To start this off with a very original thought: this month has come and gone so fast, and I cannot believe it is already November (AKA MY BIRTHDAY MONTH). In terms of what’s going on with my life, I have officially been working at the bookstore for more than six months now! And in terms of reading, this has been a pretty successful month yet again!
Books I read this month:
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I had read Shadow and Bone such a long time ago that I never thought I would pick up the rest of the Grisha Trilogy, but after reading King of Scars last month and falling madly inove with it, I knew that I would actually finish this series. So here we go, and I really did enjoy this one more than the previous one! Also have I mentioned how excited I am for the TV Show? 🥰
Hey Grandude! by Paul McCartney ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This wonderful picture book was recommended by a customer at the bookstore where I work, and when I heard that the story was imagined by Paul McCartney I knew that I had to check it out. I loved it, and it really moved me because it resembled some of the stories I used to tell my brother when I put him to sleep years ago, on evenings when our parents were absent.
The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix (The Greystone Secrets vol.1) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This one is a middle grade books with a bit of an urban fantasy vibe, and it was a FANTASTIC discovery, I absolutely loved it! It follows three siblings, as they discover that three kids with their exact same names and birthdays have been abducted. And as if that wasn’t of a coincidence, their mother leaves them in the care of someone they barely know the next morning, to seemingly go after those kids… (Full review)
Vengeful by V. E. Schwab (Villains #2) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I can’t believe it took me this long to pick up Vengeful. I love anything Victoria Schwab writes, and the sequel to Vicious was no exception. I’m pretty sure this was one my “end of the year” TBR last year. I absolutely love the concept/the world she created here, and it was such a fun thing to be back with Victor and Sydney and Mitch. 100% would recommend those books!
#murdertrending by Gretchen McNeil ⭐⭐⭐
I picked up this book on a whim, and while it was a bit gore at times, I still enjoyed it! Basically, it’s an interesting reflection on reality TV and social media, as well as whatever shithole our world is heading right now, so kudos for that. Also if you have read it, I would love to discuss it! (Full review)
The German House by Annette Hess ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
[Translated from German; original title: Deutsches Haus]
I miss Berlin terribly these days, and I’m picking up all the books that talk about Germany, and end up loving them
because I am biased. But really, honestly this one was excellent. It takes place in Frankfurt in 1963, during the Second Auschwitz trials, and it follows a young woman who becomes the translator for the Polish witnesses. It’s a very powerful read which questions our humanity and raises the question of “what would have I done in such a situation”. If you get the chance to pick it up, I would most definitely recommend it!
I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This one is an apocalyptic read about a potential alien invasion/destruction of planet Earth. It was the Owlcrate book of the month for October and I absolutely LOVED it. I binge read it and I CANNOT STOP THINKING ABOUT IT. I loved all three main characters and basically want to give them all a giant hug because they deserve it!
// N°13 on my YARC list //
Heartstopper vol.2 by Alice Oseman ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I finally volume 2 of this adorable comic book, and it’s the cutest thing I swear. It is super relatable and the bisexual rep honestly had me crying in my hot chocolate. I just want to slam these books in front of everybody, to make y’all read them! (But maybe you have already!)
Books in French:
Bug vol.2 by Enki Bilal ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This one is a sci-fi graphic novel about a world where all of Internet has been erased, only to be found again in the brain of one man. Of course, all governments and organisations are trying to find him. This series is pretty dope, and I’m also quite sure that it has been translated into English, so if you have the opportunity to check it out, the drawings are amazing and I would definitely recommend it!
Phobos² by Victor Dixen (aka Distortion) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I’m slowly making my way through this French book series (which has also been translated into English!) It’s a YA dystopia, featuring a TV show about young couples going to live on Mars. This one is the second book in the series, and just like the previous one, it ended on a crazy ass cliffhanger, and I cannot wait to pick up the sequel!
The Arab of the Future by Riad Sattouf ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
A well-known graphic novel about the author’s life. This first volume follows his childhood between France, Lybia and Syria. If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend you check it out!
Nuit Espagnole by Adel Abdemessed and Christophe Ono-dit-Biot ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This one is a non-fiction new release, about two artists who spent the night in the Picasso museum, and the throught process they went through. It also explored a bit of Adel Abdemessed’s life in Algeria, and it was super interesting. (Full review in French)
Le manoir des Sorcelage (Wicca #1) by Marie Alhninho ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Another kid lit book I instantly fell in love with! It’s about a family of witches, living in the French countryside. One day, an old demon has been released, and the two kids will do anything they can to stop it, with the help of their best friend as well as a friendly neighborhood spirit. It was absolutely fantastic!
Août 61 by Sarah Cohen-Scali ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
When I was talking about books set in Germany earlier, I was also thinking about this one. It takes place between France and Germany, with at its center the weeked the Berlin Wall was built. It’s another stunning historical fresco, by the author of Max. I can only recommend it, and hope that like her previous works, this one will be translated to a larger audience as well.
Le peintre dévorant la femme de Kamel Daoud ⭐⭐⭐
This one is another book about an artist spending the night in the Picasso museum – the only difference being that it features a different exhibition, and therefore a wholly different discourse. While it was really interesting (a customer recommended it to me at work) it was not my favourite in the series.
And three more comics/graphic novels:
Ces jours qui disparaissent by Timothée Leboucher ⭐⭐⭐
Un maillot pour l’Algérie by Bertrand Galic, Kris and Javi Rey ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Rendez-vous avec X : Mata Hari by Virgini Greiner and Olivier Roman ⭐⭐⭐
Further Chronicles of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
Wings of Olympus by Kallie George
Movies I’ve seen this month:
Pitch Perfect 🌟 Yes man 🌟 Downton Abbey: The Movie 🌟 True Story
TV shows I’ve been watching:
La Casa de Papel 🌟 Anne with an E 🌟 The Good Place
An update on my reading challenges:
Goodreads Challenge: 110/120
Audiobook Challenge: 10 books (currently listening to one)
YARC: 13 books
While this has been an excellent reading month (I read 18 books) I haven’t been posting that many book reviews… Or blog posts in general for that matter! But I guess this also means that I have been busy which is great! Hopefully I get to post a little bit more through November!
And in the meantime I have also posted two videos on my channel, after months of absence, you can check them out here!