Wrap Ups

What’s this? An actual, real life update post & wrap-up??

January 1, 2021

HAPPY NEW YEAR! πŸ₯³πŸ₯‚βœ¨

This is my first post in 6-7 WEEKS, which is officially several weeks longer than I’ve ever gone without posting a blog post! While it was definitely needed, I did miss you guys a bit… so I thought I’d post a little update about where I’ve been, what I’m up to, and what I’ve read in October, November, and December!

Much as I expected when I made my last post announcing my semi-hiatus, I’ve spent most of my time gaming, working my new remote job, streaming, and spending time with my family. It’s been pretty awesome! Sadly, I haven’t been reading much (besides a handful of graphic novels in October), as the Epic No-Good Reading Slump of 2020β„’ continues to wage its war against me.Β That’s why I’m just throwing the last 3 months of 2020 into a single wrap-up. πŸ˜‚ Let’s get on with it, shall we?


statistics

books read: 19
average rating: 4/5
pages read:Β 3,852


reading

EMOJI KEY:
✨ = review copy | πŸ” = reread | πŸ€— = buddy read
🎧 = audiobook | πŸ’» = Kindle Unlimited |
Β πŸ“œ = poetry | 🍰 = graphic novel/manga
🌻 = BIPOC rep | 🌈
= LGBTQ+ rep | 🌺 = disability and/or MI rep | πŸ’ž = fat rep

  • The Way of the Househusband, Vol. 2 β†’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ β†’ 🍰🌻 β†’ Not as cute as Vol. 1 but still VERY fun.
  • Vampires Never Get OldΒ β†’ ⭐⭐⭐ β†’ βœ¨πŸ€—πŸŒ»πŸŒˆπŸŒΊπŸ’ž β†’ What a tremendous disappointment. In hindsight, does this even deserveΒ three stars?
  • Teach MeΒ β†’ 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 β†’ βœ¨πŸŒΊπŸ’ž β†’ So precious, so sweet, so fun.
  • The Bride Was a BoyΒ β†’ β­β­β­πŸ’« β†’ 🍰🌻🌈 β†’ Sweet and cute, if a bit clinical at times.
  • The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 2Β β†’ ⭐⭐⭐ β†’ 🍰🌻 β†’ I don’t think this series is for me.

  • The Way of the Househusband, Vol. 3Β β†’ 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 β†’ 🍰🌻 β†’ Back to gold with this one.
  • Mooncakes β†’ 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 β†’ πŸ”πŸ°πŸŒ»πŸŒˆπŸŒΊ β†’ Just as cute the second time!
  • Diana: Princess of the AmazonsΒ β†’ β­β­β­πŸ’« β†’ 🍰🌻 β†’ Eh… I’mΒ definitely not the target audience here.
  • Farmhand, Vol. 1Β β†’ 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 β†’ πŸ”πŸ°πŸŒ» β†’ Even better than I remembered, and so ominous and strange!
  • Farmhand, Vol. 2Β β†’ 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 β†’ πŸ”πŸ°πŸŒ» β†’ A great continuation. I gotta finish this series!

  • Get it RightΒ β†’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ β†’ βœ¨πŸŒˆπŸ’ž β†’ A sweet, fun little f/f novella featuring a really cute fat love interest and a butch MC I adored.
  • The Truth Project β†’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ β†’ βœ¨πŸ“œπŸŒ»πŸŒˆ β†’ I gave this 4 stars at the time, but in hindsight, it’s very un-memorable. Might lower this to 3 later?
  • Gudetama: Surviving the HolidaysΒ β†’ ⭐⭐ β†’ ✨🍰 β†’ This was so boring.
  • Bear with MeΒ β†’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ β†’ 🌻 β†’ Not super memorable, but really cute and it put some nice spins on the whole soul-mated paranormal romance trope.
  • In Love & PajamasΒ β†’ 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 β†’ ✨🍰 β†’ I love Catana’s Comics forever. That is all.

