August Reading Wrap Up

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.

Young Adult:

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.

Romance:

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.

Fiction:

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!

In Which I Mention A Lot Of Books | Reading Update

Since I finished Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan and The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (because yes it happened, and I really loved it. It was not an easy read but it was both fascinating and important) I also picked up quite a few other books.

I read Stéphanie Janicot’s new book L’île du docteur Faust which follows eight women who traveled to a mysterious island to retrieve their youth. And I listened to the audiobook for All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace. It’s a story about pirates and mermaids and cursed magic, and it follows a princess who will do anything to protect her kingdom. It was really good, and I’m already listening to the sequel, All the Tides of Fate.

What else am I reading at the moment? I picked up Spellhacker by M.K. England on Scribd. It is a sci-fi novel set in a world where magic (known as maz) used to fly freely but is now controlled by the government, and it follows a crew going to a heist. It definitely is a page turner, but I think I enjoyed their previous book better (The Disasters was truly excellent). I’m about two third into this one so I think I will finish it pretty soon.

And I’m also reading Margaret Peterson Haddix’s The Messengers aka the third book in her series Greystone Secrets which I am really enjoying. It’s the last instalment in a middle grade trilogy about parallel universes, and it’s really entertaining.

What am I going to read next? To be honest, I have a huge pile of ARCs of books that have just been released or will be released soon in France (except for We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal which I bought at Shakespeare and Co in August and am still hoping to pick up soon). Anyway, this pile includes mostly translated books, and I’m dying to read pretty much all of them. I’m not one to make TBRs because I know I never respect them, but here’s the pile anyway:

Memorial Drive by Natacha Threthewey
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Now that I look at it that way, it’s only five books? And therefore I could technically read all of them before the end of September. And of course, finish the ones I am currently reading. If I look closer, of course there is more books like The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang and Conversations With Friends By Sally Rooney but let’s not do that. I will get to them eventually.

Oh and now that I think of it, I also received a French copy of Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin. This book has already been sitting on my kindle for quite some time and I KNOW that I want to read it. Is it a sign that I finally will? Who knows.

What about you? What have you been reading lately?

Monday Reading Update #12

Another Monday, another reading updatate!

I’ve read this past week:

We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon
I recently read Today Tonight Tomorrow and I loved it to pieces, so naturally I wanted to check out more books by Rachel Lynn Solomon. This was her latest release (and the cover is the cutest). It takes place over the course of a summer and follows Quinn, a 17 years-old harpist who works with her parents who are wedding planners, and has stopped believing in love, and Tarek, who came back for the summer and works with his parents’ catering business. As the two of them keep running into each other, old feelings resurface and things get entangled. This is a book about food and music, and it’s super adorable. If you are looking for a YA romance, then I highly recommend you check it out!

The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar
This book was stunning. It is set in Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution of 1979, and follows a family that left Teheran for the countryside. It’s told like a tale from the Thousand and One Nights from the perspective of one of the daughters who passed away in a fire, and still lives with her family as a ghost. It’s a tale of djinnis and mermaids and other mythical creatures and events, and it was such a nice discovery. It’s extremely poetic, and I strongly recommend it! [TW death, torture, violence]

Just Last Night by Mhairi McFarlane
I have to admit that I picked up thie one hoping for a romance novel and this is not at all what I got BUT it was nevertheless a truly excellent book. It’s a story about an old cursh, and four friends whose life is turned upside down one tragic nights. It’s about secrets and new beginnings, and I devoured it. It deals with grief in a very realistic way as well. I am simply amazed by this book. It was not the fluffy story I was looking for, but that’s okay because I really enjoyed this story. I loved how it dealt with friendships, and Eve was a truly brilliant main character. I may or may not have shed a few tears, but it was worth it! [TW death, abuse]

I’m currently reading:

Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan
I just picked up the audiobook for this one! It caught my eye because it was on the list of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and cover intrigued me. Basically it’s the story of an Irish expact in Hong Kong.

I’m going to read next:

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Okay I swear this time it’s definitely the one I’m going to pick up next! It’s been on my TBR for the longest time, and the French translation was released last week. I’ve read yet again excellent reviews for it in the past week. And I finished the other physical book that I was reading, so now it’s going to happen I am sure of it.

