July was not a great month for reading, in fact I barely read anything. It was a busy month between quitting job, applying for new jobs, and getting old jobs again. Not to mention I graduated at the end of the month, there’s a wedding coming soon (not mine), hopefully a new and better job, and not to mention the general stress all of these new life changes create.
All of which caused a major reading slump for the majority of the month. It wasn’t until the last week of July that I actually started reading again and finished four books. Sounds like a lot but it isn’t, not when half of them have pictures in them and one of them was an audiobook.
Books Currently Reading
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
By the time this post comes out I probably already finished, and I want you to know that the hype surrounding this YA novel, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, is 100% real! I was scared of going into it because I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to the hype it’s been getting, instead I was met with an incredible book. It’s honest, insightful, heartbreaking, and surprisingly funny.
Kindred Graphic Novel
by Damien Duffy, John Jennings, and Octavia E. Butler
Read it? Yes but read the novel first.
Kindred is the graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s original novel of the same name. It’s about Dana a young black woman from the 1970s being transported to the past when slavery still thrived and existed. The graphic novel does a great job of telling the original story, but it misses some of the complexities of master and slave relationships, or how it was so easy for the characters to get accustom to this time period. However, I would still recommend it for fans of the original, but please try to read the original before reading this graphic novel.
The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa
Read it? Sure
The first half of the novel is slow paced. It’s not until the second part of the novel that I became truly interested in the story as well as the history of the events taking place. I do think Correa did a fantastic job of showing us portions of German and Cuban history through the protagonist, Hannah.
Despite the slow start, I do think it’s an important book to read because although it’s about past events, these events are still relevant today. Correa’s story about a young Jewish girl fleeing Nazi Germany with her family aboard the St. Louis and being refused entry to Cuba or the U.S. has similarities with today’s Syrian refugee crisis.
Useless Magic by Florence Welch
Read it? Yes, especially if you’re a fan.
This book is a collection of lyrics, poetry, handwritten notes, and art by Florence Welch, the singer of (one of my favorite bands) Florence + The Machine. If you’re a fan of Welch then I definitely think you’ll love this book, and even if you’re not a fan of her music, her writing was incredible. This might be the first poetry collection I’ve read in a long time that I actually enjoyed. Unlike the other poets I’ve read, Useless Magic is deeply personal to Welch’s experiences which can be relatable. The only thing I didn’t like was the handwriting because in some cases it was difficult to read. Other than that, I’d definitely think you should get this book.
P.S. It’s also beautifully made, that picture does not make it justice.
Books I Read Again
Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (Audiobook)
Read it? Yes
There are very few books that I can read over and over and over again and not get tired, and Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover is one of those. I have read it numerous times and I’ve listened to the audiobook just as many.
The book is about Tate and Miles having a no strings attached sort of relationship. They have sex without any of the romance because she’s too busy with school and her job, and he’s too busy being a brooding pilot with a top secret past. It’s heart-wrenching, it’s funny, and it has all the feels. Maybe that’s why I keep reading it every year.