August Reading Month ’17

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Due to recharging my battery ready for college in September and a short, six week course I haven’t been writing what I’ve read throughout the month like I usually do. Hence why the post is kind of late, whoops! I also don’t remember the exact order I read them in but I don’t think this is too much of a problem, hopefully!

Because I didn’t read that much this month, I won’t be splitting it into one for comics and one for books. I only read three books! I suppose it doesn’t matter too much though, really.

Comics 

Tomboy #12

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I have a review here for the previous eleven comics and as I have hopefully made very obvious by now, I absolutely adore this comic series. I love the characters, the art style, the plot, the unique-ness. Everything. The only thing I really wish it had more of it diversity.  This comic was no different. It was really action-packed. 4/5.

Kim Reaper #2 and #3
By Sarah Graley

This is a tie with Tomboy with how much I love it. The main character is a POC, she and Kim are in a f/f relationship (ish). There’s a lot of cats, and a sort of “Halloween” theme as I call it. The plot is also not predictable. It had some pretty harsh twists, too. I had to stop reading it for a moment to take in what happened! It’s not really a review, but I have a post here about the comics I’ve read so far squealing about how much I love it.

I Hate Fairyland #14 and #15
By Skottie Young

As usual, amazing comics. Great art, great plot. Gurt is as hilarious as always. One of the comics was clearly a retelling/parody of David Bowie’s Labyrinth and I think I did actually laugh out loud a few times in that one! I can’t wait to read the next comics. I don’t think Gurt is ever going to find her way out of fairyland!

Books 

Petrichor
By L.J.Hamlin

Petrichor

This is a collection of stories about men in m/m relationships, or sexual relationships. It started off really cute but, after a point, it was just the same story repeated with different characters. There was a lot of sex, sometimes in detail. I wasn’t originally bothered by this as I assumed this book was written by a gay man, but it was actually written by a cis woman (I think) and that made me a bit uncomfortable. Otherwise, I gave this a four out of five as I did really enjoy it.

Wilde Like Me
By Louis Pentland

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I have a full review here if you want me to talk about this in detail. Not being a single mum or in my thirties or anything, I couldn’t really relate to it very much but I actually really enjoyed it. It went darker then I expected it to in parts, but I think it was (mostly) handed well although it did seem like it was put there just to boost Robin’s own confidence sometimes. I have this a 4/5.

Sisters
By Lily Tuck

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This was an extremely short story about a woman marrying a man who has been previously married before, with children from that marriage. This woman also has been married before, with children from her own marriage. Her ex-boyfriend has married a new woman, and she is struggling to deal with this. She’s also struggling to deal with how her husband had previously loved someone before her. It was an interesting outlook that I was really curious about (hence why I requested it). I gave it a 3/5 stars rating.

 

So that’s it! I didn’t read very much this month, I know, but I intend to do better in future to finish my 100-book Goodread goal! I should do this easily as I’m more drawn to comic books/graphic novels lately! What did you read this month?

Until next time,
Lorna

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REVIEW | Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland

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Synopsis: 

Robin Wilde is an awesome single mum. She’s great at her job. Her best friend Lacey and her bonkers Auntie Kath love her and her little Lyla to the moon and back. From the outside, everything looks fine. But Robin has a secret. Behind the mask she carefully applies everyday, things sometimes feel…grey. And lonely. She struggles to fit in with the school-mum crew. Online dating is despair-inducing, and how can she give her little girl the very best when, honestly, some days it’s hard to find a clean pair of knickers? After 4 years (and 2 months and 24 days) of single-mum-don, Robin realises it’s time to get out there and Change. Her. Life. A little courage and creativity go a long way and exciting new opportunities are soon on the horizon – maybe a man, maybe a chance of a lifetime…

Review:

To Note:

This book has a fair handful of things that could be problematic/triggering. These can be spoilers so skip the rest of this paragraph if trigger warnings aren’t necessary for you. There is talk of a woman being unable to conceive a baby. There is a sudden loss of a family member due to terminal illness. There’s some small, but not heavily detailed, mentions on domestic abuse. There’s actual verbal abuse that’s quite dark towards the end of the book. Depression/depressive feelings are also a strong topic throughout the first half of the book especially. Those are the main things I can pin point. I think it’s important to mention as it does seem like a really light-hearted book, and it is for the most part, but does have some quite dark things scattered throughout.

Plot: 

The plot wasn’t really incredibly fast-paced compared to the type of books I’m used to reading and I really enjoyed the relaxed feel of it. It was heavily character driven, I feel. The plot felt like it was going one direction and I really felt like I knew exactly where things were heading but then it took a turn and went into a completely different direction. The plot in itself is a simple one, but I quite enjoy that especially after the books I normally read which can be quite heavy and I usually rely on comic books to help ease my brain but still satisfy my reading needs. It was a comfort.

Characters:

I really liked the characters. I don’t think there was enough substance to them to be able to clearly tell them apart, however, but this isn’t something I come across very often in books anyway. I like Robin, I love her confidence and how she tries to own who she is and the relationship between her and Lyla. I feel like this mirrors how Louise is from her videos with her own daughter, Darcy. It’s really cute and lovely. Robin could be a bit selfish at times, and the world seemed to revolve around her, but when the book is all coming from her perspective I guess it could easily be seen that way. I like how she gained the ability to sass strangers more as the book went on.

Writing Style: 

It actually surprised me because I was expecting it to be a little blunt and to not flow very well. This is, after all, a debut novel and it’s not often I read a debut novel that has a writing style I really like. That usually happens by their 2nd or 3rd book. However, it did actually work really well. It was like talking to a friend. Or, to be more accurate, a friend talking to me. It was really cosy and welcoming.

Summary: 

It was a really comforting and easy book to read. I really liked the characters. It was a nice break from what I usually read. It was really, really honest about life and how people can cope with it. It made me laugh out loud several times (well, giggle) and it’s not often a book can make me do that. There’s never really much of a lead up to it either, it’s just sort of thrown in there and it somehow makes it funnier. I gave this a four out of five stars. I’d recommend it for people who just want something light-hearted. I’m not even in my thirties and I’m not a parent but I think you’d like this book even more if you are!

Until next time,
Lorna

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