Down The TBR Hole #3

I realised that I had been posting only book reviews this month, which is awesome because I’ve been reading a lot! But I also wanted to do something different for a change, so let’s go down the TBR hole yet another time!

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This was created by Lia, formerly @ Lost in a Story.

The Rules:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date Added.
  • Take the first 5 to 10 books (I’m doing 10, the plan is to get things done! And obviously, picking up where I left things last time.)
  • Read the synopses of the book
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

At the very start of this post, my TBR contains exactly 768 books. That’s a whole lot, but there is still a lot of improvement since August and my first Down the TBR Hole post! Let’s tackle this down, one book at a time!

After some consideration, I noticed that these books were all added to my TBR shelf in 2015, around the time I joined bookstagram. But since four years have passed, and I have gotten to know my reading taste a little better, it’s safe to say I probably won’t be reading them any time soon… Unless I have a surprise and actually read them right away, who knows!


1. Divided by Eloise Dyson

“A hero divided at birth is the one destined to save us, a new world will come.” Divided is a YA dystopia and I can’t remember why I had added it to my TBR. Until this moment, I had completely forgotten about its existence so it’s safe to say that I will never read it. Sorry not sorry.

IT GOES.

2. Io Descendus: Journal of a Time Traveler by Florian Armas

Once again, I have no idea how this book ended on my TBR. While I do love time traveling, this particular book doesn’t really seem to appeal to me anymore. So again:

IT GOES.

3. Starflight by Melissa Landers

This one is labeled as YA Science-Fiction and romance. The MC is an outcast who grew up in an orphanage. In a twist of fate, our characters are set on a quest towards a new planet. Yet another book I had completely forgotten about up until now. Safe to say I will never read it.

IT GOES.

4. I am Malala by Malala Yousafszai

Unlike the rest of this list, it’s a wonder I still haven’t read this book. There’s no need to introduce Malala to you by now. And I do desperately want to read this book, I really don’t know why it hasn’t happened yet.

IT STAYS.

5. A Necklace of Souls by R.L. Stedman

Another YA fantasy with a princess and mysterious things happening in the kingdom. This one was published in 2013, I added it to my infamous TBR in 2015, and as I am more often than not trying to read new releases, I think it is safe to say that I will never get around to reading this one.

IT GOES.

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6. Finish This Book by Keri Smith

At the time I added this to my TBR, I was discovering the wonders of Wreck This Journal and decided that I must discover all of Keri Smith’s creations. My obsession with them is long gone, I haven’t touched my journal in years even though I never got to finish it. They are pretty awesome though, but I know I will never actually read/do the thing.

IT GOES.

7. Listography Journal: Your Life in Lists by Lisa Nola

This is not even a book, it’s a journal which was probably added on my TBR at the same time as my Keri Smith obsession happened. I’m not planning on getting this anymore, so it’s safe to say:

IT GOES.

8. Dead Poets Society by N.H. Kleinbaum

The story of a group of students and their flamboyant English teacher. This one I do want to read, as I heard so many great things about it: both the book and the movie actually. I feel like it’s a piece of (pop) culture I’m definitely missing, so I am keeping it on the list!

IT STAYS.

9. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

This one has become a bit of a modern classic, when it comes to French books. It’s the story of Renée, who is a concierge in a Parisian appartment building. I have heard A LOT about this book, and still don’t really know what to expect, but I know I will eventually read it. And I’m glad this list contains at least one French book!

IT STAYS

10. Rebelle Belle by Rachel Hawkins

This one is another YA Fantasy set in Alabama that has been on my radar since FOREVER. I’ve heard both excellent reviews of it and terrible ones, and I’m actually really curious about it, because I want to make my own opinion on it.

IT STAYS.

Verdict: I’m keeping 4/10


I was doing so great in the first part of this list, I don’t know what happened by the end. But I’m only keeping four of them books, so that’s the spirit! As of now, and after doing some extra cleaning, my TBR contains exactly 746 books, which means that I have removed almost 50 books since last month, either by actually reading them (incredible, I know right) or by simply kicking them out of the list. Maybe one day I will have this TBR under control!

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[me @ my TBR]

Don’t Date Rosa Santos: My Review

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I got curious about this book when I heard of it, and then put it on the pile of books I might read one day, then proceeded to forget about it. That was until I found it it was available as an ebook on Spotify, and before I knew it, I was listening to it and falling in love with the story. And before I go any further, how GORGEOUS is that cover?!

