May Wrap Up

Now that works has started again, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to read as much, but for now I have read quite a lot of books in May — 17 actually — and I’m really happy about it!

YA books:

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The House of Hades by Rick Riordan ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My reading month started with the rest of Heroes of Olympus. I’ve read all of them within a week or so, and absolutely loved them all. I know I’m always babbling about how much I love Percy Jackson, but I hadn’t actually read HOO yet, and I fell in love with every single one of those books, and new characters.

Wilder Girls by Rory Power ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I had heard about this book, and really wanted to check it out. I finally took the time to read it, and I loved it! It is so full of badass girls, and queerness, and I am here for it. (Full review)

The Fever by Megan Abbott ⭐⭐

It took me such a long time to finish this book, and truthfully, the only reason why I did is because I wanted to see how it ended. And even that disappointed me. The only reason why I didn’t give it simply a one star rating is because I didn’t have the heart. And the writing was okay. (Full review)

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Because I love Heartstopper, I knew that I actually had to check out Alice Oseman’s novels. I finally did with Radio Silence, and I absolutely loved it! It’s a beautiful book with an incredibly queer and diverse cast. It’s extremely relatable, and it totally warmed my heart. I can’t wait to read the rest of her books. (Also, I read this one on Scribd, and I’m really glad I got the app during the confinement, because it’s totally worth it!)

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This one was one of my most antcipated releases of the year, and I read it immediately upon the publication. The main character is a lesbian, and from Bangladesh, and deals with life as a a queer teenager of colour. It’s a really good coming of age book, which also has to do with cultural appropriation, and I would most definitely recommend it.

If you want to check out my previous blog post, I talk about both Radio Silence and The Henna Wars, as well as Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman which I read in April!

Aurora Burning by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I read Aurora Rising back in February, and I really enjoyed it. The story is quite catchy, and fun to read (even though, I have to admit, it’s not the best book I’ve ever read, it’s still a good, enjoyable book). So of course, upon the release of Aurora Burning I knew that I had to check it out (and now I have to wait for the sequel, like a peasant). I think I enjoyed Aurora Burning more than the first book. I got to love the characters a bit better, and although the adventure is quite insane, it’s pretty much impossible to put the book down, and I’m really glad that I decided to give it a go!

The Crown by Kiera Cass ⭐⭐⭐

I can now proudly say that I took the time to finish The Selection series. While I really enjoyed the original trilogy, I didn’t like the last two books as much. They were nice, but that’s it. I thought this last instalment was a bit rushed, to be honest. Marid Illea came out of nowhere and was a pain in the ass, and the relationship between Eadlyn and her chosen consort as well as many other plot elements just came out of NOWHERE. Also, I wanted to see more of Kile. And I cried because of some family drama. (Because yes, I don’t cry for romantic drama, but FOUND FAMILY gets me weak.)

What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter ⭐⭐⭐.5

I heard that this book would be released in France by one of my favourite publishers, so I decided to read it in advance, you know, to get ready for work. In the end, I had mixed feelings about it — and I’m also working on a blog post in order to wrap up my final thoughts when it comes to this book. It’s a story about a famous book blogger, and what happens when real life collides with online life.

Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen ⭐⭐⭐

I was looking for more Sarah Dessen books to read on Scribd, and this one was available as an audiobook, so I decided to give it a try. It’s one of her first releases, and it deals with teenage pregnancy, as well as one’s relationships with their parents. My favourite things about it was the main character’s relationship with her best friend. The main romance was honestly not that great, and and her relationship with her mother was super frustrating. But it did have some great character development, and I can say that in the end, I enjoyed it.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Not totally last, and definitely not least, I listened to the audiobook for Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. I completely fell in love with the story, and this book will definitely make it to my list of favourite books I’ve read in 2020. It’s about two teenage sisters from the Dominican Republic who just lost their dad in a plane accident. But the trick is, they have different mothers, and didn’t know about the other’s existence in the beginning of the book. One lives with her own mom in the US, and one is still in DR with her own grandmother. This book was absolutely stunning and brilliant, and I loved it.

