February Reading Wrap Up ’18

I read nine books this month! Only one of those was a short story, and another was a graphic novel, so that’s eight full books which…is pretty great! March is kind of a busy month in terms of assignments, as I finish college in two months or so, and it’s a bit of a rush to get everything done on time so from here on out I don’t think I’ll be reading anywhere near as much and that’s okay. (as a side note, today is the day my blog turns one!)

Odd Girl Out (4/5)
Laura James

This was a non-fiction book about a woman who was diagnosed with autism in her forties, who also has POTS and EDS (which I am always interested in knowing more of, but the focus of this book was primarily autism). Although it had some problematic aspects, like how it kept referring to “female autism” and it felt very trans excluding, it was otherwise incredibly relate able and I’m probably going to be recommending this to everyone who wants to learn about autism from an honest and mostly accurate POV. I have a full review here.

The End We Start From (3/5)
Megan Hunter

I read this as I was approved for it from NetGalley a while ago, but I neglected to read it until now.  It was…okay. It was very heavily loaded with metaphors, and I spent a majority of the book being unable to understand what was going on. By the end, I understood it was about a homeless mother and the beauty of motherhood. It was much better in the second half of the book than the first, maybe because I could understand it more.

Spirit Hunters (5/5)
Ellen Oh

Easily one of my favourite reads of the year. This is a paranormal middle grade book about a Korean family who move into a big, old house that they quickly discover is haunted, but there’s more about Harper (the MC) that will be discovered. It’s full of diversity (Korean MC, Jamaican best friend and a Native American medium spirit) and fun and it was just so gripping and entertaining and scary. I absolutely loved it. Hopefully, there will be a second one, because I would love to read that. I have a review for this here.

The Long Earth (4/5)
Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

I’ve already read this about two years ago but I have recently come across the whole collection of books, so I decided to re-read the first one before I went into the others as there’s probably a whole load of information within it that I forgot (I was right!). I really liked it, that ending was wild. I can’t wait to start the next one, but the next one is quite big so I might wait a bit before picking that one up.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (4/5)
Rick Riordan

I’ve read this one before, too, but I don’t remember when. At first, I didn’t like it. It wasn’t really what I expected. This time around, though, I devoured it. I absolutely loved it. I have the whole series, which I can’t wait to get into. It’s just so fun.

Warm Bodies (3/5)
Issac Marion

While I was on work experience, my friend that joined me for it recommended me this book then let me borrow his copy. It was pretty problematic in many areas, which I expected, but otherwise it was kinda fun and I liked the perspective it had on what it means to be human.

Under Rose-Tainted Skies (5/5)
Louise Gornall

I thought this book was an incredible talk about mental illness (in this book, specifically OCD and agoraphobia). I have a full review written up for this here. I wasn’t a big fan of the romance, but at least Norah didn’t suddenly find herself cured by the end of the book.

Death Note: Vol 2 (Black Edition) (4/5)
Tsugumi Ohba

I really, really liked this edition. It was really fast paced, there wasn’t a boring moment and it was so plot twisty. If it wasn’t for the fact it was filled with misogyny, it would absolutely have been a five star read.

The Hazel Wood (4/5)
Melissa Albert

I really, really liked this. It was kind of slow to start with but around halfway the pace really started to pick up. The first half of this book and the second half of this book are almost like two different stories, too. I recommend.

 

I’m pretty proud of this! Although I am noticing that I’m not reading many diverse books, despite owning quite the collection of them, due to reading through NetGalley eBooks and wanting to read cute middle grade which I own more non-diverse books for than I do diverse books, this needs to change of course!

Until next time,
Alyx

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