T5W: series I (probably) won’t continue | rewind

series I won't continue.pngHello, my fellow book lovers! Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! May is Top 5 Wednesday rewind month; we get to do some of the topics we’ve missed before! So today, I’m going to talk about some series I started and enjoyed, but not enough to finish.

These are in no particular order. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

labyrinth lostLabyrinth Lost is in my opinion perfect for readers who are new to Young Adult fantasies. Apart from the diversity, however, this novel was just okay for me. Though the sequel Bruja Born will follow a character I liked more than the protagonist in the first instalment, I’m not convinced I’m going to pick it up.

daughter of smoke and boneLaini Taylor’s work has received a lot of praise, so it pains me to say that I most likely won’t continue the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy. I actually really liked the fantasy elements, but the romance ultimately ruined the first book for me. Because I don’t own copies of the rest of the series, I especially don’t feel pressured to find out what happens next.

three dark crownsThough I find the premise of Three Dark Crowns premising, the execution bored me. I didn’t enjoy reading this first instalment, so the chances of me continuing this series were slim to begin with. Nonetheless, I was intrigued to find out which of the queens would win. It’s been over a year since I’ve read this book, however, and I no longer care.

and i darkenWhen I read And I Darken back in 2016, I loved it. It was slow at times and there weren’t as many action-packed scenes as I would’ve liked, but I adored the characters. Yet a lot of time has passed since and I don’t think I will continue this series anymore.

geminaI absolutely loved Illuminea, but I couldn’t bring myself to finish Gemina. It’s more of the same and at the end of the day, science-fiction isn’t my cup of tea. I don’t think I’m the only one though. Everyone was raving about the first instalment, but I haven’t seen a lot of people talk about the finale, Obsidio.


Those are five series I started, but most likely won’t finish. Do you think I’m making a mistake, or do you agree with my decisions?

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ARC review: Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro | a powerful and diverse book about social justice!

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Afbeeldingsresultaat voor anger is a gift mark oshiroAnger is a Gift

by Mark Oshiro

read in May 2018

format: e-ARC

This is a spoiler-free review!

synopsis

Six years ago, Moss Jefferies’ father was murdered by an Oakland police officer. Along with losing a parent, the media’s vilification of his father and lack of accountability has left Moss with near crippling panic attacks.

Now, in his sophomore year of high school, Moss and his fellow classmates find themselves increasingly treated like criminals by their own school. New rules. Random locker searches. Constant intimidation and Oakland Police Department stationed in their halls. Despite their youth, the students decide to organize and push back against the administration.

When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.

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I received an e-ARC from Tor Teen through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

“Anger is a gift. Remember that. You gotta grasp on to it, hold it tight and use it as ammunition. You use that anger to get things done instead of just stewing in it.”

If you enjoy books like The Hate U Give and Dear Martin, you have to give Anger is A Gift a chance! When the new school year begins, new rules are implemented to keep Moss’ school safe, but it lead to multiple occasions of abuse of power by the school’s police officers.  As a result, students want to peacefully protest these changes.

I liked the depiction of their school. There are thirty-four students in one classroom, there aren’t enough books for every pupil… It’s a disgrace and not a coincidence that mainly students of colour have to face these circumstances. Additionally, the school becomes more and more of a prison. On the one hand that’s probably true for many schools in the United States because of the high number of school shootings, but in this case, rules are primarily implemented to dominate brown and black students.

When you are reading Anger is a Gift, you might think “well, this is very dramatic/unrealistic”. As a white person and someone who doesn’t live in the United States, I can’t comment on that. That said, just because situations that are depicted in this novel don’t make the news, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. This book proves the media’s role in depicting these stories, how people of colour are vilified and scrutinised when they’re completely innocent or when the punishment clearly doesn’t fit the crime.

Just like the novels I mentioned at the beginning of this novel, Anger is a Gift isn’t easy to read. In his author’s note, Oshiro mentions that a perfect conclusion would not seem honest, and I couldn’t agree more. Police brutality and racism and still very real issues many people face today, so it wouldn’t be realistic if everything worked out perfectly for our characters of colour. Don’t worry though, there are still plenty of hopeful moments in this book.

