Another month has come and gone, and I have read 17 books, so let’s not babble too much because I already have a lot to talk about… Here comes the list!
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This graphic novel was the sweetest thing. It’s fast paced and adorable, and yes the ending was predictable, but was it worth it? Totally!
Living No Matsunaga-San vol.1 by Iwashita Keiko ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I noticed this manga at work a while ago and I wanted to check it out because it looked like the kind of thing I enjoyed when I was in high school. I finally gave vol.1 a try and it was a really sweet shojo. It does not seem like a very long series for now, so I might indulge myself in reading the rest of it at some point!
Wings of Olympus by Kallie George ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This one is a middle grade novel set in ancient Greece. It has a strong Percy Jackson vibe and I am here for it! 100% would recommend. This is the book I’m going to put in the ends of everyone who wants to make a present for third/fourth graders for Christmas! (And the slightly older kids will get Aru Shah and the End of Time as well as Grestone Secrets!)
Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The sequel to City of Ghosts, a middle grade series about ghost hunting! This one is set in Paris, and revolves mostly around the Catacombs, and I absolutely loved it. I cannot wait for this series to be available to French kids!
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Okay, so The Folk of the Air was my obsession for this month. I picked up the series for two reasons: Owlcrate said there would be a Cruel Prince themed blanked in the November box, and the last book in the trilogy was released this month. Well little did I expect that I would fall in love with the story that deeply. I also gave the novella The Lost Sisters a ⭐⭐⭐⭐ rating. And basically devoured The Wicked King, which also got ⭐⭐⭐⭐. And finally, I bought The Queen of Nothing upon its very release, and finished it on the next day. It also got ⭐⭐⭐⭐. (read full article)
Again, But Better by Christine Riccio ⭐⭐⭐⭐
A book about college life and studying abroad? Count me in! It was a sweet contemporary, with a bit of a magical twist. I read it in the blink of an eye, and I really enjoyed it. (Full review)
Further Chronicles of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery ⭐⭐⭐
With this one, my listening of the Anne of Green Gables series has come to and end. While this one wasn’t one of my favourite, it still included some lovely tales, and I listened to it eagerly. I still have yet to read Anne of Windy Poplars and Anne of Ingleside as they were not included in my audiobook set, and I will, at some point, because I have irreversibly fallen in love with this universe.
The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One by Amanda Lovelace ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Finally I ‘ve been reading some more poetry! I’m so glad to have read the last volume in the Women Are Some Kind of Magic series by Amanda Lovelace. I really enjoy her poetry works, and this one was no exception.
Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book, oh my gods. It is set in NY in 1989, in the middle of the AIDS crisis, and follow three teenagers who navigate senior year, first love, friendships and loss. It’s a FANTASTIC novel and I cannot believe I hadn’t heard of it before I stumbled upon it. (full review)
Literary Witches by Katy Horan and Taisia Kitaiskaia ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book reminded me a little bit of Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, and of the amazing Brazen graphic novels. It’s a series of short biographies, for wonderful authors who can be compared to witches and I absolutely LOVED it. It also has stunning illustrations!
I Want To Eat Your Pancreas by Sumino Yoru ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book is about friendship, and coming of age. It is the beautiful story of a girl who is about to die because of a rare sickness in her pancreas, and how she befriended a classmate, making him the only one aware of her secret: she only had a few month left to live. We know right away that this is no cheerful book, but I did not expect it to break me LIKE THAT. I cried A LOT, trust me. But nevertheless, it was also very beautiful and heartwarming, and I would absolutely recommend it.
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann ⭐⭐⭐⭐
As it seems, most of my reads this month completely wrecked me, and this one was no exception. Alice is getting over her breakup and for the summer, has planned to enjoy her job at the library, and the fact that she is sharing a flat with her two best friends. After her girlfriend ended things when Alice confessed she’s asexual, she is done with romance, thank you very much. What she hadn’t planned for the summer was to meet Takumi. What she hadn’t planned was all the butterflies she felt in her stomach every time she looked at him… I loved this book. I think I kind of needed to read it. It had been on my radar ever since its release, and I’m so glad that I finally picked it up. I feel blessed after such a wonderful read.
And hopefully I find the time and inspiration to write a review for those last two, because I am certainly not done talking about them!
Two French graphic novels:
Surprisingly, I haven’t read many French books this month! I guess it is actually because most books I borrowed from work were translations of American or English books. Whatever the case, this month flew by, and my reads were excellent. Oh and two of them were translated from Japanese, but since they are also available in English, I of course included them in the above section!
Enferme-moi si tu peux d’Anne-Caroline Pandolfo ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This one is a graphic novel about several artists who were mostly misunderstood throughout their lives. I’ve had it on my radar for a while now, and I’m so glad I finally read it because it was super interesting! (more about it in this post in French)
L’Arabe du futur / The Arab of the Future vol.2 by Riad Sattouf ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The author recalls what his childhood was like, growing up Syria with a father who was an intellectual, and a mother who was French and had given up pretty much everything to follow him back to his home country. In this second instalment, the narrator starts attending school, and we also learn a little bit more about his family. It’s really well-made and I would most definitely recommed it!
Ariel by Sylvia Plath, The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg and Winterwood by Shea Earnshaw ♥
TV shows I’ve been watching this month:
Atypical 💫 The Good Place 💫 The End of the F***ing World 💫The Let Down 💫 La Casa de Papel 💫 Anne with an E
An update on my reading challenges:
Goodreads Challenge: 127/120
Audiobook Challenge: 11 books (currently listening to one)
YARC: 16 books