October 2019 Bookish Wrap Up

October 2019 Bookish Wrap Up

After a night of Halloween candy and watching scary movies, it’s finally the end of October. And that means another wrap up of my reading month. I read nine books this month.

I feel like I need to re-name my wrap ups to “books Simone spent a month yammering about because they’re so good.” Because this month, the books were so good.

However, my original TBR changed massively as new library holds came in. I had a couple of buddy reads and book club reads and they all came from the library as one giant stack of books. I had to reorganize my TBR a few times.

What I wanted to keep in mind was getting my buddy reads and book club books on my TBR. Those were a MUST because when you’re having a convo about a book, you should know what the book is about. After that, I added in some spooky reads because it’s October and spooky reads are always a must when leading up to Halloween. Seriously, spooky reads after Halloween just feels like celebrating New Year’s on Easter.

But because of the changes, I had to make some SACRIFICES. For me, it was my ARCs for November. November 5th is planning to be a big publishing day for a lot of books. I mean, A LOT. I think this is going to be the last big push before the end of the year. So I didn’t get to read the fun romances and a few fantasies I’ve downloaded from Netgalley. I think they’ll become the priority in November.

But enough about what changes I made this month. Here’s what I actually read and enjoyed:

Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

This duology was probably my favorite fantasy of the month. I read this with my friend Jenna for an awesome buddy read and before we even finished the series, two more friends tagged along to read it. They both loved it too! It’s an incredible story about a young man named Lazlo Strange who joins a party of folks about to dismantle a giant angel statue standing in the middle of a small town called Weep. But the statue isn’t just a statue, but a palace for a group of blue-skinned folks called the Mesarthims. They have a mysterious past that no one remembers. When Lazlo gets there, he realizes there’s a much bigger story happening here. Strange the Dreamer is more the story of what’s happening currently while Muse of Nightmares backtracks to tell you its past. The story was so well done and remarkably beautiful. I will definitely be reading more from Laini Taylor in the future.

Fireborne by Rosaria Munda

I think I mentioned this before, but dragons. Rosaria Munda writes an amazing YA fantasy filled with political intrigue, big old battles, and lots of dragons. It’s about Lee, a young dragon rider who is being tested with a few other dragon riders to become the leader of a recently-revolutionized city. However, what people don’t know is that Lee is the long lost prince of the old regiment. As he begins his training, he’s met with someone from his old family and hears about their attempt at revenge. On top of all that, he’s also fighting his best friend for the top spot and she’s trying to figure out if she should reveal the truth about Lee to the rest of the kingdom. Really good political intrigue here with a lost prince, a revenge plot, and lots of dragons.

Find my review of Fireborne on Goodreads

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

I had no expectations about Gideon the Ninth and when I read it, I was blown away. It’s the story of Gideon, an orphan who is being assigned as the personal guard for Harrow; her life-long enemy. Their mission is to go to the First House of their solar system and test to become Lyctors; ultimate necromancers. However, as the group of testers go through various tests and solve this giant riddle of becoming a Lyctor, there’s another strange plot being played out. And the ending is something you would never imagine happening. Definitely check this one out if you’re a fan of Nevernight and Jay Kristoff. It’s a dark fantasy that will really leave you shooketh.

Find my review of Gideon the Ninth on Goodreads

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

You might have already read my review of this one, but this story is still stuck in my mind and I can’t get it out. It’s the story of Zachary who discovers an underground library filled with books and stories. This tiny world is magical and beautiful and despite its major flaws, such a brilliant story. Definitely read this one if you’re a fan of Erin Morgenstern’s work or if you love stories about stories.

Find my review of The Starless Sea on Goodreads

The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

This book is actually the second book in the Origins series including The Darkest Star. If you remember from last month, I gushed about The Darkest Star and how it’s now on my list of authors that I will just obsess about and talk endlessly about. In this book, we begin to see how the world post-alien war has been turning out and sharing some bigger, darker, secrets Evie didn’t even realize. It was so addicting that I’ll be reading the rest of this series and probably be reading a bunch of other books by Jennifer L Armentrout.

