February Wrap-Up

I started writing this post when I realized I forgot to read a Molière play this month. I can’t believe it. 

Just checked my list and I was supposed to read Corneille in February and Molière in March… It’s technically possible for me to read one tonight but I finish work at 8pm so realistically it won’t happen.

This month I read 20 books and 5874 pages and my average rating was 3.2 stars.

Six of the books I read came from my shelves. That’s almost one-third! This is great progress from my less than 10 books from 2018. I’ve also been making an efforst to pick up more books that have I’ve been meaning to read for a while. I still have to find a balance between those books and all the great shiny new releases so I’m not expecting to priorize them at all.

The books:

I’ve written about some of them here.

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Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

 

2Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir by Kai Cheng Thom (Read my review here)

 

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3Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

 

4Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

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Les Sept jours du Talion by Patrick Senécal (English title: Seven Days)

 

 

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The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

 

20Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

 

 

 

6Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

 

16The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

 

 

 

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5Fearless by Shira Glassman

 

10The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

 

7A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

 

 

 

8The Proposal by Jasmine Gillory

 

 

17The Bear by Claire Cameron

 

 

 

19The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci

 

18Redeplyment by Phil Klay

 

 

 

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9Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

 

11The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells

 

 

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12Kim Reaper by Sarah Graley

 

 

Four stars

14Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

 

 

 

What stood out

Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta

Under the Udala Trees follows Ijeoma, a Nigerian woman growing up in the 70s. The depiction of religious abuse towards homosexuality and Ijeoma’s eventual embracing of her sexuality touched me. I’m not the biggest fan of historical fiction, but this one hit the mark.

Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir by Kai Cheng Thom

Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars also went straight to my heart. This book reflects the protagonist: it’s small and it packs a punch. Every element, from the writing to the fabulism, worked together to paint a deeper, more saturated version of our world than what the media portrays to be the lives of trans women. In less than 200 pages Thom managed to explore self harm, sexual abuse, police brutality, the intersection of racism and transmisogyny and she did so more successfully than other books, TV shows or movies attempt to do with one or two issues.

Be aware that these two books have explicit scenes of violence against LGBTQ+ people.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

I read this book a couple of years ago but never continued the series. This month I picked up the first two books and I’m loving it. The characters are great and the political intrigue is keeping me on the edge of my seat. I’m scared of what will happen in the third book, but I don’t doubt it’s going to be a great finale.

Drum Roll, Please by Lisa Jenn Bigelow

SUMMER CAMP BOOK WHERE A GIRL GETS HER FIRST CRUSH ON ANOTHER GIRL!!

I’ve done around 200 days of summer camp over the last dozen years so this is a setting I love. It’s super cute and it’s a great introduction on how to communicate with your friends and people you’re interested in.

The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci

I could have easily given this books 2 or 4 stars. I liked the brutality, the setting and the characters, but it was too predictable and I found that the romance took over too quickly. I can see why people would love or hate this book so I’m wary of recommending it but I will pick up the sequel. (Also this book is printed on the best paper. It’s so soft I was petting the pages the whole time I was reading it)

I’m happy with my reading this month, but I hope to have more 5 stars next month. By this time last year I already had seven 5 stars for the same amount of books read. I also need to read my French classics or else I will need to hide from my shame.

 

 

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