Title: Don’t Date Rosa Santos
Author: Nina Moreno
Release: 2019
Genre: YA Contemporary
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I will give books five stars if I love them, to be honest I don’t really know how to rate them so who cares if it’s overrated. It got me all soft in the middle and I loved it.

Don’t Date Rosa Santos is the story of a girl with a curse. All the women in her family lost the man they loved at sea. So of course, when Rosa develops a crush on a boy with a boat, she knows that she shouldn’t. On top of that, she has to organise a wedding and a festival to save the town, and find a college for next fall, while also finding a way to go to Cuba, where her grandmother came from. And of course, things never go according to the plan….

On top of being absolutely adorable, this book exudes chaotic gen Z kids energy and I love it. It also includes a lot of cake which I obviously loved as well. Rosa is my new favourite chaotic overachiever bi and I am here for it. Her crush on Alex is the cutest, purest, most adorable thing. Here. I’ve said it.

But I also loved the fact that this book was about so much more than this. It’s a coming of age novel. It’s about friendship, but most importantly family and I am always here for a good YA novel about family. Rosa lives with her grandmother, while her mother drops by from time to time in between painting projects scattered everywhere. Don’t Date Rosa Santos is the story of three generations of women and how they cope with the shit life has thrown their way. It’s a beautifully crafted book about finding yourself, and getting to know your roots a little better. I laughed, and I cried, and this book warmed my heart.

It has all the elements of a good coming of age novel: learning more about yourself through getting to know your family and roots better, and through the taking of decisions for your future. Rosa gets to know more about both her mother and grandmother. She has to take decisions about college. She is in charge of a project. In addition to that there is a small quest, great friendships, and she overcomes some of her fears. And of course, she falls in love. This book has everything, including my heart. And no, I don’t have any critic about it. If you haven’t read it, what are you waiting for? And if you have, I hope you liked it as much as I did!

King of Scars: My Review

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Title: King of Scars
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Release: 2019
Genre: YA Fantasy
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Cheers to myself, actually reading books that were released this year

Magic is at work in this new volume of the Grishaverse. Set after the Six of Crows duology, which I loved, King of Scars follows Nikolai, the king of Ravka, as well as Zoya, his general, and fan favourite Nina who is traveling the different realms to save lost Grisha. Meanwhile, the Shu are developing the parem poison, which gets the Grisha addicted if not killed. Nicolai is at war with the monster in himself, and Zoya is fighting against a new cult that is arising.

To be fairly honest with you, I absolutely LOVED the Six of Crows duology, but when it comes to the original Grisha trilogy, I only read the first one and wasn’t entirely drawn to the story. But I am weak, and when we got a pile of copies for King of Scars upon the release in France, I knew that I would read it. And here I am. I absolutely loved it, and it finally convinced me to actually read Siege and Storm as well as Ruin and Rising. Took me long enough.

Okay so after checking upon my Goodreads ratings, I realised that I gave SoC three stars, and then I remembered that I found it took a long time to start off. I guess it took me a while to get used to the universe, and I am now completely obsessed with it. I do remember really waiting for Crooked Kingdom, and really loving it though. And on a side note I CANNOT WAIT for that upcoming Netflix show. But anyway, back to King of Scars.

I knew this one was going to be about Ravka and king Nikolai (it’s called the Nikolai duology after all) so I was delighted to see we would also have the story from Zoya’s point of view. And when I realised that Nina would also be a part of the plot, despite being in Fjerda, let me tell you I was over the moon. Her story simply could not be over after Crooked Kingdom and it was absolutely heartbreaking to see her mourn Matthias. Nina was already a badass character but now she has this intense feeling that she has nothing to lose, after all she has been going through, and it made her utterly fearless. It’s very interesting that after the infamous heist, she doesn’t seem to fit in with the classical mould of the Grisha army: it’s several times mentioned that she doesn’t want to respect the hierarchy and I’m here for it. I may be biased, but Nina Zenik deserves the world.

I love Nina’s character development, and I also love the fact that some things about her do not change, like her love for waffles. Because, you know, I had to mention it.

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(So I also just finished Don’t Date Rosa Santos, and like I had to. Like, Nina literally says this: “One could plot violent espionage and still hope for dessert.” and Rosa is out there saying “Maybe I didn’t have time for doomed crushes, but there’s always time for dessert” I simply had to make the connection.)

