It’s the last day of August, and I need to wrap up the events of this blog and my wanderings around the blogosphere.
To start this wrap-up, I want to thank all of you lovely readers, commenters, and bloggers who visit this blog. I checked my blog’s stats the other day and saw that the blog has already reached more than 10,000 views for the year, which is higher than any previous year. Thank you for your support this year, previous years, and the future.
Now that that is said and done, let’s move on to my currently reading list and the things I posted this month. Like last month, I’m still reading The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, but I just started Not Simple by Natsume Ono. It’s alright. I also finished Girl Made of Stars, by Ashley Herring Blake, yesterday, so I hope to get the review for it up soon.
I managed to write two book reviews this month, and it’s been hard to keep up the same reading pace I used to. In fact, both were graphic novels. The first I reviewed was Songy of Paradise, by Gary Panter, an adaptation of Milton’s Paradise Regain’d. It’s a good and short book, though I’m not sure how it would be received by someone who hasn’t read Paradise Regain’d. The reading challenges this counts for are the Graphic Novel Reading Challenge and the Library Love challenge.
Then I reviewed Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley. I wound up disappointed because I read it with the wrong attitude, but I think I would have enjoyed it more going in with a giddy feeling about weddings. As far as my reading challenges are concerned, it counts toward the Graphic Novel Reading Challenge, the Library Love Challenge, and the Platypire Diversity Challenge. The reason it qualifies for the last is that the protagonist is bisexual, and that is featured in a few panels.
More fun this month came from my participation in the I Heart Characters! Meme. The first post for it (but second time participating) was a long post where I matched characters in books to the nine types of intelligences, according to Howard Gardner. The second post explained why Misa Amane would run into a fire. Hint: Light Yagami.
My other posts of the month were also fun. I did the Potato Book Tag on Monday and recommended more Harry Potter fanfiction, of the Harry-has-unique-powers variety, earlier this month. I also wrote a long discussion post titled “Where Are the YA Characters Who Wear Glasses?“, and it has received some great comments. When was the last time that one of the teen characters in your YA book had imperfect vision? As it turns out, I’ve found that the twins in Girl Made of Stars wear contacts and glasses.
I haven’t watched many AniTubers this month, but I really liked My Mother’s Basement’s video called “How Yugioh Helped Me Duel Depression.” This video reminds me of the creative-nonfiction essay by Reyes Ramirez in Issue 36 of Blue Mesa Review for its ties to Yu-Gi-Oh.
Sam from Sharing Inspired Kreations wrote an interesting discussion post about depicting miscarriages in books. Now that she mentions it, I have read very few books that have included miscarriages, stillbirths, or the like.
Krysta from Pages Unbound discusses what makes a clean YA romance. She explains how she came to this discussion idea and tries to find a definition for it.
Speaking of YA romance, Malory Beazley from FAN/FIC Magazine explains how violence is read as romance in Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey. If you want to blame a single person, there’s a very popular genre that shares similar characteristics with these two books.
Earlier in this post, I shared the couple of posts I wrote for the I Heart Characters! Meme. For one week that I didn’t participate, the host of the meme, Dani from Perspective of a Writer wrote about one supernatural hottie who is a lot of things. Her post makes me want to read about this awesome character in Shadows on the Moon by Zoë Marriott.
Finally, I want to share something that’s a blogging tip. Shealea from That Bookshelf Bitch listed 10 spreadsheet hacks to help your blogging. I didn’t realize how useful it was until I found a few parts that is helping me Google Sheets file of my reading challenges. I learned about freezing rows for my fanfic list and check boxes for the Les Mis Readalong. If you use Google Sheets to help with your blogging, this is a good tip post for making your life easier.
That’s it for this month. I’ll see you all again on Monday with a new post. Have a good Labor Day weekend!