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Reading Check-In: August 5, 2023

Well, we’re in the second half of summer. And, while my reading has been more productive, I’m still struggling to read through many of the books I started as far back as last year. That being said, I managed to finish some excellent books and to write my reviews for them.

What have I finished reading recently?

The link to my review is further down.

YA/Teen Book Club Selection for July 2023 (at the library where I work).

What am I reading now?

I received an eARC of this upcoming mythological retelling as part of an upcoming Blog Tour. Any fans of Greek mythology, Madeline Miller, Rick Riordan, etc., should read this book.

YA/Teen Book Club Selection for August 2023 (at the library where I work).

I’m trying to read this entry before the fourth and final one is released this fall.

Yes, this book is living up to the hype, so far.

I know I won’t be done with this book until the end of this year; but, it’s SOOO GOOD!!!

What will I read next?

I still need to read this book. The Buddy Read should ended back in June(?)!

The Finalists for the 2023 SCKA have been announced! The link to the finalists is below.

There are three reasons why I’m trying to read this book soon, but all will be revealed eventually.


My Review of The Deep Sky

My Review of The Weaver and the Witch Queen

A Reflection of My Writings, a.k.a. My 300th Blog Post

The Finalists for the Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards 2023

“Barbenheimer”: Is It Worth Seeing Both, a.k.a. My Review of Both Barbie and Oppenheimer

Book Haul

Printed ARCs

Giveaway Wins


As I mentioned earlier, July was a very productive month for me. However, I’m starting to acknowledge that some of my lack in enthusiasm could be early signs of Burnout. I have been thinking about taking a short hiatus from blogging (especially, when I realize that I’ve been posting weekly for almost 5 years). This way, I can catch up on the reviews I still need to write, work on my fiction, and work on some things towards my career (as a librarian). When the time comes for me to take the hiatus, I will announce it. I hope it won’t be too long of a break.

How is your reading going?

6 thoughts on “Reading Check-In: August 5, 2023

  1. A lot of our reading overlaps, but you’ve also got some really cool stuff on here that I haven’t even heard of! Definitely adding a bunch of books to my TBR. I’ve been struggling to finish physical books lately, taking a lot longer than I normally do, which sucks, but I’m hoping that I’m able to go back to my normal pace. Fingers crossed that we both avoid burnout!

  2. Thanks for linking your review of the Weaver and the Witch Queen. I remember seeing it earlier this summer but I skimmed it knowing I will be reading it soon and I wanted to go in with a blank slate. Going back to your review and reading it in full, I agree with so many things even though you probably enjoyed it slightly more than I did. I still enjoyed her debut more, but I agree it was so impressive the way she blended what little is known about Gunnhild and created this amazing story about her!

  3. I love that cover for God Killer.
    I must say you have such a lot of books – it’s a bit overwhelming. And, sometimes a little break is what you need. A soft reset.
    Lynn 😀

  4. I’d like to try Godkiller too.
    And I understand the feeling burnt out. Taking a break does help, or switching up your routine.

  5. Looks like you got quite a bit of reading done, and you read several that I’m really looking forward to picking up. And I hope your future blogging hiatus helps out. Sometimes it’s good to take a break.

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