June is over! (Well, I just realized this is posting on the 30th, but close enough.) I don’t know why I said that so excitedly. I don’t have anything against June or any special affinity for July. But anyway, I did more art! I was unexpectedly inspired by the #Junicorn tag on Twitter and ended up drawing two half-unicorns. I think my dancing half-unicorn (with Vitiligo, in case anyone doesn’t know why his skin looks like that) might be my favorite picture yet. Also, I have rediscovered my love of bright, bold colors 😆
I also drew a sunflower friend! The inspiration behind this one is that J. Armand (an author whose books are great, you should check them out, I promise I liked them before I became his friend lol) has some sunflower stalks and one of them snapped in the wind but is now bandaged up and still fighting. Although since painting this, it isn’t doing so well :-/ Anyway, I haven’t actually seen it, but I drew my own interpretation with a cane to help them stand :-)
Aside from making art, I watched The Nutcracker and the Four Realms (meh), Ralph Breaks the Internet (super cute), the latest Suits episodes that came out earlier this year (good), and some of the first season of Lucifer (amazing).
I started playing the first episode(?) of Life is Strange because it was free, but I just wasn’t into it. If you’ve tried it, were you into it right away, or did it take time to warm up to?
Some exciting news: I found an old Victoria’s Secret gift card hidden among my stuff that had $44 on it! So I went through the sale section on the website and managed to pay $2 for nine pairs of undies.
Aaaand I think that about covers it for non-bookish stuff!
In case you missed this tweet:
PSA for those who need/want trigger warnings for books but have a hard time finding them:
When you go to a book on Goodreads, right under the "community reviews" header, there's a search box. It searches all of that book's reviews so you don't have to read through them all :-) pic.twitter.com/NHJlJRiURe
— Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight (@whykristenburns) June 6, 2019
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Books I Received for Review:
Antiquity’s Gate and The True Bastards are from NetGalley. Tin Crickets is from BookSirens. The rest are from the authors.
Books I Finished:
I found my first 5-star book of the year! It only took me six months! And it’s a book I never would’ve expected to be a 5-star for me. It was an audiobook about pirates who are really shitty people but really interesting characters who have lots of sex and some of the most unhealthy relationships I’ve ever read about. And I love them. (The book is Caged by Bey Deckard.)
As for all the other books… I listened to the audio for His Consort, and I don’t think there was anything I liked about it, so I probably won’t review that one. Soul of the Sword and Captives were both great additions to their series! I had a hard time getting into Kingdoms of the Cursed despite really liking the first book. Tin Crickets was more horror than I was expecting (as opposed to dystopian), but it was pretty good. The Beast Without and The Orchard of Flesh were rereads to refresh my memory for the third book, and I think I enjoyed them even more the second time.
What I’m Loving:
This month, what I’m loving is…
Wow, that sounds really weird out of context lol. I’m talking about the Netflix show, not the actual fallen angel. The show is soooo good! I’m still only in Season 1, but it cracks me up so much, and Lucifer is such an entertaining and interesting character. I’m loving me some morally gray characters lately. Really liking all the characters, actually.
Specifically, this live performance. I just love it.
In Case You Missed It:
Here are the highlights:
– I shared 10 LGBT+ sci-fi/fantasy books by LGBT+ authors.
– I reviewed Captives by Nicholas Sansbury Smith, another amazing book in this intense post-apoc series that gave me feels.
– I had a guest post by author Tracy Townsend about unique relationships among characters.
– I shared 5 sci-fi/fantasy books set in the Old West.
– I reviewed A Ferry of Bones & Gold by Hailey Turner, a great start to a m/m urban fantasy series about mages, shifters, and gods.
– I shared book covers featuring wolf silhouettes.