Which Book From the YA Section Have I Obsessed Over in the Past Couple Months

I’m going to use up the term “YA” in a broad sense here, and I’ve decided that it’s okay. Since I’ve been quite absent from this blog in the past couple months, I’ve given up on writing monthly wrap up posts — and I’ve been reading a lot too, so it would take forever. This format seemed more fun, so here comes a list of YA books I’ve read and loved in the past couple months!

#1 is a book I read back in August, and absolutely loved: So This Is Ever After by F.T. Lukens

It follows a groupe of heroes who just succeeded on their quest. On of them becomes king, but in order to keep the throne (and his life) he must find his one and true love. In an attempt to succeed, he tries to woo his friends, voluntarily ignoring the fact that maybe, love has been right in front of him this whole time… This was such a fun, entertaining book. I read it back in August, and I absolutely loved it. After reading In Deeper Waters, I expected no less from F.T. Lukens. It was magical, sometimes dramatic, and absolutely hilarious, and everything I was hoping it would be.

#2 is a book I was highly anticipating, and read almost upon release: The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas

Seriously, this book was amazing. My only regret is that now I have to wait for the sequel. The plot is as follows: every ten years, ten demigods compete in the Sunbearer Trials. The winner will sacrifice the loser to the gods in order to keep the stability of the universe. Theo is a Jade demigod, and never expected to be selected for the trials. Except tat apparently, fate had other plans for hims, and soon he is selected for this deadly competition, and must prove his worth if he doesn’t want to be the sacrifice… This book has amazing mythology and great friendships. It’s my third Aiden Thomas book, and I have to say, they never disappoint.

#3 I also read a book that had been on my radar for a while, and I finally took the time to read — and I ended up really enjoying it: A cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

I was loking for a light, rom-com sort of read, and I suddenly remembered that this one had been on my TBR for quite some time, so I decided to check it out. I have to admit that at first, I found the main character a bit too over-the top and annoying, but I pushed through and ended up really enjoying the book. (I really hope this doesn’t make me sound like a bitter old lady, but seriously, I almost gave up on the book because of it. But I really liked it in the end). It’s a lovely coming-of-age story, following a teenage girl who spends a summer in the UK after her grandmother passed away. Of course, she’s going to find herself, and her life will be changed forever. It’s a rom-com after all, but it was sweet and realistic, and I’m really glad that I gave it a try. And obviously, it made me crave sweets.

#4 is a trilogy I read super quickly, which had also been on my radar for a while since I’d heard great things about it: All for the Game aka The Foxhole Court and its sequels by Nora Sakavic

Seriously, I always see people on instagram raving about this series, and I vastly wanted to see what all the fuss was about. Actually, I think the catalyst was a thread of fanart I saw on twitter: after religiously looking at the illustrations I had stumbled upon, I decided that I must imperatively read these books, and I started listening to the first audiobook. One of the best decisions I’ve taken lately. I never thought that I’d enjoy about about sports so much. Basically the plot is about a group of really angsty college students who all compete in a fictional version of lacrosse. There’s also some sort of mafia, a general threat of death, and of course, some pining. I bloody loved it, and can safely say that now, I unerstand the hype.

#5 is Infinity Son and Infinity Reaper by Adam Silvera

I went and bought The First o Die at the End on the week of its release, and instead of starting it immediatly, I somehow ended up reading other books, and eventually proceeded to pick up the audiobook for Infinity Son (and later, its sequel Infinity Reaper). In a world where Celestials have magical powers and are feared by most, twin brothers Brighton and Emil used to dream that they too, could have powers. Now on their eighteenth birthday, Brighton still dreams of fame and strives to achieve it through his YouTube channel, while Emil aspires to lead a quiet life and protect phenixes. When a fight breaks out in the subway, he discovers that he actually had powers all along, and both their lives are changed forever. I absolutely loved the universe that Adam Silvera crafted for this series, and I really would die for the main character Emil because he must be protected at all costs. However I feel very strongly against his twin brother Brighton who is an insufferable, conceited know-it-all, and quite frankly a hazard to society. I of course understand the point of his character, but I also have to admit that I can’t stand his POV. Eitherway, I’m looking forward to reading book 3!

and #6 is Undercover Princess by Connie Glynn

Fact: book five of the Rosewood Chronicles was just released in France, while simultaneously the publisher released a mass market paperback for the first book in the series. Other fact: a little over a week ago, one of my customers at work asked for my opinion on this series, because she wanted to know whether or not she would enjoy it. I told her I’d heard great things but hadn’t read it yet. Third fight: the ebook had actually been waiting on my kindle for over two years. And like a reasonable person, I decided to read the entire series as fast as I could, in order to give her my honest, unbiased opinion. As a result, I read the entire first book in a day, and I’m now on book four. Like any reasonable person. This is both more queer, and more dramatic than I thought, and I’m absolutely loving it.

