June 2014: A Month in Review

June has been a slow month for me in terms of blogging.

As you can see, I reviewed fewer books than usual.  I’ve been reading a lot, but haven’t been home long enough to sit down and write reviews.  My mom came down to visit me, which is very exciting, and while she was here were were busy going out and enjoying the city.  I’m going camping in Pennsylvania this weekend far away from internet (or even cell phone service), but hopefully I get home early enough on Sunday to play catch-up and have a blog-writing marathon.

Even though I haven’t had as much time for writing reviews, I’ve been busy on the giveaway front.  I currently have two ongoing giveaways, which you should definitely check out:

I also wrote my very first contribution to SF Signal.  You can check out my contribution to this week’s Mind Meld here.  The topic was “What were your favorite science fiction and fantasy titles that were published during the first half of this year?”, and seeing other people’s responses makes me want to read ALL THE BOOKS.

And, since I haven’t had a chance to write about it yet, let’s all have a moment of silence to mourn the death of Strange Chemistry.  Strange Chemistry provided a fresh voice to young adult sci-fi and fantasy, producing rich and imaginative books that stood out from the crowd.  Books like Stolen Songbird and Katya’s War had such rich and imaginative stories that didn’t include any hit of angsty love triangles or instalove, but instead had trolls, submarines, and badassery.  I’m hoping that their authors manage to find new publishers, and I hope that they are able to complete the series they have begun.

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