There is so much diversity! Moss is gay, black and has anxiety. The anxiety representation was very relatable; he mentioned his therapist and there’s a minor character who takes medication for her depression! Moss’ best friend Esperanza is Puerto Rican, adopted by white parents and a lesbian. Among the side characters there is asexual representation, disability representation (a character who uses a wheelchair and sometimes crutches), a character who uses they/them pronouns, trans female characters*, a characters who has two mothers, a muslim girl who wears a hijab, etc.

As much as I loved the author’s efforts to include so much diversity, it was a bit difficult to keep track of the large cast of characters. I did really love the dynamics with the adult characters though, it’s refreshing to see that in a YA novel.

content and trigger warnings for (might contain spoilers!!!): death of black parent, death of gay Latinx character, death as a result of police brutality, graphic descriptions of police brutality, panic attacks, racism (challenged), riots, poverty, ableism (challenged), negative body image (challenged), transphobia and misgendering *(it’s not explititly stated that these characters are trans, but they’re misgendered by antagonists and there are mentions of a name change)


I found Anger is a Gift an incredibly powerful novel and I cannot wait to read #OwnVoices reviews! This book will be released tomorrow, so grab a copy if you can handle the heavy topics.

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T5W: recent additions to my TBR | rewind

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! May is Top 5 Wednesday rewind month; we get to do some of the topics we’ve missed before! So today, I’m going to talk about some already published books I recently added to my ‘want to read’ shelf on Goodreads!

When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

home fire.pngHome Fire has received a lot of praise and when Russell @ Ink and Paper Blog mentioned it in his April wrap-up, I was instantly intrigued! I love fiction that deals with complex topics, so my hopes for this novel are high!

the book of the unnamed midwife.pngI have to admit I don’t read science-fiction often, but when Emily @ Possibly Literate praised The Book of the Unnamed Midwife in her April wrap-up, I decided to add it to my TBR nonetheless.

the poppy war.pngThis adult fantasy has been receiving a ton of hype lately, so I’m interested in picking it up! Be careful though because the subject matter can be triggering; I found trigger warnings for graphic descriptions of violence, self-harm, rape and much more!

a princess in theory.pngI usually don’t read romance books, but I’ve heard many great things about Alyssa Cole’s work and A Princess in Theory in particular.

the reader.pngI don’t know much about The Reader, except that so many of my friends absolutely love this Young Adult fantasy series!


Here are five books I recently added to my TBR on Goodreads! Have you read any of these books yet?

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book review: Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman | #buzzwordreadathon

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29640839._UY630_SR1200,630_[1]Girl out of Water

by Laura Silverman

read in May 2018 (Buzzword Readathon)

format: paperback

rating: ★★★ ½

This is a spoiler-free review!

Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves?

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I am so sad I didn’t love this as much as my friends did. I love reading Young Adult contemporaries, but not every single one is my cup of tea. Girl out of Water is one of those books that just didn’t do it for me.

It’s definitely a case of “it’s me, not you” though. I couldn’t connect with Anise: she love sports (surfing in particular), has a large friend group and loves to do adventurous things. That’s completely fine, but I personally can’t relate to that, AT ALL.

I actually don’t need to relate to a character to love a book, but because some situations were so unfamiliar, I became a bit uncomfortable. Call me a prude, but I for instance don’t like it when teenage characters drink and do drugs. I also couldn’t relate to how fast Lincoln and Anise became close. I guess some of their interactions were supposed to be cute, but I even found it creepy at times (e.g. when he told her she couldn’t run of without telling him because he was worried).

That said, Girl out of Water is certainly not a bad book and I will pick up Laura’s next book. I liked the family dynamics and Lincoln (who is a disabled POC) was an endearing love interest.

content and trigger warnings for underage drinking, recreational drug use, kissing (M/F), language that excludes Native Americans (‘natives’ is used when referring to ‘residents’)


I would recommend Girl out of Water to readers who are looking for the perfect YA contemporary to read on a warm summer’s day. Though I didn’t fall in love with this novel, I will read You Asked for Perfect, which is set to be released in 2019.

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book review: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson | #buzzwordreadathon

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Afbeeldingsresultaat voor brown girl dreamingBrown Girl Dreaming

by Jacqueline Woodson

read in May 2018 (Buzzword Readathon)

format: audiobook

rating: ★★★✩✩

This is a spoiler-free review!

synopsis

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

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All of my Goodreads friends have rated Brown Girl Dreaming four stars or more, so I expected this book to blow me away. Sadly, that was not the case. This is Jacqueline Woodson’s memoir written in free verse, so considering this work is personal, I certainly don’t want to criticise it.

