

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SUMMARY: april

Even though April is usually full of deadlines, I felt like this past month was especially busy for me. I read a lot of decent reads this month, but that’s left me a bit discouraged. I think I’ll try to reread some books I loved for a bit before I jump back into my ARCs because the thought of starting anything new sounds boring. I managed to read 14 books this month and hope to read more in May (although I really need to catch up on writing/updating blog posts)!

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SUMMARY: march

March was a busy month for me, schoolwork-wise, and I didn’t get to read as much as I wanted to during spring break. I’ve also been watching soooo much TV lately (currently juggling three different K-dramas lol). I read 13 books this month, with some new instant favorites!

And a new addition to my monthly summary posts: monthly playlists of songs I’ve been listening to on repeat! I’m just a bit bored and decided this is how I can add a little more personality to these posts. (I also retroactively added playlists to the summary posts for January and February.)

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