Monday Reading Update

So which novel have I read during the past two weeks since my last update? I’ve been on vacation which has left me with quite some time to read! Before I get into it any further, I missed the exact date but this August marks my 6th blogversary. I never thought I would achieve such a milestone, but here we are. This blog has helped me through hard times, and accompanied me in my love for reading. Whether you are new to this blog or not, thank you for being there with me on this journey! And now that I’m done being sappy, back to what I’ve been reading these past two weeks.

I devoured two romance novels:

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
This book is everywhere on the French side of booktok so I had to see for myself what the big deal was. It’s an enemies-to-lovers/fake dating romance which is dare I say a perfect combo. It follows Olive, who goes on her sister’s honeymoon because they entire wedding party has fallen ill… Except for her and Ethan, the groom’s brother, whom she just happens to hates. They go together in order for the trip not to be wasted but things take a weird turn when they encounter Olive’s new boss, and Ethan’s ex girlfriend, and have to keep pretending that they are madly in love. Except… are they even pretending? It has only one bed, some angst and mutual pining, and overall is super romantic and wholesome. I loved how Olive’s character development through the book, and I’m really glad that I gave in to the hype.

And Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur
After reading Written in the Stars I had to pick up the sequel. This one follows Darcy’s brother Brendon, an eternal romantic, and her best friend Annie who of course doesn’t believe in love. It was super sweet as well, and I really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to see what happens to Margot in the next book!

I also read one more YA book which was Not Your Backup by C.B. Lee aka the third book in the Sidekick Squad series. It picks up the plot right where we left, but this time from the perspective of Emma, and so far I think this one was my favourite book in the series!

And finally I read two literary fiction novels:

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
This one had caught my attention when it got released, and I read quite a few amazing reviews about it. It’s a book about artificial intelligence, which follows the POV of Klara, an AF (Artificial Friend) who is fascinated by everything she encounters, and her relationship with Josie, the human she takes care of, as well as the people who surrounds her. This book was wholesome and heartwarming in ways I didn’t expect, and I’m so glad that I decided to read it.

And finally, What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon
This one is a time travel romance/historical fiction that follows Anne Gallagher, who travels in 2001 to Ireland to spread the ashes of her beloved grandfather Owen, only to be transported to 1921, where she is mistaken for her lost great-grandmother. This might be her last chance to spend time with Owen, although he is six years old. And of course, she falls in love with Thomas Smith, the doctor who rescued her from the loch. The story is told from Anne’s perspective, as well as pages from Thomas’s journal. I delved into it hoping to fall in love with the story, and I most certainly did. I loved this book to pieces, and recommend it to you from the bottom of my heart.

As for what I’m currently reading, I picked up both We Can’t Keep Meeting Like This by Rachel Lynn Solomon, and The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar yesterday. And I’m still hoping to pick up The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates next! After saying this over and over again, I will eventually speak it into existence; I know it will happen eventually.

July Reading Wrap Up

Now that we are deep into August, and my vacation is coming to an end, I’m realising that I still haven’t posted my July Wrap Up, so here we go!

Middle grade:

When Marnie Was There by Joan G. Robinson ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is a beautiful middle grade classic about a little girl who moves to the sea for a few weeks, in order to improve her health and get some fresh air. It’s a book about friendship and family, and it’s super heartwarming. I’m so glad I decided to give it a try!

Young adult:

Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Set over the course of a day, Today Tonight Tomorrow is a rivals-to-lovers YA romance about two teenagers who have always seemingly hated each other, but pair up against all odds for a heist on their last day of high school. It’s adorable and predictable but also super well written and I loved it to pieces. It was my first time reading a book by Rachel Lynn Solomon, but certainly not the last!

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I’d seen this book everywhere and was really curious about it… And boy was it worth the hype. It’s absolutely excellent. It’s the perfect blend between Children of Blood and Bone, The Handmaid’s Tale and The Poppy War somehow. It has badass characters and excellent plot twists, and I cannot wait for the sequel!

The Disasters by M.K. England ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is another book I’d seen around and really wanted to check out: well let me tell you, I’m so glad I did. It has a full cast of queer characters and an impossible heist in space: seriously, what else could I ask for? Is it a little bit over-the-top? Yes, probably. But did I mind? Not one bit. I will definitely be reading more books by this author.

In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was a new release I picked up solely because the cover is absolutely stunning, and I have no regrets. Basically, In Deeper Waters is a M/M retelling of The Little Mermaid (even though it is somehow not blurbed as such?) with a merman who is the last one of his kind, and a prince who has inherited forbidden magic, and just set up on his coming-of-age tour. It has pirates, treason and more plot twists, as well as a lovely fairytale vibe. If you like any of those things, you should definitely check it out!

