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.

In Which I Talk About Books That Are Dear To Me #RadioSilence #TheHennaWars #HarleyInTheSky

I am back with another one of my occurences where I talk about books dealing with topics I deem important! Truth be told, I’m trying my best to read only books with those topics, and also, I want to be endlessly screaming about books, but anyway. I’m back with three new contemporaries today, and they are all wildly different, but also super awesome. Just like I love it, these books feature queer characters and/or deal with mental illness. And without further ado, let’s get into it!

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman (2016) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar (2020) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman (2020) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Radio Silence is one of Alice Oseman’s previous works, and was released in 2016, but Harley in the Sky as well as The Henna Wars were both released this year, and I’m also rally happy about the fact that I get around to reading recent releases.

Radio Silence, just like the rest of Alice Oseman’s work, features a highly diverse cast. *insert that EVERYBODY GAY song from TikTok that I just can’t get out of my head*. The main character, Frances, lives with her mother. She is head girl at her school, and gets excellent grades. She working hard on getting a spot at Cambridge University. But one night, when she is out with her friends, she meets Aled. Quickly, she realises that she can be herself when she is with him. And that will change her life and her perspectives forever. No, this is not a love story. It’s a story about friendship, and that’s even better.

Warning: Radio Silence deals with parental abuse, and depression. (And I thought it did so excellently)

I loved that this book was unapologetically queer. Frances is bisexual, and we know it pretty much from the get go.  Some other characters are gay, and one is questioning his sexuality. There are some great discussions revolving around asexuality, and the need for labels (or not). As someone who suffered from depression, this book felt like a warm, accepting hug.

I LOVED the fact that Frances was obsessed with a Podcast from the Internet, and had a complete other life there. At school, she’s all business, and a serious student. But at home, she’s on tumblr, and wearing fandom t-shirts. It’s not always easy to be a teen, between real life and expectations, whether those expectations come from yourself, your parents, or your peers, and I thought that she portrayed that really well. I also loved that she had a really wonderful relationship with her mother.

After reading Alice Oseman’s graphic novel Heartstopper, I knew that I wanted to check out novels she had written eventually, and I’m so glad I finally got started with them. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of them, and especially her upcoming release Loveless.


The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar was just released at the beginning of May, and was one of my most anticipated releases of the year. I started it on the day of its release, and finished it on the next day. It’s a beautiful story about friendship and sisterhood, first love, and also cultural appropriation, which is a very important topic.

Potential trigger warnings for: racism, islamophobia, homophobia and cultural appropriation. Bare also in mind that someone is outed in the book.

Nishat’s family moved from Bangladesh to Ireland when she and her sisters were younger. She is attending an all girls high school, and just trying to get by until she gets to college. Although her sister has always been supportive of her, when she comes out to her parents after attending a beautiful wedding, they act like nothing happened. But when Flàvia, the girl she has a crush on, decides to open a henna shop for a school project, simply because she saw it and liked it, Nishat can’t just stand by. Not only is it cultural appropriation, but it is also the very idea Nishat had.

The Henna Wars is a wonderful coming of age story, that navigates the complexities and difficulties of not only being a teen, but a queer POC. Nishat can be very stubborn, and she is full of angst, but rightfully so. I’ve seen reviews blaming her for that, but honestly? After all she’s been through, I totally understand, and really admire her. The only thing that saddened me was the miscommunications with her best friends, but hey, it’s okay to be a teen and mess up.

Overall, this was a really great book. If you’re looking for new releases for pride month, then I’d really recommend this one! Nishat is really unapologetic about who she is — as she should be! — both as a queer teen, and as a woman of colour. She is proud of her culture and heritage. I loved her discussions with her grandma over Skype, about henna, and about her family. I absolutely loved her relationship with her sister. And of course, I have to admit that the romance aspect of the story was also really cute! Full of angst, but I loved it.


And finally, Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman was released in March, and was also a book I was highly anticipating because I absolutely loved the author’s previous works. I was surprised by the setting at first, but once again, was swept away by the story.

This one is possibly triggering if you have depression and/or anxiety.

Harley in the Sky is the story of a girl who runs away with the circus… But she actually rans away FROM the circus. Harley’s parents are the successful owners of a circus in Las Vegas, but want their daughter to go to college. Except she wants to be an aerialist. So since her parents won’t give her the opportunity to train, she takes off with Maison du Mystère, a rival circus whose ringmaster has questionable morals.

