Things that happened & what i read during quarantine

Today’s post is going to be something a little different. I almost did a traditional wrap up for May-June, but I decided I’d rather talk about things that happened and some highlights of what I’ve read.

  • I went home to see my parents. Actually, I saw both me and my partner’s parents over quarantine once the stay at home orders were lifted. I was really proud of myself because I drove 5 hours by myself, which is the most I’ve driven alone since I moved to where I am now. I was really happy to see my parents because I hadn’t seen them since December, and I always find it so relaxing to go home.
  • My partner’s parents got a really cute dog. Normally, I am NOT a dog person, but this is the floofiest, cutest puppy I have ever seen and he really liked me and cuddled me and I am a fan of that dog. He will grow up to be a Good Boy.
  • I read FELIX EVER AFTER. Aka, the best queer book this year. Honestly the best one I’ve read in a while. This book is about a trans boy who gets outed at school and catfishes the person who he thinks is responsible to get revenge. There are a million and a half things I loved about this book, one of the top being that Felix keeps questioning his gender identity throughout the book even though he’s been “out” as trans and has a best friend who accepts him and is so respectful about asking what his new pronouns are. It’s also the first time I’ve seen demi rep in a book. I just felt like I saw myself so much in this book and in Felix’s struggles and joys and I simply loved it.
  • My parents got me an iPad. I am in love with it. I had suddenly started thinking about getting an iPad before I went home, and then my mom offered to get me one for an early birthday gift, and it has honestly made quarantine so much more bearable.
  • I read I’LL BE THE ONE by Lyla Lee. This book, like FELIX, was one of my most anticipated books of the year. It’s about a plus size girl who goes to compete in a k-pop competition and falls in love with a semi-celebrity. I thought the fat rep in this one was really good, and so close to my own experiences being overweight. I really related to Skye at some points. I was also thrilled to see a bisexual character not end up with someone of the same gender because I feel like that’s so rare in bi representation and it’s something I look for because that’s what happened to me, and it was nice to see a bi character attracted to a boy and not feel ashamed or be shamed for it by other queer characters.
  • I contemplated starting 2 new blogs. I don’t know why this was considering I wasn’t even blogging on one blog. I think it was mainly because I was so unmotivated by blogging and have been feeling really disconnected from witchcraft because I haven’t been doing something daily to practice it like I normally do, so having a witchcraft themed blog felt kind of pointless. But, I also wanted to start a professional library-related blog that I can put on resumes, because I’m starting to worry about putting a blog with so much personal stuff on a resume.
  • Oh my god, Twitter started being really draining. I’ve thought about deleting my account there a lot, but there are some bookish friends I only talk to on Twitter, plus it’s responsible for me and my partner getting together. But it’s been a minefield lately for me with people QRT’ing transphobic stuff all over the place and abusers being outed and reminding me of painful and traumatic experiences I’ve had. It just seems like it’s something new every day and it is too much sometimes.
  • I read A SONG BELOW WATER by Bethany C. Morrow. This was pitched as a #SayHerName novel about two magical Black girls (including one siren!!) I loved all the mythos in this book and the relationship between the two found family sisters. This was such a powerful story that I think would be empowering and validating to a lot of young Black girl readers, and I’ll definitely be pestering our teen librarian to request it for our library when we’re buying materials again because it’s SO GOOD.

Comments

  1. Kayli on

    All of these reads sound great and it was awesome to see you again! <3

  2. Charvi Koul on

    OMG YES I’VE FOUND ANOTHER FELIX STAN!!1 It’s definitely my new favorite book and I’m also really looking forward to reading I’ll Be The One this month 😀
    It’s so nice that you got to see your parents and take a nice long drive. And I totally agree, book twitter is becoming very toxic and I took a break from it. Came back today and now I’m just hoping there are no new dramas…

    1. cottoncandybookwitch on

      Ooh, I’ll be very interested to hear what you think of I’ll Be the One!

  3. Caro @ bookcheshirecat on

    I’m happy to hear that you could visit your parents again, that sounds lovely! Sorry to hear that you’ve been struggling a bit with blogging and social media though. I often feel like I’m a bit too much on Twitter, it definitely feels draining for me sometimes as well. I’m very excited to read Felix Ever After because I’ve heard so much praise from the bookish community ❤

    1. cottoncandybookwitch on

      ooh yes, I hope you do read Felix; I think you would really like it!!

  4. Tasya @ the literary huntress on

    Aww a puppy!! Will we be getting a picture soon?🥰

    I’m so sorry about book twitter though, I recently quit because it became too much for me too. I was initially not sure as it is the place for me to talk with people from blogging but in the end, I feel the break has been good.
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    1. cottoncandybookwitch on

      I’ll ask my bf if I can post a pic since it’s not our dog, lol 🙂

      I’m really conflicted about leaving book twitter possibly since I have some bookish friends I only talk to on there, but I feel like people have just gotten really mean lately. Some of the stuff going on is definitely valid and important to talk about, but other things are just getting blown out of proportion and it feels like people are being cruel and I don’t want to be a part of that :/ so idk. it’s tough.

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