So I didn’t write up a blog wrap up last month because I only updated my blog two or three times and didn’t think it was worth it. But this month I blogged more than I have in the past few months so thought I’d combine both months!
July and August were long, slow months for me where I worked heaps, read even more, and applied for a lot of jobs. Yeah, still no luck there.
Anywayyyyyyyy, let’s check out how I went over the past two months!
- Books read: 17 (4 rereads)
- Audiobooks: 4
- Graphic novels: 7
- Picture books: 3
- Novellas: 1
The Ruin of Kings is easily one of the best books I’ve read this year. This tremendous novel is a wild ride from start to finish and there’s not one moment where the plot lets up and lets you have a reprieve. This is a book I can see myself rereading again and again. I went between a physical copy of the book and the audiobook, and I enjoyed both the same amount! Please do yourselves a favour and read it!
Book of the Month(s)
I don’t think I’ve ever had FOUR books of the month(s) before! This is a new record!
I was so so so freaking lucky to receive an ARC of Heartsong by TJ Klune. Like, I literally had some of my blogging friends tell me they’re never talking to me again over this lmao. And let me tell you: it’s as amazing as you thought it would be. I cried like a baby, I laughed non-stop, and I had my heart in my throat for a majority of the book. Y’ALL ARE NOT READY!! Coming out: September 24, 2019!! RTC!
Docile doesn’t come out till next year, but I’m telling you right now: it will be a favourite book of SO MANY PEOPLE. Seriously, it’s fantastic and I want to reread it already. I cried like a baby reading this book and you will too. It’s about a young man named Elisha who sells himself to a trillionaire to save his family. It’s a phenomenal story that dismantles wildly abusive power structures, while discussing issues surrounding consent and the dangers of capitalism. Szpara handles these difficult topics with nuance and sensitivity, and proves that he is an author that’s going places. I can’t wait to read more of his exceptional work.
The Ruin of Kings is an incredible fantasy debut that I could not put down. The main character is a bisexual disaster and the plot includes: gods, past lives, demons, dragons, royalty, soul magic, and a war that has been raging for thousands of years. It’s just so freaking cool and I am dying to get my hands on the second book in the series, out in a few months.
The Kingdom of Copper is the second book in the Daevabad series and was PHENOMENAL. I loved The City of Brass, but this book really blew me away. I didn’t completely like Ali in book 1, but here he became a favourite character while my actual favourite character, Muntadhir, annoyed me in this book: that’s the mark of a good author in my opinion! Also — THAT CLIFFHANGER! HOW DARE YOU CHAKRABORTY! 😭
Wow, I hated this book so much!
First off, someone please tell this author that bisexual and pansexual women, trans men and non-binary people exist, not just lesbians — and its not just lesbian women who want to have a baby together.
Next, the characters were the absolute worst. I hated Jules and her passiveness, and Rosie dragged on my nerves. Anthony was annoying, Rosie’s parents boring, and Jules’ boss was a stereotypical homophobic misogynist who literally cannot treat his staff members the way he did — like there are laws against the stuff he said and did and he 100% would have been fired in real life.
But the main thing that continually pissed me off during the whole book: IN WHAT UNIVERSE DO TWO QUEER WOMEN NOT HAVE ANY QUEER FRIENDS?? SERIOUSLY — both Jules and Rosie have a male best friend … and that’s it. That’s just so unbelievable. I can suspend my disbelief for Jules (she’s a lone wolf kind of person) but not Rosie. I know this probably sounds like a strange complaint, but if you’re a queer person you’d know how unrealistic this is. Like at one point, Jules is offered help from a young female reporter and Jules can’t understand her reasoning for help …. IF YOU HAD ANY FEMALE FRIENDS YOU’D KNOW WHY WOMEN HELP EACH OTHER?? ahfgjahgk
Also the constant homophobia was so difficult to read and made me sick. I know it had to do with the plot, but jfc can you talk about some of the supporters of o-o instead of just the dissenters.
A magazine reviewed this book and called it a “pacy dystopian thriller” and its so obvious no one actually read the book before they read it becomes its not dystopian (its set in 2018) nor is it a thriller. And I think a lot of people — myself included — will go into this book expecting those exact elements and then be disappointed when the book doesn’t live up to them.
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It’s that time to check in and see how I’m going with the reading and blogging goals I’ve set for myself this year, along with checking in on my massive 2019 TBR shelf and see how many of those books I’ve read.
In July, it was YA week on Goodreads, where they revealed the top 100 YA books on Goodreads — meaning the most beloved/popular. As I was scrolling through this list I was both surprised from some of their choices and dismayed that I hadn’t read some of them yet!
Around this time of the year, I always see recommendation posts for summer reads, so I thought it would be a good idea to rec some winter reads for those of us in the southern hemisphere! All the books in this post match the tone for winter — so that means it’s either set in winter or elicits that quiet feel you get during winter.
There are quite a few series that I need to hurry up and finish already! No matter how much I love series, its a big commitment, especially if you’re reading fantasy books (which I tend to do a lot) because they’re so big! Here’s a bunch of series that I am going to shame myself into finishing!
I recently added a whole bunch of queer books to my Goodreads TBR — some of these books just recently came out, some came out years ago, and some won’t be out till later this year or even next year. But, regardless, I thought I’d share the books I added to my TBR in case anyone finds a new favourite!
I’ve been in a very nostalgic mood the past few months and I’ve slowly started to reread a bunch of my favourite romance novels. However, there are still a bunch of longer books that I am dying to reread. (Maybe I should try and reread as many as possible in September?) Some of these are literary books, some massive fantasy books, some classics, and some YA.