Manga/Graphic novels:

I have read three volumes of manga or graphic novels this month, and I’m hoping to read as much in June. First, I read Living-no Matsunaga-San vol.5&6 by Iwashita Keiko, which I rated ⭐⭐⭐, and then I finally got my hands on the second volume of The Steel Prince  by Victoria Schwab which I rated ⭐⭐⭐⭐.

French books:

And finally, I read two non fiction French books which I both greatly enjoyed. I will be making a blog post in French about them as well as other French books as soon as I am done with Leila Slimani’s latest book.

Il y a un seul amour de Santiago H. Amigorena ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Dehors, la tempête de Clémentine Mélois ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Things I’ve been watching:

When it comes to booktubers, I’ve been watching a lot of Leena Norms and Jessethereader videos. When it comes to Netflix, I loved The Half of It and I binge watched Never Have I Ever which was a lot more fun than I was expecting! I wasn’t convinced by the trailer, but I heard many people saying it was great, and it was definitely worth it 🥰 I’ve also seen Ratatouille, The Great Gatsby and Green Book with my family. And I’m now rewatching New Girl because it’s finally available on French Netflix again.

April Wrap Up

The only good thing that came out of this confinement: I got to read A LOT of books this month, including some that had been on my TBR for a really long time, and I’m really happy about it. That being said, it also feels like this month has lasted a decade. And I’d love to be able to go back to work. But anyway. I read a grand total of 17 books this month (which makes more than a book every two days), so without further ado, let’s get into it!

YA books:

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I had heard many great things about this one, and was curious about it because I wanted to check out more novels in verse. Well I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a great coming-of-age book about a girl who likes to write poetry, and who comes from a very catholic family. While I wasn’t very familiar with her hispanic background, a religious family is something I can relate too, and always appreciate in a book. And now I can understand why it got so much praise: it totally deserved it!

I’m Not Dying With You Tonight by Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones ⭐⭐⭐

The story of two girls stuck together in the middle of a race riot. They end up at the wrong place, at the wrong time, and will have to stick together if they want to make it out alive. (Full review)

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw ⭐⭐⭐⭐

An amazing witchy book! I’ve seen many people describe it as an “atmospheric read” and I have to agree that it gives off a very unique vibe. I’d been really curious about this book for quite some time, all the more so since I read Winterwood and I really enjoyed it. The universe was unique, although the general plot was mostly predictable. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed it!

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book had been sitting on my bookshelf for two years, and I am so glad that I finally picked it up. I really like Sarah Dessen’s books, they are great feel-good romance stories (kinda what you need when you are stuck at home!) but also have interesting characters, and often great family relationships, which is why I really enjoy them, and Once and For All was definitely what I wanted it to be.

Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This was the last Owlcrate book on my TBR. It’s a fantasy genderbent retelling of the count of Monte Cristo, and I ended up really enjoying the story, despite my not really liking Dumas’ book because I was forced to read it for school. In the end, I fell in love for the universe and the characters, and I cannot wait for the sequel.

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Do I need to introduce this series anymore? I really enjoyed The Raven Boys, so naturally I picked up the sequel, and I think I might have enjoyed it even better thanks to Ronan’s POV and a bit more of an insight on the Lynch brother’s past. I haven’t picked up book three yet, but I will definitely. At some point.

The Heir by Kiera Cass ⭐⭐⭐

Another sequel I ended up picking up this month! I really enjoyed The Selection original trilogy when I read it back when it was, I think, 2016. It took me a while to pick up this one (which even coincided with the movie or TV show or whatever being announced) and while I did enjoy it, and am planning on reading the last instalment, the magic didn’t work for me as much as it did in the previous volumes. Also I gotta say, it is damn predictable. But it was still a fun read, and I read it in a day!

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab ⭐⭐⭐

I absolutely love Schwab’s books, in case you hadn’t gathered that about me yet. So of course, I was bound to read The Near Witch at some point. Of course, I love books about witches too, so really, there was no escaping it. While I did enjoy it, I felt like maybe something was missing? Or maybe I had set up my expectations too high. Whatever the case, I have to admit that both the writing and the atmosphere were amazing.