The romance aspect of the story was hella predictable, but it was also super cute so I’m not complaining. What I didn’t expect was how it delved into mental health and mental illness — although having read Akemi Dawn Bowman’s previous works, I should have seen it coming. Although it is never explicitely stated, it is pretty clear that Harley has OCD, or at least, something very similar to it. And I really liked how it was dealt with throughout the  book. As usual with the author, the mental health rep is SO ON POINT.

Just like The Henna Wars, it’s a book about how teens can mess up, but also how it’s okay to mess up, as long as we work on fixing our mistakes. I thought that this book was very powerful, and I could barely put it down so of course, I’d definitely recommend it. If you’re looking for something that’s a bit different, if you have ever considered running away with the circus (I know I have!) then Harley in the Sky is definitely the thing for you! And if you’re looking for more queer reads for pride month, then you should go check out Akemi Dawn Bowman’s previous book Summer Bird Blue which has amazing ace rep!


And that’s it for today! This has been my segment where I talk about books with queer and mental health rep, because both are deeply personal to me. That being said, I also just fell in love with Elizabeth Acedevo’s latest release Clap When You Land which is a book about two teenage girls who just lost their dad in a plane crash. As usual, I’m trying to read more and more diverse reads. And of course, that does not only include queer books (although I do love them with all my heart!) I’m also trying to read books with POC protagonists, and support Black authors more than ever. And I’ll try to have it show on my blog, so hopefully I can get my words together to write a review for this one, because it’s definitely making it to the top best books I have read this year!

Wilder Girls: My Review

I hesitated as to whether or not I should pick up this book, but I’m glad I did! It’s so different from anything I’ve ever read, and I was worried about the whole gore situation but I didn’t actually mind. I have to confess I haven’t actually read Lord of the Flies for that very reason (okay, I don’t know much about it anyway, but I have more often than not been disappointed by classics, which is also why I’m afraid to give it a try). But when I heard that Wilder Girls was a genderbent, feminist retelling of the classic, it suddenly was right up my alley. On top of it, I’m always looking for sapphic book recommendations, and here I am, I have now read it.

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Title: Wilder Girls
Author: Rory Power
Genre: YA Horror
Release: 2019
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

TW: violence, death, body gore, suicide

The plot:

Blurbed as a feminist, genderbent retelling of Lord of the FliesWilder Girls starts eighteen month after an epidemy, the Tox, took root on the island of Raxter. The only residents are an all-girls school, and all of them are either affected or dead. The whole island is in quarantine, only receiving food from the outside world who promised they were looking for a cure.

Month after month, the bodies of the girls are transforming, and they go through horrible seizures.

When her best friend Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to help. Even if that means going out of the school, into the forrest. But the girls are not the only ones affected by the Tox, the animals and the forrest iself are more dangerous than ever, and Hetty just might discover more than anything she could have expected…

My thoughts:

First things first, how absolutely gorgeous is that book cover? I love it. It is both disturbing and fascinating, and the last reason why I wanted to pick up this book. The other reasons being, as I mentioned before, the fact that it was a genderbent retelling of The Lord of the Flies aka a huis-clos following a bunch of girls stuck on an island and trying to survive. And the fact that, you know, I wanted to read a good original sapphic book. What can I say? None of these aspects did disappoint. And although I am slightly horrified, I am really glad I decided to give this book a try.

The story is overall a bit slow-paced, but I didn’t mind. Little by little, we as reader get to know how we got there, and what happened in the 18 month preceding the start of the book. As the characters are mostly in the dark about things, it still remains mysterious and scary through most of the book. But the pieces do come together. The book was intriguing at first, and quickly became enthralling.

The narration is divided between Hetty and Byatt, separated, as they both discover several aspects of the Tox and how it came to be. The story is full of suspense and secrets until the very end. I also really liked how it navigated the girls’ past, how they became friends, as well as their much horrible present. It’s a story about surival despite all odds. I want to say it’s inspiring, but that probably wouldn’t be the most appropriate term. What is for sure is that Hetty and Reese are some of the strongest characters I have ever read about, and I absolutely admire them.