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This series had been on my TBR for the longest time, and I’m so glad I finally gave it a try. It’s a dystopia/superhero story, and follows a different member of the squad with each volume. The characters are amazing (and pretty much everyone is queer so that’s the vibe I’m going for). In the first volume, we follow Jess, whose parents and older sister are local superheroes, and who is trying to figure out what her own power might be. As she accepts an internship with the local villain, she uncovers a plot bigger than all of them, and with the help of her friends, will try to push things right.

Romance:

Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I can’t resist a good sapphic fake dating book, so of course I had to check this one out. Not only is the cover beautiful, but so is the story. I’d heard great things about it, and can now safely say: it deserves all the praise.

Fiction:

The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This one is a modern retelling of Jane Eyre with a strong Gone Girl vibe. It’s a dark novel, which is not necessarily what I usually go fo, but I ended up really liking it. One of my favourite parts was definitely the fact that the story is divided between two narrators, and they are BOTH unreliable narrators. It has some really great plot twists, and I’m really glad that I decided to check it out!

A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Beck Chambers ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book is a super wholesome sci-fi that follows the encounter between a non-binary tea monk and a robot who is curious about everything. It’s an easy read, with really beauitful writing, and I couldn’t put it down.

Non fiction:

Made-up by Daphné B. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
[To be released in September]
Made-up is an essay about makeup, advertisment and consumerism in our modern society. It’s an easy read, but it was also super interesting and I’m really glad that I gave it a try. I can’t wait for more people to read this book!

Livres en français:

Tout ce que dit Manon est vrai de Manon Fargetton ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Sages femmes de Marie Richeux ⭐⭐⭐
L’aube américaine d’Émilie Papadeothorou ⭐⭐
Satisfaction de Nina Bouraoui ⭐⭐⭐

Pour ce qui est de la rentrée littéraire, dont ces quatre titres font partie, j’ai bien entendu continué mes lectures ce mois-ci, et j’ai prévu de rédiger un article en français d’ici la fin du mois !

Manga & graphic novels:

A Sign of Affection vol.2 by Morishita Suu ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Asana isn’t hetero by Sakuma Asana ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Transitions d’Elodie Durand ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Montagnes russes de Gwenn Morizur ⭐⭐⭐
La fille du quai d’Alexine et Fabrice Meddour ⭐⭐
My Brother’s Husband vol.1-2 by Tagame Gengoroh ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Apothecary Diaries vol.4 by Nekokurage ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Wandering Witch vol.1 by Shiraishi Jougi ⭐⭐⭐
Insomniacs After School vol.1 by Ojiro Makoto ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I’ve been reading more mangas & graphic novels lately, and I’m really enjoying that. If you have some recommendations, please feel free to share. And in the meantime, have a wonderful day!

It’s Monday: What Am I Reading?

Hello everyone! I’ve been really productive with my reading this past week and I’m really happy about that.

I just finished reading:

Not Your Sidekick and Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee
I had been meaning to check out this series for a while at this point and I am SO GLAD that I finally did! It’s set in a sci-fi world where people have started to develop super-powers. In the first volume, we follow Jess, who is seventeen and comes from a family of superheroes with secret identities, and is waiting for her powers to appear. She accepts an internship with a company that works with their nemesis, and in the process uncovers a plot that could shatter the whole hero/villain world. It’s a great story with amazing friendships, and I’m really looking forward to reading book 3!

In Deeper Waters by F.T. Lukens
This one I can only blurb as a MLM retelling of The Little Mermaid set in a high fantasy land. It’s a romance between a merman who is the last of his kind, and a prince who bears dangerous magical powers. It has adventure and pirates. Overall it’s a quick read and I really enjoyed it!

I’m currently reading:

Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth
I was really looking forward to reading this one, considering I absolutely loved The Falling in Love Montage which I read last summer. I’m also listening to the audiobook for this one, and so far I am really enjoying it! It’s fun, and so terribly on point. It also has a (sort of?) rivals-to-lovers sapphic romance, and a MC that’s just a teeny bit self-destructive. I’m looking forward to seeing how this all unfolds!

The Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue
And last but not least, this one is a historical fiction that is set in 1918 in Dublin during the pandemic. Over the course of three days, we follow the intense life of a nurse & midwife who works at a hospital in between birth and death. I am almost done with this one, and seriously, I couldn’t put it down.