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As for what I’m reading at the moment, my reading list is a bit all over the place, but I’m rereading Little Black Bird by Anna Kirchner, which I’m loving just as much as the first time around, and I’m planning on finally picking up book two as soon as I finish it. It’s a story that’s infused with witches and polish folklore, with some amazing plot twists, and aroace questioning characters, and I love it to pieces. I also started the audiobook for The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani, because I watched the movie and am now craving for more content. I’m really enjoying it fo far.

On top of my TBR pile when it comes to the YA section of the bookstore I also have Afterlove by Tanya Byrne, and of course, The First to Die at the End by Adam Silvera, which I got the week of the release, and am really looking forward to reading. I’m also hoping to read We Are Not Free by Traci Chee sooner than later. And maybe Perfect on Paper by Sophie Gonzales. But you know what they say… So many books, so little time!

Quatre livres de la rentrée à côté desquels vous êtes probablement passés

La rentrée littéraire, c’est un phénomène purement commercial, qui ne sert qu’à noyer les libraires (et les lecteurs) dans une surabondance de livres. Au terme de cela sont décernés les fameux prix littéraires de novembre, à travers lesquels les mêmes auteurs se récompensent les uns les autres d’un jury à l’autre, prix qui détermineront les meilleures ventes à Noël. Je vous la fais vite : à Noël, le livre que je vais vendre le plus, je ne l’aurai pas lu.

Cela dit, j’en ai lu un paquet ces derniers mois, des livres. Certains étaient super, d’autres moins bien. J’ai lu Cher connard de Virginie Despentes, et j’ai lu Le livre des sœurs d’Amélie Nothomb, et c’est à peu près les deux seules exceptions que j’ai fait à ma règle, à savoir que j’essaie de lire des livres 1. qui me font vraiment envie, et 2. qui sortent du lot, qui passent sous les radars, et qui ont le potentiel devenir de véritables coups de cœur. Je cherche la perle rare pour les clients de la librairie (et pour moi-même bien sûr).

Du coup, l’idée aujourd’hui (comme en plus je n’ai pas posté depuis longtemps) c’est de vous parler de quatre livres de cette rentrée que j’ai adorés, et que vous n’avez probablement pas vu passer ! Sauf si bien sûr vous me suivez sur insta, auquel cas vous savez déjà tout.

Et en premier, je voulais bien sûr vous parler d’une de mes dernières lectures — qui me faisait d’ailleurs de l’œil depuis des mois — Le Feu du Milieu de Touhfat Mouhtare. L’intrigue se déroule aux Comores, à Istandra, à une époque ancienne. On y suit Gaillard, une jeune servante qui a une douzaine d’années lorsqu’elle rencontre Halima, la fille d’un riche propriétaire, qui tente de fuir un mariage arrangé. Cette rencontre va bouleverser sa vie. Halima va lui confier un mystérieux dé, et à partir de ce moment-là, les deux jeunes filles ne vont pas se voir pendant dix ans. Dix années pendant lesquelles Gaillard va subir une terrible mutilation, mais aussi se construire en tant que jeune femme indépendante. Lorsqu’elles se retrouvent, Halima est devenue la nouvelle épouse du maître de Gaillard, et cette dernière s’apprête à affronter son destin. Elle se découvre de mystérieux pouvoirs, en apprend sur elle-même et sur le monde…

Le Feu du Milieu est un superbe roman aux allures de conte des Mille et Une Nuits, qui explore de nombreuses légendes. C’est un livre comme je les aime, qui a su me transporter à travers le temps et l’espace. C’est un récit original, captivant, émouvant, et une superbe découverte en ce qui me concerne !

Le deuxième livre qui pour moi sait se démarquer dans le panorama de cette rentrée, c’est Les Reines d’Emanuelle Pirotte. Je dis ça, tout en étant pleinement consciente du fait que je suis passée à côté de certains pépites, mais là n’est pas la question. Les Reines, c’est un roman d’anticipation, qui se situe dans le futur, 500 ans après un événement appelé “la chute”, un terme en soi assez explicite. On s’imagine l’apocalypse, toute forme de technologie a disparu, les femmes ont (enfin) pris le pouvoir, et le monde est pour beaucoup revenu à la nature.

C’est dans ce contexte qu’on va suivre Milo et Faith, deux jeunes gens originaires d’une tribu de gypsies. A travers tout le livre, ils s’attirent et se repoussent, dans un spectacle digne d’une tragédie de la Grèce antique. On sent bien le terrible poids du destin qui pèse sur leurs épaules… On voyage beaucoup dans ce livre, on parcourt toute l’Europe, et on va croiser toute une galerie de personnages, allant des membres d’une troupe de théâtre itinérante, à Edda la despotique reine des Amazones du Danemark, en passant par Alba, la sybille qui vit sur une île éloignée du monde.

Les Reines se lit comme une véritable fresque historique, qui mêle Shakespeare à la tragédie antique. C’est un roman d’apprentissage, mais bien plus encore. C’est une histoire captivante, et pleine de rebondissements — j’en avais vu certains venir, d’autres pas du tout. Et oui, c’est un petit pavé, mais ça se lit tout seul ! C’est super bien écrit, avec beaucoup de justesse, et ça nous donne finalement une vision assez nuancée de l’humanité. Ce livre, je ne suis pas près de l’oublier !

