Hey, guys! I am super excited to talk about all of the books that I read in the month of April. I’m sorry my posts have been pretty spotty and infrequent at best. Life has just been kind of crazy with work and college and finals, and I honestly have just been feeling pretty shitty as well. So I did a bit of reading in April, but not so much in May so I am combining the two months. But let’s go ahead and get into all of the books I have read over the past two months.
The first book I read in April was Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz.
I absolutely loved this book. This is a book that has so much representation and it just makes me so happy. Our main character is a black, bisexual, overweight ballet dancer. I just really ended up enjoying this book because I did really identify with Etta’s character due to her sexuality, but I also think this just really explored a lot of important topics like gay conversion camps, religion, sexuality, body image and so many others, which I think is super important. Even with all of these topics, this never seemed disingenuine at all; it just felt very authentic. Not to mention the fact that this book was absolutely hilarious. And it also exposes a reality that we bisexuals have to face: the fact that we are a marginalized group within the LGBT community and we often face discrimination from some of the others groups, in particular, the lesbians. It is just a fact that some lesbians have bi-erasure ingrained in them. With that said, I thought this book handled it very well. I did write a review, and I obviously gave it 5/5 stars because it was absolutely fabulous.
The next book I read was Gemina by Amie Kaufman.
This is the second book in the Illuminae Files series, and this was the first time I have ever reread this book, but I am so glad I did because I definitely forgot a lot about what went down in this book. I wanted to reread it in anticipation of the release of Obsidio, the final book in the trilogy, which is out now. I still absolutely loved this book, and I actually audiobooked it this time around, and I enjoyed the audiobook, as always. These books are just so different to any other books I have ever read as they are told in journal entries, texts, emails and other various files, and they are just so good. I am so excited to read Obsidio now, and I gave this 5/5 stars.
The next book I read was Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathon Swift.
This is a book I read for my English Literature course, and I actually really enjoyed this! I audiobooked it, which made it so much easier to get through. I am not going to say it is the best thing I have ever read in my life, but I did enjoy it. Over the course of the book, we see how Gulliver becomes changed more and more by the people he meets and lives with until he eventually loathes himself and the entire human race. It was interesting to see that sort of progression, and this book was really pointing out the things wrong with the English society during this time, which I thought was super interesting, and I ended up giving this 3/5 stars.
And the last book I read in April was A Red Death by Walter Mosely.
This is a book I read for my Detective Fiction class, which I thought was okay, I suppose. I honestly did have some issues with it because of the way it treated women. Women were sexualized literally throughout the entire book, and it really was irritating me. The first part of the description a woman received was either about her breasts or her ass (often both). And side-note that Mosley feels it is absolutely necessary every waking moment this happens, to point out explicitly in words that the main character is aroused, and it honestly was irritating me to death. It was so unnecessary. Anyway, the writing was pretty okay, but I still was not a huge fan of the overall storyline because there wasn’t a storyline. This book didn’t have anything going for it for me other than the fact that it was a different sort of mystery novel(ish), so I ended up giving this 2.5/5 stars.
The first book I read in May was The Invention of Hugo Cabaret by Brian Selznick.
I really loved this book. It is a new favorite of mine, and I honestly can’t believe I hadn’t picked it up until now. This book is one I definitely think you should go into practically blind, but it is a historical fiction novel that is set in 1930’s Paris, France in a train station where this little boy lives, and he works on the clocks in the station there. But that is all I am going to say because I do think you should just jump right into it not knowing much. There are so many beautiful, full-page illustrations throughout it as well which just really help to capture the story, and I just really enjoyed this. I did review it, and I gave it 5/5 stars.
The next book I read was The Diviners by Libba Bray.
I finally finished this book, and I am so glad that I did. I did audiobook this, which I highly recommend because the narrator is fabulous, but this is a book I have been trying to finish since my junior or senior year of high school. I just had the hardest time getting into this, but I am so glad I finally read it as it was fabulous. This story has magic and murder, mayhem, flappers, and it is set in 1920’s New York City. What more could you want? I just really loved this, so I highly recommend you check it out. I did review this, and I gave it 5/5 stars.
The last book I read in May was Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni.
This is a book that has a heavy trigger warning for suicide. It was recommended to me by my best friend who absolutely loved it, but unfortunately, I was not a huge fan of it. It is a mental health novel that deals with depression, suicide, and grief, but I felt like there were a lot of elements I was not a fan of in the book, the romance being one of them, which I go more into in my review. I just was not impressed with it, and I ended up giving it 3.5/5 stars.
And there you have it! Those were all of the books I read in the months of April and May. What is your favorite book that you’ve read recently? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this review today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!