I believe that my August wrap-up is long due, but it seems that I ended up reading too many books, and forgot to write about them. But anyway, better late than never. I read a lot of different things, and I am really happy about it.
Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was the first book I completed in August, and it was absolutely excellent. It’s a sapphic romance that foolows a teenage gril who begins fixing other people’s problems instead of focusing on her own, and it’s absolutely excellent. Aiden was
sadly a very realistic and relatable, and I loved her all the best. If you are looking for a YA rom-com with some drama, then you should definitely check this out!
Not Your Backup by C.B. Lee ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I picked up the third book in C.B. Lee’s Sidekick Squad series, and I think that this one was my favourite. It follows Emma, who feels left out because they Adult Heroes & Villains don’t take her seriously as a part of the revolution since she doesn’t have any supernatural powers. I love how this series explores superhero motives as well as the different characters’s queer identities, and I particularly loved watching Emma explore her own asexuality. I can’t wait for book four!
We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon ⭐⭐⭐⭐
After reading Today Tonight Tomorrow, I knew that I would be reading more of Rachel Lynn Solomon’s novels, and I decided to check out We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This. It had a lot of family drama, and misunderstandings between the two main characters, but what’s a book without drama? It was also super sweet, and I really enjoyed it in the end.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This one is a stronge case of “booktok made me read it” and I have to say, I have no regrets. It’s a perfect enemies-to-lovers and there-was-only-one-bed with fake dating combo. It has mutual pining, and a MC who stands up for herself. I didn’t expect to like it so much, but I really did.
Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Another sequel I picked up this past month! I really enjoyed Written in the Stars, so of course I was going to read this one as well, and turns out it was SUPER SWEET. I really love Alexandria Bellefleur’s characters. This book was all very dramatic but it was one hundred percent worth it. Again, I can’t wait for the sequel.
The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is the perfect example of a book that reminded me why I love historical fiction so much. It takes place in Dublin in 1918, around the end of WWI and in the midst of the influenza pandemic AND the Irish Revolution. Over the course of three days, it follows a nurse who is in charge of the maternity ward of the hospital. It’s a really intense novel about amazing women. I read it in two days, and I loved it with all my heart.
Klara and the Sun by Kazuro Ishiguro ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I heard so many great things about this book, and I was a bit anxious that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations, but it did! It’s a beautiful book about artificial intelligence that follows Klara, an artificial friend who keeps company to a human girl through a big chunk of her life. This book was smart and moving, and I’m so grateful that I read it. On top of that, it’s absolutely well-written.
What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Another book I fell in love with this past month, and I’m really excited to share it with my customers at work because it is getting released in French tomorrow! It starts in 2001 and follows a writer who accidentally time travels to 1921 Ireland while spreading the ashes of her grandfather. It’s a breathtaking love story that takes place on a historical background, in the midst of the Irish revolution. I simplt couldn’t put it down (or rather, stop listening, since I listened to the audiobook). I think this one might make it to the list of my favourite rads of the year.
Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan ⭐⭐⭐
I decided to read this book because it was on the list for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. It follows Ava, a 22 years old Irish woman who moves to Hong Kong to teach English, as she navigates first her relationship with Julian, a wealthy banker, and then, her affair with Edith, a brilliant lawyer. I was really curious about this book, but found that it fell a bit flat for me. I didn’t particularly like the characters (aside from Edith because she managed to stay true to her own feelings). We watch Ava as she figures out who she is and what she wants in life, but it felt like overall, nothing much happened. I also wished the book had been a bit more in touch with the actual political situation in Hong Kong, because it felt to me that it was written out of reality somehow. Anyway, I guess I was expecting more from this.
The Englightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book was absolutely stunning. It is translatedfrom Farsi and follows a family that fled Teheran in 1979 during the Islamic Revolution and settled in a small countryside village that’s full of stories. It is told from the POV of the youngest daughter who passed away in a fire and stayed with her family as a ghost. It’s a story full of spirits, djinni and mermaids, and it reads like a tale from One Thousand and One Nights. This book was full of poetry and resilience. It’s truly beautiful and I can only recommend it!
Just Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I went into this book thinking that it was going to be a romance, but boy was I wrong. It does havea romance, dont get me wrong, and it does have some great tropesTM but that’s not the make focus of the story. More importantly, it is a book about friendship, secrets and grief. It follows Eve, whose life is turned upside down when her best friend suddenly dies in an accident. This disrupts the balance of their friendship group, and brings back ghosts from the past. I absolutely loved this book, Eve was a brilliant character and I’m so glad that I read it.
Livres en français:
Rien ne t’appartient de Natacha Appanah ⭐⭐⭐
Le rire des déesses d’Ananda Devi ⭐⭐⭐⭐
La femme et l’oiseau d’Isabelle Sorente ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Premier sang d’Amélie Nothomb ⭐⭐⭐
L’éveil des sorcières vol.1 de Cordélia ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Mourir au monde de Claire Conruyt ⭐⭐
I’ve read quite a few books in French these past months, mostly for work, and I will try and make a whole blog post about the topic because some of them were absolutely amazing.
Manga & graphic novels:
Nos différences enlacées vol.1 by Mikanuji ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I couldn’t find the title in English for this one, so I just went for the French trabslation since I read it in French. It’s a yuri, and I just read the first volume. Looking forward to the next one!
Sayonara, Otoko no Ko vol.1 by Shimura Takako ⭐⭐⭐
The pretty cover didn’t prepare me for how weird this story was going to be, however since it’s only three volumes, I’ll probably read the rest since I am still a bit curious. Basically it follows Kanade, who is 25 but one day wakes up in the body of a child, which causes problems because he is living with his boyfriend, and the latter’s brother is about to move into the flat.
Blue Flag vol.1 by Kaito ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Witch Hat Atelier vol.1 and 2 by Shirahama Kamone ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Blue by Nananan Kiriko ⭐⭐⭐
Magus of the Library vol.1 and 2 by Izumi Mitsu ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I Think Our Son Is Gay vol.2 by Okura ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I picked up a few new manga series in August and hopefully will be back with some follow up in the next couple wrap-up posts! I’ve been reading more of them lately, and really enjoying it.
That’s it for today, thank you so much for reading this far, and I hope you have a wonderful reading week!