Ensuite, un premier roman ! J’ai eu un gros coup de cœur pour le livre de Pénélope Rose Valse fauve. L’intrigue se déroule à l’aube d’un conflit qui n’est pas nommé (on s’imagine que c’est la deuxième guerre mondiale). On y suit Rose, une jeune femme de dix-neuf ans en quête de liberté, et qui rêve de tenir une ferme dans le Sud de la France… Mais bien sûr l’Histoire en a voulu autrement. Rose va tomber amoureuse d’un accordéoniste, l’épouser, et devenir par la même occasion la mère d’une petite fille de six ans. Lorsque ce dernier va prendre le maquis, elle ne souhaite qu’une chose : résister elle aussi. Mais elle ne va pas pouvoir le suivre.

Tout au long du roman, on va suivre une jeune femme qui fait de la résistance à sa manière, chaque jour, dans les petites choses du quotidien, et qui en même temps se révèle dans la maternité. C’est un très beau roman sur la relation entre une mère et sa fille à travers les épreuves. Ce livre nous parle de musique, nous parle de résistance, et de femmes qui vont ce qu’elles veulent. Il y a de jolis retournements de situation, qui sauront vous tenir en haleine jusqu’au bout. A découvrir de toute urgence !

Et le petit dernier de cette liste, c’est le nouveau livre d’Alice Zeniter, Toute une moitié du monde. Cette fois-ci ce n’est pas un roman, mais bien un essai féministe, à travers lequel elle aborde la place des femmes dans la littérature, à la fois en tant qu’autrices et en tant que personnages. Donc forcément selon mon radar, c’était un incontournable avant même de l’avoir lu. Et après lecture, je ne peux que vous le conseiller. C’est intéressant, c’est bien fait, mais c’est aussi bienveillant et drôle. La plume d’Alice Zeniter est excellente, et son propos est absolument nécessaire. Si vous hésitiez à le lire, vraiment, je ne peux que vous y encourager !

Et vous, que conseillez-vous parmi vos dernières lectures ?

June Reading Wrap Up

I just received a notification from WordPress letting me know that I created this blog seven years ago! Much like journaling, it has become somthing that I do less and less frequently, but also something that’s become a complete part of my life. Blogging helps me make sense of my reading, and helps me organize it (along with my bookstagram account). So thank you for sharing this journey with me!

Anyway, that’s not the topic for today’s post, the topic is actually the books that I read back in June. It was a mostly good reading month, but it also carried its share of disappointments… I don’t know if the more I read, the more demanding I get when it comes to the books I read, but I find myself DNFing books more often than I used too, and giving books two stars on more than a rare occasion. But not to worry, I also read some amazing stories!

Romance:

The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows by Olivia Waite ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Hellion’s Waltz by Olivia Waite ⭐⭐⭐

Carrying on with Olivia Waite’s historical romance trilogy, I picked up book 2 & 3 which I greatly enjoyed. In each and everyone of them, women are striving for more freedome and justice, and I really appreciated that, of course, on top of the romance aspect of the story.

Young adult:

Nick and Charlie by Alice Oseman ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
After watching Heartstopper three times in a row the moment it got released, then rereading all the comics, as well as the That Winter novella, I finally got to read the part I just hadn’t read yet and I loved it to pieces, just as much as the rest of them. I’m really looking forward to the 5th volume!

Flip the Script by Lyla Lee ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I had ADORED I’ll Be The One, so I was really looking forward to reading this one. I actually listened to the audiobook, and I completely fell in love with the story. I started watching kdramas more than a decade ago, and even though I don’t watch them nearly as much as I used to, I always enjoy reading a book that has a strong kdrama/kpop vibe. What I also love about Lyla Lee’s books is that they have amazing casts of queer characters, as well as great and enexpected friendships. Overall, this was super wholesome and moving, and I’ll be looking forward to the author’s next release.

Girl Serpent Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I’d seen this one around on bookstagram, and I’m really glad that I picked it up to read it for myself. This is not just a pretty cover, it’s also a brilliant fantasy story with a strong 1001 nights vibe that I really loved. It’s also full of really good plot twists. It’s a book about family, betrayal, and an impossible (sapphic) love story. It reminded me a bit of The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, but also of Crier’s War, Malice or A Curse of Roses when it comes to princesses falling in love with impossible women who may cause their doom. Excellent book, I 100% recommend it!

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi ⭐⭐⭐⭐
And after years of saying that I adored The Gilded Wolves, I finally picked up book 2 in Roshani Chokshi’s amazing heist trilogy. I love all of these characters deeply, and am more than a bit heartbroken seeing how they are evolving through this series. Book 2 ends on a terrible cliffhanger, so hopefully I’ll pick up the last instalment of this sries very soon! (If I don’t, it’s simply because I drowned under the crushing weight of my TBR.)