And finally, what can I say, I absolutely loved the slow burn of Hetty and Reese’s relationship. I am so weak for the trope of one character saying I don’t want to be your friend and the other character understands it as I don’t like you when the first one ACTUALLY MEANT I want to kiss you. It is so EXTRA but also works every single time. And kudos to my girl Hetty for mentioning very early in the book that she has always been attracted to both boys and girls although she has never really been in a relationship. That made my bi heart a little fuzzy and I am here for it.

The end of the book was rather open which I didn’t really expect but I liked it. Most of our questions were answered which I didn’t see happening until the very last minute, so props for that. And although I haven’t mentioned them yet, I also really liked all the side characters like Carson and Julia. Welch and the headmistress were also more complex than they seemed at first, and I liked that. Overall, this book shows a large variety of girls and I want to protect them all from the world, both the one they live in, and the one we do! Rory Power really created a masterpiece.

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! ♥

Love From A to Z: My Review

I said I wanted to write more blog posts, and I will. Last summer, as I was browsing English bookstores in Paris with a friend, I had of course decided that I would not buy any book because I had enough at home, I stumbled upon Love From A to Z by S. K. Ali, and I caved in and decided to buy it for three reasons: it’s a stunning, hardcover edition, I’d read her previous book Saints and Misfits and really enjoyed it, and this particular book was ALREADY on my TBR and I knew that would read it eventually (that’s sort of a lame excuse, I know, but I bought the book anyway). As soon as I got home, it ended up in one of my multiple book piles (the priviledged one right by my nightstand, not the ones by my bookshelf), I mentioned at least twice on this blog that I wanted to read it, but it took a whole month of confinement for me to actually pick it up. And boy am I glad that I finally did.

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Title: Love From A to Z
Author: S. K. Ali
Genre: YA Contemporary
Release: 2019
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

TW: This book deals with Islamophobia

Before I go any further into this blog post, let me add that I loved this book from the beginning to the end, and it has made it to my list of top favourite books I have read this year. So far, the list also contains Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman, Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia, and Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee. For some reason, they are all contemporaries (probably because the relatable weighs a lot in my liking a book) but we shall see if the rest of the year keeps it that way or not! (And maybe because the world looks like a dystopia right now, I will carry on with my contemporary books and be envious of book characters who get to go out with their friends, but that’s a whole other topic…)

To sum it up:

After getting suspended from school because she confronted a teacher who keeps targetting her faith, Zayneb is sent to Doha, Qatar, by her parents, so she can stay with her aunt and get an early start to Spring break. Unexpectedly, her path crosses Adam’s.

Adam was attending college in London, where he got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last fall. He stopped attending classes, and instead decided to create things. Something he’s always loved doing, and something that helps keep the memory of his mother alive. He is very intent on keeping his diagnosis a secret, especially from his father. And then he meets Zayneb.

“I wanted to get to know one person more than I’d ever wanted to get to know any other person in the entire world.”

My thoughts:

This is not a love at first sight. This is the story of people who keep meeting, and each time confirms the fact that they could belong together. This is a story about getting to know one another. Adam and Zayneb have a lot in common, starting with the fact that they are both Muslim, which is closely followed by the journal of marvels and oddities they both keep, which was a very clever way of setting up the narration.

Love from A to Z is a beautiful book. It’s a rather quick and easy read — I read it in 24 hours, but maybe that was because I desperately wanted to know what would happen next. The chapters altern between Adam’s and Zayneb’s POV. Zayneb shares a lot of oddities: she is angry at the world for all it puts her through. The microagressions. Her islamophobic teacher who just won’t let it go. The school who is investigating her activist friends. The woman on the plane who asked to switch seats. The man at the pool who called security on her because she “wasn’t wearing proper swimwear”. But she is also full of love for her friends and her family. Hard-working and unable to bear injustice, she is a very inspiring character. Adam on the other hand is calm. While Zayneb strives for justice, he strives for peace. That’s the very reason why he became a Muslim at the age eleven. He has been through a lot but that doesn’t keep him from admiring what he sees in the world. He looks at the sky a lot, and shares marvels in his journal. He is an extremely kind and overall beautiful human being, but he is also dealing alone (at the beginning of the story at least) with multiple sclerosis, the illness who killed his mother, which is why he is scared of telling his father.

There is a lot of side-characters, starting with Adam’s friends who also all returned to Doha from Spring break, and who quickly adopt Zayneb as one of them, and of course, her friends back in the US. I really loved the relationship between Zayneb and her aunt, and of course, Adam’s little sister Hanna.