As for what I want to read next, I am still hoping that I will pick up The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates pretty soon!

Monday Reading Update: What Have I Read in the Past 2 Weeks

I didn’t do a Monday reading update last week, but I did read quite a few books, and I thought that was worth sharing! (I also completely lost track of time and just now realised it was not Monday anymore, but it doesn’t really matter.)

I did end up reading The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna and I absolutely LOVED it. It reminded me of a blend between The Grace Year by Kim Liggett and Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, and also made me think of a slightly less hardcore version of The Poppy War… If you have read only one of these, you already know that this book had to be awesome. I couldn’t put it down. This definitely lives up to the hype, and I gave it 5 stars.

I also finished the audiobook for Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur and I loved it wholeheartedly. It’s a cute sapphic romance with one of my favourite tropes aka fake dating. This book is a gem, and I can’t wait to read the sequel. This one got 4 stars.

I devoured middle grade classic When Marnie Was There by Joan G. Robinson. It’s a cute story about friendship, and family, and a mysterious house in the marsh. It’s adorable and wholesome, and I can only recommend it. I also gave it 4 stars.

I picked up The Disasters by M.K. England on a whim. I read it in a day and a half and I could barely put it down. It’s a YA space opera following a crew of rejects that’s accused of a crime they didn’t commit, and on their way to proving their innocence, uncovers a conspiracy that’s about to destroy most of the universe. It’s space gays at its best. Seriously, this book saved me from a reading slump, and I’m so glad I picked it up. I gave it 4 stars, and I’ll be looking forward to reading more books by M.K. England!

And finally, I listened to the audiobook for A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers. It’s a sci-fi novella about the encounter between a tea monk and a robot, and it’s super wholesome and adorable. It’s my first time reading a book by Becky Chambers, and I’m really happy that I gave this book a try! And I also gave this one 4 stars. It’s a quick read, and I most definitely recommend it.

What I will be reading next: I’m still hoping to read The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates as soon as I can.

As usual, I also read quite a few books in French, but I will update on that later!

June Reading Wrap Up

My mind is simply blown away by the fact that it’s mid July already, but let’s not dwell on that. I managed to read 22 books in June, some longer than others, and I’m really happy about that. I also finished watching The Handmaid’s Tale and watched a bit of Doctor Who. But yeah, mostly I read.

Young adult:

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I was really looking forward to reading this one for two reasons: because I loved Cemetery Boys and because this is a modern Peter Pan retelling. And I thought it was really well executed. It has nice plot twists, made me cry just a little bit, and overall I really liked it. (Full review)

Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was all sorts of adorable, and I simply couldn’t put this down. We have a chaotic squad of kids putting a musical together, some nice pop culture references, amazing friendships, and as could be expected from Becky Albertalli, great family relationships. And of course, it has the cutest most adorable romance.

Werecockroaches by Polenth Blake ⭐⭐⭐
I’d first heard of this book last year because the MC was aroace, and immediately added it to my TBR. It is set in the aftermath of an Earth invasion by a bunch of ginormous cockroaches. This book was fun and original. It’s quite short, but I really liked the friendships developing between the characters.

The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davies ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book is an adventure through the desert, and it follows five girls who ran away from a “welcome house” after one of them accidentally murdered a patron. It has amazing badass characters, vengeful ghosts, and a strong western vibe. It is a bit different from what I usually read, but I really enjoyed it! Be careful if you decide to pick it up though, as it deals with quite a bit of violence, torture, abuse and prostitution.

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book is written in verse and tells the story of Amal, a teenage boy who ends up behind the bars after a fight went wrong. It talks about racism and prejudice, and about a boy who loves art. I loved it from the bottom of my heart. This book is so important.

Deathless Divide by Justina Ireland ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This one is the sequel to Dread Nation, and I think I liked it even beter than the first one! It’s full of great plot twists, and I absolutely loved getting Katherine’s POV in addition to Jane’s. This book is full of action and badass girls, and I loved it to pieces.

Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
One of my most anticipated releases of the year! I loved The Henna Wars, and was really looking forward to Adiba Jaigirdar’s new book, especially considering it had one of my favourite trope, aka fake dating. It was absolutely adorable, and made it to my list of favourite reads of the year so far. I can only recommend it. It also deals with toxic friendships, and complicated family relationship, and that made it all the better.