Fiction:

Summerwater by Sarah Moss ⭐⭐⭐
And I also read some literary fiction as well. The French translation for this one was just released, and my curiosity was piqued when we received it, so I decided to check it out. It’s a story that takes place over the course of a day, in a holiday village in Scotland. It’s raining and the different families observe each other through the windows. Judgement quickly grows, and from one perspective to another, and we watch as the tension becomes more palpable with each hour of the day, until it all blows in our faces at the end of the story. This is a quick read, and one that I found quite fascinating. Perfect if you’re looking for a book that you can read in one sitting on a rainy day!
[TW: racism, suicide]

The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I’d seen this one around quite a bit on bookstagram, and I was really curious about it. It’s a fantasy novella, completely different from the other book by Nghi Vo that I’d read which was The Chosen and the Beautiful. I was delighted to see that I loved her writing just as much the second time around, and I’m so glad that I discovered this universe. I’ve read book 2 in July, and I’m really looking forward to reading the third inslatment in the Singing Hills cycle, which will be released in October I believe. I can’t wait to see who cleric Chih will encounter on their journey next!

Yo, Julia by Santiago Posteguillo ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The reason why I didn’t read as many books as I usually do at this point (and I still did read quite a few of them) is this book. This 800 pages long chunk of a book, which was a masterpiece. It takes place during the Roman Empire and follows political intrigues and wars, all from the perspective of a woman who is set on making her husband the emperor. This is a bit different from what I usually read but I had the best time reading it. I say over and over again that I love historical fiction, but I don’t read that much of it in contrast to contemporary books, and this one reminded me once again how much I love it.
(I read the French translation for this one. It was originally written in Spanish but I couldn’t figure out whether or not it’s been translated to English.)

Encargo by Berta Marsé ⭐⭐
This one was also translated from Spanish. I was super intrigued by the story (I received an ARC from the publisher at work, like many otherbooks I end up reading). I badly wanted to enjoy it, but I wasn’t endeared to any of the characters, and in the end, found the whole plot rather underwhelming.

Books in French:

Ecoute la pluie tomber d’Olivia Ruiz ⭐⭐
J’avais adoré La commode aux tiroirs de couleurs qui était sorti il y a 2 ans, donc quand j’ai vu qu’Olivia Ruiz sortait un nouveau livre, j’ai tout de suite voulu le lire. Malheureusement, je n’ai pas du tout accroché. Je suis allée jusqu’au bout parce que ça se lisait super facilement, ete que je me disais qu’il y avait de l’espoir jusqu’au bout, mais j’ai été super déçue. (Comme quoi parfois c’est mieux de ne pas avoir d’attentes.)

Dis-moi pour qui j’existe d’Abdourahman Waberi ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Et avec le mois de juin, sont arrivés les premiers services presse pour la rentrée littéraire ! J’ai commencé avec le nouveau livre d’Abdourahman Waberi, où il nous parle à nouveau de sa relation avec sa fille. C’est un livre tout en douceur, et plein d’émotions, et une manière parfaite d’attaquer la rentrée littéraire !

Le livre des sœurs d’Amélie Nothomb ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Qui dit rentrée littéraire dit nouveau livre d’Amélie Nothomb. Après nous avoir parlé de son père l’année dernière, elle aborde cette fois-ci les relations entres sœurs à travers le prisme d’un couple beaucoup trop fusionnel qui a donné naissance à deux filles, qui à leur tour ont créé entre elles une relation fusionnelle. C’est un livre tout en douceur et plein d’humour, bref, un véritable plaisir de lecture !

Mangas:

The Apothecary Diaries vol.8 by Nekokurage ⭐⭐⭐

And that’s it for today! Thank you so much for reading this far, I hope you have a wonderful reading month, and hopefully I’ll get to share my July wrap up sooner than later!

May Reading Wrap Up

May was a good reading month! I read a bit of everything from romance to feminist essays to YA, and most of my reads were hits. I’m slowly catching up with my blog posts these days, and I’m really happy about it. Thanks for reading!

Romance:

The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn ⭐⭐⭐
The Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn ⭐⭐⭐⭐
First Comes Scandal by Julia Quinn ⭐⭐⭐⭐

After speed reading the Bridgertons I moved on to the prequels, and I have to admit, I didn’t enjoy those as much as I did some of the Bridgertons, but the last two really made up for it. I have to admit, when the show was first released, I never thought that I’d read those, and yet here we are… I’m obsessed, and I will definitely be reading more of the spinoffs in the foreseeable future.

Reputation by Lex Croucher ⭐⭐⭐.5
While I did have a great time reading this one, I feel like it could have been much shorter. Aside from that it has friendships, romance and loads of drama, in an atmosphere that’s the perfect blend between Jane Austen in Bridgerton, so if that sounds like something you might enjoy, then I’d definitely recommend it!

Fiction:

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo ⭐⭐⭐⭐
After reading About My Daughter in April, and being more disappointed than anything else, I wanted to check out another novel about the condition of women in South Korea (which by extension applies to the rest of the world). It deals with sexism at work and in education, post-partum depression and the general pressure that the world applies onto women. I’d heard great things about this book, and I’m really glad that I finally decided to read it: it was really good.