Love from A to Z is also a book that deals with grief. Six months before the story started, Zayneb lost her grandmother who was attending a wedding in Pakistan. The circumstances of her passing away are unclear, and Zayneb’s parents are trying to figure out what happened. And then we have Adam’s mom. He shared some cherished memories with her (which teared me up) and has to be strong for his father because the anniversary of her passing away is coming up. So yes, it’s a book that deals with hard topics on many different levels, but it does it in a way that is both human and beautiful. The characters experience grief, anger, being powerless and more. I had to put it down a few times to deal with the tears. But that only made me like it more.

Love from A to Z will hit you with some hard truths about the world. Things are not always easy. There are oddities, but there are also so many wonders, like this book, which is absolutely beautiful.

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In conclusion, if you haven’t read this book yet, I most highly recommend it. As for me, I’m wondering if I should reread Saints and Misfits because I can’t for the life of me remember how it ended. Anyway, thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day!

Eliza ans her Monsters | Summer Bird Blue

And on how I’m finding new favourite books ❤

This post is a sort of sequel to a previous one where I talked about books with an asexual MC, and how I wanted to read more books with similar thematics. In my previous post, I talked about Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann, and Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee, which has so far made it to the top books I have read and will have read in 2020 (40-ish books so far) along with the books I’m going to talk about today. With time, and reading experience, the way I relate to characters has become more and more precise. Anxiety often plays a big role, and for example Fangirl will always be a favourite. But now? Give me depictions of thought spiraling process, like in A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard, which is an all-time favourite, or of course, in Turtles All The Way Down by John Gree. Give me a MC who questions their sexuality — bonus points if it’s asexuality. Give me a deep existential crisis. And well, I have found some, and they have become instant favourites.

Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia (2017) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman (2018) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
[TW: death]

I had heard many great things about Eliza and her Monsters, and to be honest, the reason I didn’t check it out sooner is because I was worried that it was completely overrated. Well, I was wrong. It was worth all the praise — and more. (Now is the moment I realise that I waited too long after finishing the book to write this article, but anyway.)

Eliza leads a double life. At school, she is average, invisible. She is just trying to get through high school before finally graduating. But online, she is the famous author of an extremely popular webcomic. No one knows of her real identity. But things get complicated when she meets Wallace, a new student at her school, who just so happens to write fanfictions for her very own webcomic…

While I am not sure it is ever stated in the book that Eliza has anxiety, she does have panic attacks, which hello, is extremely relatable. (I’m not counting the number of times I ended up in the nurse’s office in high school because I was sobbing uncontrollably…) She’s been through a lot psychologically, and I’m weak for characters like her. Who are creative and find solace in online content and online friendships.

I also LOVED her relationship with Wallace. While the whole romance aspect of the story was cute and adorable, I also loved that they could understand each other, and agreed to take it slow, so that both of them were at ease. I also really loved that Eliza didn’t get better because of a boy because that’s cliché YA romance (although I have to admit, most authors know better by know). She got better because she got help. Because her family finally supported her. Because she took matters into her own hands. She is such a strong character, and I loved that.

Your own mental health > Romance. And also, friendships are super important. This is what I took from this book. And while I’m talking about that, if you liked Eliza and her Monsters, do yourself a favour and check out Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman! It’s a book with an artist as a main character, who also deals with her own issues, and I thought it had a similar message which I LOVED!

As for the other book I wanted to talk about today, Summer Bird Blue, I was worried that Starfish had set the bar too high, and that I was wound to end up disappointed, but I actually liked it even more. It broke my heart even more, and i related even more, which are basically my main criteria when it comes to liking a book. I like to suffer, and this book was brilliant.

Summer Bird Blue is a stunning book about loss and grief. That’s not a spoiler, the main characters, Rumi, loses her sister in the very beginning of the book. Her mother, who doesn’t know how to cope, sends her for the summer to live with her aunt in Hawaii. She barely knows her, and feels abandoned by her mother at the worst moment of her life. The book deals with Rumi’s relationship to music: music was something she created with her sister, and now that Lea isn’t here anymore, she doesn’t know if she can do it anymore. Through the book, she will have to rebuild herself.

