Hello, my fellow book lovers! August was a very good reading month for me! I read eighteen (!!!) books in total, mainly thanks to Storytel, which I subscribed to so I can listen to audiobooks. Here are this month’s stats:
Because the majority of the books I read this month were audiobooks and there were so many, I didn’t review all of them on my blog. I’d be posting reviews every other day if I did that. But I did review every title on Goodreads, so you will find links below. Furthermore, reviews for books I read towards the end of August, will be posted in September. I already have a couple of them scheduled!
I actually finished We Are Okay on July 31th, but it was too late to add it to my July wrap-up. I considered DNF’ing this novel because I wasn’t in the mood for it, but I decided to give it another change. Thankfully I did, because I ended up loving it! This is such a beautiful novel about grief, without any unnecessary drama, plots or characters. Everything it needed was there, nothing more. And I mean that in a good way. You can read my full review here.
Bad Feminist certainly is the perfect title for this collection of essays. I appreciated how Gay discussed both race and feminism, but it was flawed. She primarily focussed on allocishet women and I completely disagree with her stance on trigger warnings. Just because she doesn’t need them, doesn’t mean she shouldn’t protect others.
Since I’ve read this, I no longer have any intentions to read more of this author’s work. She boosted a very negative and untrue article on YA Twitter on her social media and then started a discussion with a teenager, while the power balance between the two is obviously huge. You can read my full review here.
My favourite thing about the Princess Diarist, was the way Carrie Fisher narrated it. It was as if she was telling us some anecdotes, instead of merely reading her book aloud. I know she’s an actress, but I cannot help but think of her as a comedian as well. Memoirs by comedians never make me laugh as often as hers did. You can read my full review here.
I no longer support this authors since the transphobic comments she made a few months ago. But the audiobook of Dear Ijeawele, was only one hour long, so I decided to give it a shot. I was also curious to see whether her transphobia was present in her books as well. And the answer is yes. I think Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie makes some very important points, so I think this is useful for parents who want to raise their child as a feminist. But, as a queer woman, I believe this was heteronormative and allocishet-centred. I would only recommend this to people who can acknowledge that Adichie’s feminism is very flawed. You can read my full review here.
I’ve read Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda three times already, this time on audiobook. It’s no secret that Becky Albertalli is one of my favourite authors. She writes teenagers’ experiences perfectly. Her books are just so much FUN. They aren’t exactly fluff because they deal with serious topics as well, but they’re very relatable and highly enjoyable. If you haven’t read this novel yet, what the hell have you been doing?!
Wishful Drinking was the second memoir by Carrie Fisher I listened to this month. The narration was just as good! In this one, she primarily discusses her mental health and addiction. Unfortunately, she uses a lot of ableist language doing so. Furthermore, she made a transphobic joke and also appropriated ‘tribe’ You can read my full review here.
Because of Carrie Fisher’s books, I wanted to listen to more memoirs this month. So I decided to give Mindy Kaling a shot, even though I’m not exactly a fan. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike her or anything, but I don’t know much about her besides her portraying Kelly in The Office and that she has her own TV series. Apparently, I have this bad habit of reading memoirs out of order, because I listened to Why Not Me? first. I have so many issues with the things she said. She was fatphobic, she made ableist comments… But I did like the way she narrated it, so did want to read more of her work, even though I didn’t particularly enjoy the content. You can read my full review here.
So I listened to Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? next. Unfortunately, I didn’t adore this one either. There were a few funny moments, but Kaling rarely managed to make me laugh out loud. I’m also very disappointed by the amount of problematic things she said. So I don’t plan on reading any more of her future work. You can read my full review here.
I also re-read The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli in August. I don’t think this second read made me love the book more, but certainly not any less. Albertalli’s work doesn’t feel like fiction, but rather a teenager’s diary. It all seems so real and honest! I enjoyed listening to the audiobook, but the way Mina was narrated, was annoying. She sounded like Xan from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. You can read my original review of this book here.
