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I'm Baaack! (again...)

Yes, I'm coming back to blogging for the millionth time after taking a break for a millionth time. Blogging is something that I do truly enjoy and it keeps me doing something instead of just slobbing around the house doing nothing.

Recently, I had a huge essay kick my butt and because my brain doesn't like me, I can only focus on one task at a time so I had to drop every single thing that I was doing to get it done. there's actually another one i have to do but after asking for help five times and not getting a response, it's going to have to wait. grr. Now that I have some free time on my hands, I've decided to put a bit more focus into blogging again because I really do miss everyone.

From now until the end of the year, I aim to actually keep to a schedule as best as I can because I still do want to build up my following because I've always been a teeny tiny blog and I want to change that.

I will see you all tomorrow with a new post ✌

Books I Lost Interest In πŸ’”

Sometimes you get really hyped up for a book, and then as time goes by the hype just fizzles out. I'm sure it happens to all of us from time to time, but it happens to me a lot. My interests change all the time even though I have things I will always love, and things that excited me at one point in time won't do anything for me at another point. Or sometimes I'll learn things about an author that will really turn me off them. And sometimes, it was a case of me just growing up and my reading tastes just maturing with me. For me, losing interest in certain books I wanted to read before is kind of a natural thing and I'm more welcome to let it happen because who knows, I might end up reading them after all.

I've been in the blogosphere long enough to remember when this series was the biggest of deals and everybody loved it, so I went out to buy a copy of the first book and then just... forgot about it. Part of it is because high fantasy isn't really my thing unless it's by Leigh Bardugo, and the other part is that recently there's been a bit of criticism of Sarah J. Maas' work for representation issues. Because of that, I haven't just backed away from those books because I never set foot into them anyway. But from what I've seen, it's unlikely that I'll be reading them any time soon.

Do you know how many books are in this series? Fifteen. Fifteen. I love me some vampires, so much that I'm writing my Masters dissertation about them, but fifteen books in one series? A girl needs a break from so many vampire stories sometimes. I don't usually see a problem with long series, considering I read western comics which are constantly going, but fifteen novels in one series is a bit of a stretch for me. It's only a matter of time before I get bored and want to move onto something else.

If you follow me on Twitter, you'll know that I have a little bit of a grudge against Frank Miller. In short, his version of Batman is not my favourite. In long, he's not my favourite because he turned a pretty liberal character into a fascist whose only solution to everything is to beat people up. Yeah, no thanks. He also gets way too much credit for bringing Batman back to his darker roots, which should go to Denny O'Neill in the 70's, but I'll try to keep my Miller hatred to a minimum here. I originally read The Dark Knight Returns when I was about twelve and thirteen and I liked it at the time, then I read The Dark Knight Strikes Again which is a hot mess. Now, I'm sick to death of DKR. It doesn't work in a modern context anymore and I get bored of seeing this thuggish brute who is somewhat abuse and fell in love with a child (yes, really) being drawn in an ugly artstyle and being given terrible dialogue. I will never forgive Miller for having Batman starve Robin, force him to eat rats, and call him the R slur. #NotMyBatman. When I found out not just about this third miniseries, but about Miller's politics in general, I completely lost interest in his work. I can appreciate what he did for the character, but that's about as much praise I'll give him. I just can't take any more of Miller's racism, fascism, or misogyny. Or his ugly art and fondness of the word 'goddamn'. Want a physical reason why I think his art is ugly? Here's a photo of a shirt I saw in New York:

Yeah. Poor Clark looks like he has a horrible skin condition. Good thing he left the art in All-Star Batman and Robin too Jim Lee, but there's still the terrible dialogue and characterisation.

Remember when paranormal romance was all the rage? I certainly do, and back in 2012 (i think) I participated in a readalong (anybody else remember those too? i'm so old now...) for Sweet Evil and I was actually excited for the sequel, and then... Poof, completely forgotten about. Most of the time this happens because I am the absolute worst at knowing when books are being released unless I'm giddily excited for them and I have a habit on relying on other bloggers to know when things about being released. Terrible for a booklover, I know, but I have the worst memory in the world. Once I got round to actually getting a copy of Sweet Peril I'd forgotten everything that happened in the first book and I wasn't in the mood to reread it, so it just stayed on the shelf.

Oh, look, another paranormal romance. Like I said, paranormal romance was all the rage back in the day (along with dystopians, but i'll get to that in a bit) and I was a youngin who wanted to fit in with the big bloggers who all got ARCs of these books and I read them too. I feel a little bad this I abandoned this series because I absolutely loved them. I mean, it's about aliens, how could I not? Again, this is all down to release dates. I never know when books are being released and they're always released to far apart from one another that I end up forgetting things. Then add the fact that I'm not fond of rereading on top of that and you end up with an abandoned series. Maybe one day I'll get around to reading Opposition because I do still have a soft spot for these books, but it'll mean that I'll have to reread all four of the previous books. It'll probably be weird to have to swoon over these teenage characters considering that I'm a real adult now. Yikes.