One of the things I took from this book was an idea that also is one of my favourite SKAM quotes: people need people. We can’t and shouldn’t suffer on our own. Communication is important. It feels good to have someone who will lend you their shoulder to cry on. Friends are hella important. (Have I said that already? I’m saying it again.)

And of course, the asexual rep was on point. Rumi has known for a while that she probably was asexual (or at least, on the ace spectrum). She thinks she might be aromantic as well. And she also doesn’t want to be defined by labels, especially as she is still figuring things out. Through flashbacks, we see her searching for herself. And maybe she doesn’t have all the answers, but she’s on a journey to understanding herself better, and I thought that was beautiful. You can be ace and still find people attractive. (Her attraction to Kai reminded me a lot of Alice’s cutie code in Let’s Talk About Love!)

In conclusion, I completely fell in love with this book. As I like to say, it completely broke me, but it was worth it.

Other diverse YA contemporaries I have really enjoyed recentlyOpposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds, Frankly in Love by David Yoon and American Panda by Gloria Chao.

Next on my reading quest for more books with asexual charactersEvery Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire.

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!

10 Books on Scribd You Should Check Out

I am trying to spend more of my free time blogging these days because 1. I have a lot of free time because work is cancelled and 2. It’s more productive than watching Netflix (something else I have been doing a lot!) I also learnt than in our time of confinement, Scribd had decided to make its free trial period last for a month rather than a week (if I am correct) and proceeded to make an account immediately. While browsing, I decided to make this post.

Of course, not ALL the books in the world are available on this app. But it does have some great ebooks, and some great audiobooks as well, if it’s something that you like. I am currently listening to The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. And I have decided to share 10 amazing books that you can find on Scribd if you make an account!

(And no, this post is not sponsored or anything, it’s just a product of my boredom.)

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

It seems I have another great opportunity to rave about how much I loved this book, so I’m not going to miss it. Starfish is the story of a girl, Kiko, who is finishing her Senior year of high school and trying to figure out what to do with her future. She deals on the daily with anxiety, and deeply buried PTSD as well as micro-agressions from her mother. To me, this book was both beautiful and relatable. It shows a journey of getting better, but also describes the spiralling down process extremely well. It’s a book I will always cherish, and recommend.

The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf

Probably my favourite release of 2019! The more I think about it, the more I realise that’s the case. Set in Kuala Lumpur during the riots of 1969, we follow the story of Melati, a teenager who got separated from her mother during the race riots, and is trying her to reunite with her while dealing with her OCD. It’s a wonderful story about people and how we need to be here for one another, set with a background of historical events that we should talk about more.

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Another book that blew my mind. This one was published in 2017, and Nic Stone is currently working on a sequel which I totally didn’t see coming, but am now super hyped about. Through the story, we follow Justyce, who is a senior in high school, as he tries to unveil the truth surrounding his brother’s death, after he was shot by a police officer. This book is excellent, and eye-opening.

The Chaos of Longing by K.Y. Robinson

I thought I would also include one poetry recommendation, because they seem to have a large selection as well! (At least when it comes to the poetry that I like and enjoy? I haven’t seen it all obviously.) I read The Chaos of Longing a few years ago and I really liked it because it felt both beautiful and relatable. It’s nothing extravagant, a poetry that is a bit similar to Rupi Kaur, and Amanda Lovelace. But every author has their personal experience, so of course it’s also different. Anyway, if it’s something you enjoy, then I would definitely recommend this one.

And when it comes to poetry, I am currently reading Please Don’t Go Before I Get Better by Madisen Kuhn!

Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

This book was excellent, but it also has some trigger warnings when it comes to sexual assault, microagression ans islamophobia. That being said, it was beautifully crafted, and also, I believe, very important. It’s the story of Janna, a Muslim teenager girl who is growing up in a world where she has to grapple with her identity. There are people who don’t understand her for her faith, and her community who doesn’t understand why she hangs out with people who are not Muslim so much. And I thought that overall, the book was really well executed. I read it too long ago to voice my thoughts more precisely, to be fairly honest. But I do know that I loved this book. (And Love from A to Z is waiting somewhere on a book pile in my room!)

Random thought that occured to me: If you liked this book, and don’t know what to do with your time during quarantine, go watch SKAM.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

My new favourite book! It has everything when it comes to my favourite tropes. Boy next door, friends to lovers, instant fame, mutual pining… (And miscommunication because how else is a good book supposed to work out!) A YouTube channel that has created a modern retelling of Anna Karenina! So many things that I like in the same place. It even has excellent asexual rep, and I’m desperate for more. Do yourself a favour and go read this book.

