Who here thought I would have managed 8 books last month! (Silence) Me Either but I did! I am so chuffed with the progress I made last month and hope this continues, I have given myself 7 books on my TBR for this month so lets see how far I can get……
9. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare ⭐⭐⭐⭐ So I started the month off with a re-read! I read The Mortal Instruments Series when I was a teenager but now that I watch the TV show I wanted to remind myself of the plot, with just 1 more book to go I have adored my little re-read. It was a bit slow to start but when the book got plot heavy the pace really picked up. Jace and Sebastian have been bound together and if you hurt one you hurt the other, Clary goes on the hunt for her boyfriend and her brother to try and see what they are up to and try to disentangle them. Simon, Magnus, Izzy and Alec try to raise the angel Raziel to find a weapon that will separate the two and bring their Jace back to them. There is a hell of a lot in here for the shippers Clace, Malec, Sizzy, Jordan/Maia all get plenty of page time but be prepared Malec fans, after Alec turns to Camille for advice your heart might just break in two by the time the epilogue rolls around.
10. The Fandom by Anna Day ⭐⭐ This is the first book of the year that I have read and not been able to get on board with it. The synopsis was so promising but it just didn’t do it for me. Violet goes to comic con with her best friends and brother and cosplays as Rose from The Gallows Dance. When an accident happens at the con, the group are transported into the world and they use canon to help them navigate their way through it. She needs to get the main character to fall for her to help transport them home, can she do it. The plot just didn’t grip me and I found myself getting bored at points especially as it was 400 + pages long. Also I swear to god if I hear the word canon again one more time I’ll scream!
11. Asking for It by Louise O’Neill ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I have been wanting to read this book and so glad that I have, it was so well written and covers a few challenging topics. The story follows our main character Emma O’Donovan who has always been the IT girl, beautiful and popular until one night at a party she is sexual assaulted by a few of her classmates. She doesn’t remember what happened that night until she gets to school and a few things jog her memory. Everyone is acting weird around her including her friends and it is all because someone took photos of that event and everyone has seen them. I like how the main character isn’t all that likable but you obviously feel for her throughout while she battles her own mind as well as the stereotypes surrounding what she was wearing, the pills she was taking, the alcohol she was drinking and her previous sexual history. A must read especially in today’s climate, but a very hard one! Please read all the trigger warnings before you read this book.
#Attempted: All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Steifvater (to page 70). I just really couldn’t get into this one. It took me ages to read the very little that I did so I stopped reading this one.
12. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I have never read a John Green Book! Yep you heard correct, I have watched both The Fault in our Stars and Paper Towns movies but never seen the words on paper until now! I absolutely adored this book but the biggest reason was because it was so multifaceted and relatable. The story follows Aza and her friend Daisy as they attempt to become detectives in a missing persons case, the missing person is multi millionaire Russell Pickett who also happens to be the father of an old friend of Aza’s. There was romance, friendship but the thing I loved the most about this book and related to the most is Aza’s OCD and Anxiety which spoke to me on a deeply personal level. Green captures this perfectly, showing the downward spiral that Aza goes on every time she gets an intrusive thought or compulsion. They also delved into relationship anxieties which is something I dealt with heavily as a teen and i could identify with so much. I absolutely blitzed through this and enjoyed every second.
13. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I read Moxie at a particular relevant time, in the midst of the #Timesup movement, Mathieu perfectly describes what it is like to be a girl in high school. Inspired by her mother’s punk rock years Vivian creates Moxie, a feminist zine that she distributed anonymously into the girls toilets. The zine takes on a world of its own with more and more girls getting involved and showing that “Moxie girls fight back”. A great novel about consent, female empowerment, female friendship and equality.
14. Taxes and Tardis by N.R Walker ⭐⭐⭐
Of an evening I can be found curled up in bed reading fan fiction, the exploits of malec being a particular favourite. And this novella, reads just like a short, sweet and steamy fanfic! Such an easy and quick read at just over 130 pages this novella follows Brent an electrician who is in need of serious help with his finances. That’s where cute nerdy doctor who loving accountant Logan comes in. Just wanting help with his money, Brent gets more than he bargains for when Logan captures his heart. (NSFW)
15. Finders Keepers by N.R Walker ⭐⭐⭐⭐
So I really enjoyed Taxes and Tardis so I dived straight into another one of N R Walkers books. Still a super quick read but slightly longer, if you are after a fluffy LGBTQ adult novel this is it. Griffin has moved to a new city and on a hike finds a stray dog, the dog takes a liking to him and jumps into his car, this is where he discovers there’s a number on the tag. Calling it, Griffin finds the owner Dane whose family have been frantically searching for the dog. Griffin looks after the dog whilst Dane is out of town sending him photos of their exploits. Is it possible to fall in love over the phone? (NSFW)
16. The Weight of it All by N.R Walker ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Another quick and fluffy read from NR Walker! I love how these books are basically like professionally published fan fiction! Henry gets dumped by his boyfriend Graham for being overweight, he joins a gym where he meets Reed his new personal trainer who makes him take a fresh new look at life. A friendship blossoms quickly between the two but could it be something more? An adorable read and I can’t wait to read the sequel (NSFW)
THAT’S A LOT OF BOOKS RIGHT! I am so damn proud of how much I have accomplished this month, and with a growing collection of TBR books I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store
Until Next Time,
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