Love From A to Z by S. K. Ali ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

What can I say? This book had been on my TBR ever since I heard of its release, and I absolutely FELL IN LOVE with the story. It was my first 5 stars rating of the month, and it highly deserved all those stars. It’s a beautiful book, and honestly, I want more like these. Slow pace, hand holding and build-up. That’s all I need. (Full review)

Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I absolutely adored Akemi Dawn Bowman’s previous novels, so I was bound to pick up this one, and I loved it just as much. It did have a different vibe because of the Circus setting, but Bowman’s character building was once again on point. I really liked how she carefully dealt with questions related to mental illness, and thus once again managed to both break me and lift me up. It’s so important to read about characters who feel like me in books, and while I didn’t expect it in a book that took place in a circus, I think it was also really clever, and I absolutely loved this book. Once again, I would definitely recommend Bowman’s work ♥

Middle grade books:

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This one is a middle-grade science-fiction with a background of Korean mythology, following a 13 years old gumiho who will do anything to find her brother who has apparently gone AWOL. It’s fun, well-made, and throughly enjoyable. (Full review)

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

It’s been such a long time since I read the Percy Jackson series for the first time. I’ve always thought that I would reread them before finally picking up Heroes of Olympus. Overall, I think I have read The Lightning Thief three times, but I never ended up rereading The Last Olympian. Anyway. I was in a book slump, and in a mood for Greek mythology after listening to Hadestown on repeat and binge reading Lore Olympus and I ended up picking this up on a whim. I am so glad that I did because I am living my best life reading them!

Graphic novels:

I read two graphic novels this month, the first one was in French: Saison des Roses de Chloé Wary ⭐⭐⭐⭐. It’s about a women’s football team and their struggle to stay afloat because their club is refusing to give them proper funding. It was a really good book, with colourful illustrations, and I really enjoyed it. The second one was Heartstopper Vol.3 by Alice Oseman ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. I absolutely love this web comic, and I cannot wait for the next volume to be released. I’m catching most of the story on tumblr, but I also want my own copy! On top of that, I discovered the webcomic Lore Olympus and completely fell in love with it. I had heard about it on tumblr before, and I finally gave it a try, and in the end, I completely fell in love with it.

Poetry:

Break Your Glass Slippers by Amanda Lovelace ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Any poetry book by Amanda Lovelace is a book that I would like to read, so of course, I got my hands on this one as soon as I could. I absolutely loved it. It was truly inspiring as usual, and on top of that, it also gave me some great tattoo ideas!

Fiction:

This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I stumbled upon this book while browsing lists of F/F fiction, and as soon as I saw that it was a TIME TRAVEL story, I knew that I had to read it. Lucky for me, it was available on Scribd and I read it immediately. It took me a while to really get into the story but oh my, it was so beautiful, I completely fell in love with that book. If you want to see me ramble about it some more, check out this blog post.

Currently reading:

The Fever by Megan Abott, Radio Silence by Alice Oseman and Fierce Fragile Hearts by Sara Barnard. And of course, I’m planning on finishing the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan.

TV Shows:

I’ve been keeping up with the latest season of Brooklyn Nine Nine as well as the new season of Money Heist, which, I have to admit, disappointed me a little bit (Okay, I actually haven’t finished it, and I don’t know if I will). Skam France is back with its sixth season, and I also watched (and loved) The Bonfire of Destiny on Netflix, which I would definitely recommend! I binge watched One Day at a Time, and of course, fell in love with the show. And I also watched one kdrama called My Secret Romance.


I feel like I have read so many books in April, this post was never ending so I’m going to stop now. Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful day! ♥

March Wrap Up

So you probably noticed by now but I’m not really huge on TBRs. I particularly stopped making posts/announcements about them because I know that I never respect them, so it’s a bit pointless and frustrating. However, ever since I started using my Owlcrate reading planner, I somehow started making some TBR planning again. Without any pressure. And somehow it worked out this month so I wanted to share!

The only book I didn’t get to this month was Scavenge the Stars and it was the last one in order of priorities, because I’d gotten Crier’s War first, and the rest of them were settled for a French release in March (or even before that). And anyway, I’ll most likely get to it next month because I’m also really curious about it! And without further ado, here come all of the 14 books that I have completed this month!

