thoughts on what i read in september 2019

I really don’t seem to be good at posting wrap ups on my booktube channel, so I guess I’ll try to post more detailed wrap ups here than the ones I used to. I used to only link my goodreads reviews, but what I’ll do here is tell you a bit more on my thoughts, and hopefully it’s a format I feel comfortable with and I’ll keep on doing that in the future. I’m writing this as I’m listing to the newly released SuperM‘s first mini album. You probably don’t care, but I wanted to share with you a bit more about my writing process, I guess.

Defy, by L.J. Shen — 3.5 ✰

If you’d told me I’d enjoy book as much as I did, I’d honestly not have believed you. But turns out that I really have an amazing time. I went into this book without much expectation. I had read the first book in the series, Vicious, a few months before, and I have to admit I had really enjoyed it and found it addictive. Well it’s the same with this one. I really liked the teacher/student element (I wouldn’t have appreciated it as much if the student had not been 18 when it started, tho), I liked how cheesy and dramatic it was at times. Although this novella has some problematic elements (such as stalking, huuuuuuh yeah), overall it was a lot of fun.

Death Note, Volume 1, by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata — 4 ✰

I remember watching a bit of the anime when I was younger because my sister had read all the manga and loved the anime, so I caved in. I really liked it. But then I never continued, and now here we are. And I became obsessed. This was so brilliant??????? The main character, Light, intrigues me so much, I canNOT wait to see how this series goes on because, like I said, it’s simply so smart! The art style is very specific but, personally, it really works for me!

Fix Her Up, by Tessa Bailey — 4 ✰

I read this one because my friend Melanie simply fell in love with it. She fell hard. And that intrigued me a LOT. And although after reading it I did not love it as much as she did, I can really understand why it’s such a well loved book. The smut in this one was r e a l. I fell absolutely in love with one of our main characters, Georgie Castle. She’s such a special main character. I know she’ll stay with me for quite some time, simply because she’s someone you want to help, she’s someone you want to call family. Seeing her becoming her own person, seeing her succeed, it really hit different. I also think it was a really cute story (even tho the smut was real good).

The Fever King, by Victoria Lee — 5 ✰

This book simply owns my heart. I can’t make it simpler for you to understand. If you give me a book set in a futuristic alternative reality with a Jewish chaotic bisexual main character, Noam, falling for a Jewish gay boy, Dara, both with super powers, then you give me everything I’ve ever wanted and hoped for. This book was still unputdownable. I kept wanting to read and read it. Yes, it was predictable, BUT it did not keep any of the enjoyment away. It felt like reading a book I had been meant to read and love. I’m so excited to read its sequel, The Electric Heir, especially because I got an ARC and my body is ready!

The Smell of Other People’s House, by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock — 4.25 ✰

When Sage asked me if I wanted to buddy read this book with them, I immediately said yes! I’d been wanting to read this book for the very longest time, and it seemed like the perfect book to read for this transition from Summer to Autumn. And it was. It’s a beautifully written book about found families, set in Alaska in the 1970s. I don’t know why, but I’ve always loved books set in Alaska, they usually have this very specific atmosphere that makes me love them even more. And duh, the same happened with this book. It can be heart-wrenching at times, but mostly I found it a very cosy read.

Mooncakes, by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu — 3.5 ✰

I completely feel like the odd one out here. I feel like everybody who’s got an ARC and read it gave it 5 stars, and although it was cute, it didn’t impact me. But that being said, it’s a very cute story about family (found and blood) and friendship. It’s heart-warming and cosy. The Asian and Jewish rep were really appreciated, I don’t usually get to read about these two representations in the same book. I also loved that one of the main characters, Nova, has two grandmas, they were adorable. And of course the relationship between Nova, a witch, and Tam, a non-binary werewolf was very cute as well, but I would have wanted more background to their relationship. But like I said, overall it was a cute story!