Find my review of The Burning Shadow on Goodreads

Honorable Mentions

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

I also had the opportunity to read Christina Lauren’s newest book and I liked it. It wasn’t my favorite, but I also wonder if Christina Lauren slowed down a little (they’ve been publishing a new book almost every three months) they could possibly put out something that’ll get them out of this 3-star slump they’ve got going with me right now. I love Christina Lauren, but I’m always looking for more when it comes to their books.

Find my review of Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren on Goodreads

The Shining by Stephen King

Finally, I made the time for a spooky book this month. I’m honestly upset that I only read one spooky book, but I guess that means the other spooky books will be read in November alongside my Netgalley ARCs. And sadly, The Shining wasn’t even that scary! I think the movie was much scarier, but the movie and the book are two separate entities. There were very few similarities including the REDRUM on the mirror and the old lady in the bathtub and the outcome of the story.

It felt so much more character-driven than I imagined and I loved the shine that Danny has in the book. I already started Doctor Sleep and I love how Stephen King took the shining theme from the first book and incorporated into another sinister story. I don’t think this one will be scary either (maybe a little gross), but will definitely report back.

Find my review of The Shining by Stephen King on Goodreads

What did you read this month?

August 2019 Bookish Wrap-Up

August 2019 Bookish Wrap-Up

I felt like I spent the last few days of August trying to fit in as many books as I can. It didn’t work, of course, because whenever I force reading I get burnt out faster.

But August was good to me and I read a lot this month. I end August with a total of eight books. Isn’t it so funny when you think you’ve only read four books but it turns out to be way more than you anticipated? It’s kind of a fun treat when you take a minute to examine your reading life every month. Let’s talk about what I enjoyed the most:

Nevernight and Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

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This was my first time read Jay Kristoff and I couldn’t have been more happy to start with this series. It’s dark, gruesome, and completely engrossing that you won’t be able to turn away. With the last book in this trilogy coming out this week (like tomorrow), I couldn’t help but marathon the two books prior to prepare myself for the finale. Do you ever take a chance on a fantasy series you’re not sure you’re going to like and then find yourself surprised by how much you love it? I feel like I take chances like this all the time. I’m always buying up all the books in a fan favorite series hoping that I’ll like it too. It seems like a waste of money, but it just feels like I’m investing in my reading future.

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

I also read a lot of romances this month especially in the historical category. My book club wanted to explore historical romance because they’re a huge part of the genre. I even wrote my thoughts on historical romances earlier this month, but I think I found Wicked and the Wallflower to be my favorite out of the bunch. Not only was it historical with its dukes and ruined women and the like, but it had that extra bit of story to keep me pretty happy. I liked this series a lot since it reads like a fantasy series already, so I can’t wait to dive into Brazen and the Beast when my library hold comes in.

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

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I was highly anticipating Frankly in Love this year and getting an ARC copy of it really just made my day. I didn’t think I would relate to this book as much as I did and David Yoon brought up a lot of the nuances of Frank’s life that matched my own, which was an interesting treat. Sometimes you live life thinking the experiences you’ve had as a child were unique only to realize that it was what a lot of people did. It made me feel seen to read it in his book and happy to see others will appreciate the uniqueness of being a limbo person.

 

Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian

This book was probably my favorite of the entire month and I read it at the beginning of August. It was beautifully written and unafraid to share the reality of a disease like AIDS and how it affects not only the people infected by the people around them. I cried so much. Not only was Reza’s story so sad, but Art and Judy lend so well to the story. Honestly, it felt like an opus and I can’t talk about this book enough. I loved it and I hope you all read it and love it too!

What did you read this month?

 

 

July 2019 Bookish Wrap Up

July 2019 Bookish Wrap Up

I can’t believe it’s already the end of July. I mean, can you? This month felt like it flew by and almost every weekend I had plans with friends either in town or visiting from New York. I loved spending my days with friends and talking about everything including books. But it also means my reading took a little hit from it. That’s okay! I still got to read some amazing books and finished the month with eight (hopefully nine if I can fit my current read in) books. 

Looking back at my list of reads from the month, I read a lot of great books! Don’t you love it when each book you read is proceeded with another great read? Of course, there’s the inevitable downfall when you finally hit a book you have to DNF because it’s just not good or you’re not into it. Not looking forward to that.