ANYWAY. As I was saying, I love Nina’s character development, and boy do I love her relationship with Hanne. They exude chaotic bisexual energy and my heart is melting for them. Nina really has a thing for dumb Fjerdans I guess… I cannot wait to see where this is going to take us in the next book! But enough about Nina, my queen and role model.

I also really enjoyed reading Nikolai and Zoya’s parts. I am a little less familiar with them as I have yet to finish the original Grisha Trilogy, but I was really glad to get to know them a little better. I have adopted them, now it’s official. I was also really glad to get to see more of Genya, and of Ravka in general. We delved a little further into religion topics with what of Nina staying with the sisters, and at the same time this new cult arising in Ravka. And there’s also the whole thing around Alina being a saint that was actually explored here, and although it does feel weird, it’s definitely a fundamental aspect of Ravka’s history, and it was interesting to delve into it a little further.

In addition to that, this book was full of unexpected plot twists, and I absolutely loved that. Every time I think I’m getting more familiar with this universe, Leigh Bardugo throws something new in my face, and guess what, it’s actually working. King of Scars kept me on edge until the end, and got me, once and for all, obsessed with the Grishaverse. The sequel has so much potential, and I cannot wait.

Âme Brisée : Ce que j’en ai pensé

J’ai découvert l’oeuvre d’Akira Mizubayashi au salon du livre en 2017, alors qu’il était en dédicace sur le stand Gallimard aux côtés d’Annie Ernaux. J’ai acheté son livre Un amour de mille-ans, il me l’a signé, et nous avons discuté du fait que je portais le même prénom que l’un des personnages. Je l’ai lu deux ans plus tard.

Cet été, en préparant la rentrée littéraire, j’ai vu qu’il sortait un nouveau roman. Ayant beaucoup aimé le style d’écriture du précédent, je savais qu’ Âme Brisée serait l’une de mes lectures du mois de septembre. Voilà chose faite, et j’ai été vraiment conquise !

L’histoire démarre à Tokyo en 1938 et suit un quatuor de cordes sino-japonais qui se plait à jouer ensemble, et à interpréter des musiques occidentales. Malheureusement, la Chine et le Japon sont en guerre et leurs activités sont mal interprétées : ils sont arrêtés comme ennemis de l’empereur. Le fils de l’un d’eux, Rei Mizusawa, était alors caché dans une armoire. Le lieutenant Kurokami lui remet à l’insu de ses collègues le violon brisé de son père, un geste qui changera sa vie à tout jamais.

Âme Brisée suit la vie de Rei Mizusawa de son enfance à sa vieillesse, un destin unique bercé par la musique, et traversé par d’incroyables rencontres. Le jeune garçon, adopté par un ami français de son père, décide de vouer sa vie à la réparation du violon de son père que lui avait remis le lieutenant. C’est un roman magnifique, une ode à la musique comme Mizubayashi sait si bien le faire (c’est aussi un aspect que j’avais vraiment admiré dans Un amour de mille-ans). C’est également une porte ouverte sur un petit bout de l’histoire de la Chine et du Japon, ce que je trouve toujours très intéressant.  C’est un roman qui vous transportera, et que je ne peux que conseiller !

Je l’ajoute donc à ma liste de coups de cœur de la rentrée littéraire, aux côtés de mon petit préféré Pourquoi tu danses quand tu marches ? d’Abdourahman Waberi et De l’autre côté, la vie volée d’Aroa Moreno Duran, juste sur le podium devant Baïkonour d’Odile d’Oultremont et La calanque de l’aviateur d’Annabelle Combes.

Rosie Loves Jack: My Review

I just finished reading this book and I am truly amazed by it. I fell deeper and deeper in love with every page, and I can only recommend it ♥

Title: Rosie Loves Jack
Author: Mel Darbon
Release: 2018
Genre: YA Contemporary
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Rosie Loves Jack is the story of a sixteen years old girl with Down syndrome who runs away from home to find her boyfriend, who was sent to a special school in Brighton after sending a chair through a window. This is such a beautiful, soft and pure story, and I am sure I will hold it dear from now on. It’s truly a wonderful book.

The story is told through Rose’s perspective. She shares her very intense adventure, as she gets stuck in London in the middle of a snow storm, as well as some memories of how Jack and her got together (SO ADORABLE I CAN’T) and some postcards he sent her. She is a fantastic narrator, as well as an amazing, strong and smart young lady.

