July 2020 in Retrospect

Welp, if I hoped to have improved health by the end of this month, I’m in for a deep disappointment.

Things are how they were in June, essentially. Still in pain, still sleeping sporadically, still no doctor’s appointment. I did find out that I was at least referred to a specialist, though I had to make multiple phone calls to find that out. So I guess that’s something. Now I just have to keep playing the waiting game until I find out when the appointment is for, and then wait a little longer to actually have the appointment, and then maybe I can start getting my life back together.

But I’m getting by. Things aren’t ideal, and I don’t always have the energy to do… well, anything, some days. But I’m getting by. Right now, that’s about as much as I can ask for.

But let’s move away from this train of thought and take a look at the bloggish things I managed to accomplish over the past month, shall we?

Reviews

Updraft, by Fran Wilde
The Ghosts of Sherwood, by Carrie Vaughn
The Heirs of Locksley, by Carrie Vaughn
Jade City, by Fonda Lee
Silver in the Wood, by Emily Tesh
Drowned Country, by Emily Tesh

4 of those titles are novellas rather than novels, and 1 is a review I wrote ages ago and thought I’d posted here but apparently I’d only posted it to Goodreads, but given what I’ve been dealing with this past month, I’m impressed that I managed to get so many titles read and reviewed at all!

I’ve also started going through my Reviews page and adding series information to the listed titles. Both for myself, to better keep track of series I want to continue with, and also for interested readers, who can see at a glance on the page whether something is part of a series or a standalone novel. That’s a work in progress, though, and should be finished some time over the next month.

Upcoming in August

August is going to be another Manga Month here, just like February was. I think I’m going to continue to make February and August “Manga Months.” Those are good months for it. In February, winter feels like it’s just dragging on forever, and some lighter reading is good for me. In August, summer feels like it’s just dragging on forever, and… Well, you get the idea. July has been hot and humid and full of pain, so you know, spending a month focusing on manga will be good for me. It’ll let me get through some backlogged titles, give me an excuse to take it easy, and also take my time on some doorstopper novels that I can post reviews for later, without feeling the content crunch.

So, expect 2-3 volumes of manga to be reviewed each week here during August. Hopefully I can cover some titles that might be of interest to people. I’ll be focusing on queer stories and SFF themes in the manga I read, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Take care, everyone. I hope things are going well for you, I hope you’re all staying safe and sane amid the ongoing pandemic, and I hope you found some amazing books to read over the past month!

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