September Reading Wrap-Up: Too many books and too many distractions

  • Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
  • Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
  • Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  • My Life With Bob by Pamela Paul
  • New Boy by Tracy Chevalier
  • The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
  • It’s Not Like I Planned It This Way by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Please Don’t Be True by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  • Invincible Summer by Alice Adams
  • Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Love Works by Janice Mirikitani
  • Shakespeare’s Sonnets: The Complete Illustrated Poems by William Shakespeare
  • People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins

  • Lumberjanes: Between the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Brooke A. Allen
  • Sunburn by Laura Lippman
  • Kimi ni Todoke vol. 4 by Karuho Shiina
  • In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It by Lauren Graham
  • The Round House by Louise Erdrich
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • Emma vol. 3 by Kaoru Mori
  • Lumberjanes: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Carolyn Nowak, Maarta Laiho
  • Nothing Happened by Molly Booth
  • Horimiya vol. 4 by Hero
  • A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza
  • The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The most embarrassing thing I did this month was read the Lumberjanes graphic novels out of order by accident!! I didn’t realize this until just now when I was typing up my list of books read above (I even missed it in my review!)

September was honestly a haze. I don’t remember much; work has been really stressful. I feel like I didn’t really read anything substantial this month and maybe that’s for the best because I had a hard time concentrating on what I was reading, regardless of the format. Everything I read this month were short, easy reads.

My entire reading pattern could be boiled down into one word: distracted. I can’t even begin to describe how many books I started this month and are sitting in a large stack on my nightstand. I haven’t published that many blog posts but almost all of my drafts are half-written and just bland.

Even right now, I’m forcing myself to write this knowing I’m going to post it a week after I planned. If this wasn’t a reoccurring monthly post, I probably would’ve skipped it.

I did read some really great books this month. I fell back in love with the Lumberjanes, a series I read for the first time a couple years ago when the comics were first being published. In though I read them out of order, they were such fun and unique reads and coming off of a struggling summer working at camp, I definitely needed a series to remind me of why I loved it. I’m very excited to go back and read the one I skipped over!

I also had a few surprising reads. I was not expecting to love A Man Called Ove as much as I did; it was funny but also depressing at perfect intervals and honestly was probably the book I needed to read the most this month. There were some parts of the story I didn’t like, and some of the suicide attempts were difficult to read but overall I really enjoyed it and was not expecting to cry at the end.

My favorite book of the month was A Quiet Kind of Thunder. I hadn’t heard anything about this book before I read it, but honestly it messed me up in the best way possible. I loved the characters, thoroughly enjoyed the plot line and the character development and I definitely cried my way through it.

I definitely overshot my book buying budget this month, not too bad with the actual amount of money since most of them were used books, but I’m ran out of bookshelf space years ago and the stacks on my floor can probably kill me. Not to mention the amount of time I have to read all of these books. What can you do.

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September 2018 in Review

I read so many great books this month that it was hard to remember them all!

Coming out of a slow reading summer, I definitely had to catch up on a lot of my manga series and audiobooks that I’d cast aside. I didn’t realize how heavily my reading habits relied on audiobooks until I didn’t have access them!

I felt like September was a pretty well-rounded reading month for me; I had quite a bit of books that were published in 2018, as well as books that were published earlier. I had a wide range of genres and authors as well.

Different from my monthly wrap-ups, which focus more of patterns in my reading habits and is just me rambling on forever (because that’s my brand), monthly reviews are more like lists: easy to scroll through to get the whole picture of my reading month. Listed is the title, author, publication date, and cover along with the genre and age range (if applicable). I also have my rating and a three-word description of my reading experience! The links will either go to a longer review I wrote on this blog or a shorter review I wrote on Goodreads. All the cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page.