I love audiobooks that are narrated by the authors themselves. That said, I struggle listening to books written in verse on audiobook. For some reason I feel like I can’t absorb all the information that way. My own issues aside, I think Woodson did a great job narrating this.

My main problem with Brown Girl Dreaming is the lack of plot. This is a memoir and not a novel so that’s to be expected, but I felt like the poems weren’t cohesive. This book covers many years of Woodson’s life as a child, but as a reader, I found it unclear how much time had passed between each poem.


Brown Girl Reading is a worthy read for lovers of books written in verse and it was nice to learn more about a black girl growing up in Ohio, the South and Brooklyn. That said, I didn’t love it as other readers seem to.

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Top 5 Wednesday: authors I’d like to meet | rewind

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Top Five Wednesday was created by gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Thoughts on Tomes! Visit the Goodreads group if you’re interested in joining! May is Top 5 Wednesday rewind month; we get to do some of the topics we’ve missed before! So today, I’m going to talk about some authors I’d like to meet.

Because I live in Belgium, the chances of me meeting any popular author are very slim. Therefore, I could choose every author whose books I’ve ever read, but I’ve decided to go with authors whose work I admire and have influenced me. These are in no particular order.

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1. Becky Albertalli

It’s no secret that I love Becky Albertalli’s work. Besides the Harry Potter series, her books are my comfort reads. I re-read them yearly at least once and as opposed to J.K. Rowling, Becky seems like a very nice person and I’d love to tell her how much her work means to me. That said, I didn’t love Leah on the Offbeat, but I hope I will change my mind when I re-read it.

2. Ashley Herring Blake

Every single one of Ashley Herring Blake’s books I’ve read so far has taken me by surprise. I never expect to relate to them as much as I do. Out of all the books I’ve read, I think her work represent me the best. Therefore it’s often hard to read her books because they’re so relatable, but it’s also comfortable: it’s reassuring to know I’m not alone and that’s why I will continue to read everything this author writes.

 3. Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is one of my favourite reads of 2018 so far and I definitely plan on re-reading it a lot, which is why Taylor Jenkins Reid is on this list. I’ve also read Maybe in another Life and though it didn’t blow me away, I was impressed by the complexity and originality.

4. Celeste Ng

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng is one of my favourite novels of all time and Little Fires Everywhere has stuck with me even though I’ve read over forty books in the meantime. I trust her recommendations and because of Celeste Ng, I want to read adult literature more often.

5. Angie Thomas

I consider Angie Thomas to be one of the most influential authors, so meeting her would leave me starstruck. The Hate U Give is revolutionary and I’m already very much looking forward to the release of On the Come Up.


So those are some of the authors I’d like to meet! Have you met any authors yet? Who would be on your list?

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book review: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

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Afbeeldingsresultaat voor leah on the offbeat coverLeah on the Offbeat

by Becky Albertalli

read in April 2018

format: hardcover

This is a spoiler-free review!

synopsis

Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

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It’s been almost a week since I read Leah on the Offbeat. I usually write my reviews the instant I finish a book, but I still don’t know how I feel about this novel.

I’ve read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda four times and The Upside of Unrequited three times already, so it’s safe to say I’m a fan of Becky Albertalli’s work. I was looking forward to the release of this sequel, but I was also a bit hesitant: what if I didn’t love it as much as her other books?

Leah and I have so much in common. We’re both bisexual, live with our mom, have struggles with money, are fat, don’t drink, etc. Leah on the Offbeat was incredibly relatable, so I will definitely re-read this.

I binge-read this novel in one sitting, so it’s obvious I enjoyed it. That said, that also influenced my reading experience because I didn’t have a lot of time to formulate an opinion, which is why it took me so long to review this.

Leah on the Offbeat doesn’t have much of a plot, but it’s certainly not boring. I just can’t seem to get over the pacing of the final two chapters in this book. The ending was too sudden and seemed disconnected from the rest of the novel. As opposed to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and The Upside of Unrequited, we only spend a handful of pages with the couple, and I didn’t like that.

At a certain point, Leah’s love interest tells her she’s “low-key bi”. Leah gets really mad and says “it’s not a real label” and runs away. At the start of the novel, the love interest identified as straight. It’s difficult enough to accept you’re not heterosexual, let alone to immediately choose a label. I understand where Leah is coming from, but this is very shitty and it’s not challenged in the book.

