It’s time for another monthly wrap-up and I think I did okay!! Not great, but considering I also submitted college applications, pretty good, right?
—BOOKS I READ THIS MONTH—
- The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton 🌺 | ★★★☆☆
- Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk 📕 | ★★☆☆☆
- I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman 🍁 | ★★★★☆
- The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen 📕 | ★★★★★
- The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta 🌺 | ★★★★☆
- Lady Midnight (TDA, #1) by Cassandra Clare 🌲🎤 | ★★★★★
- Vengeful (Vicious, #2) by V.E. Schwab 🍁🌲 | ★★★★★
- Candide by Voltaire 🍀📕 | ★★★☆☆
- Lord of Shadows (TDA, #2) by Cassandra Clare 🌲🎤 | ★★★★★
- Armistice (Amberlough, #2) by Lara Elena Donnelly 🌺🍁🌲 | ★★★☆☆
—LET’S ANALYZE THESE BOOKS—
Total Books: 10
Arcs 🌺: 3
New Releases 🍁: 3
Series 🌲: 4
Novellas 🍀: 1
Rereads 🍃: 0
Class Reading 📕: 3
Audiobooks 🎤: 2
Better than last month! I did read seven of these in the space of the first week of the month, though. I’m going to try and make this month a lot better!!
—READATHONS & EVENTS—
This month was the #FiveStarAThon, a readathon I hosted with my amazing friends Julianna @PaperBlots and May @ForeverAndEverly. This readathon ran from 12:00 a.m. on Monday, October 1st, to 11:59 p.m. October 7th. Thank you all so much for participating if you did!!
While I actually read seven books during the week of this readathon, only five were for the fivestarathon: thankfully, however, I had an over 50% pass rate. Three of the five books I chose to complete were five star reads. I also completed my TBR challenges!! Here’s how they worked:
next in a series you like: Vengeful (Vicious, #2) by V.E. Schwab
by a favorite author: The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta
anticipated you didn’t read: I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman.
book over 500 pages: Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
five books in total: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
—DIVERSE BOOKS CORNER—
why I do this: I think a big problem in the book community is that the diverse books we’re all looking for are out there, they just don’t get very much attention or spotlight. In fact, whenever I mention diverse books, I’ll get a slew of comments saying “but none of those books exist” when they clearly do, you just have to look. So here’s a basic listing of rep in books I read this month in case you’re looking for something specific or just want to know if any of the books I read this month are for you.
🏳️🌈 lgbtq lead / major side chars
☀️ lead characters of color
🌸 neurodiversity, disability, trauma
- ☀️🌸 [follows a South Vietnamese lead and deals significantly with ptsd, postcolonial literature] The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen | ★★★★★
- 🏳️🌈 [both lead characters are genderqueer / genderfluid, #ownvoices enby rep, set in Italy] The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta | ★★★★☆
- 🏳️🌈☀️🌸 [lead gay character of color, several queer leads of color including two leads in a poly relationship, several main characters have ptsd] Armistice (Amberlough, #2) by Lara Elena Donnelly | ★★★☆☆
- 🏳️🌈☀️🌸 [one lead is trans, biracial Indian and Italian, gay, and has severe anxiety; second lead is Hijabi Muslim and describes herself as queer and questioning] I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman | ★★★★☆
- 🏳️🌈☀️🌸 [one lead is Latina; one is written as demisexual; two bi guy leads who are in a very complicated relationship; one is gay & autistic; one is a trans woman; several queer side characters and characters of color, including sapphic pairing] Lady Midnight (TDA, #1) & Lord of Shadows (TDA, #2) by Cassandra Clare | ★★★★★
reminder: the books not marked RTC above have all been reviewed; click on the links to find my Goodreads reviews!
- Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall | ★★★★☆
- The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan | ★★★☆☆
- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson | ★★★★☆
—DNFs AND THE RANT SPACE—
- For a Muse of Fire (#1) by Heidi Heilig | DNF
Not worth a rant at all, it just didn’t work for me.
- Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk | ★★☆☆☆
I had so much to say in this review. …I think this is just a really dumb way of looking at the world. The complaints about consumerism are one thing, even though they all sound like this SNL skit. But here’s the thing: this book is woefully and irredeemably nihilistic and I am emphatically not a nihilist. And honestly, I think this book has nothing to offer except nihilism.
— NEW FAVES YOU NEED TO READ —
So, uh, it turns out I like Cassandra Clare books now, and I think she’s just improved significantly at creating lovable characters and narratives I personally find compelling, and I am so glad I have learned to love this. I appreciate that the villain of this book is hate and oppression. I also just really love all the characters. The Blackthorns (especially Ty) mean the world; Emma and Julian are both fantastic characters, although mostly in book one; I would give my life for Diana Wrayburn; Kieran, Mark, and Christina are my absolute favorite dynamic I have ever seen.
- The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
My SECOND pick for fivestarathon was a resounding success, simultaneously keeping me away from homework in my postcolonial lit class for another three weeks and forcing me to build a mental shrine to Viet Thanh Nguyen. I am so, so happy with this book; it’s genuinely one of my favorites ever.
- Vengeful (Vicious, #2) by V.E. Schwab
I finished this 12:30 a.m. on the final day of the #FiveStarAThon and in case you were wondering, it was absolutely fucking perfect. This was the sequel (I think series conclusion) to Vicious, my absolute favorite Schwab book. But I honestly think I might have loved this even more? I read this in two. sittings. It is 500 pages long.
THAT’S ALL, FOLKS! Are any of these on your TBR? Any you hate? Any you love? Any you suddenly want to read? Let me know down in the comments!