  • Juliet Takes a BreathΒ β†’ ⭐⭐⭐ β†’ βœ¨πŸ°πŸŒ»πŸŒˆπŸ’ž β†’ Sometimes you find a book that should be great, but instead just infuriates you a little bit with all of its wasted potential. This was one of those.
  • Midnight SunΒ β†’ ⭐⭐⭐ β†’ I caved and borrowed it from the library. It wasn’tΒ good, but I’m happy I read it.
  • Wrapped Up in YouΒ β†’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ β†’ πŸŒ»πŸŒˆπŸ’ž β†’ The first Talia Hibbert story I’ve ever given less than 5 stars, which hurts my heart a little. This was cute and sweet but honestly fell short in a LOT of ways…
  • Cradleland of ParasitesΒ β†’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ β†’ βœ¨πŸ“œ β†’ Creepy, gross, fun… but definitely not ideal timing for me, which is why it somehow took me over 2 months to finish this teeny-tiny poetry collection. My bad. πŸ™

Instead of making this post super long by adding in what I’ve been playing and watching lately, I’ll have a non-bookish wrap post coming soon to talk about some of the fun games I’ve played lately and what I’ve been streaming!

And if you read all of this, thanks so much for sticking around through the hiatus and the big changes around here. You’re a champ and I love ya. β™₯


β€” destiny β™₯

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13 Comments

  • Reply Malka @ Paper Procrastinators January 1, 2021 at 10:06 am

    Oh, I’m so happy to see that you enjoyed Teach Me! I just bought myself a copy in December, and I can’t wait to read it! I hope that 2021 ends up being a fantastic year for you in reading, mental health, and everything else!

  • Reply Ellyn January 1, 2021 at 10:37 am

    We love to see Destiny content 😍😍😍✨✨✨❀❀❀

  • Reply evelynreads1 January 1, 2021 at 12:22 pm

    Happy New Year!
    I hope you can leave the slump behind in 2020!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

  • Reply xLeah2k13 January 1, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    I didn’t realize that Teach Me had fat rep! I do hope that it was done well.
    Looks like you had an awesome reading month! Happy new year! ✨

  • Reply CJR The Brit January 1, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Ugh slumps are the worst but 19 books is still great for 3 months, in fact thats probably more than I read in 3 months without a slump πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Nice to hear from you 😁

  • Reply Bec @ bec&books January 2, 2021 at 12:03 am

    All of your 2 and 3 star rating comments reflect how my last month of reading felt tbh. I hope your reading slump gets a little easier in the new year. Glad to see you back! But don’t stress, consistency is overrated πŸ’•

    • Reply sepiareads January 3, 2021 at 12:45 pm

      Welcome back to posting! I hope you defeat the reading slump and have a great reading year in 2021!!

  • Reply wishfulfillmentsylwia January 2, 2021 at 9:45 pm

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  • Reply Jenna @ Falling Letters January 3, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Nice to see you in my feed again πŸ™‚ Happy New Year~

  • Reply sepiareads January 3, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    Welcome back to posting! I hope you defeat the reading slump and have a great reading year in 2021!!

  • Reply What I’ve been up to in December πŸŽ„ Stress, Christmas & the end of the year – The Bookcheshire Cat January 5, 2021 at 10:31 am

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  • Reply Caro @ bookcheshirecat January 5, 2021 at 11:37 am

    So happy to hear about what you’ve been up to & Happy New Year! It seems like you did some great non-bookish things ❀ I hope you get out of the reading slump soon πŸ™ Really looking forward to hearing about what games you’ve played!

  • Reply Sam || Fictionally Sam January 5, 2021 at 11:51 am

    Welcome back Destiny! We’ve missed you but I’m so glad you had a good break! Fingers crossed that the reading slump of 2020 stays in 2020 and you pick back up reading (if you so choose too!!)! Love ya!

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