In the second to last chapter, Leah changes her mind about something. I was happy with her decision, but it seemed a bit last-minute?? It’s so different from what she was feeling only a couple of pages beforehand and as a reader, I didn’t understand why she suddenly felt so differently.

Someone mentioned in their review that everyone in their friend group gets paired up in the end and I HATE THAT! Becky Albertalli’s books deal with a lot of serious topics, but they’re also fluffy and funny. The fact that everyone has a “happy ever after”, however, is too much of a cliché for me and I wish we got to see characters who are happy and don’t want to be or aren’t in a romantic relationship.

content and trigger warnings for anti-fat remarks (challenged), racism (challenged), queer-/bihobia (challenged), ableist language (unchallenged)


I read Leah on the Offbeat in one sitting, so I clearly enjoyed it. I related a lot to Leah and I will certainly re-read this book! That said, the ending was too sudden for my taste and I would’ve liked to spend more time with this couple.

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TBR | May 2018 & #Buzzwordreadathon !

may 2018.pngHello my fellow book lovers! Though I am a terrible mood reader these monthly TBRs have been working pretty well for me, so I’m doing another one today. In 2018 I attempt to read exactly ten books each month and as you can see, there’s still plenty of room left for me to read whatever I want.

I will also participate in the Buzzword Readathon, which is a readathon from May 7th to May 13th. You can watch BooksandLala’s announcement video here! Sadly I won’t be able to read the group read Undead Girl Gang because there’s no way I’ll be able to get that near the release date.

When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page. You can also read the synopsis there.

anger is a giftAnger is a Gift sounds like a very hard-hitting, diverse YA contemporary, so my hopes are high! I received an e-ARC from the publisher through Netgalley and I want to read it ASAP. This book is set to be released on May 22nd.

the girl and the groveThe Girl and the Grove is another ARC I need to get to in May, because it will be published on May 8th. I’d like to read it during the Buzzword Readathon because the buzzword is ‘girl’, but then I won’t be able to finish it in time for the release date :/

children of blood and boneI started reading Children of Blood and Bone a couple of weeks ago and I’m about one hundred pages in. Considering I haven’t read many fantasies lately, I’m taking my time reading this. That said, I ought to finish it by the end of the month. I really hope I’m going to love it as much as everyone else!

what happened.pngI’ve been meaning to read What Happened by Hillary Clinton ever since it was released! I’m currently listening to the audiobook and I love that it’s narrated by the author (just like her other books). I know Clinton isn’t perfect, but compared to who’s in charge now, I absolutely support her.


So here are four of the ten books I’d like to read in May! Which books do you plan to read this month? Feel free to leave a link to your TBR in the comments 🙂

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anticipated book releases | May 2018

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Hello, my fellow book lovers! Today I am going to share which May 2018 releases I want to read! Unfortunately, I’m not able to buy these books right away. Nonetheless, each sparked my interest and I plan on reading them when I can.

Goodreads isn’t being helpful and doesn’t show some of the books I marked as ‘want to read’, so I’m sorry if any books I’m interested in are missing. I don’t including sequels of series I haven’t started yet.

These are in order of publication date. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page.

tiffany sly lives here now.pngIt’s no secret that I love reading diverse YA contemporaries and I can’t believe I haven’t heard much about Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now until now! Click on the graphic if you want to read the synopsis because it sounds very unique!

publication date: May 1st, 2018

Other book releases on May 1st I’m looking forward to: The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy and The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

i was born for this.pngI have yet to read one of Alice Oseman’s books, but I’m definitely planning to! All my friends love her work, so I doubt I Was Born for This is going to be an exception.

publication date: May 3rd, 2018

amal unboundI loved Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed, so I’m definitely picking up Amal Unbound. This is the author’s middle grade debut and I’m hoping this will convince I ought to pick up the genre more often.

publication date: May 8th, 2018

undead girl gang.pngI feel like I’ve seen so many people talk about Undead Girl Gang, but none of my friends have read it yet. Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to reading it because this sounds very fun. Usually I’m not really into books that are just fun, but Undead Girl Gang deals with murder, so it’s definitely heavy enough for my taste.