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy

Lumberjanes vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Brooke A. Allen
Published: Apr 7, 2015
YA Fantasy
wild, feminist, creative
🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

SunburnSunburn by Laura Lippman (ARC)
Published: Feb 20, 2018
Mystery
disappointing, thoughtful, noir
🌟🌟

 

Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, Vol. 4Kimi ni Todoke vol 4 by Karuho Shiina
Published: May 4, 2010
YA Romance
soft, slow, subtle
🌟🌟🌟 Continue reading “September 2018 in Review”

Review: Nothing Happened by Molly Booth

Nothing HappenedPage Count: 329 pages
Publication Date: May 15, 2018
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Purchased
Goodreads: Nothing Happened review
CW: depression

Rep: bi/pan main characters and secondary characters (disclosed as “still figuring it out”), adopted main character, black main character, secondary/tertiary POC characters and LGBTQ+ characters

Based off of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, sisters Bee and Hana are more than ready to begin working at their parents summer camp. Hana has eyes for her camp friend Claudia, while Bee and Ben having lingering animosity since a drunken night the summer before. While friends try to push Bee and Ben together (or back together?), trouble-makers try to force Hana and Claudia apart. Complete with typical Shakespeare misunderstandings and staple camp gossip, Nothing Happens marries messy relationships and lots of drama. Shakespeare would be nothing but proud.

I don’t know how I didn’t realize it earlier that summer camp is the perfect setting for Shakespeare retelling, but now I am determined to write my own.

Nothing Happened was insanely fun and dramatic. There is ample amount of gossip and misunderstandings mixed in with typical Shakespeare tropes and summer camp slang. The plot was entirely realistic and believable, which a lot of it is owed to the culture surrounding camp.  Continue reading “Review: Nothing Happened by Molly Booth”

Summer 2018 Reading Wrap-Up: my (hopefully!!) largest haul of the year

June (& BookCon!!)
  • Making Friends by Kristen Gudsnuk (ARC)
  • When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
  • Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi
  • Check Please!: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu (ARC)
  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
  • Christmas by Accident by Camron Wright (ARC)
  • Dear Ijewale, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  • And Then There Were Crows by Alcy Leyva (ARC)
  • Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! by Mariko Tamaki and Brooke Allen
  • Geekerella by Ashley Poston
  • Pop Sonnets by Erik Didriksen
  • The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood
  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • When Katie Met Cassidy by Camille Perri
  • The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir
  • Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
  • Nothing Happened by Molly Booth
  • Dear Life by Alice Munro
July
  • The Courage to Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi
  • The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
  • Honey Farm by Harriet Alida Lye (ARC)
  • Ordinary People by Diana Evans (ARC)
  • 30 Before 30 by Marina Shifrin (ARC)
August
  • The Air You Breathe by Frances de Pontes Peebles
  • To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin (ARC)
  • Fruits Basket Another vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

June
  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  • Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen
  • Emma vol. 2 by Kaoru Mori
  • Check Please!: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu (ARC)
  • Dreams of Falling by Karen White (ARC)
  • The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner
  • Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! by Mariko Tamaki
  • Kimi ni Todoke vol. 3 by Karuho Shiina
July
  • Paper Girls vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
  • The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  • The Museum of Us by Tara Wilson Redd (ARC)
August
  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
  • Camp Rolling Hills: Freefall by Stacy Davidowitz
  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  • The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
  • Making Friends by Kristen Gudsnuk (ARC)
  • The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

Continue reading “Summer 2018 Reading Wrap-Up: my (hopefully!!) largest haul of the year”

5 Books About Summer Camp I Need to Read Before Summer Camp

It’s halfway through May which means I am one month away from being at camp for the summer!!

To curb my excitement, I’ve curated a list of all the books I want be read before I ship myself of to my cabin in the woods for the summer, but let’s be real I’ll be lucky if I even get to read one of them, let alone all.

I’ve set this post up with the book, a simplified summary from Goodreads, and a short note about the book. Cover photos are linked to their Goodreads page!

The Firelight Girls by Kaya McLaren

The Firelight Girls

The summers you spend at summer camp are indelibly etched on your heart. But what happens when the camp you love is about to close? This is the question that plagues Ethel, the seventy-year-old former camp director as she now faces the impending closure of the camp on Lake Wenatchee that she called home. It’s also a question that inspires change in forty-year-old Shannon, who is now directionless after watching her career implode. And there’s Laura, who has lost all intimacy with her husband. Finally, Ruby, who betrayed Ethel years ago and hasn’t spoken to her since, hopes this will be her chance to make amends. When the four women learn that a homeless teen has been hiding at camp, they realize camp is something much more immediate for all: survival.

I picked this up in the bargain section of Barnes and Noble and I’ve been gearing up to read it ever since. From the summary I can tell the authors knows and understands summer camp, meaning this will be filled with lots of squeal-inducing moments. Continue reading “5 Books About Summer Camp I Need to Read Before Summer Camp”