I’ve seen the film adaptation of Gone Girl multiple times and I love it. I finally picked up the book, and it was just as good as the movie. I wish I had read it first, however, since the adaptation stays so true to the book. If you’ve seen the film, I don’t think the book adds that much more to the experience. If you haven’t, however, I’d certainly suggest reading the book first. You can read my full review here.
I read an ARC of #NotYourPrincess and I would recommend it to everyone, though do be aware that it contains possibly triggering content such as sexual assault, rape, alcoholism etc. This book educated me, but it more importantly gave Native American women the chance to express themselves, which was much needed. You can read my full review here.
Pretty Girls is one of the best thrillers I have ever read. This mystery novel is filled with twists and turns and so many fucked-up moments. I have never read anything like it! But because of that, I wouldn’t recommend this book to everyone. It contains graphic descriptions of animal abuse, murder, rape, abduction, etc. At one point, I felt physically sick and was doubting whether or not I should continue reading. You can read my full review here.
Everything I disliked about Pretty Girls was present in the Good Daughter, but the good parts weren’t. Slaughter’s work is so unnecessarily gruesome. Though the premise was good, both mysteries didn’t pack a punch. This novel was very disappointing, but I do want to read more of Slaughter’s work in the future. You can read my full review on Goodreads or wait until it’s posted on my blog in September.
I received Braced from the publisher thanks to Disability in Kidlit. This is a wonderful #OwnVoices novel about a girl who has to wear a back brace because of her scoliosis. It brought back so many memories and definitely resembled a lot of my experiences. I would recommend this to everyone. You can read my full review here.
Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy the Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue as much as other readers seem to. The protagonist Monty was unlikeable and I didn’t care about the plot. I wasn’t fond of the bisexual representation and I don’t like how the racism was portrayed. I’m white, so I could be completely wrong about this, but I had the feeling the racism towards Monty’s love interest was there to further the white character’s development. Furthermore, he used the N-word and even though that might be historically accurate, I don’t think it was challenged as much as it should’ve. You can read my full review on Goodreads or wait until it’s posted on my blog in September.
Shadowshaper is a diverse and incredibly fast-paced YA urban fantasy novel. Because the side-characters and plot could’ve been developed further, I’d especially recommend this to younger readers who are new to this genre. I’m certainly planning on continuing this series. You can read my full review on Goodreads or wait until it’s posted on my blog in September.
27 Hours was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, so I was really excited when the publisher offered me an e-ARC for review. I absolutely loved the queer representation and even though science-fiction isn’t usually my cup of tea, the plot could certainly hold my interest. Sadly, the racial representation is problematic, as readers of colour have already pointed out. You can read my full review on Goodreads or wait until it’s posted on my blog closer to the release date!
I absolutely loved the first half of A Quiet Kind of Thunder. I thought it was going to be a five-star read for sure. Unfortunately, I didn’t like the second half nearly as much, because the M/F relationship became the centre of the plot. Still, I would absolutely recommend this novel to fans of YA contemporary romances! You can read my full review on Goodreads or wait until it’s posted on my blog in September.
At the beginning of August, I posted a TBR of the books I’d like to read. I planned on joining #ARCAugust and Tome Topple. You can read that post here.
So how did I do? I didn’t finish any of the books on my TBR! I completely neglected it because I mostly listened to audiobooks this month and none of those were available on Storytel. Still, that’s no excuse. I’m just not very motivated to read ARCs from months back and I’d rather focus on the ones that still need to be released.
I did, however, DNF two of the ARCs on my TBR. I gave up on Optimists Die First (review) because I had heard many negative things about the mental health representation and I didn’t care to continue it after a few chapters. I really tried to push through Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud (review). Even though the author attempted to write intersectional pieces on feminism, she missed the ball quite a few times. Ultimately, I decided to skip chapters and DNF this book altogether because I didn’t understand the aim of these essays. They weren’t empowering, but rather biographies of these celebrities, who weren’t involved in the making of this book.
So this was my very lengthy August wrap-up! How many books did you read? Which ones were your favourite?
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