TW for ableism because Rose almost constantly has to deal with it. Also a possible TW for abuse.

The author clearly knows what she’s talking about, as she has a younger brother who is also on the spectrum, and she delivers her story in such a SOFT and PURE way, you can only like this book. Rosie does go through a lot, but she overcame everything, just because she could. She is extremely strong-willed, from beginning to end, and I loved that about her.

This book is unlike anything I have read before, and I’m so surprised I never heard of it before, since it was released last year. Upon the French release, I received a copy at work, and I’m so glad I picked it up because it’s amazing. Now I CAN’T and WON’T shut up about it! The writing is amazing. The set of secondary characters is simply perfect. Rosie Tremayne deserves the world. So in conclusion:

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American Royals: My Review

For some reason, I was highly anticipating this book. I had heard of it months and months before its release, and the concept seemed fun, so I was really curious. It also happened that the release in France was the same day as the release in the US (when it usually has a one year difference for most book) so I figured that it must be a REALLY GOOD BOOK if it got the translation deal this much time before the release, you know. So I decided that I should ABSOLUTELY READ THIS BOOK upon its release. And I did.

Title: American Royals
Author: Katharine McGee
Genre: YA, Alternate timeline
Release: September 2019
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐

MILD SPOILERS

So what is it about? Basically, it’s an alternate timeline fiction where the US, when it got its independance from the England, became a monarchy instead of a republic. The story follows the royal family of America, descendants of George Washington. It is told from four different POV: Beatrice, the heiress to the throne, set to one day become the first QUEEN of America; her younger sister Samantha, who has made it her goal in life to be everything her sister isn’t; Sam’s best friend Nina, who has fallen in love with her friend’s twin brother Jeffrey; and finally Jeff’s ex girlfriend Daphne who has sworn to get him back because of course she wants to become part of the royal family. What more do you need to know? Beatrice is like 23 and her parents want her to get married. She has never dated anyone, is dangerously falling in love with her personal guard, and decides that she should of course get married with the guy her sister spent Christmas Ball making out with in a closet room. Just the usual DRAMA.

While I did enjoy this book, I didn’t really fall in love with it. I’m not even sure I will pick up its sequel to be fairly honest. All in all, there was a lot of drama, and most of it was predictable. Daphne, the antagonist, is superbly annoying. Her relationship with Ethan was the only interesting thing about her (okay, maybe her influence on that journalist she had befriended was pretty cool as well). Nina’s relationship, although very sweet and swoon-worthy, was also super predictable. The “love triangle” between Sam, Beatrice and Teddy was super frustrating considering Beatrice was in love with someone else. And now that I’m mentioning him, let’s just say it: Connor deserved better.

All in all, I liked the concept but I thought that the general recent history could have been explored and explained a bit further. For example, slavery is mentioned at some point, but it is not explained how this alternate timeline ended it. It is also stated if I remember correctly that there is in fact a queen in the UK (just like there has been many in our actual history) so I didn’t really get why it was such a big deal that Beatrice was set to be THE FIRST QUEEN. A bunch of monarchs from other countries is also mentioned, but it’s never clearly explained whether every single country in the world is a monarchy. So yes, while I thought that it was an interesting (albeit not very plausible) concept, I thought that it could have been explored a little bit more especially considering that the book is 400 pages long.

In addition to that, I felt like the book lacked a bit of diversity. Considering the complex history of the US, and how it is made from people coming from all over the world, I figured that it could have been relied upon a bit more heavily in the novel. Nina is of hispanic origin, but the author didn’t make much of it, except to remind us that her mom was a gay hispanic woman so she had it hard well okay, maybe tell us more about it, I love badass empowered women, tell me more. Her other mom Julie was barely mentioned at all, while we had a full on description about Daphne’s ancestors’ social climbing which I seriously could have done without.

So yes, overall I did have a fun time reading this book, but I felt like something was missing. And maybe it’s because I set my expectations too high but I was a bit disappointed. I can’t believe I am actually saying that, all drama queen that I am, but I think it was too melodramatic for me!

Time Bomb: My Review

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First & foremost, some trigger warnings for suicide, violence, and death.

When the world turns its back on her, Cass contemplates suicide while Z is the kind of guy who is full of anger and wants revenge. Tad is desperate to get the attention of the one he likes. Diana is the daughter of a Senator who has always felt the pressure of being perfect, pretty much like Frankie, the captain of the football team. Rashid just wants people to see him for who he is, not just his religion. They are all stuck on the second floor of the school while bomb after bomb is exploding. And apparently, one of them is responsible for this.

