January Wrap Up

2020 started with a good reading month, and I’m really happy about it! On the other hand, I haven’t blogged much this month, but at the same time, I am really happy with the posts I actually made, so let’s stick to that positive feeling! If you are curious, I made a reading update in French because I hadn’t done one in a while. And without further ado, here comes the reading wrap up!

Books I read this month (aka 11 books in total)

The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book, people. It was great. It’s so nice to have a retelling of the story of Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table that is told through the perspective of Guinevere, and that puts women at its center! To be honest, it’s the perspective I didn’t know that I needed. I loved how I knew what to expect for most of the plot twists, because I know the old tale, but the book still managed to surprise me in the best possible ways. It’s my first time reading a book by Kiersten White, and I have to say, I need more.

The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg ⭐⭐.5

[TW for rape] Honestly, I was very disappointed by this book. I wanted to like it, but it just didn’t happen. One of my very first thoughts as I started it was “Oh no, this is going to be like The Spectacular Now, but gay.” And boy did I not like that book so that wasn’t a compliment. As we went through the second half of the book, it did get a little bit better, but I still have to main complaints: I felt like Max and Jordan’s friends were not very nice and supportive, and I did not like the way Jordan’s mental illness was dealt with (it also felt that he had some issues that could have been dealt with by the way).

To Make Monsters out of Girls by Amanda Lovelace ⭐⭐⭐⭐

[TW for abuse] It’s been a while since I last read a poetry book, and once again I fell in love. I really love how Amanda Lovelace writes about her experience with abuse, because you can tell that she is in such a better place now, and it gives me hope! I will definitely be picking up the rest of her work soon.

Graphic novels:

The Arab of the Future vol.3 by Riad Sattouf ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This graphic novel is really excellent. It follows the childhood of the author, who had a Syrian father and a French mother, and had to juggle between the two cultures, whether he is staying in France or Lybia or Syria. I would definitely recommend you give it a try, at least to the first volume of the series!

The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab ⭐⭐⭐⭐

As usual, Victoria Schwab’s work is amazing. I have nothing else to say but this: I need the sequel right now. (But I’m on a book buying ban and I intend to keep it that way!)

5 centimeters per second by Makoto Shinkai and Yukiko Seike ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This one is a slice of life kind of manga following two kids who fell in love when they were in middle school, and were separated  when they have to move across the country. It was very beautiful and moving, and I really liked the fact that it was just a two-volumes story (my favourite kind of manga, as I end up never finishing long series!) It just captured perfectly the bittersweet melancholy of growing up I guess, and I really liked it.

Livres en français:

Le Consentement de Vanessa Springora ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Miroir de nos peines de Pierre Lemaitre ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Couleurs de l’incendie de Pierre Lemaitre ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
La leçon de ténèbres de Léonor de Récondo ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sacrées Sorcières de Pénélope Bagieu ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

aka de graphic novel adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel The Witches by French illustrator Pénélope Bagieu. You might now her from her award winning series Brazen. And as for a recap on the other books I read in French, see link above about my reading update in French!

Currently reading:

Elite: Al Fondo de la Clase by Abril Zamora. Translated from Spanish and inspired by the Netflix series ELITE. And The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Yes, finally.

And that’s it for my first reading wrap up of the year! I am both on track with my Goodreads challenge, and hoping that I am not entering a reading slump. As for my book buying ban, it’s doing great so far (the fact that I can borrow books from work really helps!) And with that, cheers to a good February!

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