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Books Bought This Month
Free Within Ourselves: The Development of African American Children’s Literature by Rudine Sims Bishop

Books Received/Acquired This Month
Gilded by Christina Farley (Kindle First)
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares (Netgalley ARC)
Girl Defective by Simmone Howell (Edelweiss ARC)
The Fierce Reads Anthology: A Tor.Com Original by Anna Banks, Leigh Bardugo, Jennifer Bosworth, Emmy Laybourne, and Marissa Meyer (free on Amazon)

Books Borrowed This Month
Sense and Sensibility: The Screenplay and Diaries by Emma Thompson
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger (audiobook)
Cress by Marissa Meyer
The Dark Between by Sonia Gensler
One Teen Story #12: Soundproof Your Life by Tara Altebrando
One Teen Story #13: Phenomenon by Julie Buntin
One Teen Story #14: Proper Girls by Lisa Ko
Parisian Chic by Ines de la Fressange
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

Books Finished This Month
Tales From Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan
Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date by Katie Heaney
For Biddle’s Sake by Gail Carson Levine
The Savage Blue by Zoraida Córdova
Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
Historical Heartthrobs: 50 Timeless Crushes-From Cleopatra to Camus by Kelly Murphy
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Viva Heather! by Sheri Cooper Sinykin
Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
Parisian Chic by Ines de la Fressange

So I sucked a lot, in terms of getting a lot of reading done. And in terms of writing, though I have some posts in the works that should be up here soon. I’m also doing some writing for other folks next month, so you’ll see me elsewhere.

What is good is that I have been making good on all those reading challenges. An audiobook for the Hub challenge, which has also inspired me to learn more about steampunk for more than just the fashion.  Two of the books I read this month count for my diversity challenge, and one of them, The Savage Blue, also goes with the Latin@s in Kid Lit challenge as well. What’s more, neither one of those books was your usual “diversity” title about experiencing racism or being a person of color during a specific time in history when white people were aware of you. The Savage Blue, in addition to being written by one of my best friends, is paranormal adventure, not people being immigrants, while Alif the Unseen is about hacking and defying the government and is basically the Middle East version of Lost City Radio. I sure like it when books happen to have people who remind me of the real world and yet are also just books. Here’s hoping things continue like this. And also that I find more time to read and write.

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