Title: Time Bomb
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Release: 2018
Genre: YA Contemporary
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The premisse of this book is at the same time intriguing because I immediately wanted to see who was responsible for this, but also nothing new on the YA scene, although it’s incidentally not the kind of books that I read very often (it is however the kind of book that I add to my TBR shelf on Goodreads!). Part of the concept reminded me of One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus, because of the whole one-of-them-is-the culprit but you won’t know until the end concept, as well as the fact that the story is told from the perspectives of the different suspects, although this is playing on a different scale. It also reminded me of books like This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp, although I have yet to read this one.

All six of the characters seemed to have a motive, although some motives were stronger than others. I had my suspiscions as to who the real culprit was, but really had to wait until the ending to see who actually did the deed. I was kept on edge, and thought that this whole aspect of the story was really well executed. It was an interesting read, because the book deals with various current questions, things that are part of our everyday life both in the US and the rest of the world. Mass shootings (or in this case, bombing) in school are an unfortunate reality. The question of increasing control on citizens and reducing privacy is also very on point when it comes to what’s going on pretty much everywhere and unbeknowst to us. It was something I didn’t expect to see here, but I thought that the book made a very valid and interesting point about it.

Overall, I really liked this book. It’s not one I’m going to forget any time soon. The characters are all morally gray; they have all made some more or less questionable questionable decisions at some point in their recent lives: nothing too bad, things that go from mild destruction of school property, going behind their parents’ back for whatever reason, to something that approaches emotional blackmail. No one is all right, or all wrong, and that is what makes them so likeable. Some of them seem to be innocent from the get go, but some of them are pretty suspiscious until the end, and in the most creative ways. Everybody has their secrets, and I thought that the overall plot and great reveal were very cleverly executed.

This book was a bit out of my comfort zone, but it was totally worth it. Would I recommend it? Absolutely, yes, unless it is something that would trigger you. In the meantime, take care of yourself, have a wonderful day, and please let me know your thoughts if you have read Time Bomb as well ♥

The Sun Is Also A Star: My Review

I feel like I’m the last person in the book community to read a book by Nicola Yoon, but I’m so glad that I finally did. It has honestly been on my  TBR for such a long time, but I guess this happens all the time so I don’t know why I mention it anymore…

Title: The Sun Is Also A Star
Author: Nicola Yoon
Release: 2017
Genre: YA Contemporary
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I’m usually not a huge fan of the love at first sight trope and all that goes with it, but for some reason I felt like it was really well executed here! Boy did this book break my heart. It was excellent.

The plot:

Natasha’s family is about to be deported back to Jamaica in the evening, but she refuses to accept it, and is trying her best to reverse the decision of the judge. Her whole life is in New York, she has been living her for the past ten years, and she has decided to dedicate the day to saving her situation.

Daniel is the son of Korean immigrants who have high hopes for him, and want him to become a poet. But all he wants to do is writing poetry. Today, he is on his way to a meeting that could help him get early admission into a prestigious university.

But when they bump into each other, could things go a different way?

My thoughts:

I was worried that this was going to be too much of a cliché love at first sight love story, but it actually worked for me, and I really enjoyed it. Although it does feel like A LOT happened in ONE SINGLE DAY (the book follows them throughout their day from beginning to end) it somehow seemed believable, and I simply couldn’t put it down. I’m generally not a fan of insta-love, but in the case of this book, there was more to it. This was about two worlds crashing into each other, about two people meeting each other at a key moment in their lives. It’s about teenagers trying to have the future that they want.

I cannot seem to get my thoughts together in order to write a review of this book, but here’s what you need to know: I read it in a day, and I completely fell in love with the story. I liked how nothing was black & white: the two main characters are surrounded by a complex set made of their friends and family, and people who might change their lives. Some good decisions are made, as well as some bad ones. But it was all very realistic AS WELL AS MOVING which I loved about this book. I don’t know why it took me so long to read this book, but I’m glad that I finally did.

It also raises questions surrounding race and immigration in the US, as well as the dynamics between some of the New York communities, which was also very an interesting point to add to the story.

So in conclusion, did this book break my heart? YES. And was it worth it? Absolutely.