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The same thing applies to this one! Crying in H Mart had been on my TBR for a while, and I was really curious about it. It’s a brilliant memoir about life as an Asian American, in which the author recalls everything from her relationship with her mother who just passed away, to her blossoming career as a singer-songwriter. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Michelle Zauner herself, and I had an amazing time reading it.

Young adult:

I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was quite possibly one of my most anticipated releases on the year, and let me tell you: it totally lived up to my expectations and I’m so glad about that. It’s a YA mysterious quest sort of book that follows three teens who are looking for a girl who disappeared after kissing them all on prom night, and left all sort of clues behind her. We follow the improbable friendship growing between her boyfriend, her neighbour and her rival. This is the perfectly example of a book that I couldn’t put it down. Think Paper Towns but make it sapphic. I loved it.

Almond by Sohn Won-Pyung ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I read this book in one sitting, and boy was it worth it. It’s the story of a teenage boy who has alexithymia, meaning that it’s hard for him to feel and express emotions. We watch him grow and brutally lose his mother and grandmother. We watch him discover school and friendships and finally beginning to feel things. It was absolutely excellent. If you loved Wonder by RJ Palacio, then you should definitely check this one out! [TW: violence, death]

Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I absolutely adored These Violent Delights, and I don’t know why I didn’t pick this one up immediately upon its release. Nevertheless, it was excellent. I’m in love with these characters, their mistakes and their selfish decisions. Chloe Gong has my heart (and wallet). I cannot wait for Foul Lady Fortune!

Livre en français:

Les pépins de grenade de Sarah Briand ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Les frénétiques d’Adeline Fleury ⭐⭐⭐

I read the first two because we hosted the authors for signing sessions at work, and they were both delightful. Les pépins de grenade is a historical fiction about WWII so of course it had my heart from the start. And Les frénétiques is a sapphic thriller that had me intrigued from the start. It’s super well written, and I’m really glad that I got to meet the author!

Une vie possible de Line Papin ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Avortée de Pauline Harmange ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

And I also read both of these which are nonfiction about abortion, a topic that seems all the more relevant in these past weeks’ context when it comes to the US especially, but still in many other countries including Poland and Hungary where women and queer people’s rights are more and more limited. Anyway, these to were enlightening, and I’m really glad that I picked them up. Pauline Harmange is the author of I Hate Men and I will seriously read anything that she writes.

Mangas:

Celle que je suis by Bingo Morihashi vol.1 & 2 ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Blue Period vol.3 by Yamaguchi Tsubasa ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End vol.3 by Yamada Kanehito⭐⭐⭐⭐
Sasaki to Miyano vol.3 by Harusono Shou ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Plus one graphic novel! I finally read Snapdragon by Kat Leyh. I gave it ⭐⭐⭐⭐ and I had SUCH A GOOD TIME reading it. It’s queer and witchy, it has family secrets and it’s super wholesome. Highly recommended if you haven’t read it yet!

April Reading Wrap Up

This is an attempt at catching up with blog posts I should probably have written a long time ago. I haven’t been very much active here this year, but I’m not ready to give up on this platform just yet, so let’s give it another go! Here’s a summary of what I read in April ~

Non fiction:

Life Isn’t Binary by Alex Iantaffi and Meg-John Barker ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I picked up this one at a queer & feminist bookstore, because I was curious about it. It explores different aspects of our lives and how they are not as binary as we may think, from gender and sexuality obviously, to other ways of thinking. Nothing is all black or all white, and I really liked the angle that the authors were taking when it comes to pretty much everything in our everyday life. This took me by surprise, in the best possible way!

Young adult:

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I was really curious about this one because I’ve seen it EVERYWHERE on instagram and on tiktok. The French publisher offered to send me a copy, so I jumped on the occasion. It follows Avery, a teenager who mysteriously inherits a fortune, but is forced to cohabit with the descendants of the man who just died, and left her his money and property without any explanation. There are riddles to be solved, and maybe some romance on the way. I have to be honest, I got into this book really thinking that I’d find it overrated, but ended up really enjoying it!

Fiction:

We Had to Remove This Post by Hanna Bervoets ⭐⭐⭐.5
Translated from Dutch, this book was utterly fascinating. It tells the story of a group of content monitors before they slip into paranoïa and conspiracy theories. It’s an eye opening story about the dark side of social media, and although I would have enjoyed it had it been a bit more developed, I’m really glad that I found out about this book.

Concerning My Daughter by Kim Hye-Jin ⭐⭐⭐
Translated from Korean, this novels is told from the point of view of a woman who, due to circumstances, ends up living with her daughter Green and her girlfriend, and finds it difficult to accept this situation. We watch as Green goes to protests, and fights against the homophobia of her workplace. All the while her mother worries about her, and what the future may hold for her. I was really curious about a book tackling homophobia and prejudice in South Korea, but ended up mostly frustrated throughout the story. I guess I was hoping for more.

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (reread) ❤❤❤❤❤
In case of doubt (or a reading slump) it’s always time to reread a favourite. This was my second read for this one, and I loved it just as much as the first time.