Here’s my favorites from the month

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

This book got me in my feels this month. I mean, I had to put it down at one point and have myself a good cry because it was so good. The story about two people meeting through mutual acquaintances and fall in love. The only caveat? He wants a lot of babies when he’s married while she can’t have any babies at all. There are some seriously sad parts, but the rest is so funny. The ending, though. That will definitely get you. I can’t wait to read Abby’s next book because this was phenomenal.

Find my review on Goodreads

Recursion by Blake Crouch

I’m a fan or anything Blake Crouch. He’s an amazingly author who can really spin a tale and he does it again in Recursion. It’s the story of a woman who was trying to invent a machine that helps cure degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, but what she builds instead is a machine that allows you to travel back to your own memories and relive them IN REAL LIFE. It’s so twisted and the time jumping gets so messy and the ending leaves you feeling the way I felt after watching Inception.

Find my review on Goodreads

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

I was really blown away by this book. It was sad and terrifying, but also hopeful. It’s about this small island where an all-girls boarding school existed on. Somewhere along the line, everyone at the school (including the staff) are infected with a weird disease that mutates their bodies. Some girls are able to live after each painful mutation while others died immediately. It’s been 18 months since they’ve left the island and the girls want to go home. The story follows a trio who cling to each other like family because that’s all they have, but when one of them goes through another mutation, she’s whisked off somewhere and the other two take it upon themselves to find her.

Find my review on Goodreads

The Two Lila Bennetts by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

This was also such a great read. It’s the story of criminal defense lawyer who’s really good at her job and also a big villain in her own life. One day, she’s kidnapped and threatened to make amends with the people she’s hurt in her life. But the story doesn’t stop there because the moment she’s kidnapped, her life is split into two. There’s one Lila Bennett that’s kidnapped and hoping to get out of there while the other Lila Bennett doesn’t get kidnapped, but now has to face the demons of her life. While you’re reading, you’re seeing this beautiful redemption arc for one side of Lila Bennett while praying that she gets rescued from her captors. The ending is such a surprise and really pulled the story together, so if you’re looking for a good thriller without too much of the suspense, definitely try this out.

Find my review on Goodreads

Dominicana by Angie Cruz

The final book of the month and it was amazing. It’s the story of a young girl named Ana who marries a man twice her age so she can move to America and live the American Dream. However, her husband isn’t so loving. She’s told to stay home and not talk to anyone. She’s basically a bird living in a tiny five-floor walkup in Harlem. When her husband goes back to the Dominican Republic to help fight in their cause, Ana finally feels a little bit of freedom and understands that America has a lot to offer her. Such a beautiful read about this young girl and how she makes the most of her time living in America.

Find my review on Goodreads

My plans for next month

Recently, I decided that I wanted to get my review game a little tighter. I love using Netgalley to request books especially since I’m shy and Netgalley provides you the opportunity to request books without having to email them directly. So, I plan on reading many of the books I have waiting for reviews including The Nickel Boys, The Paper Wasp, Descendants of the Crane, and more.

Also, I’ve been dying to read Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight series, so that’s another priority for me. I’ve been holding off on reading this one because a friend of mine would love to buddy read. I’m pretty terrible at buddy-reading, but with my new work schedule I think I can manage it.

And the last thing I want to read before the month is out is The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. I read a good portion of this book earlier in July, but I want to use August to finish it. My library hold on the book finally came in, so I do have a limited timeline to read this before it has to go back to the library. We shall accomplish our dreams!

How did you make out this month?

 

June 2019 Bookish Wrap Up

June 2019 Bookish Wrap Up

Well, June, you’ve bested me. I wanted to spend this month reading books for myself, for Pride, and just getting back to what matters. Alas, I’m at a loss because this month beat me down with tons of work, catching up, and general June Gloom.

But the sun is shining and I think summer is finally in full swing. I hope to read some more fantasy especially those fantasy series that I’ve been collecting for years. I could really read those already lol.

This month, I got around seven books read. And while it looks like a lot of books, it feels like much less. June was definitely an experimental month while I tried to figure out my new work schedule and balancing reading for work and reading for myself. It really messed me up with my reading, but I think I have a formula now.

