I wasn’t actually planning to do a November wrap-up because I pretty epically failed to take notes on anything I read this month. It’s 8PM on day 3, though, so we’re going with it. Here’s a very brief November wrap-up. 😁
Total books: 11
Visual books: 4
Books that I read only with my eyes and didn’t listen to the majority on audio while reading some visually: 2, 1 eARC and 1 graphic novel
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Rep: Autistic MC, Vietnamese Swedish MC
CW: Some non-consensual kissing that is immediately challenged, panic attacks
Buddy read with Destiny
I expected to love this book and I still loved it more than expected. It’s one of several books I’ve read in the past few months that I want to own because I want to reread it and mark it up. The reason it didn’t get a full five stars is because I wasn’t always 100% comfortable with the way sex work was portrayed. I unfortunately have not done the work to find own voices reviews; if I do, I’ll update this post accordingly.
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
Rep: mental health
CW: Suicidal thoughts
This was sort of a casual read for Lalathon, since I decided to read this book because of Lala’s recommendation. It was okay. I was a taken aback by the in-depth thoughts of suicide and self harm, so please be aware those are present going into this. Also, I had some trouble suspending my disbelief in some areas. I won’t go into detail because spoilers; if you’d like to know more feel free to message me.
Chord by Chelsea M. Cameron
Rep: queer ladies, nonbinary side character
CW: panic attacks
It was at this point that I realized I wasn’t going to be sticking anywhere close to my heavy, issue-filled TBR. I asked for the fluffiest fluff folks could recommend and I remembered this series (partially thanks to Destiny ^_^). Yes, this is the second one in the series. No, I didn’t know that until I was already too attached to the story to stop. It is, in fact, wonderfully fluffy fluff.
Style by Chelsea M. Cameron
Rep: more queer ladies
CW: … I’m sorry, but I had really stopped taking notes at this point. Nothing is immediately coming to mind but if you’re worried about something specific (for this or any of the other books) please ask and I’ll do my best.
This is the first book in said series. I didn’t like it as much as the second, partially because I related more to the college-age characters and partially because I didn’t actually like these characters all that much. Still, it was cute and made me smile. Also, both books had wonderful steamy queer lady scenes.
Fence vol. 1 by C.S. Pacat
Rep: queer fellows and people who don’t conform to gender expectations (possibly nonbinary? Possibly that’s just his gender expression? Haven’t figured it out yet.)
I’ve been meaning to get to this for a while thanks to Sylvia’s recommendations. I finally picked up volume 1, which is a bind-up of the first four issues. I like what it’s done so far but this first volume didn’t get as far into the story as I was hoping. I’m looking forward to continuing the series in 2019.
The Wicked King by Holly Black
I will have a full review of this up in January… for now, just know that I feel it lived up to the first book.
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
Rep: bi fellow = main character
This is where my Fall Into Fantasy reads start! I enjoyed the first installment in the Trials of Apollo series, though not as much as I loved the Magnus Chase books or even the other two Percy Jackson series. Apollo is annoying, even if he is growing as a person. God. Person-god. I hope he will grow on me as the series continues.
The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta
Rep: love interest is a gender fluid person and narrator might be sort of nonbinary too. Sometimes it’s f/f, sometimes it’s f/m. Sometimes it’s m/m. It’s glorious and wonderful.
CW: violence and death
I can’t possibly fit all my feelings about this book into a mini-review. Not only was it incredibly fun to read this with Cece and the other Fall Into Fantasy participants, not only was the magic system beautiful, but the rep was amazing. I already want to reread it. It wasn’t perfect and there were times I wanted to shake the main character or things were just a little under or over explained, but I don’t care. Everything I loved about it overtook any misgivings I had.
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Rep: queer ladies, Asian rep in a fantasy setting
CW: sexual assault, violence, shitty things being done to people without power by people with power
I think I originally gave this 4.5 stars because I was a little put off by the epilogue, but I don’t even freaking care, this book was phenomenal. I was lucky enough to read this in tandem with my wife… we started listening to the audiobook together on the way to and from Friendsgiving, then she finished the audiobook while I did homework and listened through the rest with me when it got to be overwhelming. I am incredibly lucky to have never experienced sexual violence but it is still content that impacts me strongly and that I tend to avoid for my mental health. However, the story was beautiful and interesting, and having someone there to talk about things and help me take it slowly made it a really pleasant reading experience for me.
Please be aware, this book is VERY intense. Be careful with yourself, and if you’re interested in any more specific content warnings let me know.
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan
Rep: see above, also Latinx side character and queer side characters
Because why not, I read the second Trials of Apollo book too. Pros: Apollo is less annoying. Cons: I have a horrible phobia about an animal that shows up A LOT in Rick Riordan books. And there was a metric shitton of it in this book. Possibly a literal metric shitton. It was a lot. I had no panic attacks, but it definitely ratcheted my anxiety up.
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Rep: Sadie is a queer lady and has a stutter.
CW: child abuse and murder, sexual assault
Aaaand because sometimes I have trouble not poking at sore spots, I decided to finish off the month with Sadie. I was planning on just binging some episodes of the Books in the Freezer podcast (even though I often do not have the metal for horror books I love hearing folks talk about horror books) but then they mentioned Sadie and I remembered that I’d gotten the audiobook for my October TBR but then never listened to it and then I ended up listening to it all on the 30th. It is amazing. The audiobook is amazing. I might like thrillers/horror more than I had previously realized and will be investigating this in 2019. And also December. Because that’s when The Lights comes out.
Please take care of yourself while reading.
Alright, y’all, that was my (sort of) brief wrap-up. Any thoughts on my reads? My commentary? My complete lack of a summary for any of these books? Let me know in the comments.