Sunday, 1 October 2017

September Reading Wrap Up

Another month has come and gone and it's time for another reading wrap up. I read a few good books in August but mostly I read some books I wasn't too keen on. But this means I'm super excited to read some new and exciting books in September. I need another library run soon! I'm also excited for the weather to get a bit cooler so that I can enjoy cosy evening reading. I'm not sure why but it's still extremely hot in Connecticut. I never thought I'd see 30 degrees weather at the end of September!


Drama by Raina Telgemeier
This graphic novel is about a girl who is really interested in producing the set for her school's musical. I picked this up because it looked bright and fun but when I started reading it I realised this is actually written for preteens. That's fine by me as it was fun and heartwarming. This book also introduced LGBT characters which I think is really important. I gave it 3/5 stars. It was ok.

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah is one of my favourite comedians so I was really excited to read this autobiography. He grew up mixed race in South Africa under apartheid and so his life story is very different to anything I've ever experienced which made for a very interesting and reflective read. His writing was very captivating and I really enjoyed this book. I gave it 5/5 stars and would say that it was my favourite book of the month.

The Golem's Mighty Swing by James Sturm
This is a graphic novel about a pre-WW2 Jewish baseball team. I have to admit I didn't really enjoy this very much. I just picked it up at the library as it was with some other graphic novels I wanted to read. I found it quite dark and that there wasn't even really much of a storyline. I gave it 2/5 stars because I could appreciate the skill of the art I just didn't like the story/plot. 

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
This is a YA fiction novel about a girl whose father is suffering from PTSD after serving in a war. I've never read a book with a character with PTSD before so this was really unique. I wanted to like this a lot more than I did because I'm a big fan of the author but I found the teen angst in this just too strong to look past. I gave it 2/5 stars because I seem to have been feeling particularly harsh this month.

Trouble by Non Pratt
This is a YA fiction about a teenage pregnancy. Hannah doesn't want to tell anyone who the father of her baby is and her friend Aaron steps in. He lets her tell everyone that it's his baby. This was a really interesting premise for a book and whilst it wasn't the best book I've ever read I still enjoyed it because it was a fast, easy read. Just something I saw at the library and picked up on a whim. I gave it 3/5 stars.

Rolling Blackouts by Sarah Glidden
This is a graphic novel about the author's trip to Turkey, Iraq and Syria with her journalist friends. This all took place before the Syrian civil war started but talks about the stories of people they meet along the way. They also talk about the ethics of journalism and the balance between wanting to tell the sad stories of the people they meet but also having to do it in a way that is 'marketable'. I really enjoyed this book and think it's one of the best graphic novels I have ever read. I gave it 5/5 stars.

If you have any recommendations for books that you think I'd like then please leave them in a comment.

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