Mangas:

Sasaki to Miyano vol.1 & 2 by Shou Harusono ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Livres en français:

Les manigances de Margaux de Caroline Kant ⭐⭐⭐
Reine de cœur d’Akira Mizubayashi ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Romance:

I had covid back in April and was stuck at home for a very long week, during which I ended up falling down the Bridgerton rabbit hole… And of course I proceeded to read the entire series in the following weeks. And its sequels. The first one definitely isn’t my favourite, but once I got past it, I completely fell in love with the series!

The Duke and I by Julia Quinn ⭐⭐⭐
The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn ⭐⭐⭐⭐
An Offer from a Gentleman by Julia Quinn ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
To Sir Phillip, With Love by Julia Quinn ⭐⭐⭐
When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
It’s In His Kiss by Julia Quinn ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
On the Way to the Wedding by Julia Quinn ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I listened to the audiobooks narrated by the amazing Rosalyn Landor. She really gives life to those characters, and is probably one of the reasons I enjoyed these book so much (other reasons being the humour, and of course the stories themselves.) My favourite stories were Colin’s, Francesca’s and Hyacinth. I’ll be looking forward to future seasons of the show on Netflix, and you’ll probably catch me reading more of Julia Quinn’s books later this year because I can’t stay away for long!

The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After by Julia Quinn⭐⭐⭐⭐
This one is a collection of second epilogues for all of the books in the Bridgerton series, and it also includes a short story about Violet Bridgerton which I absolutely adored.

Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn ⭐⭐⭐
Immediately aftherwards, I picked up the first book in the Roseby series, which takes place following the previous generation of Bridgertons as well as their neighbours. I had fun reading this one, and the characters are definitely likeable but this was not my favourite of them all, mostly because the main character Billie really leaned of the trope of the “not like other girls” trope, and like, we got it but it’s not that good a trope.

March Reading Wrap Up

This was almost ready in my drafts, and somehow I never got around to finishing & posting it… But better late than never, here comes my (belated) March wrap up!

Young adult:

Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The meet cute diary is a tumblr blog recounting multiple people by trans people. It’s extremely popular and gives hope to its reader… But what no one knows is that most of the meet cute moments are entirely made up by its founder Noah. As people start accusing him of being a fake, he begins a fake relationship for the sake of his blog… Meet Cute Diary is full of characters who make mistakes and try to do better. It has great plot twists and a high level of drama, and overall I really enjoyed it.

Only Monstly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I absolutely LOVED this one. It’s basically a gay version of Grease, and therefore has one of my favourite tropes aka queer kids doing theatre. I adored the friendships in this one, as well as Ollie’s relationship with is family. This was my first Sophie Gonzales book, but it certainly won’t be the last!

Fiction/romance:

Plainsong by Kazushi Hosaka ⭐⭐⭐
This was an easy and pleasant slice-of-life read. It follows a man in his thirties who moves alone into an apartment outside of Tokyo. He soon starts hosting several of his friends, as well as various neighborhood cats, and we follow them through their daily life and shenanigans.

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This one had been on my TBR for quite some time, and I’m so glad that I finally gave it a try! I had heard mixed reviews, some people saying it was absolutely fantastic, some saying it wasn’t worth it… Well I personally really liked it. It follows two characters who end up sharing a flat but never meet. Leon lives there during the day, while Tiffy stays at night. Soon they start exchanging notes throughout the flat, and get closer until they start falling in love… And meet for the first time. And of course they are surrounded by a cast of ecclectic and endearing characters. This was such a pleasant read! I’m really glad that I gave it a try, and will for sure be reading more books by Beth O’Leary!

Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I was looking forward to reading the third book in Alexandria Bellefleur’s Written in the Stars trilogy, and what can I say except that it completely lived up to my expectations! We follow Margot and Olivia as they meet again after ten years, and end up being roommates, thus getting a second chance at romance. This was everything I wanted, and I’m so glad that I decided to pick up this series!

Roomies by Christina Lauren ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I was definitely in the mood for romance so I decided to pick up a book by Christina Lauren because nothing can go wrong with them, and I was right (although my favourite is still The Unhoneymooners, of course.) Roomies is a marriage of convenience story, with lots of twists and unfortunately lots of things remaining unsaid until it all exploded in our characters’ faces… I had a lot of fun reading it, and really appreciated Holland’s character’s development!

The Miracles of the Namiya General Store by Keigo Higashino ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is another one that had been on my TBR for quite some time, and I’m so glad that I finally took the time to read it! It’s a story about a mysterious bazar that gives answers to people with questions about their future. Years after it closed down, three young men on the run hide their, and receive a letter asking for help… Except that they quickly find out this letter was posted year before… With each chapter, the different characters’ lives get more and more intertwined, until the grand finale. This was such a lovely book, and I can only recommend it!

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Historical sapphic romance, with women doing whatever they want? Sign me up! May their passion be art or science, they would find a place in this book, and I had the best time reading it.

