I can’t believe today is the first day of July. I can remember staring the year off with The Thirty Names of Night and then in June, I finished my seventy-second book.
So what have I done in the past few months, besides play hooky from my blog?
- I started back at the office full-time (I get to work remotely on Tuesdays, which is nice!)
- We started playing X-Wing in person again (and signed up for our first in-person mega tournament in Dallas at the end of the month!)
- We booked our anniversary trip to New York!
- I legally changed my name on everything – the only thing I’m waiting on is my passport to come back!
But what about book-related stuff – after all, that’s why you’re here!
I have read 6 books since the last time I wrote a wrap up post (psst – that was in April if you don’t remember!)
- Professional Troublemaker by Luvvie Jones (it’s a great book, but it’s not for me; I’m not at the point in my life where this is useful. I read this as part of April’s Fantastic Stranglings book club!)
- Uprooted by Naomi Novak (This was actually really good – a few parts I wasn’t sure about, but overall I think I’d love to see this one made into a movie, like I mentioned in my First Dates book tag a few weeks ago!)
- Cyclopedia Exotica by Aminder Dhaliwal (I followed them on Instagram throughout their Woman’s World series and bought that as soon as it was announced, and I did the same for their Cyclopedia Exotica series! 10/10, definitely check it out!)
- While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams (she may be a wonderful politician, but she’s not a great writer. The main character is supposed to be 26 and she reads like she’s 50+. Plus the main character has a landline phone in the year 202X. So unrealistic.)
- And I Do Not Forgive You by Amber Sparks (this is one of the books I heard about at the San Antonio Book Festival, and I was so excited to get it in and read about it – but alas, only one or two of the stories are actually revenge tales and the rest read like something an Intro to the English Major college course would give you to introduce you to short stories.)
- Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline (I spite-read this book in order to finish it and give it the review it deserves. It’s one of the worst books I think I’ve ever read, period, so look forward to my spite-review coming in August or September. I can’t remember how far out I’m scheduling reviews now.)
I also DNF’d three books.
- The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (My sister recommended it to me, but the first chapter is about her cat dying and then it’s about self-harm and wanting to relive other lives and her cat keeps dying and I gave up at 20%. I just couldn’t do it.)
- A Discover of Witches by Deborah Harkness (I was super excited for this one, but it ended up having way more angst and sexual tension than I wanted in a book, which was disappointing because it had so much promise. I think I DNF’d this at about 35%.)
- Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead (I’d had this on my hold list at the library since January, so I could be sure to get it as soon as it was released, and I ended up sending it back before I got to 15% – I’m not here to read about rape, incest, and child abuse. This isn’t the story I was promised, and therefore I’m not going to finish it.)
I’m glad that I’ve finally gotten to the point in my life where I can look at a book and decide whether or not I want to finish it, and not feel obligated to push through and finish something because it’s required. Sure, I spite-read Ready Player Two despite not liking it, but that was a different kind of pushing. I wanted to read it so I could write a thoroughly informed review, and I did so (much to the expense of my sanity).
What about cross-stitching?
- I’ve been working on a Dogs of Disney Summer Stitch-A-Long on Facebook (you can check out the link here if you want to join – not hosted by me, but I’m loving it!), and that’s taking up much of my Mondays and Fridays (the days the dogs are released). We’re up to seven dogs so far, and the next one comes out tomorrow!
- I still haven’t finished the Zelda cross-stitch I was working on, but all I really have left to do is the grass. I’m going on a road trip on Monday so maybe I’ll take it then and work on it while we ride. It’s just 3800 stitches of green!
- I bought a pattern for a cross-stitch for a friend’s wedding back at the end of May and I even bought the fabric and the thread for it over Memorial Day weekend (thank you for the sale, JoAnn’s!), but I haven’t started on it yet. The wedding isn’t until November so I’ve got some time, but I’d rather have it done and out of the way sooner rather than later.
And how is my whole “No-Spend Month” thing going?
Well…I have not done well the past few months. I just bought a new keyboard (it’s super mechanical and the RGBs are exactly what I wanted – I should have done my research better when I was putting together a computer back in September, but at least now I can take my old keyboard into work and play with it there!), I’ve been buying dresses (Unique Vintage) and shoes (Inkkas) and earrings (Etsy) and just not saving money in general. July is going to be my no-spend month, though – unless it’s on student loans. I’ve got $1,000 even left on my first one (the other’s got like $9,500 on it), and I want to try and knock the first one down before interest starts back in October. I also want to be able to save some money for our NYC trip – I’m sure it’s going to be one expensive time!
Can you believe we’re halfway through the year? It seems like only yesterday I was wondering how we’d feel once we hit one year in quarantine and now the world is starting to open up again (although I’m not too sure about the whole reopening thing, but I’m hoping our vaccinated status will keep us safe – still wearing masks, though). We’ve already planned two trips – our anniversary trip to NYC in November and then a slightly-closer trip with friends to Tennessee in October. I’m having to be social again. I’m getting to see people I haven’t seen in a literal year. And I’m hoping that we’re not getting ahead of ourselves. Only time will tell.
Anyway, thanks for sticking around! I can’t promise daily content like I started off the year with, but I’m going to be trying my best to get back there again (especially now that I’ve got good keyboards both at work and at home – it’s so much easier to type when you’re using a good board!).
Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!
And as always, keep reading.