But I know July is going to be amazing and I’ll be reading in the heat of LA. Here’s what I read for June:

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

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Don’t let the book cover fool you. It may look like an innocent romcom, but it’s got the steamiest love scenes I’ve read in a romcom. I mean, I’ve read some pretty steamy scenes, but this one will leave you wanting you so much more. It’s got baseball, a determined female protagonist, and the bad boy that somehow is saved by the girl. I absolutely loved this story and while I can complain that the ending was a little cheesy, I would be doing myself a disservice. READ IT. You won’t regret it.

This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura

Sadly, this was my least favorite book of the month. I think I was expecting a lot more from the book and that put my expectations super high. What I received is still a lovely novel from a prolific writer, but it wasn’t to my taste. I think this is the first time I’ve read a YA novel and actually felt too old to be reading them.

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

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I said what I just said and then I read a book like Patron Saints of Nothing and was completely blown away. I mean, wow. The only other book I can recall written by a Filipino author is Cinelle Barnes’s Monsoon Mansion (which is a lovely novel and you should definitely read it), but it’s not exactly the same as this one. This one covers the issues of being born in America and not feeling like you belong. It covers the drug war happening in the Philippines right now. It also talks about learning that adults aren’t the smartest people and sometimes you need to stick to your own guns and your own beliefs.

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

I honestly didn’t think I would get to this book this summer, but wow so glad I did. I took my sweet little time with this one because I’d been a bit burnt out from work. And I’m glad I took my time with this one because it’s probably the most visually beautiful fantasy novel I’ve read in a while. With such an easy premise to follow, this book discovers the beauty of Arabia and including language, monsters, and little touches of Arabic throughout the novel, you can’t help but to be completely enthralled in this book. Shukran to Hafsah Faizal for bringing her world to life in this beautiful first book to a series. I’ll be writing my full thoughts on this one this week so stay tuned.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

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I had planned to read more Pride books for this month, but it didn’t work out that way. However, that doesn’t mean my Pride month is over. I’ll be reading more books represented by the LGBTQIA+ community and I won’t just hold off for one month in the summer. That being said, I went into Girls of Paper and Fire with as much knowledge as any fantasy novel: none. I love how hidden Fantasy books keep everything and you just have to read and explore the book to find out more. This book definitely was an amazing read

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

What happens when the Prince of Wales and the First Son were to accidentally meet and possibly become lovers? Well, that’s what Casey McQuiston explored in this novel. I loved this book with its complicated love story and funny cast of characters. This is legit a wonderful summer book, so I hope you get a chance to check it out. Also, if you felt a little ennui after the 2016 election, it might give you a boost of confidence and hope that 2020 won’t be so emotionally tiresome.

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

To finish this month, I snuck in one last book and I was so happy I did. My friends all read this one already and they all absolutely loved, so I went into this one with an open mind and an open heart. And it completely broke. Oh my goodness, this story was so good and funny and heartbreaking all at the same time. I laughed. I cried. I felt all the emotions I could feel in one book and it won’t disappoint you. While I finished the book today (not technically June finished, but I read most of this book yesterday), I’ll be writing my review and updating the blog with it later this week.

That’s it! Here’s to hoping for a more sane July filled with days at the beach and basking in the glorious summer sun. What did you read this month?

May 2019 Bookish Wrap Up

May 2019 Bookish Wrap Up

Happy End of May!

What a weird month it’s been. I don’t know about you, but it’s definitely been a weird one for me. I thought we would get a lot of reading done, but that’s a bust. I thought we would get a lot of writing done, but that feels busted too. It’s not like I sit at home doing nothing all day. Stuff gets done, but sometimes it feels like you’re always playing catch up. Is that the case for any of you?

In May, I read 10 books in total. 7 of those books are for myself and 3 were for work. As I started this month, I wanted to focus on books written by Asian American authors to celebrate Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month. While I knew I couldn’t dedicate my entire month to reading only Asian authors, I wanted the majority of my month to reflect that. I think I did a good job with 4/7 books I read being from Asian authors (which is more than 50% so I’m going to just be happy with that).

While I can’t talk about the books I read for work, I do know that two of them were by Asian authors as well. I want to note that, but not mention the specific titles because I can’t talk about them lol. Oh, the wonders of being a book reviewer.

My favorites of the month were most definitely With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo and Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim. Both of these books are inspired by food sharing recipes and heritage passed down by generations of cooks. They both share main characters with a passion for cooking and want to pursue it in some way.