We All Loved Cowboys by Carol Bensimon ⭐⭐⭐.5
I picked this up because it had a sapphic relationship (yes, this is definitely a thing I keep doing and I have no regrets). It’s basically about two friends who are also ex-girlfriends and haven’t seen each other in years. One day they get in touch again, and decide to go back home to Brazil and go on a road trip together. This book will make you travel from France to Canada, and of course through the Brazilian countryside. This was an easy read, and I had a lovely time with it overall.

Mangas:

Sayonara, Otoko no Ko vol.2 & 3 by Takako Shimura ⭐⭐⭐
Soso no Frieren vol.1 & 2 by Kanehito Yamada and Tsukasa Abe ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Kazun vol.2 by Ryou Ikuemi ⭐⭐⭐
Wandering Witch vol.3 by Jougi Shiraishi and Itsuki Nanao ⭐⭐⭐
Mahiru no Polvoron vol.3 by Nozo Itoi ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Magus of the Library vol.5 by Mitsu Izumi ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Blue Period vol.2 by Tsubasa Yamaguchi ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Books in French:

Korakes, Les enfants maudits de Caroline Blineau ⭐⭐
En l’absence du capitaine de Cécile Coulon ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Tenir debout dans la nuit d’Eric Pessan ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Monday Reading Update #20

It’s been a while since I last did a reading update! And as it turns out, when I’m procrastinating something I desperately need to do, I turn to blogging, rather than actually doing the thing that I need to do. So here we go!

Two books I have finished recently:

Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong
The sequel to These Violent Delights was just as good as the first book in the duology, although it took me a hot minute to really get into the story. I simply adore the characters, as well as Chloe Gong’s writing. This is a brilliant retelling of Romeo & Juliet, and most of the plot twists still managed to take me by surprise! 100% would recommend I’m really looking forward to reading Foul Lady Fortune when it gets released (in November I believe).

The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows by Olivia Waite
Sapphic historical romance was a thing I didn’t know I needed in my life, but I’m glad I gave it a try. This one was just as good as The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics, the first book in the series. It has pining, friendship turned to romance, as well as feminist issues, and I’m now fairly certain than this series seserves more readers.

Two books I’m currently reading:

The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi
After years of waiting for absolutely no reason, I finally picked up the sequel to The Gilded Wolves, which I think I read back in 2019 and had absolutely adored. It’s a steampunk series with a heist, set in 19th century Paris, and featuring some magical secret societies all round Europe. I’m about a third through this one, and I’m delighted to be back in this universe.

Summerwater by Sarah Moss
It’s been raining for most of the weekend, so it felt like the perfect vibe to check out this book, which is set on a rainy day in Scotland, in the middle of Summer. While it’s pouring outside, several families observe each other through their windows, and each chapter follows a different protagonist. So far, it’s a rather atmospherical read, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what this will lead us to.

What I’d like to read next:

This Coven Won’t Break by Isabel Sterling
I bought this one last month, as I finally found a paperback edition to match the first book in the series, and I’m really looking forward to reading it. I loved the first book, and I could do with more sapphic witches this pride month!

And that’s it for today! Thank you so much for reading this far, and I hope you have a wonderful reading week!

T5W: Spring Colours

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted on Goodreads. Feel free to join the group here. The theme for this week was “spring colours” so I’m going to share five beautiful book covers that have a lovely Spring vibe, paster colours and all. Some of the books I shared last week actually would fit the theme nicely, but I’m going to try and be original and find some other ones that fit equally! (So yes, I Kissed Shara Wheeler and One Last Stop are out for today, but that doesn’t mean I’m suddenly not obsessed with them anymore…) Without further ado, here comes the list!

Of course, these are all books that I have read and loved. And as it turns out, it’s only YA books because after all, they do have the prettiest covers.

In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lunkens
The soft pinks and oranges and purples of the cover really scream Spring to me. In Deeper Waters is a story with adventures, pirates and mermaids, and a prince that’s gotten quite a bit lost on the way. It’s a wonderful book and I’d definitely recommend it if you haven’t read it yet!

Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar
Cute romance + pastel cover = great Spring vibes. Hani and Ishu is a wonderful fake dating contemporary romance, and I absolutely adored it.

Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli
I am aware that this story is pretty much taking place all year round, but there’s something about the whole pastel pink cover, and theatre kids aspect of the story that just screams Spring to me.

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
It’s all about the soft green of the cover, and the kids being outside, and probably the fact that I have read this book rather recently. There’s something about contemporary romance stories that makes me think of Spring for some reason, although I can’t quite put my finger on why.

Stay Gold by Tobly McSmith
This one, again, is all about the soft blues, pinks and yellows. It’s also (yet another) YA contemporary romance. All the elements that could make me think of Spring are here, so of course, it’s on the list. And of course, it was a great book and more people should read it!

