I really loved Phil Stamper’s debut, novel, THE GRAVITY OF US, and have been so pumped for a new book by him. The book gods blessed me because I am autoapproved for Bloomsbury titles on NetGalley and THEY ADDED AS FAR AS YOU’LL TAKE ME and now it is in my possession being read. I’m not super far into it and so far all I can tell you is that it’s about a gay teen musician who moves to London to work in music and escape his conservative, religious parents.
I really liked Melissa Bashardoust’s sapphic debut, GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS, but I liked GIRL, SERPENT, THORN even more. I loved Soraya’s character and her journey to find out who she is and take back her power as a person. I also super dug the ship in this book, but I’m not going to tell you about it because it might not be who you originally think and we don’t want spoilers. This was a beautifully written, intense book and I really can’t wait for her to bless the sapphics with more wonderful stories.
I’M GONNA DO IT I’M GONNA READ MEXICAN GOTHIC AND I’M FINALLY GONNA KNOW WHAT THE DEAL IS WITH THE MUSHROOMS! I made reading this book its own goal for October because I’ve been meaning to get to it for so long and NOW IS THE TIME!!
I’m currently reading one of my BOTM add ons, ONE TO WATCH. This book is about Bea, a plus size fashion blogger, who goes viral in a vitriolic take down of beauty standards on a popular dating show, Main Squeeze. She is then invited to be the titular Main Squeeze of the latest season, after dealing with her own heartbreak.
what are you reading next?
BRINGING DOWN THE DUKE was my Book of the Month pick for September since I opted to go with one of the selected member favorites. I’m really interested in reading this one because I’ve never given historical romance a try, and this one, which is about a woman in 1879 who is accepted to Oxford on the condition that she attract men to the suffragist cause. This is also a series, so I am happy to know if I like it there will be more books by this author.
what did you just finish reading?
I won’t lie: I pretty much ended up skimming this book. I liked it at first and was drawn in by Jamal’s friendship with Q and Autumn’s character, but I ended up not being hugely invested in it. I felt like the story read more like a movie, which for me meant that it felt a bit too overdramatic without a lot of development of each issue. I thought Jamal’s relationship with Autumn was tied up too easily, and didn’t believe that she’d stick around after some of the things he did and how much he lied to her. The friendship especially felt too easily resolved which was likely a result of the short timeline in which the story took place, but that aspect of the book had me feeling a bit let down by the execution of the concept.
Have you read any of these books? What are you reading?
I am currently reading kind of two books. I started GIRL, SERPENT, THORN right before my vacation but haven’t read much of it yet. I also decided to start FIVE DARK FATES even though I just started GIRL, SERPENT, THORN because I just couldn’t wait to find out what happens to Mirabella, Katharine, and Arsinoe (okay, mostly Arsinoe and Katharine, because Mirabella is dry toast).
what are you reading next?
I keep meaning to read HORRID before it comes out, so I should probably get around to that one, though I also really want to read PLAIN BAD HEROINES by Emily Danforth soon.
what did you just finish?
I recently posted my review for NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU, which was one of my most anticipated reads for 2020. Sadly, it did not live up to my personal expectations, but I would still recommend it to people.
I’ve been excited for a new Kristina Forest book since reading her debut, I WANNA BE WHERE YOU ARE, last year. I’m liking this book so far, which focuses on emerging actress Evie and her struggle to get back to the top after a friend’s betrayal, but I don’t think I’m going to love it *as* much as IWBWYA. Evie is not as likeable as Chloe, and I really don’t like her as a person so far, but I am interested to see the character growth in her that I’m guessing will happen as the story progresses, and the most-likely romance with cute musician Milo.
2. what are you reading next?
I didn’t know about this book until seeing someone post about it on Twitter, and then I read the synopsis and knew I had to have it. I’ll admit to not reading Emily Danforth’s first book, THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST, despite its popularity, but this book I am sure I’m going to read and love. It’s a dark academia book about a school with a mysterious past involving a secret society started by two sapphics who were obsessed with a scandalous memoir and the woman who investigates their deaths and other mysterious deaths that took place there.
3. what did you just finish reading?