Malice by Heather Walter ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Fairytale retelling + sapphic enemies to lovers? Sign me up. I was really looking forward to reading this one, especially considering I had heard so many great things about it. It’s a retelling of Sleeping Beauty set in a fantasy land with fae and various characters who possess magical blood. It was riveting, and I really enjoyed the world build-up. It has great plot twists until the very end, and I can’t wait for the sequel!

The Black Kids by Christina Hammond Reed ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Set amidst the Los Angeles riots of 1992, The Black Kids is a coming-of-age story that follows Ashley, a Black teenager from a wealthy family, who has always struggled to find where she belongs. It’s a beautfil story about friendships and family, and finding who you are, and I can only recommend it. I’m so glad I decided to check this one out: it’s worth all the praise!

New adult:

One Last Stop by Casey McQuinston ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This one also was one of my most anticipated reads of the year! It has bits of time travel and found family, and I couldn’t put it down. We follow August, who is struggling to find out what she wants to do with her life. Until she meets Jane in the train. Day after day, Jane is here again, and August quickly finds herself attracted to her… But really, how is it possible that every time she takes this particular line, Jane is here, as if waiting for her? This book has romance and bits of supernatural, and I absolutely loved it. Also one of my favourite reads of the year so far!

Poetry:

The Tradition by Jericho Brown ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Mangas:

A Sign of Affection vol.1 by Morishita Suu ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I Think Our Son Is Gay vol.1 by Okura ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Our Precious Conversations vol.6 by Robico ⭐⭐⭐
Madoka’s Secret by Deme Kingyobachi ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Books in French:

L’anomalie du train 006 de Pascal Fioretto ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Ainsi gèlent les bulles de savon de Marie Vareille ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Le cerf-volant de Laetitia Colombani ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Tant qu’il le faudra de Cordélia ⭐⭐⭐⭐
La terreur féministe d’Irene ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Projet Indigo d’Agnès Laroche ⭐⭐⭐.5

Et finalement en BD: Le cannonier de la Tour Eiffel de David Ratte ⭐⭐⭐⭐

For a more detailed update of what I’ve been reading in French lately, check out this post!
And of course, have a wonderful day!

Monday Reading Update #8

Another Monday, another reading update!

I just finished listening to the audiobook for Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon

I’m going to be really honest: I never thought I would enjoy this as much as I did. But it turned out angsty and adorable, and I loved it so much I gave it 5 stars. It’s a rivals-to-lovers YA romance full of high school nostalgia as our cast of characters reaches the last day before graduation. It’s a book that’s set over the course of a day, but remains extremely believable. Now I understand why so many people are praising Rachel Lynn Solomon’s writing: it is excellent.

I also finished reading the non-fiction book Made-up by Daphné B. It’s an essay about makeup, consumerism, and our modern society in general, and I really enjoyed it. The English translation is set to be released in September, and I can only recommend it!

I’m currently reading: Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

I’m about halfway through this one (I’m also listening to the audiobook) and I am LOVING IT. It just so happens to have one of my favourite tropes aka fake dating, AND it’s sapphic.

I want to read next:

I think you know the gist at this point: I’m really hoping to pick up The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna. I’m also considering reading The Watet Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The French translation of this novel is going to be released at the end of the summer and the publication house sent me an ARC. I was really looking forward to reading this one, so I hope I will like it!!

It’s Monday, what am I reading?

What I just read: I finished The Wife Upstairs by Rachel Hawkins last night. It’s a dark/suspenseful novel about Jane, a young woman with a mysterious past who is pet-sitting in a rich neighbourhood, until she meets Eddie Rochester, a wealthy widower. They soon develop a relationship, but his late wife’s shadow is still very present in the house, especially since Jane soon finds out Bea might have been murdered. The Wife Upstairs is a bit of a mix between Jane Eyre and Gone Girl, told from the perspective of two unreliable characters: Jane and Bea herself. It was absolutely fascinating, and I gave it 4 stars.

What I’m currently reading: I just picked up the audiobook for Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon. It’s my first book by this author but she’s been on my radar for quite some time now, and I think I’m really going to enjoy this one. It’s set to be a rivals-to-lovers sort of YA romance, and I’m here for it.

What I’m hoping to read next: I’m going to mention this one yet again, but The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna. I speak it into existence. This time I’m going to pick it up for real.

And on that note, happy reading, and I hope you have a wonderful week!