YA novels:

Frankly in Love by David Yoon ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book had like three of my favourite tropes all in one: childhood friends to lovers, fake dating AND falling in love with the person your parents picked for you (I honestly don’t know why I enjoy that last one so much, it is for some reason super sweet and cute to me…) Add to that the whole coming-of-age aspect of the story which I really enjoy, sprinkle some drama and BAM you have it. This book was brilliant. (And is partly to blame for my falling-down-the-kdrama-rabbit-hole once again…)

Eve of Man by Giovanna & Tom Fletcher ⭐⭐⭐

Eve of Man is a YA dystopia about a girl called Eve who lives in a world where she is the first girl to be born in 50 years. Basically, she is responsible for keeping humanity alive. I was not sure how to feel about the concept (to be honest, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to read a book with only one female character) but I ended up reading it nevertheless because I was curious. Overall, I was not entirely sold on this book, but I’m still curious as to what will happen next. (Full review)

Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I don’t know why I didn’t listen sooner when people recommend this book. Well, actually I know: I was worried that it’d be overrated. Well I was worried for nothing. I absolutely loved it. It was just the right amount of relatable, sweet and inspiring.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Another book that I feel like I am the last one on Earth to read. And I did take my sweet time with the audiobook. I really liked the universe and the atmosphere. It has a witchy vibe which I always enjoy (and it reminded me of Winterwood a little bit, which I’m glad of because I was looking for more books like this!). So anyway, I’m glad that I finally gave this series a try, and I am now listening to The Dream Thieves.

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Y’all, I have found a new favourite book. It is hands down the best book I have read this year so far. I liked it even better than Tash Hearts Tolstoy and I don’t even feel bad about it, because it also had ace rep. I feel like I am reading so many amazing queer books this year and I am THRIVING. Yes, I am absolutely doing it on purpose. Anyway. Summer Bird Blue was amazing. Go read it, it will break you, but I promise it’s worth it.

Crier’s War by Nina Varela ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This one had been on my TBR for the past few months, ever since I got it in the October Owlcrate box if I am correct. And it turned out that it was the F/F fantasy I didn’t know I had been waiting for. I would probably not have picked it up otherwise, and that would have been a pity because I loved it wholeheartedly. It has some good old enemies-to-lovers romance, mutual pining and oh-the-angst. Add a revolution on top of that, some more drama and a cliffhanger… I need the sequel, like, right now.

American Panda by Gloria Chao ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Another book I fell in love with! In this one, we follow Mei, a Chinese-American teenager, as she starts college and contronts what she really wants to do with her life, and her parents’ expectations. There is romance as well, but the focus of the book is mostly on Mei figuring out what she wants, and her relationship with her mother as well as her estranged brother, and I am all here for the complex family relationships! While I did get frustrated a little bit especially in the beginning, it was a really good book which I would most definitely recommend!

Literary fiction:

While I am super happy with the amount of YA I managed to read this month, I’m also glad that I got to read other things as well. These two books were released in France in March, and I really enjoyed them both. Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim (⭐⭐⭐⭐) takes place in Virginia right before slavery was abolished, and centers on the relationship between an enslaved Black woman, and the white girl she raised. I thought that it was a really beautiful book. The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Christy Lefteri (also ⭐⭐⭐⭐) was released in 2019 and is the journey of a couple of Syrian refugees as they crossed Europe in hopes of finding a better life. I cried a lot, but it was worth it. This book was really good.

Poetry:

Please Don’t Go Before I Get Better by Madisen Kuhn ⭐⭐⭐

I was glad to discover a new poetry book when I subscribed to Scribd, and I liked it. It was very relatable in some parts — and in some others it was not. Overall I enjoyed it, and it (once again) made me want to read more poetry books.

French books:

Les Fleurs de l’ombre de Tatiana de Rosnay ⭐⭐⭐

I was highly anticipating this book because I love the author. She wrote best-seller Sarah’s Key as well as one my all-time favourite books, The House That I Love, which takes place in late 19th century Paris as the city is being remapped by the authorities, and people are forced out of their homes. Flowers of Darkness, unlike those two, is a dystopia, and while I did love the writing, I was not entirely sold on the story itself.