I finally got around to continuing the THREE DARK CROWNS quartet with the third installment, TWO DARK REIGNS. This series absolutely crushes my soul and after how this one ends, I am so concerned for my faves in the finale, FIVE DARK FATES. Whose fates? Is Katharine really undead? Who will the mist kill next? So many questions, and the only way to find out is to have my soul crushed even more by reading FDF.
I’ve been excited for Check, Please 2 for an entire YEAR because of the ending of book 1, and I think buying both of them was an excellent use of my Amazon points because I basically got them for free. Anyhoo. I liked this book ok, but overall I didn’t like it as much as Check, Please 1 because I felt like the narrative switched from Bitty being a happy and well-adjusted self-loving gay to him and Jack having to prove to others and themselves that they were model gays, basically, and therefore deserving of love and respect. It felt like it changed to the narrative that straight people expect from a queer story, and that really disappointed me.
I just started reading THE POPPY WAR and am not sure how I feel about it yet. I also started YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN and am finding it a bit slow to get into, but I still have hope for it. Oh, and I’m reading Sal & Gabi Break the Universe for a program at the library (I’m going to be doing book talks for a September video for Hispanic Heritage Month).
Honestly I’m really not sure what I’m reading next because I need to work out which readathons I’m participating in and look at my TBR. I am tempted to read CLAP WHEN YOU LAND and/or WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH by Elizabeth Acevedo because my work bff has been reading those and they have both been burning holes in my TBR for too long considering how much I loved THE POET X.
Tell me all about your recent/upcoming reads in the comments, please!!
Apparently I have not done a WWW Wednesday since JANUARY??? That can’t be right. Must fix this now.
OH MY GOD THIS HAD BETTER BE THE BOOK OF 2020!!!!! I didn’t even really know what this book was about before I started it on a whim because I liked the title/cover and knew it was by Ryan La Sala, but I’m so glad I impulsively read this book many many months before publication. This book is about Raffy, cosplayer and crafter extraordinaire, who’s reeling from a breakup with a surprisingly gay soccer player and dealing with constant criticism from his mom about his art. There are so many things I loved about this book, including the fact that it made me really interested in learning more about cosplaying, which is something I know about but haven’t really explored for myself (and I really need a hobby…hmmm…) I adored the writing in this and was totally addicted to Raffy’s hopeful, sometimes self-depricating, creative voice throughout the book. I really want to read REVERIE now because I’m sure La Sala’s writing will be just as good and I’m just so pumped to read more of his words.
I’m currently reading Caleb Roehrig’s about-to-be-released book, THE FELL OF DARK. I never knew I needed more vampires in my life but apparently if they’re pansexual vampires I’m right there. This book is basically Buffy the Vampire Slayer but queer & diverse, complete with creepy villains, flashbacks to dramatic and painful deaths, queer witch BFFs, and a swoony vampire love interest (DID I MENTION HE’S PANSEXUAL???) I am loving the quirky, funny, sarcastic voice of the MC, Auggie, and his antics and the antics of all the side characters, and I’m shocked I haven’t heard more about this book as its release nears.
I just bought these basically for free with Amazon points from my credit card and I’m SO EXCITED!!!! I read CHECK, PLEASE book 1 last year and adored Bittle and his pie baking, and I have been eagerly anticipating STICKS & SCONES coming out since. I usually don’t get this invested in graphic novels but I just loved all the characters in this series and can’t wait to see them again <3 <3
I have had a weird relationship with this book. I started it last year and decided to stop reading it because I was worried it would end up being too upsetting. Then, I discovered it was gay and told myself I’d come back to it and give it another shot, which I did! I liked it for the first half, but honestly, once the romance was introduced it kind of got off track for me. The romance felt too fast and forced and the pacing of the second half was weird to me and felt very choppy. I also felt it was very simplistic in its message. I know it’s YA and teens would definitely like it, but for my own personal enjoyment, I found it too basic and not interesting enough even though it was queer.
This is another book I tried last year that I decided to give another try. I didn’t like most of what I read last year because I was super depressed, and I am finding that some of what I didn’t like then I am liking now. I’m not going to say any other thoughts about this book yet though because whenever I say how I feel about a book on a WWW Wednesday I always end up changing my mind.
