Good news! I moved recently and I finally have WiFi! My posts for the past few days were scheduled, so I haven’t actually been on WordPress for about a week. Sorry if I’ve taken a while to respond and leave comments. I’ll be catching up all week!
Before I do that though, I want to set up a TBR for this week! We’re in the last few days of Pride Month, so I’ll be reading a couple more LGBTQ+ books to end out this month.
Last Week’s Reads & Mini Reviews
We Are Okay | Nina LaCour |⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2
This book was fantastic. It’s a slow read that is never boring and it explores various themes of loneliness, betrayal, acceptance, friendship, self-discovery, and sexual identity. It is deeply real and heartfelt, both heartbreaking and up-lifting. The prose is simple yet meaningful and Marin’s journey of healing is very personal and relatable. I loved this book, and if you’re okay with a story that is focused more on character rather than plot, then I think you might love this one, too.
Dreadnought | April Daniels | ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
It was very action-packed and entertaining to read. I especially enjoyed reading about Danny and her journey, no matter the highs and lows of it. The author seemed to capture the mindset and some real life experiences/treatments of a transgender individual fairly well. Sometimes, though, I wished for a little less action and a bit more introspection. Everything was go, go, go from the start and I wanted a few more scenes with Danny just living her life in her new body, doing normal things. Other than that, this was a really fun and emotional read!
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe | Benjamin Alire Saenz | ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1/2
I devoured this book. It’s just so…BEAUTIFUL. It has a multitude of positive aspects including simple but stunning prose, fabulous characters (especially Dante) that are complex and relatable, insightful commentary on family, friendships, individual identity, and personal growth, meaningful dialogue, Latinx representation, and so much more. I loved it. I wouldn’t call it perfect, but it’s damn near close.
Of Fire and Stars | Audrey Coulthourst
So far I like it but I’m not in love with it. I can definitely see what people are saying about the world-building. It’s really not there. And the characters are okay. I’m not crazy about anyone in particular. The plot’s good, but not extremely engaging. It’s a bit too easy for me to put the book down and do something else…Hm, we’ll see how I feel by the end.
TBR for this Week
Once I finish Of Fire and Stars (hopefully by tonight), I can begin reading:
I’m incredibly excited for these two books. I’ve heard SO many good things about both of them! I think I’ll read The Gentleman’s Guide first and then Now I Rise! From what I’ve heard from fellow bloggers, I don’t think I’ll be disappointed with either of them 😉
That’s all for now! So what are you guys reading this week? Read any of the ones I mentioned? What’d you think of them?
Thanks for stopping by! I’ll see ya soon 😀