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.
In case you don’t know, I am officially back from my hiatus. In my hiatus I focused on finishing the spring semester and I’m happy to report I wrote all my essays, did all my exams, and passed all my classes.
As for reading, I read a total of 8 books, but I didn’t do a lot of actual reading. Not if you consider that one book was a comic, another was a poetry collection, another was a poetry collection, two were audiobooks, and only two were full length novels and even that is debatable considering they look more like dossiers than novels. But, I digress.
My least favorite book from April is Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. I know this is a popular book but I had a problem with Kinsella’s portrayal of recovering from mental illness.
My favorite book for the month of April is a tie between Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler and Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. They were both wonderful and captivating.
I’m not going to lie, I read a lot in March. Yes, some of the books were short enough I read them in one day, but I’m still counting them. Continue reading
AUTHOR: Octavia Butler
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Dana is a black woman living in the 1970s happily married to Kevin (who’s white), when she’s suddenly transported to the antebellum south in Maryland.
GENRE: Science Fiction | Historical Fiction | Neo-Slave Narrative
NOTE: Not for younger readers because it had several scenes depicting violence, mention of rape, and frequent use of the N word.
AUTHOR: Octavia E. Butler
SUMMARY: In the future and perhaps in space, the Tlic people live with normal humans to help their species.
GENRE: Horror | Sci-Fi
RATING: 5/5 Continue reading