However, you’ll get a different story from both. Elizabeth Acevedo’s book deals with a teenage mom theme, which I’ve never seen in stories before. I was so curious as to why more YA authors don’t explore this theme, but I hope With the Fire on High inspires other writers to dive into the topic. For Roselle Lim’s book, it’s more about loss and grief. I’ve read plenty of books regarding this topic, but this one seems to use it in a positive light to celebrate life instead of death.

Finally, I read Miracle Creek by Angie Kim because folks on the Internet was hyping this book up and I wanted to see what all the shouting was about. While I wasn’t completely enthralled by this read, I did find it interesting and kept my attention the entire novel. It’s definitely a great book for those who love a good courtroom drama and the secrets really keep themselves that way until the very end, which I love.

What did you read this month?

April 2019 Bookish Wrap Up

April 2019 Bookish Wrap Up

This blog post should really be called “What did Simone actually read this month?” I think my reading month was all over the place as I try to read books for work, for myself, and for the blog. It’s been a month and I can’t wait to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

This month, I read 10 books so my belief I didn’t do anything this month is a complete lie. While I wish I can read more, I think ten is my limit. It’s always important to balance your regular life with your bookish one. Don’t want to burn out or slump when you’re reading books.

But this month made me feel like reading is more important. I love writing and blogging, but all I want to do all day is read. I hope I get some more time this month. Maybe I’ll blow my wrap up away.

Looking at my reading month, I read a lot of love stories. Some are true romances while others have love themes. But I feel like my new job has me exploring this genre some more in hopes of being more prepared for books I get assigned.

My favorite from this month has got to be The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz. I didn’t plan on reading this book, but I borrowed it from Emma and I had to read it. It was so steamy with the craziest story I’ve ever read. It includes a super messy family tree, a bottle of bourbon, and a story that is just so hard to believe in a good way. It’ll definitely surprise you, keep you reading, and make you want to read more Southern Gothic novels. Let me break out the Faulkner!

The Bride Test is most definitely my second runner-up, but it could have easily been my first if I didn’t read The Bourbon Thief. I’ve been telling people not to expect The Kiss Quotient because it’s not as steamy. It does feature Stella and Michael, but for a brief moment at their wedding. It’s also a completely different story. There’s no one in this one trying to learn how to be a better lover. Not only was this a romance novel, but it also featured themes like immigration, adversity, diversity, and the hope that if you keep on trying and keep an open mind, then the world will open doors for you. Honestly, this was the best mix of both diverse themes with romance and still be considered a romance!

99 Percent Mine was a highly anticipated one for me and sadly, it was a little under par. While I loved the middle and the relationship that Tom and Darcy build, I thought the beginning was really confusing and then ending was a bit rushed.

I also love these “sad girl” books I’ve been reading lately. Stories like How to Make Friends with the Dark that deals with darker themes like loss and grief to The Devouring Gray where a town is under threat of a beast hidden away in a parallel dimension and only the kids know how to go after it. Let’s bring some more thrillers, sad girl books, and horror stories into the mix!

Oh, I also read this book called Escape for my book review job. While I couldn’t find any info on Goodreads, I wanted to include that one to the mix.

How was your reading month?

February 2019 Wrap Up

February 2019 Wrap Up

I’m so glad February is over. It was an exciting month with a lot happening, but it wasn’t my best reading month. I read seven books.

I always end up putting too much pressure on myself to read and when I don’t read “enough,” then it feels like I failed. Don’t you hate that feeling? Well, now it’s a new month and my goal is to read as much as I can. I hope that also means I’ll be able to post as much as I can too.

Since my mid-month checkin left me with one book read, I’m going to share all the books I read here instead of culling back to the middle of the month and repeating myself. Here’s what I read in February:

The Stone Sky by NK Jemisin

I finally finished The Broken Earth trilogy. This was such a spectacular series which a strong female lead in our not-too-distant future. I cannot gush enough about this book. I honestly thought it was much better than the rest of the series with an ending that will make you cry. Definitely pick up this series if you ever want to get into science fiction.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

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The book that broke my slump. I want to personally thank Angie Thomas for helping me break away from the slump I was feeling all month and still feeling right now. On the Come Up was an amazing story about a young girl with dreams to be a rapper, but living in a place that requires a little bit more reality than dream. This book really made me think about the prejudices African Americans face everyday because of where they grew up, who their parents were, and how they represent themselves sometimes. Freedom of expression isn’t so free when people judge you for it.