Now that I think about it, the Heartstopper books also would have been a lovely addition to this selection, but once again, I said I’d pick up books I actually hadn’t already mentioned last week! What about you? What book covers make you think of Spring? Thank you so much or reading, and I hope you have a wonderful day ❤

Belated T5W: All About my Current Obsessions

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted on Goodreads. Feel free to join the group here. The theme for this week was “current obsession” and I knew I had to give it a try because I’ve been obsessed about quite a few books lately, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to talk about them online once again (both my coworkers and my instagram followers have heard enough about them already…)

Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
(and obviously the rest of the series, who am I kidding)

The first pick on my list is Bridgerton! I speed watched both seasons back in April, and then proceeded to read entire series, as well as all of the Rokesby novels. I actually listened to the audiobooks narrated by Rosalyn Landor who is absolutely brilliant. And I will probably end up reading more of the spinoffs at some point, although my obsession with this particular piece of fiction is reaching a more reasonable at this point. However, the fact that Netflix just announced that Colin and Penelope would be the leads for next season was the perfect cherry on top of my cake, as Romancing Mister Bridgerton was definitely my favourite book in the series!

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Like everyone else, I watched Heartstopper as soon as the show was released. I then proceeded to rewatch it immediately, and have seen it three times at this point. I of course reread the comics in between, and at this point my entire tiktok FYP is Heartstopper edits. I practically squeal every time purchases a copy of the comics at work. Needless to say, I loved the show to pieces, I can’t wait for season to as well of course as volume 5 to be finally released, and of course, I’m ever so grateful that this particular piece of fiction exists into the world. That being said, I haven’t read the Nick and Charlie novella yet, and it’s a pleasure to know there’s content I have yet to consume when it comes to Heartstopper.

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

I reread One Last Stop in April and it brought me great joy. I could talk about it nonstop if given the opportunity. Right on cue, the French translation was released earlier this month, and I can now gush about it at work and irl as well as online. This is truly one of my favourite books, and I wish everyone would read it.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

I’m a huge fan of Sarah Dessen, and Along for the Ride was one of my favourite books when I was a teenager. My biggest regret is that I borrowed it from the library, and never got to have my own copy. For some reason, and despite the fact that it’s extremely cliché, it really spoke into my soul (who am I kidding, it’s probably becayse I too was a quiet kid with good grades who dreamt of going on an adventure). Anyway, now that Netflix has released the movie (which I loved as well!!) I get to talk about it again and recommend it to people, and I am dying to reread the book ❤

I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston

I think in all fairness that this was my most anticipated release of 2022 and boy was it worth the wait. I’m perfectly aware of the fact that I already mentioned another Casey McQuiston book on this list, but I love all of their books to pieces so they deserve it. Also, as mentioned previously, I am really going down the obsession path these days so it only makes sense. I even managed to get a signed copy, which gives me all-the-more-reason to constantly talk about it. I Kissed Shara Wheeler is a YA coming of age story which reminded me of a mix between John Green’s Paper Towns and every other “queer kids doing theatre” story I have read and loved (including but not exclusive to: Act Cool by Tobly McSmith, Where I End and You Begin by Preston Norton, as well as Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli). It shows fantastic friendships, great shenanigans and of course, all sorts of adorable teenage romance. I’m so glad I read this book, it’s the perfect example of serotonin impersonated in a book! Do yourself a favour and read it! (If it seems like your cup of tea of course, because it certainly is mine!)

And that’s it for today! Thank you so much for reading this far, feel free to share in the comments what book you’ve been obsessing with lately!

It’s Monday What Am I Reading?

I haven’t done one of these in a while, but as I sual, I’ve been reading quite a few interesting books, and I wanted to share a bit more about them!

I just finished reading:

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite
After finishing Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur, I was in the mood for reading another sapphic romance, and picked up this one since it had been on my TBR for quite some time. This one is a historical fiction that deals a lot with the place of women in science and art, which is why I wanted to read it (in addition with the fact that I needed a bit of fancy dresses and romance in my life). I really enjoyed the audiobook, and ended up giving the book 4 stars.

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
This is another book I was really curious about. It’s a queer (M/M) modern retelling of Grease and I loved it to pieces. I read it over the weekend, and ended up giving it 4 stars as well. The French translation for this book is getting released in April, and the publisher was kind enough to provide me with an ARC can’t wait to share it with my YA readers art work! (And I also badly want to rewatch Grease in order to be able to really make all of the parallels…)

I also read one literary fiction book which was translated from Portuguese (Brasil). It’s called We All Loved Cowboys by Carol Bensimon and it follows Julia and Cora who used to date but lost touch after both of them moved abroad. On a whim, they decide to reconnect and go on a road trip together. Over the course of their trip, old feelings and old secrets resurface. It’s a quick read, and I rather enjoyed it. I gave this one 3.5 stars.

I’m currently reading:

Life Isn’t Binary by Meg-John Barker and Alex Iantaffi, which I picked up at a feminist bookstore last weekend. As expected from the title, it challenges different ways through which society is always presented as binary, from the dichotomy between good & bad, but of course also through gender and sexuality, and more. It’s really interesting so far.

What I want to read next:

Nobody is going to be surprised when I say that my TBR is currently out of control. I don’t really know what I’m going to read next, but I do know that I have a copy of The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, and I’m really curious about it, so this might be my next read. Either that, or some French literary fiction.