Plague Times, July Edition
The plague is still out there. Wear a mask, limit trips, protect yourself and others. Things are definitely looking up in some areas, but the shadow of this beast still falls across us.
😱 I didn’t get the Character Tags page done. 😳 One very big unexpected thing happened last month and it ate up vast amounts of my time and energy. With Camp NaNo this July, I don’t think I’ll have it prepared for August, either. Save any drama, I’m looking at a fully functioning Find Book By Character page for September.
Whoops! My reviews were missing something vital, weren’t they? I started adding them toward the end of June—Pet by Akwaeke Emezi was the first one!—and I’ll add them to every review from here on out. I’m going back and retrospectively adding stars to previous reviews. It’s pretty easy to guess, but here’s the rundown on the star system:
★☆☆☆☆—One star. It’s bad, folks.
★★☆☆☆—Two stars. Below average. Mediocre. Struggles to at least be passably entertaining.
★★★☆☆—Three stars. Average. Solid. Gets the job done but isn’t anything special or original. Alternately, has enough flaws to average out anything noteworthy. Nothing wrong with three stars. They’re entertaining but not always memorable.
★★★★☆—Four stars. Above average. Really good, but with some flaws that can’t be overlooked or ignored.
★★★★★—Five stars. I won’t say perfect, because nothing can truly be perfect, but very damn good for a human endeavour.
Weekly and Monthly Updates
I’m adding monthly wrap-up posts to reflect on what I’ve read this month, as well as weekly or bi-weekly updates to keep on top of any holdups on my end, like with the tag pages and reading challenges!
I’m gonna keep slapping the rainbow heart on banners for LGBT+ books. Why not?
This Month’s Releases
The release dates have stopped wriggling away! Look at all these books coming out in July!
Young Adult Sci-Fi and Fantasy:
So many books!
Other books I’m looking forward to include The Crow Rider, Shielded, The Extraordinaries, Unravel the Dusk and The Fell of Dark. I’m definitely not going to have enough time for all of them this month, but hey, I guess that’s what Decembers are for.
I’ve also got an eARC for Ever Cursed, which is described as a “lyrical feminist fairy tale,” so I can’t wait!
Adult/General Sci-Fi and Fantasy:
Adult/Gen Fantasy and Sci-Fi are just unloaded releases by the TRUCKLOAD this July.
I’m most looking forward to The Book of Dragons, Unconquerable Sun, The Hollow Gods (that cover!!), Sin in the Steel, Trouble the Saints, The Year of the Witching, and Ashes of the Sun, which I have an eARC for!
And here are the release dates, which—fingers crossed—have stopped fluctuating