August Wrap Up

 

I can hardly believe it, but I have read NINETEEN BOOKS this month. I have been reading a lot for work, and I am also trying to still read some of the books on my humongous TBR, and it somehow worked. I was also on vacation for three weeks, which gave me more time to read!

Books I’ve been reading this month:

La hija del comunista by Aroa Moreno Durán ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
[translated from Spanish]

I have completely fallen in love with this book. It’s a historical fiction set in Germany during the Cold War, and follows the daughter of Spanish immigrants who ran away from East Berlin. It’s such a beautiful and moving book about human beings and our history as Europeans. I would definitely recommend it if it has been translated to a language you speak!

Rainbow Valley by L. M. Montgomery ⭐⭐⭐

This was sweet and everything but I just miss Anne so much! I think I could have liked it if this one had been at least more about the Blythe kids, but that wasn’t even the case. Throughout the book we are just following a bunch of other kids who just moved to Ingleside and just si happen to play with Anne’s kids. It’s so different from the previous books, and I have to admit that I was a little bit disappointed.

Rilla of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

After being underwhelmed with Rainbow Valley I was worried that I wouldn’t like this one either but oh boy was I wrong. Rilla reminded me of Anne a lot, but also had her own quirks. I had such a good time reading this one. And also I cried a lot, but I guess that’s the perks of reading books set during WWI.

(An accurate representation of myself throughout every single chapter of Rilla of Ingleside)

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book was recommended to me by a customer at the bookstore where I work. It’s a sort of memoir about the author’s relationship to both running and writing, and it’s absolutely brilliant! It is seriously on its way to be one of my favourite reads of the year, and I am SO GLAD I decided to give Murakami a second chance! (reviewWhat I Talk About When I Talk About Running is also the 11th book on my list of books that I read for YARC 2019!

The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This one had been on my TBR pretty much since its release, and I’m so glad that I finally read it. I have to say, I didn’t really know what to expect, and I was pleasantly surprised. I’m pretty sure that’s a book I won’t forget any time soon! (Review to come)

Time Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is my most recent read, and a book that really got me thinking. It’s a YA contemporary about an eclectic group of students who are stuck together after someone set bombs on their school. It’s quite a sensitive topic but I believe it was well handled by the author, and it kept me on edge until the end! (Review to come)

I have also been reading some poetry this month! I have read both Goddess of the Hunt (⭐⭐⭐⭐) and Soft in the Middle (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐) by Shelby Eileen. She writes queer poetry, and talks a lot about accepting yourself. Her poems are absolutely beautiful, and I will definitely be reading more of them in the future. And I have also read Uncaged Wallflower (⭐⭐⭐⭐) and I Am More Than A Daydream (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐) by Jennae Cecelia. I had read some of her poetry maybe back in 2017, and really enjoyed it, so I’d been meaning to read more of it ever since, and the time finally has come! Her poems deal a lot with mental-illness and safe care, and I absolutely LOVE them as well.

 

French books:

As for last month, I’ve been reading a lot of books in French, mostly for work, but also because I’m on a roll! So here’s the list:

Journal d’un amour perdu d’Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (new release)
Oscar et la dame rose d’Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Soir de fête de Mathieu Deslandes et Zineb Dryef ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (new release)
Les Loyautés de Delphine de Vigan ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Les Gratitudes de Delphine de Vigan ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Soif d’Amélie Nothomb ⭐⭐ (new release)
La Calanque de l’aviateur d’Anabelle Combes ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (new release)
Baïkonour d’Odile d’Oultremont ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (new release)
Chère Fubuki Katana d’Annelise Heurtier ⭐⭐⭐.5 (new release, YA)

I have actually made two posts in French where I talk about these books, one about the two books by Delphine de Vigan, and one about the new releases. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with my blog when it comes to all the new releases that I read for work (aka books in French that have not yet been translated in any language for the most of them, and therefore subjects that are probably hard to follow for most of my followers) so bear with me in the meantime!

As for the books I am currently reading, I started both Tales of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery and Light Filters in Poetry by Caroline Kaufman, and I’m hoping to finish them soon!

TV Shows I’ve been watching:
Good Omens ✨ Druck ✨ The 100 ✨ GLOW ✨ DARK

Kdrama I’ve seen this month:
Sassy Go Go ✨ Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Jo


An update on my reading challenges:

Goodreads Challenge: 74/70 (I might change my goal to 90 because why not?)
Audiobook Challenge: 8 books (two for this month, and I’m currently listening to another one)
YARC: 11 books