Impasse Verlaine de Dalie Farah ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This one is a 2019 release which seems to be mostly autobiographical. It follows the author’s mother’s life as she moved from Algeria to France when she got married to a man much older than her. It then follows the author/narrator’s life and relationship with her mother until she graduated high school and moved out. It’s a really good book about family, and one’s relationship with their mother, and I would definitely recommend it to other French readers out there! (As I still haven’t made a reading update in French, at least I am putting it out there.)

Comics & more:

And in addition to the rest I have also read this month one French graphic novel called Flipette & Vénère which is about two sisters’ very different perspectives on life. It was absolutely excellent and I gave it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. And finally, I read volume 3 of Living-no Matsunaga-san by Iwashita Keiko. I’m making my progress with this manga series very slowly, but it’s fun to read, and I gave it ⭐⭐⭐. And there you have it, my March reading wrap up!

Currently reading:

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Kdramas I’ve watched this month:

Healer 9/10 ❤
Crash Landing On You 9/10 ❤
Hyde, Jekyll, Me (almost finished) 8/10 ❤
Pinocchio (rewatch) 9/10 ❤

And in terms of TV shows in general, I’m keeping up to date with Brooklyn Nine Nine, and I watched season 3 of Élite at the very beginning of the quarantine! I also completed season 3 of The Crown with my mom, it took us a while as usual. The plan for April is to watch the new season of La Casa de Papel, probably more kdrama and we shall see!

February Wrap Up

I know that’s not a very original thought, but I can’t believe February is over already? How is time going so fast? Already, I can see the night falling later. It’s still dark when I get out of work, but at 6pm we still get to see the light of the day which is REFRESHING. As fast as this month came and went, I still managed to read 12 books, and in addition to that, got to write a bunch of articles for the blog, so I’m really satisfied. And without further ado, here come the books that I have read this month!

A few YA novels:

Élite: Al Fondo de la Clase by Abril Zamora ⭐⭐

This is a companion novel to the Netflix series Elite which I honestly watch as a guilty pleasure. Like, this show is trash but I can’t stop watching it. It has it good moments, but it’s mostly drama. It’s fun to watch, but I could live without it. The book was okay, and I surprisingly read it to the last page, but I also felt like I could have dropped it at any moment and moved on with my life. It follows characters who aren’t in the show, and I didn’t really feel compelled to like any of them. So yeah, I was a bit disappointed.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book was simply stunning. It’s a great coming-of-age story that deals with asexuality and instant fame on the internet, that was in my opinion perfectly executed. Check out this post if you want to see me babble abou it some more.

Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is a book that had been on my TBR for some time now, and I eventually picked it up on a whim. I’m so glad that I did because I really enjoyed it. It was a bit cliché, but what can I say, I wanted a cute WLW story, and I got just that so I’m not going to complain!

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I wasn’t planning on reading this one actually, mostly because I already had so many other books that I wanted to read. But upon the French release I couldn’t resist checking it out, and I ended up loving it. It’s a great SFF story with a heist in space after all, how could I resist? (Full review)

Opposite of Always by Jason Reynolds ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The last book I managed to read this month! This one is a contemporary/time travel YA romance and what can I say (there is no way I stay chill with that statement) I JUST LOVE TIME TRAVEL OKAY. So of course I loved that book. The only reason I gave it four and not five stars is because of the questionable/cliché decisions that the main character took in the second part of the book. Other than that, it was just the right amount of amazing. I might write a full blog post about this one soon-ish if I have the time, we shall see!

Three French books that are mostly autobiographical:

Le Lambeau by Philippe Lançon, in which the author tells us about his journey to survival after the Charlie Hebdo shooting of January 2015 (⭐⭐⭐⭐). Les os des filles by Line Papin, in which the author speaks about how she felt uprooted from everything when she moved from Vietnam to France when she was 10. It’s a very beautiful book about a girl who, after that event, felt like she didn’t belong anywhere. (I also rated it ⭐⭐⭐⭐). And finally Toutes les histoires d’amour du monde by Baptiste Beaulieu, a tale in which the narrator/author found some notebooks that belonged to his grandfather after he passed away, which unveil a huge part of his life he knew nothing about. This one I completely fell in love with, and gave ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. I’m trying to get it together and hopefully I will write a more detailed reading update in French very soon.

