I have been on a role with reading but I think that I might be about to burn myself out so I don’t know how it will go down right now.
Loveless by Alice Oseman
I have been really enjoying Alice Oseman’s books at the moment and in the past couple of months I have been slowly making my through all of her books that I have not read. I find them so comforting and easy to read. They are just what I need at the moment.
Things My Son Needs to Know about the World by Fredrick Backman
I love Backman. Although, I think I much prefered his fiction that I have read. This book was very funny and balanced the seriousness and humour very well. The audiobook was great and I managed to finish it in one day. The ending of this book was amazing and made any uncertainty around the book great. I can’t wait to read more of Backman’s fiction.
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
I have opinions on this book! I really enjoyed the first two hundred pages. I loved the academic setting. I found the romantic dynamic exciting. I weirdly liked all the stuff about yoga. It was cheesy, but everything was good and fun. It felt like I was having a great time. It reminded me of Twilight in a good way. It was all the 2000s nostalgia. And then the book just kept getting weird. They moved setting far too much. Every time they would give more information about Matthew’s past, I cringed a bit (did he need to the founding fathers?). I also cringed everything children were mentioned. The relationship in general moved too quickly. I loved their dynamic at the beginning when they were first starting to like each other, but the build up was not maintained throughout.
Hunger by Roxane Gay
This book took me a long time to listen to because it is quite heavy. Roxane Gay’s writing is amazing and this book is no exception. I will say I prefer Bad Feminist because I loved how that book commented on media. But this book is a great memoir.
Heartstopper: Volume 3 by Alice Oseman and Heartstopper: Volume 4 by Alice Oseman
This series is amazing and so comforting. The ultimate comfort series. These two get a bit more serious which I liked. It expressed some things that I have thought but never fully realised. I’m not the biggest fan of all the friends within the books, I preferred it when the cast of characters was a bit smaller.
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
Such beautiful writing. This book explores two key relationships – one with his mum and one with an ex-lover. It is so engaging and deals with difficult dynamics beautifully. It’s complex and fantastic.
Failosophy by Elizabeth Day
I got some bad news and felt like I needed to read something positive. It was what I needed at the time.
One by One by Ruth Ware
I read this book, like I read a lot of thrillers, really quickly. I enjoyed it a lot, but I still think thrillers are not my favourite genre. I thought this book would deliver slightly more as it is reminiscent of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, however, it was more of a thriller about deranged people than a mystery. I did enjoy it though, it just was not everything I wanted it to be.
The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix
This book was fantastic. I didn’t know what to expect when I picked it up (I picked it up on a whim), but I loved it so much. It was like a mixture of a book by Celest Ng and also something like Buffy. It gave major 90s vibes, it explored gender power dynamics, and it was a great horror book. I am definitely going to pick up the rest of her books.
Oh The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Suess
I have finished uni and was gifted this book.
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
I had been wanting to read this for ages and it was well worth the wait for my library loan to come through. It was really tough to read at parts (because it deals with such a serious issue), but it is written in such an amazing way. It is so engaging and you feel so sorry for Vanessa. The choice to tell the story through the perspective of someone who is still under the influence of their abuser worked, it didn’t glorify the abuse it, instead, made the story more powerful and complex. The message of the novel was clear and impactful.
Self Care by Leigh Stein
I had been interested in this book for ages. I find the topic of self care really interesting and I really enjoyed that this book was satire about the wellness industry and in particular how it is presented on social media.
Sandman Vol. 1 by Neil Gaiman
I fancied reading a graphic novel and this one was free on Kindle unlimited and I love Neil Gaimon. The concept was cool and I am very interested in the upcoming TV show but I think I have to accept that comic books are just not properly for me.
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This was a reread and it was just as good the second time around. I listened to the audiobook this time and it was a very different but great experience. A very good audiobook.
A Song of Wraith and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
I really liked the concept of this novel, but I don’t think how the novel was promoted quite matches the plot of the book. The concept of two people who are trying to kill each other dating was what made me read the book. But that isn’t quite what the book is. That might have been me misunderstanding though. Despite this, the book was good. I liked that it involved a competition. That is something I look for in fantasy so that was great.
One Day by David Nicholls
This book was good but at times I struggled to get into it. The structure of focusing on one day from different years was interesting, but made it hard to connect always. I did love how the characters naturally developed and changed. My main problem was that the ending felt like it was made to make you cry. I didn’t feel clever.