Salutations booksters, I hope you are having a wonderful Summer filled with big hats, smoothies in mason jars, fringed vests, craft beer festivals and plenty of wonderful reads. You know, so you can be your very own and best bookish hipster. Anyway, my Summer is far from what I just described as a bookster ideal. While I wish I was in a festival with my flowery dress and my oversized sun glasses, my adventures are reduced to basically going from and to work with a book inside my tote bag. But hey, at least I have time to blog. I guess.
We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Genre: Non-fic, feminism, essay
Rating: 5/5 |We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a short but concise and powerful statement about this gender inequality issue that I believe everyone, female or male, should read. Chimamanda’s personal experiences and observations of some aspects of Nigeria’s society highlight the enormous amount of work we have to do regarding the gender problem. Problem, that as she very well states, targets the female. In my opinion, her words were eye opening if nothing else. And even if I have always been aware of this existing inequality between genders, I also know that I was born with a privilege. Keep an eye on the blog, as I will be posting this week a full post about gender inequality.
Lord of Shadows (TDA #2) by Cassandra Clare
Genre: YA, Fantasy/Paranormal
Rating: 5/5 | How is it possible that 700 pages felt like a breath? Like a whisper. A quiet sigh. A caress so soft and gentle you think you must have imagined it. How are we even supposed to survive until 2019 with our hearts shattered into a billion pieces, huh? It took me around one week to gather the strength to update my LoS reading status on goodreads and I don’t think I could ever review this book. To say this is a favourite, doesn’t begin to cover. I call her Cassandra crush-my-heart Clare for a reason, guys.
November 9 by Colleen Hoover (Crave Romance Edition)
Genre: NA, contemporary
Rating: 5/5 |“”No, Ben. No. This past year has been the hardest year of my life. You can’t expect me to just fall back into step with you because you showed up here tonight.”
He runs the back of his fingers across my cheekbone.
“I don’t expect that, Fallon. But I do pray for it. Every night, down on my knees, to any God who will listen.”
I think I may be still hangover. I love to revisit favourites, and when I found a Crave edition of one of my all time faves with a huge sale, I couldn’t help myself and buy it. Consequently, when it arrived, I had to reread it and fall back in love with Benton James Kessler and all his imperfections. Never regret.
Dear Aaron by Mariana Zapata
Genre: Romance, military
Rating: 4.5/5 | Now I get why Mariana Zapata is called the queen of slow burn romance. Dear Aaron is the definition of slow burn romance. So much that the first 40% of the book, which consists on emails and short chat conversations, is pure torture. So much that the rest of the book is pure hell. So much that I just wanted to go inside my kindle and put Aaron and Ruby’s heads together and shout FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY PLEASE GET TOGETHER ALREADY. Perhaps I would have changed some things. Maybe the first part of the book could have been shorter or a little bit more intense, maybe even a little bit more flirty. Or maybe some of Ruby’s character traits could have been different. But maybe, given that case, the story would have been different. And I don’t want Dear Aaron to be any different than what it was. What I am trying to say is that I recognise its flaws, and let me tell you, the story frustrated me. But it was the most delicious, addictive and sweet kind of frustration. I could not put this book down, I’m serious, I read it in one day. I didn’t want this book to be over. The ending was not nearly enough… I would have gladly read another 400 pages. Could you do that, Mariana? Write another 400 pages on Aaron and Ruby? Because I feel like I’ve just taken a bite of one of the most delicious cakes ever for then watching how the cake is snatched from me in slow mo.
The Silent Waters by Brittainy C. Cherry
Genre: Romance, NA
Rating: 4/5 |“I needed her to know we’d make it work, no matter what. I needed her to know she was and always would be my biggest dream.” Beautifully written, heart wrenching story, moving characters, transcendent love. There is not one thing I can think I could complain about. But I can’t help but feel that The Silent Waters didn’t completely succeed in sweeping me off my feet. Instead of living in the story, I felt more like a distant spectator. One that loves and appreciates what they see but one that at the same time is not experiencing everything first hand.
The One that God Away by Bethany Chase
Genre: Fiction, Women’s fic
Rating: 3/5 |DNF page 100. I am so sorry, the writing is good but I just don’t care about the characters. After a 100 pages I didn’t even found one little thread to hold on to. Goodreads
The Way Back Home by Carmen Jenner
Genre: Romance, Military
Rating: 3/5 | I absolutely loved Toward the Sound of Chaos, book 1 in this series of standalones. And if you know me a little bit, you know how sooner or later I gravitate towards Romance novels involving the military. So, perhaps my expectations were a tad too high and I got a little bit too excited when I found out about this newest release by Carmen Jenner. Unfortunately, Liv’s chance at love didn’t live up to the expectations set by its companion and previous book. And August didn’t really win me over like he should have. This book had all the elements for making me fall in love as hard as I usually do, but they never fell into place completely. Goodreads
Did you have a good reading month? I may not have been really lucky with the books I read this month, but I did a hell out of blogging 🙂 Leave your comments below so we can chat, please. And remember to subscribe to the blog!
Stay bookish and cool, piiipol.