My toes are cold as I write out this intro, the Texas sun is super glaring through my mom’s window, and my Texas Pecan coffee is lukewarm, yet perfect.
I’m still grappling with the idea of it being one month until the end of 2021, I feel behind in many ways and yet exactly at the right place, right time. Please tell me I’m not alone in these weird contradictory feelings.
Now, please clap for me as we wrap up this month and my readings!
Books I Read
My November TBR didn’t go exactly as planned, but holy fuck, I have read the most this month than any other month this year. I read 19 books this month. *insert squealing and flailing limbs*
I read three novellas as I was trying to stick to my Novella November Theme: A Psalm for the Wild-built by Becky Chambers, Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw, and Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke by Eric LaRocca. All three were so damn good.
A Psalm for the Wild-Built is a new comfort read for me, it had me in tears in the best way. Nothing But Blackened Teeth was so damn good and so much was packed into it in a way I didn’t expect. Things Have Gotten Worse was difficult but brilliant. I love queer horror that doesn’t require “good queers”, and I won’t lie, I started to dissociate a bit when reading it, so do check out content and trigger warnings. Body Gore/Horror is the biggest one that got me that I wish I would have been more prepared for.
I read exactly ONE holiday romance, wished I would have read more, but that’s what December is for. I was so glad to have been introduced to The Geek Who Saved Christmas by Annabeth Albert on Book Twitter! Christmas romance! The Grumpy One falls in love with the Sunshine One! It’s so dang cute, even if most of the time I was like “Please communicate you disaster queers.”
All of the above were exactly my type of books and then, I don’t know what happened, but I waaaay read out of my normal zone and fell in love with a lot of M/M angsty romance by E.M. Lindsey and read 12 of their books in ONE WEEK.
Books 1-4 of the Broken Chains series and Books 1-7 of the Irons and Works series. The characters were all so damn lovable. My faves were: Backfire and Broken Wings from Broken Chains series; Bio-Mechanical, Stick and Poke, and Scarification from Irons and Works.
I also started Lindsey’s Baum Boxing series, just the first one Below the Belt. All of their books feature gay/bisexual disabled men and FOUND FAMILY. Also, guaranteed happy endings which is why I kept reading.
I’m so ready for summer 2022 as the last book in each series will be out! *squeeeeal*
I do really want to read some winter holiday romances for December and found a couple on Kindle Unlimited to read so far. And I promised my friend Rachel that I would read The Winternight Trilogy.
Feel free to leave some recs of holiday books, bonus points if they’re queer!
Writings This Month
I really love the couple of posts that I was able to make and am surprised I even made any. This month is always chaotic, with traveling and just the general vibe of rushing to get things together for the winter. And let’s not even talk about NaNoWriMo…
Coming Soon…I Hope
For those who were interested, I am still planning on getting together a newsletter.
I’m also working on the idea of creating a writing prompt challenge for Instagram that will encourage me to post something every day. Not sure if I want to to do that for January or a different month yet. We shall see.
I will also be sharing more of my WIP on Instagram more, so if you aren’t following me there, now is a good time to do so.
Hope y’all had a lovely November, and I hope we all have an even better December.