I have all three of these books, and I still have only read the first one. It actually took me two attempts to get through Divergent and I ended up not loving it but thinking it was a solid enough book. I probably put Insurgent onto my physical TBR pile once and then took it off because I had very little desire to read it, and then ended up forgetting about the series altogether. Dystopians used to be incredibly popular back in the day thanks to The Hunger Games and I used to read as many of them as I could, but now I barely see dystopian books get any hype and I haven't read one in years, which is strange for a genre that used to be my favourite.

I started reading Breaking Dawn at the very end of my Twihard phase and lost interest in it just over a quarter of the way through. By this point my reading tastes had changed and I was becoming more critical of the Twilight saga as a whole and I remember reading it and just thinking "I can't be bothered with this anymore", so I never finished it. This is probably the only book I've mentioned here that is a definite DNF because every other book was finished and then I didn't want to read the sequels, but this was the end of the line and once I started, I'd just had enough. I even ended up reading the Wikipedia summary for Breaking Dawn and found it either ridiculous or cringeworthy so maybe it was a decision for the best to not read it. I didn't even see the movies, I was completely done with Twilight forever.

What books or series have you lost interest in?

10 Books on My Summer TBR ☀

Top 10 Tuesday is actually on a break until August 15th, so until then I'll be making up my own prompts or picking out from the list of past prompts because I like my schedule the way it is and I don't like change. Anyways, it's summertime here in the Northern Hemisphere! I will admit that summer is my least favourite season because I don't handle hot weather very well, I hate showing off my limbs, and I very rarely go outside, whomp whomp. But, that doesn't mean that I can't match what I read to the weather because my reading tastes definitely depend on the time of year.

Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond - There are two things that I treasure dearly in this world. One of those is YA fiction, which is sort of a given. The other is Lois Lane (she is my online avatar, of course). I love Lois Lane so much that I am very quick to defend her when people write her off as an "uninteresting, pointless damsel in distress" because she was never intended to be one and hasn't been one since the 1960's. Lois is a strong independent woman who fights for what she believes in without the need of powers, and just so happens to be married to the strongest man in the world. Well, not in this book she isn't. But anyway, obviously I had to read this series, duh.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon - Recently I've seen this book making the rounds and it sounds pretty cute so I had to give it a go (also, it's currently 99p on Kindle). I haven't read any contemporaries in a while and it's a genre that I always come back to, but it's usually very white and reading more diverse books is something I planned to do this year, so why not put it on my TBR.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas - I've been wanting to read this book since it was released, but money got in my way of getting a copy of it. That's problem's been solved now because I got in on Kindle and can finally read it, since I've heard so many good things.

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater - I recently finished The Raven Boys and while I didn't love it, I did like it enough to want to continue on with the rest of the series (i may have a soft spot for Gansey now). Just before I started this post I ordered a copy of this book so now I just have to play the waiting game.

Since You've Been Gone by Morgan Matson - This book hasn't really been talked about for a while but it's been sitting on my shelves for ages and it looks sort of summery (maybe?) so now feels like the right time to read it since summer is usually contemporary time for me.

Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky - So far I've only read one book that has a trans protagonist and it wasn't handled as well as it could have been, so when I saw this book in the library I was a little wary, but it's all good because the blurb doesn't do any misgendering. I haven't borrowed it yet but I will do when I make my way down this list.

Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian - It's been the hottest of minutes since I read Burn for Burn and I'm wanting to get as many series that I own finished as I can, and I realised that I didn't own a copy of Fire with Fire, which is on its way to me. Happy days.

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas - I originally had this book on my spring TBR but because I'm not good at keeping to a schedule sometimes I ended up putting it back on my shelves, but this time I'm determined to read it because it's been too long.

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson - Another library book! I still haven't read any of Jandy Nelson's books even though I own The Sky is Everywhere, but I have heard plenty of good things about I'll Give You the Sun that I will definitely get it from the library.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo - I have been extremely hyped for not just this book, but this entire series (with one exception) since it was first announced so of course I had to place a pre-order for the first book because 1) it's Wonder Woman and 2) it's Wonder Woman written by Leigh Bardugo. Um, yes please. (As for the exception, there's going to be a Catwoman book by Sarah J. Maas that I'll more than likely skip because I really don't like Catwoman, and the more criticism I read about SJM, the less interested in her books I am.)

What's on your summer TBR (or winter, if you're in the Southern Hemisphere)?