Life is starting to pick back up again, so I might not be able to read quite as much this month.
Simplexity by Kiley Reid
I found that she had a short story, and I had to read it. It was really good, not as good as the perfection that is Such A Fun Age, but it was great.
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
I was expecting this book to make me cry, but it didn’t. That probably says something about me, to be honest. It was really good, but it I did not connect with it in the way I wanted to.
Last Tang Standing by Lauren Ho
This book was a lot of fun. It is marketed as Crazy Rich Asians and Bridget Jones’ Diary and it is definitely that. I don’t know why but I thought this book had a fake dating situation in it so I was disappointed when it did not. There is nothing wrong with the book, it is honestly great, but because I thought it would be something else I was a bit disappointed.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I do not fully know why I decided to reread this book. I thought I would give it another go, and this time I did enjoy it a lot more than the first time I read it. I have been craving a heist story and I had forgotten almost everything that happens. I am not going to rush to read the second book, but I will probably give it a go eventually.
The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
This audiobook was fun to listen to. I don’t know how much I would have enjoyed this if I had not been listening to it though. While I did love the mother daughter dynamic, I don’t think it was explored enough. A lot of this book is just about the context. You learn a lot about the great depression, but I think this overshadows the character dynamics.
Pet Semetary by Stephen King
This book is, to me, a poor man’s The Shining. They both centre around nuclear families who move to a new place. The both feature a passive mother and children. They both feature a non-threatening old man who knows a lot about the supernatural occurrences. They both feature a final chase to stop the father from ruining everything. It was alright, but I hoped for something a bit more. Something I really wanted to happen did not happen and I felt like a lot of the book was just waiting for someone to bury someone in the graveyard.
Anxious People by Fredrik Backman
After reading what feels like a lot of average books, I finally read something I really loved. This book was confusing in the best way. Backman wants you to be taken aback by a lot of his revelations and his writing style keeps you engaged. It was a beautiful story about mental health and loving other people. I love a story where strangers are forced together by a happen chance situation. Everything about this book was perfect. I started reading it on a whim and I am so glad that I did.
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
I think I may have confused this book for a different one when I picked it up. For some reason I thought that it was a thriller and it is definitely not one. It is actually about a refugees. It was quite good, but I never got over it not being what I expected it to be. The audiobook was read by the author which was nice. I enjoyed the characters complicated relationship too.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
I am glad I read this book because it is a classic dystopian story, but I didn’t feel very original. But that is because it started all the trends that I recognised. I did love the exploration of literature. It felt like a very quotable book.
Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
This is one of my favourite books. I do not need to keep discussing how much I love it. It is a fave. Click here to read my original review.
Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
This book would have been everything to me when I was younger. It was great now, but I think it hits differently when you are 18. It is a beautiful book about how there is not just one path for everyone. Its about friendship, accepting yourself, and being kind to yourself. I am very glad I read it. The mystery elements were not always my favourite, I think it might have been fine without it.
In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
This book is beautiful. It was a great memoir about the authors experience with an abusive partner. I highly recommend this book.
99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne
This is not as good as The Hating Game. It was a fun time, but the characters were not as engaging. I didn’t root for the relationship as much. It was a fun easy romance, but not a memorable one.
This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
I should not have finished this book. I only did because I somehow thought that Booksandlala liked it, but I was wrong. It was alright, but not amazing.
Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
I am slowly trying to read the V.E. Schwab books that I missed. I put off reading this one for a while because I thought that the first one didn’t really need a sequel. This was a fun book though and I am glad I read it. I particularly liked the villain in this one.
Writing into the Wound by Roxanne Gay
I love Roxanne Gay and I need to read every piece of non-fiction she has ever read. This was a short essay about writing trauma and the pandemic. I loved how it connected global traumas to personal traumas. It really made me think.
Disfigured by Amanda Leduc
After reading something by Roxane Gay I had a desire to read even more non-fiction. So I decided to pick this one up. I had been wanting to read it for a while and this seemed like the perfect time. I really enjoyed learning more about disability and the presentation of disability within the media. I loved how it explored Disney films, superhero narratives, novelists like Angela Carter, while also explaining her own story.