Two French graphic novels:

Ma fille, mon enfant by David Ratte ⭐⭐⭐⭐, which explores the relationship between a mother and her daughter; and Les Vermeilles de Camille Jourdy ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ a very cute fantasy about a little girl who runs away from home and falls into a strange world. Both are fairly recent releases, and I really enjoyed them.

And finally, I read two mangas:

Our Precious Conversations by Robico (vol.1) and Living-no Matsunaga-San by Iwashita Keiko (vol.2) which I both rated ⭐⭐⭐. I’m gradually starting to read shojo again, which reminds me of when I was in high school and it’s just lovely!


And that’s it for today! Thank you so much for reading, and cheers to another reading month!

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!

My YARC 2019 in Review

This will probably be my last “2019 recap” kind of post, but I couldn’t let go as long as I hadn’t wrapped up my YARC 2019 challenge. My plan, if I remember correctly, was to read between 11 and 20 books, and I ended up reading 16 which is therefore a success!

I kicked off this reading challenge with Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman and I completely fell in love with it. It was extremely relatable and beautiful and I can’t shut up about it. We follow Kiko, a Japanese-American teen, through her summer, as she deals with her anxiety and what she wants with her future. She also has to deal with her mother’s degrading comments, which was heartbreaking, but overall this book was incredible ♥ (Full review)

January also had another instant fave: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi. It was my first book by this author, and I loved both the concept and the execution, as well as the diverse cast of characters. I might break my book buying ban just to buy the sequel as soon as it gets released! (If you want to see me rave about it, check out my full review!) And while we are talking about Roshani Chokshi I also read later this year both Aru Shah and the End of Time as well as Aru Shah and the Song of Death. And let me tell you, I have become obsessed with this series. It is simply amazing, and I’m forcing it down the hands of all my customers with 9 or 10 year old kids (aka clearly living my best life).

In February/March I also read the two volumes of the manga Manabu by Masako Yoshi. It’s a slice of life kind of story that takes place in the 80s follows the high school life of a teenage girl whose parents have left Japan to work in Germany. It was a very beautiful and sweet story, and it also reminded me of how much I wanted to read more mangas. And then I didn’t. Except for one volume of Living no Matsunaga-San, a newly released series by Iwashita Keiko following a teenage girl (yes I mostly read shojo when it comes to manga) who moves in a boarding house, and the relationships she will develop with her flatmates. Also very cute.

In March I read a Korean graphic novel by Song Aram. The title would be translated as Two Women but I’m actually not sure it has been translated into English. It tells the story of two different women who met several times in their lives, and it’s about their friendship. This book was absolutely beautiful, and I loved how it showed that everybody can be happy with their life in a different way.

After this one, I read The Weight of our Sky by Hanna Alkaf. It takes place in 1969 in Malaysia during the race riots that took place in Kuala Lumpur. We follow Melati, a teenager who loves music and gets separated from her mother on the night the riots began. Through the book, she will try to find her and also have to deal with the djinn that is constantly in her head (what seems to be OCD). This book really hit me hard regarding how it dealt with anxiety, and overall, it was stunning and although I don’t talk about it enough, I hope everyone reads it! I also just learnt that it got the Freeman Award and I’m delighted about it! (Full review)

Another book I read in the earlier part of the year was Quest and Quandaries by Alda Yuan, which I received courtesy of the author. Now this book is complete fantasy, but I loved the fact that the main character (who is both sarcastic and badass) is described as having Asian-like features AND complains about the fact that in fairytales and such stories the characters always appear Caucasian. This earnt this book a spot on my YARC list hands down. (Full review)

I got I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi in the October Owlcrate box and completely fell in love with it. Through the story, we follow three teenagers dealing with the upcoming end of the world, including a Pakistani-Muslim boy who has decided he must go to the end of the world to find his estranged sister. It’s a book about family, and telling your loved ones that you care about them, and I loved it from beginning to end. (Full review)

Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian was also a great discovery! It takes place during the AIDS epidemy of 1989 and features the ACT UP movement, as well as three teens who get entangled with it. It’s about first love, and is an excellent coming of age, dealing with a topic that was dear to the author: growing up a as a gay kid from Iran in the United States. This book was excellent. (Full review)

When it comes to yound adult literature, I also discovered the novel I Want to Eat your Pancreas by Sumino Yoru. Now don’t be scared by the title, it apparently comes from a saying. It’s a very sweet story about friendship ans loss, narrated by a teenage boy who just lost his friend. It deals with grief in such a true and beautiful way, I don’t think I will forget about this book any time soon.