Even though I haven’t been blogging as much as I usually would, I have still be reading heaps. So much so, that’s I’ve been lucky to enough to rate most of my most recent reads 5 stars. And I wonder if I can continue this good luck I’m having and guess which books on my TBR, that I intend to read sooner rather than later, I will rate 5 stars.
ARCs I received
Audiobooks I purchased
Exciting book related news (for me): story time
So if you follow me on Twitter, you’ll know that earlier this year, my cousin told me she lost five books of mine that I leant her … two years ago. Yeah, not only did she lose FIVE OF MY BOOKS, but it took her almost two whole years to tell me.
One of those books was my self-published, signed edition of the first volume of Captive Prince — that isn’t available anymore. Needless to say, I was furious and very sad, because this is my favourite book of all time (as I’m sure you all know). What makes this edition so special though is that the author’s name is her old online name, S.U. Pacat (not C.S. Pacat as it is now).
For the past few months, I’ve been trying to find a copy of the book online but the only books I’ve found are over $2000. I love this series but I’m not about to spend $2000 on a book lol. However, I did find the book on Amazon UK. I’m not going to say how much it was but it was considerably less than $2000 (more like a couple hundred $) and I was desperate for it. So I bought it! However, problems started immediately: the seller didn’t respond to my emails and after the dispatch date came and went and the seller hadn’t sent me the book yet, I got worried. I sent him another email and he didn’t respond again. In the meantime, Amazon contacted me and told me I should probably cancel the order and that my card hadn’t been charged … but it had. So now I got SUPER SCARED. I was worried that this guy had taken my money and wasn’t going to send me this book. So I called Amazon and cancelled the order, but they told me I had to wait till September. I didn’t like that answer, so I called my bank and they were about to force the refund when Amazon emailed me and said that the seller will refund me. Five days later, I got my money back and thank god because …
Last Saturday night, I went to dinner with an old friend of mine I hadn’t seen in a few months. When I dropped her off inside, she invited me inside to check out how she rearranged her study. While I was in there, she suddenly said, “Oh Laura, I’ve been meaning to give this book back to you …” and when I turned around, she was holding CAPTIVE PRINCE!
I immediately yelled and burst into tears because I’ve been missing this book for almost two years! I eventually realised that I leant my friend this book at the same time I leant my cousin those five books and thought I leant Captive Prince to her too. Before you feel sorry for my cousin, she still lost five of my books but thankfully Captive Prince wasn’t one of them.
In excitement, I took a photo of all my copies of Captive Prince! The white book with the red writing is my missing-but-now-found copy! The book on top of it with the blue writing is the second volume. The white book next to it on the left is the bind-up of the Captive Prince short stories. The blue, grey and gold books are the Australian covers, and the red, blue and green books are the American covers. I also have the first issue of Pacat’s Fence comic and the two volumes of it too. All my books and comics are signed!
And here’s my face being super excited about being reunited with my book again.
Over the past two months, I’ve watched quite a bit of TV and movies. By far the most memorable show I’ve watched is the new season of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power! It was such an amazing season — the plot was incredible as the war rages on and Adora learns more about her past and where she really comes from. I also LOVED the tension between Adora and Catra. The only complaint I have about this season is that there was a perfect moment in episode five for Catra and Adora to kiss … and they didn’t. I am angry at the writers for that because it was an amazing opportunity! Here’s hoping they do in season 4!
I also re-watched all 10 seasons of The Big Bang Theory and I apologise. It’s a crappy show but it’s also something that’s easy to have on in the background and not really pay attention to. I also watched the show on 1.7x speed because I literally cannot watch anything on normal speed anymore — my brain can’t handle how slow it is. Although while watching the show, I’m reminded by how fatphobic, racist and homophobic that show was. Like WOW. I think when I last watched it, in high school, a lot of those kinds of “jokes” went over my head but watching now I was horrified. The jokes that Howard makes about his mother are disgusting. Why did I ever think this show was funny? The only reason I continued to watch because I love when Amy and Sheldon get together … and like I said, it’s an easy show to have in the background.
I also watched a couple of movies! I watched Spider-Man: Far From Home which was amazing! But like: in a movie about illusions, the most unrealistic thing was when Ned said that Europeans love Americans. I’m sorry to break it to any of my American followers but … no one likes Americans 😅. When I hear an American when I’m on holiday, especially in Europe where the culture is so different, I cringe! I have so many stories but the main two that stand out in my head is when I was in Budapest and an American man was loudly yelling at a waitress because the cafe didn’t serve “American coffee” (as someone who’s had American coffee, you should be glad mate, now you can finally try proper coffee); and when I was in Florence and saw an American family wearing cowboy hats and boots and American football jerseys, talking extremely loudly amongst themselves and complaining about the food and how Italy is “not America.” Like is that all Americans do when they travel? Complain that countries are “not America” because … duh.
Anyway, I digress. I also watched Once Upon a Time in Hollywood which was HORRIBLE! Seriously, I’m the worst. I’m not going to explain everything, but the movie was wildly misogynistic, wildly racist, and a massive slap in the face of the #MeToo movement. Ugh.
I also discovered a new favourite YouTuber! Her name is Trin Lovell and she does movie commentaries. She’s so funny and sweet and I adore her! Here’s a few of my favourite videos of her’s:
And that was my July and August! How was your months? Did you read many books or watch many shows? Let me know!