As you might have noticed, I’ve been away for a while. I haven’t posted much in the past month and that’s because I was on vacation. I’ve been to so many places and seen so many things and had so many great experiences and it would just be a [WORD} to have to describe it in a single paragraph so I might devote an entire blog post to it. Beside my travel adventures, I’ve also been doing quite a bit of reading. I always love reading on vacation, and somehow when I’m on vacation – and almost only when I’m on vacation – I can just read for hours on end and not be bored a single second. I can really easily find myself being lost in a book, much easier then when I’m at home with a lot of distractions (such as the internet).
For the upcoming few weeks, I have no idea what my blogging schedule is going to look like. I’m going to try to post twice a week, as usual, but I’m not sure I can manage to post on the same days as I always do since my work schedule is a little all over the place and I don’t know when I’ll be able to find the time. Anyway, onto my wrap-up!
- Girl Up by Laura Bates – 4.5 stars – It’s kind of hard for me to rate non-fiction, but that said, this book definitely deserves a lot of stars. Girl Up is basically a guide for girls, mostly into feminism but also into puberty and adulthood. It’s focused on so many things, such as slut-shaming and body-image and it honestly did such a great job explaining (in a fun way) the basics of feminism. I also loved how it was so inclusive, with some feminism you see trans-exclusivity and a disregard for sexism against men (etc), and this book handled all these topics so wonderfully while also being intersectional. I just wish I had this book when I was a young teen!!
- Rad Girls Can by Kate Schatz – 4 stars – This book is another feminist book, but a very different one from Girl Up. It’s a collection of badass girls throughout history and their stories. There were so many girls I had never heard of and their stories were so empowering and important! It was inclusive and intersectional and just so wonderful!
- From Twinkle With Love by Sandya Menon – 3 stars – This was honestly a little disappointing. I liked When Dimple Met Rishi, but also found it a little disappointing, but this one was more disappointing to be honest. I thought Twinkle was just… annoying. She kept making the same comments over and over again about the popular kids (the “silk-feathered hats”) and the “groundlings” and keeps judging them and making bad decisions and while I realized it’s fairly normal for teens to be obsessed with popularity, I couldn’t help but be very annoyed by it.
- The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold – 3.5 stars – As the title suggests, this book is strange. I didn’t quite know what I was getting into with this book and I’m honestly still a bit confused about it. It was just so weird?? I really did not see the plot twist coming and I’m not sure I liked the plot twist either. I just can’t seem to form a proper opinion on this book.
- Radio Silence by Alice Oseman – 4.5 stars – This was a reread and I loved it just as much as the first time around! I read this – what feels like – a long time ago, and I had forgotten quite a bit of the story and the characters and it was so lovely to read all about it again!
- The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee – 4.5 stars/5 stars – I was so lucky to have received an eARC from another lovely reader who wasn’t planning on reading it. This was one of my most anticipated releases of this year (and maybe ever). To be quite honest, I think I hyped it up a tiny bit too much in my head BUT it was still amazing and I loved it to pieces. Felicity is like my platonic soul mate and I related so much to her. It also has (just like The Gentlemen’s Guide) a lovely diverse cast! AND there is some amazing female friendship development and I just adored it!
- Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern – I once again don’t know how to rate non-fiction, but I found this book on Scribd as I was looking for something to read, and it was really fun! It’s basically about the author’s dad and funny situations and sayings. It’s also really short and I read most of it on my journey to Italy as my plane was delayed and I had not much better to do.
- The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson – 2 stars – Though I quite enjoyed the story, this book is terribly problematic and I’m honestly so disappointed. This book has 4+ stars on goodreads and I am petty so I’m gonna write a very ranty review soon.
- The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde – 4 stars – After the drama that was The Art of Being Normal, I needed a queer cheer-me-up book and this was exactly it! I loved how it was about fame and queerness and I’m pretty sure the entire cast was queer, which was just amazing! It had two enby characters that I loved so much and I loved Em’s character development throughout the book. The only thing that put me off a little was how it was much more romance-y than I expected it to be. (I’m pretty sure I’ve now spoiled myself for Queens of Geek, because those characters were also in this book but oh well)
- Vicious by V.E. Schwab – 5 stars – As expected, I absolutely loved this book. I wanted to wait to read it until I finally got myself that gorgeous collector’s edition, but I saw it on Scribd and couldn’t help myself. This book is so dark, so so so dark. It’s very morally grey and none of the characters are purely good or bad and you find yourself cheering for what probably would be the villain in any other book. I loved Victor and Sydney and Mick and also Eli (a little) and I can’t wait to read more in the sequel.