This summer, I ended up reading one of Murakami’s non fiction books, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, in which he talks about his love for long distance running, and compares it to his writing process. This was actually the only book on my mid-year TBR that I managed to read, and I absolutely LOVED it. It was so inspiring, and a quick read as well: I would most definitely recommend it. (Again, if you want to see me rave about this book, check out my full blog post!)

I also read two books in French by Japanese author Akira Mizubayashi, one from 2017, Un Amour de mille ans, and a newly release from the end of August called Ame Brisée. Both deal with his passion for music. He is an excellent writer, who has worked on both the Japanese and French languages, and now writes in French. His books are beautifully crafted, and I’m so glad I finally gave them a try. I would 100% recommend them (and, just saying, the people I recommended it to at workk also loved it and I’m endlessly happy about this!)


And I guess that’s it with my 2019 YARC wrap up! I can’t believe this year is over, and personally feel like I am lost in the great unknown, but anyway. Please feel free to recommend me more books by Asian authors, and about the different Asian culture, and more diverse books in general. I will probably not go around reading them any time soon because I am very badly organised, but I would love to add them to my never ending TBR! Cheers to another wonderful reading year!

Favourite Reads of 2019

Apologies again, because I haven’t been posting enough lately. The truth is, between work and existential crisis, I barely open my computer, so that doesn’t help. What I did manage in 2019 was to read 131 books, something I barely can fathom myself! And out of this list, I have picked my 10 favourites! Most of them are YA, but it also includes literary fiction, as well as one non fiction book. Here we are, in no particular order:

 

Rosie Loves Jack by Mel Darbon

This book was so precious! I discovered it by accident upon its release in France and I absolutely fell in love with it. Through the story, we follow a sixteen year old girl with Down syndrome who is travelling on her own for the first time in order to find her boyfriend who has been sent to Brighton. In the process, she gets stuck in London in a middle of a snowstorm. This book was beautiful. It managed to both break and heal me, and deserves more recognition! (Full review)

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

This book won me over. I read the Six of Crows duology a while ago, and really liked them although I wasn’t really impressed by Shadow and Bone. But this one. I completely fell in love with it. I love how we are following two strong badass ladies and one tortured prince who also happens to be super sarcastic, which means I am basically in love with all three of them. I liked it so much that I finally picked up Siege and Storm. Needless to say that I cannot wait for the TV show. (Full review)

Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

This book was so sweet! It’s about friendship and family, and falling in love, and contained all the elements that I needed to become obsessed with it. Including the main pairing acting domestic af before they even started dating. It was extremely swoon-worthy and I would most definitely recommend it if you are looking for a cute romance and/or a coming-of-age YA novel! (Full review)

The German House by Annette Hess

This book was translated from German. It takes place in 1963 during the second Auschwitz trials, and follows a young woman who speaks Polish and becomes the interpret for the Polish people who survived from the concentration camp. It is brutal and so very important, and most likely will be a book I will never forget.

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

The only non fiction book on this list! It’s the second book by Haruki Murakami that I read, and I absolutely LOVED it. He talks about his passions for writing and running, and it’s absolutely INSPIRING. (Full review)

 

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This one I wasn’t necessarily expecting to read this year, because I hadn’t read any other books by the author. But of course it drew my attention because of how hyped it was, and not one second did I regret picking it up! It was a fascinating book, and I barely put it down. It oh-so-deserved the hype, and I will definitely check out more books by Taylor Jenkins Reid! (Full review)

Circe by Madeline Miller

I absolutely loved The Song of Achilles, so when I heard that Madeline Miller had released a new Greek mythology retelling, and that this one would follow a badass witch, I knew that I HAD TO read it. I even attended her reading at Shakespeare & Company, and it convinced me that I would fall in love with this book; and I sure as hell did. It is absolutely stunning. (Full review)