All Cats Are Introverts, by Francesco Marciuliano — 4 ✰

Realistically, this isn’t a very serious book, and it doesn’t claim to be so. It’s a very funny, and yet at the same impactful, poetry book about cats and how, as an introvert, you can find comfort that you must have been a cat in another life. I think I read this one at the perfect moment: I was feeling sad (as I did during most of September) and I needed to read something that would make me feel like I was being hugged. And this is what happened. I spent a very good time laughing, and I felt understood. It gave me such a good feeling!

The Dead, by James Joyce — 2 ✰

Fortunately for me I read this one for uni, so it means I don’t really feel bad for rating it this low. Honestly, for a short story that’s 45 pages long, it didn’t make sense until the very last page and hum…….it really wasn’t for me. This is a short story you can find in the anthology Dubliners by the same author, which I’d already read in its entirety and disliked, so I knew going into this reread that I would probably not like it the second time around. And I was right. But I have to admit, I always prefer a story after having studied it, but it never changes my initial rating. One thing I’d said when rating Dubliners was how I would have preferred each short story to be a book, and I absolutely stand by what I said. As a short story, The Dead got me more confused than anything else.

Banned Book Club, Kim Hyun Sook & Ko Hyung-Ju & Ryan Estrada — 4.25 ✰

This was a very smart graphic memoir. I really want people to know. I loved the way the story was ‘cut’ into chapters, how each had a purpose and accomplished its goals. I personally love graphic memoirs because they tell someone’s story, someone real, someone who went through what they’re talking about, someone who is trying to tell you something they think is important enough to tell. This is smart. This graphic memoir talks about fighting for democracy, for justice, for what you believe in, for what is right. It was just brilliant. And the art style was incredible!

I Married My Best Friend to Shut My Parents Up, by Kodama Naoko — 3.5 ✰

My friend Melanie is such a sweetheart! She sent me a copy of this manga and I’m so so very thankful! Don’t see this 3.5 as a bad thing, this manga is simply gay and adorable! It’s a quick read, and you’re having such a good time you don’t want it to end and wish it was longer. At least I did. It’s about these two women getting married, one of them having told the other years ago that she had feelings for her. It’s a soft friends to lovers story with one character discovering her feelings. Cute cute cute cute.

Birthday, by Meredith Russo — 5 ✰

I’m once again talking about Melanie, and it’s because we buddy read this book together during the Contemoraryathon Round Five! This is one of the most important books I’ve ever had the privilege to read. But also one of the hardest. This is a powerful about friendship, unconditional love and acceptance. This is a book I wish I could give to each and every transgender teenagers, not because it shows an entire reality (spoiler alert: it doesn’t, duh) but because I want them to see that they’re not alone, there is hope. We do not have enough ownvoices transgender books, and that’s such a shame. We need more. Please, give this book its chance.

Girls of Storm and Shadow, by Natasha Ngan — 4 ✰

This was my most anticipated release of 2019, and yes I ‘only’ gave it 4 stars, but trust me when I say I am not disappointed. I knew this book wouldn’t be as good as Girls of Paper and Fire, because one of the things I loved so much about it was its setting, and I knew that once this setting was removed out of the equation, I wouldn’t love it as much. But that being said, I also fell in love with GoPaF because of Wren and Lei, so being back with them was absolutely amazing. I loved that they had things to work on as a couple, that they had things to discover about the other, basically what I love is that they’re not at their happily ever after yet, but they’re working for it. I also loved knowing more about this world, discovering the different clans and their quarrels. It was so fascinating! I’m so very thankful that I was able to get a physical ARC of my most anticipated release, it means the world to me!

I’d like to end this wrap up with a few stats because, personally, that’s something that I really love. So, in September I read 12 books, 3 054 pages, my average rating is of 3.9 and my average pages per book is 255.

Please let me know how you feel about this specific format for my wrap ups, I’m still trying to figure it all out!

That’s it for today, I’ll see you soon, have a nice day 🌿

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