We Shall Be Monsters

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein‘s publication, Renaissance Press is releasing We Shall Be Monsters, an anthology of short stories from a diverse group of authors, many of whom represent marginalized voices. I am excited to announce that one of my stories, “Mother Monster,” will be included in the collection.

There is currently a Kickstarter running to support the project, please check it out.

The Read Harder Challenge

For the last several years, I have attempted to complete Book Riot’s Read Hard Challenge, which aims to introduce new genres, new authors, and new worlds, both real and imaginary, into your reading life. And each year, I have failed 🙁

This year however, I feel like I will finally read finish all 24 tasks. So far, I’ve managed to pace myself pretty well, finishing two books a month for the challenge in January, February, and March. I didn’t do quite as well in April, only finishing one challenge, and May might only have 1 as well, but I still feel like I’ve set myself up well.

I’m also hoping that by posting it publicly here, I can motivate myself for success. Below, I’ve listed every challenge and the titles I’m considering to read, as well as the tasks I’ve already finished and which I read for them.

# of Tasks Completed: 8/24 (as of May 25)

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Happy birthday, Renaissance Press!

For the last several years, I’ve had the privileged of editing books for the amazing Renaissance Press. And now, with the publication of We Shall Be Monsters (which you can still support on Kickstarter), I am going to be a Renaissance author as well!

This year, Renaissance turns 5 years old and I couldn’t be happier to be involved with so many great people who have become great friends. Here’s to you, Renaissance Press!

A Book for All Seasons; #BookishBloggersUnite

#BookishBloggersUnite is a weekly hashtag that a group of bookish friends participate in to talk about books. This week’s host is Sarah @ Reviews & Read-a-Thons, check out her blog for more links.

It took awhile, but Ottawa is finally beginning to warm up and get some sun. Naturally, my thoughts start turning to good summer reads. However, because some of the awesome #BookishBloggersUnite participants are in the southern hemisphere, instead of just focusing on summer, here’s is a book to pair with every season – and a drink to go with it, just for fun.

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I’m participating in Bout of Books!

It’s time for another readathon! I’ll be participating in the Bout of Books 22. This one is a bit different from Dewey’s Readathon but promises to be just as fun. Here’s the info for those who haven’t heard of this one before (which included me until this morning, when one of my Book Riot Insider friends posted about it):

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

If you want updates as I read, the best place for that is to follow me on Twitter: @victoriakmartin. And, like with Dewey, you can expect a recap post here when all is read and done.

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