The Weight of our Sky by Hanna Alkaf

This book broke me in so many ways, but I’m still thankful that I read it. If you are not aware of this, The Weight of our Sky takes place during the 1969 riots in Malaysia, and follows a teenage girl with OCD who is trying to be reunited with her mother. This book was a rollercoaster of emotions, but it also depicted Melati’s anxiety perfectly. Will it break your heart? Most likely, but it’s absolutely worth it. (Full review)

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

I picked up this book because of the mental health representation and boy was it worth it. Did it break my heart? Yes. Did I completely fall in love with it? Also yes. Do I want to protect Kiko against the world at all cost? Absolutely. It was a hell of a journey seeing her growing, but this book was amazing and also, you need to read it. (Full review)

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

This one, just like Starfish, was one of my first reads of the year. To be honest, I was already in love with the concept before I even started it. And in the end, the story completely won me over as well. (Full review)

Special mention to Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery because I feel like it’s worth mentioning I read all six main books in the series, and absolutely loved them. 2019 is the year I finally became obsessed with Anne of Green Gables. And this is also once again the proof that I can read a series from beginning to end if I actually commit to it! It happened twice this year, and I hope it will happen again!

And in conclusion, this was an excellent reading year. I hope 2020 will be just as good!

December Wrap Up

A new year has come, let’s hope it will contain great reading stats! And before I start with anything else, let’s wrap up the month of December. Quickly, because I have only read four books. (Because of the strikes, I had to drive to work which meant less reading time. I also had to share lunch with my new coworker, which also meant less reading time. And finally, extra hours of work which ALSO meant less reading time.) These were great books nevertheless, so I’m not complaining!

Books I’ve read in December:

Winterwood by Shea Earnshaw ⭐⭐⭐⭐

A mysterious, fantasy story about a witch living in the woods, and a boy, who has disappeared. This one was the November Owlcrate book and I completely fell in love with it. The atmosphere was just the right amount of eerie, and it has some great twists: some of them I saw coming, some of them I didn’t. It was a very beautiful book, and I cannot recommend it enough.

Nowhere Boy by Katherine Marsh ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I really wonder why I hadn’t heard of that book sooner because it is SO IMPORTANT and I cannot wait for its French release, so that I can shove it into everyone’s face! Nowhere Boy is the story of a fourteen years old Syrian refugees who ends up living in the basement of an American family in Brussels, and secretely befriends their son who is about the same age as him. This book broke me in so many way, but I am so glad that I read it.

Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain by Zac Gorman ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This one is a middle grade fantasy, in which we follow Thisby, who is a guardian of the Black Mountain. Her job is to keep all the monsters in the dungeons well-fed, basically. But her life is transformed when Princess Iphigenie’s daughter goes missing, and both girl go on a quest to find him, and keep the peace in the realm… This book was hilarious. It had all the right touches of humour, and was a very pleasant read, featuring two amazing and inspiring girls!

One book in French:

Otages by Nina Bouraoui ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Première lecture pour la rentrée littéraire ! Un livre qui fait réfléchir sur l’aliénation des femmes, et la société d’aujourd’hui. Pas très drôle, mais très bien écrit ; je suis vraiment contente de l’avoir lu.

Books I didn’t get to finish:

The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

The Music of What Happens by Bill Konigsberg

TV shows I’ve been watching:

The Witcher 💫 Anne with an E


Wrapping up my reading challenges for the year 2019: I have read a grand total of 131 books, which I can hardly believe. When it comes to the audiobook challenge, we are still at 11 books: since I aimed for at least 10, I guess I succeeded! I just wanted to finish the one I was currently listening to, but unfortunately I didn’t have the time to, so you will see it in my January wrap up!

As for the YARC, I will probably make a full post to recap on the books I’ve read: yes, all 16 of them. Which means that I have also reached my goal! My idea was to read around one book every month for this challenge, and since I reached 16, I overall suceeded and I’m really happy about it!

I’m not making any insane reading plans for 2020 as I do not know where this year will take me in terms of jobs and housing, and I now know that both of these elements affect my reading, however I am still hoping that I manage to read at least one hundred books, so cheers to that, and I wish you all the best for this new year!

November Wrap Up

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!

Currently reading:

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

October Wrap Up

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 ⭐⭐⭐

Currently reading:
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!