Hello my darlings,
My goodness, this has turned out to be a busy summer! If you follow my on Instagram, you already know that Mr. DitL and I just bought our first house (!!!!) so we have been running around trying to find furniture and fix drywall and refinish floors and buy a new bathtub and 10,000 other exciting, frustrating, fun, exhilarating, overwhelming things.
It is very exciting and we’re so happy to have found our home, but it’s definitely taking up a lot of time and energy.
Do any of you have advice for us first-time homeowners? Please feel to share your wisdom with me in the comments.
What I’m reading
I picked up this book expecting to find a cozy, escapist Urban Fantasy about an organization of witches that fight crime. Instead, I found a bitingly clever, incredibly relevant, unflinchingly honest commentary on some of the most important issues affecting our world today, especially gender identity, racism, and the nature of inclusive feminism.
In the HMRC world, people with magic are either witches or warlocks, depending on their gender. All witches must join the national HMRC coven and follow the guidelines set down by the massive, powerful, well-established organization. But where do the witches and warlocks who don’t fit into these neat categories really belong? These questions are raised in a group of friends who have been there for each other since they were children, but how far can their friendships bend to accommodate disagreements on such pivotal issues – especially when a deadly prophecy and the life of a child hang in the balance?
This book is exceptionally well done but it was much more intense than I was expecting. The author makes some really insightful points and takes all the correct stances (the book is vehemently against transphobia, TERFs, and white supremacy) but it does include depictions of closed-minded, overtly transphobic, and subtly racist characters.
It’s very, very good, but I wish I had been in a different frame of mind when I picked it up. I was looking for a break from the things that are upsetting me in actual reality, but instead I found a searing and insightful commentary on them.
I plan to read more of the series, but I need a break first.
This series was my first foray into monster romance and wow they are wild. It’s set at an elite private school for children of famous monsters and the main character is Violet Dracula, the legendary vampire’s accident-prone blonde daughter. Some monsters have “Fated mates” who they are destined to love an are inexorably drawn towards…but could a monster have more than one fated mate?
I’ve never read a book with so much sex in my life. It’s constant, it’s inventive, it’s everywhere all the time. If that bothers you, you won’t like these books. That said…I found these books hilarious. They’re very silly, but the absurdity and the main character’s irreverent sense of humor work for me. It’s an unfinished series that currently ends on a cliffhanger, but I had fun reading it.
Again I must reiterate: SO MUCH SEX. Weird sex. Monster sex. I gasped out loud more than once, and I’m no stranger to romance novels. Be forewarned.
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