So it has been a while since I have wrapped up the books I have read. Not only has it been difficult for Gretchen and I to get together all summer for various reasons (time conflicts, mental health, internet being actual butts) so you weren’t getting weekly wrap ups in any way but I have been completely nonexistent on the blog. Which we all know I am attempting to change here and now… hopefully forever, but no promises.
In any case I am going to try and talk a bit about all of the books I have read in June, July, and August.
This was the first book for book club this season so there is a full discussion on it here! I loved this. I still feel that way. It did seem to check all of the boxes of things that Michaela would like though. So if you feel very strongly that we are akin then definitely check this out.
This was an ARC review I did back in June. It wasn’t my favorite book I’ve read this year but I definitely did enjoy it. I had heard of Lisa Jewell as an author and this was my first of hers. I think that I will look into some of her other work. She is a bit more commercial than I usually go for but not bad by any means.
The second book club book was Gretchen’s pick and I was super not a fan. That could have been due to the fact that I was super ill at the time of reading it but I kind of hated it.
Next we kicked off the second season of Nostalgia Junkie. Unfortunately the unanimous decision on this was that we weren’t super huge fans. It may be that we just aren’t the target audience but we all had issues with it.
Taylor’s pick for the first round of book club was a debut and we all really liked it. It was surprising because it takes a really good book to win all three of us over. This one did it so you should definitely check that out!
Gretchen and I read Nimona together and we did a video review of it for you guys. It was super cute and sweet and we completely understood why so many people loved it. I have followed Noelle Stevenson for a while and new she is a cookie to pay attention to in comics. Watch her. She will do great things.
I started the second round of summer book club picks with Middlesex. Taylor was the one who liked this book the most, Gretchen and I had a bit of an issue with the way it was laid out. You should watch the whole discussion to find out more.
I have to say that I do so love Patton Oswalt. I haven’t spoken about this anywhere else. It was a pick for my pop sugar challenge and I listened to it on audio, read by the man himself. It is always great to listen to autobiographical works when written by the author and especially so when he is as awkward and nerdy as you.
Now we find ourselves in the books I read for booktubeathon. This was my pick for the book I would only read at night. I both read the physical edition and listened to parts on audio. I actually wound up enjoying it more than I thought I would. It also fulfilled the requirement of a book that is more than 100 years older than me for the Pop Sugar challenge.
This was listened to entirely on audio. I was conflicted with this. I was expecting a bit of a funnier story from Steve Martin. That isn’t to say I wasn’t a fan of his writing style, it just caught me off guard. It was about a community that I haven’t spent much time learning about so I did enjoy that aspect of it.
This one will be featured in an upcoming post so look out for that. It was a book with yellow on the cover and a book I learned about from booktube. I ended up really enjoying this one though it took me a while to decide that. It was definitely one the the end justified the rest of the book for me. I like what it was saying politically.
This was both Taylor and my own book to movie adaptation and we both came out of it feeling like … welp that was a mess. I think it was meant to be a mess. It was really entertaining but all over the place. We both enjoyed it but were mildly disoriented by the experience. Which I think is apt.
I reviewed this one on the blog yesterday actually! So here we have an interesting new comic coming from Image. We all know how much I love Image. If you like robots and stories that ask what it means to be human then definitely give this one a go.
Gretchen and I did a discussion of this one but the audio ended up being a bit borked. Over all I enjoyed the experience. It read a bit like fanfiction but it was nice to dip back into a world that I loved as a child. I am curious to see if watching it as a play would be better than reading it if I ever get a chance to do so.
David Wong is a comic god. Well, he is. This one isn’t my favorite of his works but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good book and he isn’t a good writer. I loved hearing from a female protagonist it did change the way the story progressed for me. If you like science fiction and laughing, give this one a go.
There will be a future review of this one on the blog as well. Gretchen and I have already filmed it, it just needs to make its way out into the world. We enjoyed listening to the audio book but we didn’t feel like it ended up doing for us what it was trying to. It was a delight to listen to though so there is that.
This book is most likely going to be in my top 10 books of the year. It honestly blew me away. It will also be featured in an upcoming review. I went into this book skeptical and came out just amazed. She was able to do so much and so well. I loved it. A must read in my opinion.
This was a comic that I picked up based on Taylor’s recommendation. He had really enjoyed it or had heard good things about it, I am not certain which at this point but I picked it up. It wasn’t my favorite comic but it did go somewhere entirely unexpected and I give it props for that.
And now we reach the last book I read in August which happens to be Gretchen’s pick for the second round of book club. This showed up on the blog earlier this week so you can find our discussion of it there. I enjoyed it, even if much of that video is us picking apart the book. Sometimes you just have to say, it was a fun experience.
Apparently I have read 19 books in the last three months… which honestly amazes me since I have been struggling to read. A lot of them were audio books and a good chunk were thanks to the booktubeathon but hey they were things that I read. I have been reading more in the last couple weeks so the hope is that I am feeling safer in myself again and will be able to read a whole bunch more and talk about it with you guys. That is the hope anyway.
As far as my reading challenges go:
Goodreads: 66/50 surpassed!
Pop Sugar: 27/40 (13 left I think I can do it!)
How are you guys doing after the summer? Are you excited for fall. It is my favorite season and I am in the mood for all of the Horror books! I need a bunch of cider and pumpkin bread and some crisp fall air and I will be a happy girl.
Talk to you guys tomorrow!