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Okay, I have to admit that the biggest reason Isla and the Happily Ever After is featured on this list is because I actually read it on Scribd, so I somehow had to repay to the favour by including it on the list (sorry, that’s how my brain works.) But also it’s my favourite in this trilogy, because Isla was the most relatable character out of them all. AND it’s also a book which includes a lot of traveling which is GREAT considering we are not allowed to go out, and travel is pretty much all I can think about these days!

The 100 by Kass Morgan

TV show set aside, I thought The 100 was a nice YA book. We have a post-apocalyptic setting, a bunch of teens that are set free in the wild, an (at first) invisible enemy (and a situation that turns a lot more complicated), as well as some good old enemies-to-lovers relationships which, I am sorry, but is the superior romance trope. It’s an easy to read book, which is honestly quite enjoyable and left me wanting for the sequel. Also, Bellarke is canon in the books.

Love, Life and the List by Kasie West

Since I’m all about the YA romance tropes today apparently, this one has a very sweet friends-to-lovers relationship AS WELL as a relationship that has to stay a secret. It was hella cute, in true Kasie West fashion, and is the perfect cosy book to cuddle with these days!

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

And last but not least, Ari & Dante. Another book that I will never forget. It’s an excellent novel both in terms of coming-of-age, and of accepting yourself. Do yourself a favour and read this one, if you haven’t yet.

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And that’s it for today! Happy reading, and stay safe. Take one thing at a time, self-care is also important these days.

Eve of Man: My Review

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I have finished this book earlier this month and I’m still not sure how I feel about the whole concept, so I figured I might as well write a review about it, to just talk and share my thoughts! (To be fairly honest, I was planning on making this article right away, but it just didn’t happen, so here we go.)

Title: Eve of Man
Authors: Giovanna and Tom Fletcher
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi/Dystopia
Release: 2019
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Warning: May contain spoilers!

The story:

Basically, Eve of Man is a YA dystopia about a girl called Eve, who is the first girl to be born in 50 years. Raised apart from everyone else (among women who at this point of the story are all about 70) she is the only hope that the human race has to survive. She feels like she doesn’t have much of a choice. Until she meets Bram by accident. Until things are unveiled, and she realises… Is humanity worth saving after all? I guess that’s a question for the sequel…

My thoughts:

Before I delve any further into my ramble, I just wanted to point out that I read this book mainly because I got an ARC upon the French release (which was beginning of February) and I have to admit it got me really curious. And in addition to that, it’s also a fairly recent release and I like reading books that were released recently because it somehow makes me feel like I have it together so there’s that… ANYWAY.

While I did like the concept, I feel like I still had too many questions to fully understand it. I know, I know, I could have just accepted the whole thing — and I did. Okay, she was the first girl to be born in 50 years. But how is she supposed to repopulate the Earth ALL BY HERSELF? She can’t be the only mother, we all know that is not going to work. That never really made sense to me. Although some things were explained LATE in the book in terms of scientific experiments (which were to be expected although a sheltered Eve would not have seen it coming) I was still relatively skeptic.

A high fantasy with magical creatures? Yes of course, I can picture that. A world where a girl hasn’t been born for 50 years? Sorry, I don’t buy it. I guess that’s my bad. I feel like I was catapulted into this universe without enough world building. The information arrived too late into the book. (Or maybe I have become too picky when it comes to YA dystopia…)

I don’t know, this book left me frustrated, and I just wanted to put it out there. So here goes. Have you read Eve of Man as well? If you have, please feel free to share your thoughts with me, I would love to discuss it! Will I pick up the sequel? Probably at some point, because I have to admit that I am still really curious as to what will happen next. I feel like maybe the first book was too slow, although the concept definitely has potential!

I am also very curious to see how they will develop the concept of Eve being attracted to Bram fully knowing that he is Holly, and also being attracted to Holly when she knows that he is a part of her? I don’t know, that was weird and at the same time gave me strong bisexual vibes (but maybe I’m the only one) which is ironic considering that Eve is, after all, the last woman on Earth. But I’m rambling, and I shall see what happens in the future when the next book is released!

Overall, I was not entirely sold on this book, but I’m still curious as to what will happen next. There you have it.

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!