If you’d have asked me two months ago that’d I’d fall in love with non-fiction, I’d have stared at you incredulously. But yet, it happened. I’ve read a lot of books this month and so many of them were non-fiction. And while that’s all fun and games, it has gotten me in a bit of a struggle when it comes to reviews. I always post a review on Saturday, which means I need to review a book a week and when I read a lot more non-fiction (which I have no clue how to review and I think isn’t as interesting to a lot of you), I am pretty much forced to review more of my regular fiction books. Are you still following me? Basically, I need to review more books I normally wouldn’t review because I don’t have that much to say about them. Anyway, that’s not your problem, but I gotta think about how to go about that.
This month was the month I started a new job, got my first real pay check for some freelancing work, made a lot of art and pretty much gave up on writing (oops). I feel like I’ve finally got my life together? Kind of? I mean after months of unemployment and sitting at home, it’s about time I stopped being bored 24/7.
I’m going to divide this wrap-up into a fiction and a non-fiction part so you can skip one or the other if it doesn’t interest you 🙂
- Far From The Tree by Robin Benway – ★★★★★ I adored this family-focused book about three siblings who find each other after 15 years. Review here.
- Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu – ★★★.5 This book was a little bit of a disappointment. I liked it, but it just wasn’t quite what I hoped it would be. I love Gotham (the tv series) and I hoped it would build on that but it was actually really different and I missed my favourite characters.
- In The Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers – ★★★★★ This was a reread. I read this for the first time last year and absolutely adored it. It’s incredibly diverse and the characters are amazing! I wanted own a physical copy and now I finally have it!
- The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis – ★★★★ This was such a well-written feminist story with complex characters that are neither good nor bad that makes you question a lot of things. Review here.
- American Panda by Gloria Chao – ★★★★ I thought this was a really cute story with a strong focus on family and expectations and I loved how they approached the topic of culture and family.
- Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – ★★★★.5 I loved this a lot! It was super cute and I thought Leah was a refreshing and fun character. Though I think there were some aspects that were a bit… shitty. Like how Nick and Garrett were treated and that one “lowkey bi” conversation everyone talks about on twitter.
- I was Born for This by Alice Oseman – ★★★★★ AHHH I LOVED IT. Angel and Jimmy were both amazing characters and I loved how it dealt with fan culture and boy bands and didn’t write fans of as silly overdramatic girls like it sometimes is done in media.
- Feral Youth by Shaun David Hutchinson (collaborated with 9 other authors) – ★★★.5 I loved some stories and hated others, I wrote a longer review on goodreads in which I elaborated on them, but overall I quite liked the book. I liked the concept of these teens telling stories while trying to survive in the wilderness.
- Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay – ★★★★.5 I blame my recent obsession with non-fiction on this book and this book alone. I loved reading Roxanne Gay’s thoughts and her opinions on media and feminism and racism. I thought she had a really well-reasoned and clear writing style.
- #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso – ★★★★ I wouldn’t say this was amazing, but it was quite fun to get into the mind of a woman who started from nothing and built an entire company and how she did it. It was quite empowering!
- The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan – ★★★ This was actually quite a bit disappointment for me. I was excited to read more essays, but Marina’s just didn’t work for me. Her writing style was boring and her essays didn’t seem to have a point and she constantly went on tangents. Only weeks later, I can’t remember even what she wrote about in her book.
- Unfiltered by Lily Collins – ★★★★ I liked this quite a bit! I’m really different from Lily Collins but found myself relating to her too on some topics. I loved how she told her stories, shamelessly and completely open, and the audiobook was really good!
- You’re Never Weird On the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day – ★★★★.5 I only knew Felicia from her role in Supernatural, but she’s amazing! Her writing is funny and geeky and lovely and I adored it! I loved how she is open about the good and the bad and it has definitely made me interested in checking out more of her work. (I actually haven’t quite finished this yet but I’m planning to finish it tonight)