publication date: May 8th, 2018

Other book releases on May 8th I’m looking forward to: The Girl and The Grove by Eric Smith and The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

girl made of starsLast month I read an e-ARC of Girl Made of Stars and I absolutely loved it!!! Ashley Herring Blake is one of my favourite authors and I will continue to read everything she writes! You can read my review here.

publication date: May 15th, 2018

Other book releases on May 15th I’m looking forward to: All of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor

anger is a gift.pngI have an e-ARC of Anger is a Gift and I want to read ASAP. The author is queer and Latinx and this book deals with police brutality, so this sounds right up my alley!

publication date: May 22nd, 2018

the brightsidersDespite the bisexual theme, I’m not really loving this cover. That said, Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde was one of my favourite reads of 2018, so my hopes for The Brightsiders are high!

publication date: May 22nd, 2018

Other book releases on May 22th I’m looking forward to: Driving by Starlight by Anat Deracine

So these are some of the May 2018 book releases I am looking forward to! What are some of your anticipated releases for this month?

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wrap-up | April 2018

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Hello my fellow book lovers! I’m really busy so I didn’t think I’d be able to read ten books (which is my monthly goal for 2018), but I actually managed to complete my goal with one week to spare! I read the majority of the books on my April TBR, so I am satisfied.

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I will start with the books I enjoyed the least and end with the ones I liked the most. When you click on the graphic, you will be brought to the book’s Goodreads page.

starfishI was excited to read Starfish because so many of my friends love it, but sadly, I didn’t connect with it. It could’ve been so incredibly relatable, but instead, I was annoyed with the portrayal of her divorced parents and the ableism. I don’t plan on reading more of this author’s work in the future. I appreciate what she did because most of the representation is #OwnVoices, but I felt dejected when I finished reading this. You can read my full review here.

blood of olympusThe finale of The Heroes of Olympus didn’t change my mind about this series. I’m so disappointed. I want to love Rick Riordan’s work, but every single book has the same plot! You can read my review of the entire series here. That said, I do plan on reading more of his work in the future because I cannot help but hope that it’s going to get better.

sing unburied sing.pngJesmyn Ward did a wonderful job at writing three-dimensional characters and I can see why she has received so much praise. I, however, didn’t love Sing, Unburied Sing. I didn’t feel connected to the plot nor characters and the magical realism elements confused me. You can read my review here.

fenceThough I usually don’t read graphic novels, I really enjoyed Fence at first. But because of the amount of time between the release of each issue, I forgot about the characters and the plot. Though it was fun, I don’t plan on reading the second volume. You can read my review here.

women & power a manifestoI first learnt about Mary Beard during my history lessons in college. Therefore I certainly want to read more of her work. Women & Power was an enjoyable read, but I didn’t learn a whole lot of new information. You can read my review here.

the last black unicornListening to the audiobook of The Last Black Unicorn was a lot of fun! I learnt much about Tiffany Haddish, especially because I didn’t really know her beforehand. That said, there was too much ableism and anti-fat remarks. You can read my review here.

barbed wire heartI was well aware that Barbed Wire Heart is completely different than Far From You and unfortunately, I didn’t love this nearly as much as Tess Sharpe’s YA debut. This was an interesting thriller with feminist themes, but it didn’t blow me away. You can read my full review here.

the darkest mindsMy expectations for The Darkest Minds were very low, but I actually really enjoyed this! Listening to the audiobook was a lot of fun and I’ve decided I will continue this series. You can read my full review here.

american pandaI highly recommend reading American Panda! I loved following Mei’s story and I definitely plan on keeping an eye on this author. The audiobook was great and I want to buy a physical copy because I need it on my shelves! You can read my full review here.

girl made of starsGirl Made of Stars is one of my favourite reads of 2018! This book broke my heart, but it was a bit healing at the same time. Blake continues to amaze me; everything she writes is so relatable, even when I don’t expect it to be. I plan on picking up Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World soon and once this book is released, I’m definitely getting a phyiscal copy! You can read my full review here.


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I post other content besides reviews 🙂 Check out these blogposts if you haven’t yet:

  • Down the TBR Hole | round 10 (x)
  • Top Ten Tuesday | bookish confessions (x)
  • books I read during the first quarter of 2018 ft. my handlettering (x)
  • anticipated April 2018 releases (x)

In terms of ratings April wasn’t my best reading month, but I’m happy I was able to read ten books and discovered a new favourite! Which books did you read this month?

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