May 2019 Wrap-Up + State of the ARC

This month, I tried a thing where moodreading dictated almost every book I read. It was incredibly fun, and also I don’t think I’ll ever do it again. Okay, I probably will, but ironically, letting my mood decide what I read got really stressful sometimes – mostly when after 30 pages I was suddenly in the mood for another book, and ended up with 10-11 currently reading ones… So, yes. Moodreading is fun, but set TBRs to narrow down what you’re reading can be really useful too.

Next month is re-reading, which is another thing I rarely do, but there’s actually some books I’ve been meaning to re-read. Some of them are quite long, and I’ll be doing a summer university thing for half of June, so I’m not sure how much I’ll actually get to, but still.


🌍 Around the Year in 52 Books: 5 (total: 22/52)
🍬 Popsugar Reading Challenge: (total: 36/50)
🧚 Cornerfolds Retelling Challenge: 1 (total: 11/25)
🏮Year of the Asian Challenge: 3 (total: 8)

Moody May: 21

🦊 Total: 28

Yearly stats here.

All books read here.


State of the ARC is a monthly meme at Avalinah’s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCs (Advanced or Early Reader Copies).

State of the ARC has a Goodreads groups ARCs Anonymous. Join it here.

🦄 Review copies read: 2

🐇Review copies remaining: 10

I guess it’s kind of telling that in the month where I decided to practice moodreading, I ended up reading almost no ARCs. There are a couple on my list that I’m excited for, but the truth is that I’m really not feeling most of the ones I have at the moment.



June is going to be busy, but since I’m literally only missing one book to complete this, I’m hoping I’ll be able to pull it off before we enter the second half of the year.



🏳️‍🌈 LGBTQAI+ representation
💐 POC/Indigenous representation
🌱 Disabled or Mental Health representation
✡️ Jewish representation

Into the Drowning Deep (Rolling in the Deep, #1)🏳️‍🌈💐🌱 Into the Drowning Deep & Rolling in the Deep by Mira Grant: Wow. So, I read over 20 books/short stories by Seanan McGuire (otherwise known as Mira Grant) this year, and every single one of them was amazing, but Into the Drowning Deep is really one of my favourites. It’s wonderfully creepy and the mermaid lore is so good, and it actually makes me want to read more horror. Note: some marginalised characters die, since this is horror, but the cast is very diverse and several of them stay alive, so I don’t think this counts as a “bury your X” trope. (adult horror/fantasy with killer mermaids, ensemble cast, multiple LGBT, POC and disabled characters) REVIEW HERE

🏳️‍🌈💐🌱 I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver: This was one of my most anticipated releases for the year – a YA romance with a nonbinary teen! In the end, it didn’t make it to my favourites list and there was at least one scene that made me really uncomfortable, but it still got a solid 4.5 stars from me. (YA, nonbinary/bisexual contemporary romance, POC love interest, anxiety rep) REVIEW HERE

🏳️‍🌈💐 Deadline by Stephanie Ahn: Bless snarky amateur detectives with magical abilities. Extra points if they are queer. This is a relatively short book, but I really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to the sequel, which is available for pre-order I think. (new? adult urban fantasy, Korean American lesbian protagonist, BDSM)

🏳️‍🌈💐 The Brightest Fell & Night and Silence by Seanan McGuire: Just in case I haven’t screamed enough about the October Daye series yet, here they are again. I am actually caught up now, so I am unlikely to be screaming more about them until the new book in September. I’m linking to the first book in the series, because even the blurbs are spoilery for the later ones. These last two books were super intense: book 11 broke my heart into a thousand pieces, then book 12 put them back together again, so I am really, really glad it wasn’t the other way around. (adult urban fantasy with faeries, multiple prominent LGBT and POC characters, even if Tybalt’s sexuality is STILL only mentioned in a prequel goddamnit. but there are others who are clearly bi/gay/lesbian/trans.)

Circus Girl, The Hunter, and Mirror BoyCircus Girl, The Hunter, and Mirror Boy by J.Y. Yang: This is a short story that I can’t say much about without really spoiling it, but it’s kind of creepy and it has ghosts and spirits and mirrors and everything.

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud: I re-read the Bartimaeus trilogy and then read this by the same author, and I loved all of them. This is a young adult mystery and I’m looking forward to reading more in the series eventually. (young adult fantasy/mystery/horror)

The Last of the De Mullins by St. John Hankin: Yes, this is another one of my readings for the New Woman class that I did this semester, but I really liked this one. (a drama set and written in the early 1900s about an independent woman and her family’s reactions)

🏳️‍🌈💐 Nonbinary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity edited by Micah Rajunov and Scott Duane: This nonfiction book is a collection of memoirs by a diverse group of nonbinary people and their experiences. (adult nonfiction, LGBTQAI+)

🏳️‍🌈 The Queen of Rhodia by Effie Calvin: Remember when I kept squeeing about The Queen of Ieflaria last year? Well, this is a sequel to that, and it was just as amazing. Pansexual princesses, F/F ship, talking dragons, and other awesomeness! (young adult fantasy)


Review copies


(These are actually the only two books on my current ARC list that I am excited for. All the older ones are meh. Help?)



(Somebody take financial decisions away from me. I have spent WAY TOO MUCH on books this year. In my defense, I already read three of these, and the other two were under 2 dollars each. Also, just LOOK at that Queen of Rhodia cover!)


You know how The Sims 4 was available for free download for about a week? Yeah. I downloaded it and then played it an embarrassing number of hours instead of studying for my exams. Go me! In my defense, it has customizable gender options where you can very easily make trans sims, so naturally I went and made a family full of them.

Then, of course that wasn’t enough, so I went and made October Daye and her entire family in The Sims 4 as well. Oops?


~ Alexa

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