books of the month: october 2018

Okay, this is going to be a bit depressing but also not. I only read four books this month which is way less than I hoped for but it just took me a long time to read these books and I listened to a lot of podcasts this month so I read less anyway.

BUT the books I read were all absolutely amazing, only five and four stars worth. One of them was actually in German and one of my most anticipated reads of the year.

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TBR Wrap-up

  • A Closed And Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
  • No Is Not Enough by Naomi Klein [I’m currently reading this so it’s fine]
  • What If It’s Us? by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera [ARC]
  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth [ARC] [also currently reading this!]
  • Die Känguru Apokryphen by Marc-Uwe Kling [new release!]

Favourites

 A Closed and Common Orbit (Wayfarers, #2)A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

My rating: ★★★★★

Life is terrifying. None of us have a rule book. None of us know what we’re doing here. So, the easiest way to stare reality in the face and not utterly lose your shit is to believe that you have control over it.

I might have found my favourite sci-fi author ever in Becky Chambers and I wish I could accurately describe what this book made me feel and taught me.

This book is so amazing that I also posted my review on my blog!

What If It's UsWhat If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

My rating: ★★★★★

I don’t know if we’re in a love story or a story about love.

In my opinion, What If It’s Us is both and also so much more. And I loved all of it so very much.

I’ve read and loved books by both Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli so needless to say I was quite excited about this book. These two authors, brilliantly on their own and even more so together, wrote a story about two gay teenagers falling in love that somehow both manages to be very cliché and adorable but also distinct and unexpected.

The main characters, Ben and Arthur, jumped up from the page immediately and I felt connected to and interested in them from the very beginning. Their adventure is fun and heartbreaking and dramatic and everything I expected from these authors plus a lot more.

Ben and Arthur try to have a perfect romance but it doesn’t work out that way. Nothing is perfect but they still find something so beautiful that helps both of them grow and accept some of their flaws and it connects them more or in a different way to people that are very important to them.

I did not expect to read so much about complex friend groups that aren’t what they used to be but this is one of my favourite parts of any book, really, so I couldn’t be happier. Silver and Albertalli just nail how stupid arguments and harsh comments and a shared past and different views can complicated everything and I found all friendships in this book so very relatable.

This book really is the best of both worlds – Silvera’s sad love story and Albertalli’s sweet teens who make way too many pop culture references. What If It’s Us made me smile like an idiot and nearly cry and it never let me go. I always wanted to know what happens next and where the story ends.

This book has some very unexpected twists and that makes it such a unique and even more wonderful story than all the other amazing things about it. It’s not a “and now everything is perfect” story and its ending is very different from what I usually read in YA.

What If It’s Us is a story about love, both how we fantasise about it and how it really is, and it’s a story about all other aspects of life that might influence our love. It is beautifully written, captivating and unique and I now really need more books of these two authors.

I received a copy of this book via NetGalley/Simon and Schuster.

PulpPulp by Robin Talley

My rating: ★★★★★

She hadn’t needed a permanent, fairytale love to make it worth living. She was strong enough to be happy on her own terms.

This wonderful novel about lesbians both now and in the 1950s is one of the most original and fascinating LGBTQ stories I’ve ever read. I cried and laughed and was just generally really damn emotional about this book. Thanks Robin.

[Side note: I have no idea if this is a 4 or 5 star book for me but because I just can’t decide I rounded up.]

I was absolutely sucked into both Janet’s and Abby’s lives and I so desperately wanted to know if Abby figures her (love and everything else) life out and if Janet manages to be with Marie without endangering myself.
Of course, nothing was solved easily. Both girls go through a lot and they develop so much over the course of this book.

Pulp fiction – especially lesbian pulp fiction – is a very interesting topic and one I did not know a lot about. It is very obvious to see that Robin Talley researched this topic a great deal and Janet’s life in the 50s feels exactly as vivid and real as Abby’s in 2017.

In parts, the novel slowed down a bit too much for my part and I sometimes wished it could be a bit more fast paced, all in all, I really enjoyed both plot and characters. The plot is enganging and original but especially Janet’s story seems to be about things that really happened to a lot of people in the 20th century and I wasn’t exactly aware of them I learned so much from this book.

Abby and Janet are very believable characters with their own flaws and complications. Abby’s relationships with friends and family were so relatable and Janet’s naiveté amplified the differences between her upbringing and Abby’s just so much. A lot has changed in the past few decades and this is obvious in very different and interesting ways in this book.

I really liked how – as this story is told in alternating chapters by the two girls – the plot kind of flows together and each chapter reveals something about the past we don’t know yet, even if it’s Abby’s turn. It made the story quite mysterious and I loved that.

Pulp is a very interesting and fascinating book and it really shows how much changed since Janet’s time (not everything 100% positive).

I received a copy of this book via Harlequin Teen/Edelweiss.

Really good stuff

Die Känguru-ApokryphenDie Känguru-Apokryphen by Marc-Uwe Kling

My rating: ★★★★☆

Viel Schönes dabei.

Leider kann ich es dabei nicht stehen lassen, ich rede irgendwie doch zu gerne über Bücher.

Ich finde es überaus seltsam, nach Jahren des konstanten Hörbuch-hörens plötzlich tatsächlich ein Känguru-Buch zu LESEN. What is wrong with me? Aber ich kaufe mir nunmal nie Hörbücher und ich lese gerne, hatte dann aber die seltsame Anwandlung, immer laut vorlesen zu wollen was ich gerade lese. Das ist natürlich super wenn Leute um einen herum sind.
Egal.

Ich liebe Marc-Uwe Klings Bücher und ich liebe eigentlich alles, was irgendwie mit den Känguru-Chroniken zu tun hat. Also natürlich auch dieses Buch.

Es ist nicht sonderlich lang, aber voller wunderbarer, erheiternder, intellektueller (oder interlektuleller?) und einfach nur witzigen Storys. Ein paar der Geschichten kamen mir schon bekannt vor und ein paar waren nicht so ganz mein Ding aber im Großen und Ganzen war dieses Buch so gut wie ich es erwartet habe.
Das Buch scheint mir politischer zu sein als die bisherigen, was ich an sich super finde, aber irgendwie hat es das Ganze etwas weniger witzig gemacht als erwartet. Es ist nicht nur leichte Kost, for sure. Deshalb (denke ich?) auch nicht die 5 Sterne, das könnte aber noch kommen.

Ich brauche aber definitiv noch irgendwann das Hörbuch davon, meine Känguru-Imitation ist einfach grauenvoll.

Rereads

No re-reads again this month, ugh. I’m thinking about reading either Runemarks, Harry Potter or (the most likely choice) The Raven Boys soon, though.

November TBR

I have no idea how many books I’ll read next month or if I’ll be in the mood for any of these but we’ll see:

  • City of Broken Magic by Mirah Bolender [ARC]
  • We Set The Dark On Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia [ARC]
  • Ironside by Holly Black
  • Bitter Eden by Tatamkhulu Afrika (maybe, not sure yet if this is something for me)

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So, what books did you read this month? Did you also love What If It’s Us as much as I did?

See you soon ❤

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