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

This book was my read for Words Between Worlds this month and it was an incredible read. It was one of those books I had to sit down and think about before I could come up with my full thoughts. At first, I didn’t like the book so much and I think it’s because I’ve inundated myself with a lot of similar stories this month. But as I think about it, my mood changed because the power of James Baldwin’s words started to deepen my thinking. It won’t hit you right away, but once you think on it then you’ll understand why this book was so powerful, moving, and tragic.

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

I received this book for a giveaway next month, but I also saw the movie over Galentine’s Day. It’s always fun to watch a movie before you read the book, but in this case the book and the movie were so synonmyous with each other that I highly doubt you’ll end up liking one over the other. I’ll mention this in my review later this month, but I thought the book was verbatim the movie. Even some of the lines were the exact ones the actors said while I was watching. I think the only thing a book can provide that you don’t really see in acting is the internal dialogue. If anything, watch the movie and then read the book to hear what Will and Stella were thinking through some of the moments that happened. I’ll get into more of the themes and bigger storylines in my review.

My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

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I read this one hoping that it would be a quick and fun read. This was definitely both of these things. The story is about a young girl named Winnie who knew exactly who her husband would be because a prophet said she would marry a man who buys her a silver bracelet and who’s name starts with the letter R. I think when I was a kid, I did so many different things to find out who my soulmate was. I cast spells and tried fortune tellers. I wanted to know and that’s what drew me to this book. What happens when you know and you’re a little disappointed? What happens when you know and there’s another prospect who could be them too? It’s a definite throwback to my high school days when love was all I wanted and finding my true love was on the top of my list.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

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You all know how I felt about The Underground Railroad. I loved this book so much and I loved Colson Whitehead’s writing that I’m going to try and sneak The Nickel Boys (Colson Whitehead’s newest novel out this June) in this month. I know I need a little break from the historical fiction, but I can’t help but fangirl for Colson Whitehead.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

I won’t go into my review of this book because I’ve already read it. I’m deep in a reread of this trilogy to prep for my big read of King of Scars. Now that I’ve said that, I should get back to reading!

Comic Books

I also read some comic books this month because I wasn’t in the mood to read books without words. Here’s some of the comics I read (which I strongly recommend because they were excellent):

Paper Girls Vol 5 by Brian K Vaughan

I wanted to read Volume 5 of Paper Girls in January, but my library’s put such a short limit on digital books that I was literally barred from reading it until February. Naturally, it was the first thing I read when the month began because I was so desperate to find out what happened to the girls in this trippy science fiction story. Time travel and girls who run your neighborhood’s paper route means a ton of action and adventure.

Saga Vol 1 by Brian K Vaughan

Saga was probably the most twisted piece of writing I’ve ever read in science fiction. This beats Dune, which is one of my favorite sci-fi novels of all time. People with TVs for heads, a young couple from opposite sides of a war falling in love and having a kid, and a baby with a mysterious past you’ll be finding out while you read Saga. It’s an incredible story and I do plan on reading the rest of this series eventually.

The Umbrella Academy Vol 1 by Gerard Way

I read The Umbrella Academy mostly because I saw the new Netflix show was out and I wanted to check it out. Of course I’m going to read the graphic novel it’s based on before I go watch the show. While the graphic novel was a bust, I will say the show is super dynamic with a lot of action and character development. I might not read Volume 2, but I’ll definitely be on the lookout for Season 2.

Alright, here’s to looking towards the future for a bright and happy March!

Simone

September 2018 Wrap Up

September 2018 Wrap Up

I’m going to be honest, August and September were crappy reading months. I was in the middle of moving everywhere and spending time on people’s couches and on air mattresses. I feel like the last thing on my mind is reading a book, which is something that I don’t normally say to anyone.

But I did finish reading some books in September and finished the month strong with 8 books. September felt like a lull in the beginning and then a mad rush to read as much as I can before the end of it. Some were shorter and others were longer, but all of it enjoyable. Check out what I read below.

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