I’m weirdly in the mood to read this one again even though I was meh about the second half last time? This is yet another book I think I would’ve liked more if I wasn’t depressed, and I did try to read it again when I was recovering and liked it better than the first time, so maybe third time’s the charm??
I also may just dive into DECK OF OMENS if I end up liking THE DEVOURING GRAY since it’s on NetGalley.
As you can see, I have been reading some drastically different books lately. On Monday, I finished my first middle grade book of the year, ANA MARIA REYES DOES NOT LIVE IN A CASTLE. It’s about a sixth grade girl whose ultimate goal is to get into a super fancy school she’s not sure her parents can afford, and about how she changes from being kind of a snob to a more caring person. I absolutely loved this book; it was so incredibly well-written, and made me realize that maybe the reason I haven’t liked some of the MG I’ve read before was because it just wasn’t good writing, not just that it was too young for me. I loved watching Ana Maria’s journey and getting to know her crazy and big family, and watching her form friendships and become a better person.
I also finished my first YA of the year, ALL THE STARS AND TEETH, which is a very bloody and dark pirate fantasy. I enjoyed it until about the halfway point. Well, I guess I somewhat enjoyed it after the halfway point, but once the minor romance hit I found myself losing interest. I would’ve much preferred a romance between Amora and the mermaid, but I knew going in she’d probably fall for the guy, but I just didn’t feel like they had any chemistry and there wasn’t any buildup to their romance. The romance is only a very minor part of the story, but honestly, this would’ve been a way better book without any romance at all.
Yesterday I started my second queer book of the year, Ciara Smyth’s June 2020 release, THE FALLING IN LOVE MONTAGE. I am really enjoying it so far because Saorsie is so snappy. I’m also very here for the trope of people making a no dating rule and then there’s that one person to get under their skin.
My next read for Swiftathon will be my pick for the “I Forgot You Existed” prompt of a backlist book. I’m hoping I don’t DNF this one like I’ve done most of my reads this year :/
I read this picture book as part of my 2020 goal of reading more children’s books. Honestly, I was not too impressed with this one. I’m not sure what its ultimate message was, the format was a little weird, and the story could’ve used more editing so it flowed better and was more concise. This is probably not one I would use for story time because the writing wasn’t that great and didn’t read smoothly.
I am currently being very ambitious and reading two books and listening to one. I’m a little over halfway through RW&RB and am LOVING it. I knew I would love this one if I just gave it one more chance, and I was so right. I’m listening to LOCK EVERY DOOR, which is a thriller about a haunted fancy apartment in NYC, and am liking that one as well. I also just started ALL THE STARS AND TEETH, which is a pirate fantasy, because I am an overachiever and was also feeling overwhelmed by my long TBR for this month.
Next, I’ll probably read one of these three books (or all of them at once, who knows.) FOUL IS FAIR is a feminist Macbeth retelling that sounds interesting. I started THE FAMILY UPSTAIRS and GET A LIFE, CHLOE BROWN when I got them in my October Book of the Month box but was going through a slump and didn’t finish them, so I hope to read them this month.
I haven’t finished anything since reading GIRL, UNFRAMED by Deb Caletti at the end of last month. I was totally enthralled by this book and am probably still in a bit of a book hangover from it. It doesn’t come out until summer 2020, but let me tell y’all, you are going to NEED to preorder this book. It’s all about discovering desire and beauty and how life changes when you realize you have or are or want those things. The writing was so atmospheric and creepy and had this suspenseful sense of dread throughout that kept me super hooked.
I’m currently rereading THE HAZEL WOOD in preparation of reading the sequel, THE NIGHT COUNTRY, which is coming out in January (but I have an eARC, squee!!) I was really enjoying rereading it at first, but now I’m almost halfway through and am kind of impatient for it to get going and be done so I can read THE NIGHT COUNTRY, so this might be more of a skim reread, but in the interest of not pressuring myself about reading, I’m going to let myself do that and try not to feel too guilty.
Well, obviously I’ll be diving straight into THE NIGHT COUNTRY once I finish my skim of THE HAZEL WOOD. I am unbelievably psyched for this sequel that I had to wait almost three years for. If I don’t love it I’m going to be a sad bean, and everyone will know about it.