I nearly forgot to write this post, which is either an indication of how deep into The Radium Girls I am, or how I can’t take my eye off of film and adaptations. On that note, I saw Crazy Rich Asians last night and loved it! I can’t wait to read the book now.
I read a total of eight books this month, which isn’t bad. I did read two books from Our Shared Shelf, Emma Watson’s book club, which I’m super happy about because I’ve been terrible at keeping up with it. I’m still reading The Radium Girls, which is an excellent book but also really heartbreaking and hard to read at times. I’d love to know if anyone else is trying to keep up with it and how you’re doing! But anyway, today I’m going to the library to pick up some books I’m really excited for that will hopefully make an appearance in October. For now, September’s selection:
Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman
I was actually planning to post a book review of this, but then my ebook was sent back to the library before I could finish it. I did manage to find the audiobook version (which is narrated by Armie Hammer and is 💯). I have finished it since, but the library ebook has all my quotes highlighted in it that I liked, so I can’t post anything until I get it back. But in short, it was quite a steamy and passionate book and I’m torn between thinking it’s wonderful and perhaps just a bit much for me? But mostly I thought it was lovely.
Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou
In the course of listening to this audiobook, I’ve since come to the stunning realisation that Maya Angelou was the narrator of one of my favourite movies as a small child, Elmo Saves Christmas. Which was an adventure and a half, I tell you. Ms. Angelou has such a way with words and I will always be in awe of her.
Mandie and the Cherokee Legend by Lois Gladys Leppard
I re-read the first book in this series nearly two years ago after a very long time since last reading them, and was flabberghasted and shocked at the contents within. In particular, how they portrayed Indigenous people and the heavy focus on religion, which I never picked up on as a kid. They did not at all resemble the books I thought I had read, and I almost felt betrayed. But I got over it and re-read this second one. They’re still not the same, but they do give me a good dose of nostalgia.
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
My track record with The Raven Cycle has been such a roller coaster. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the series, but I have such a hard time picking it up! I started reading The Dream Thieves, but realised I couldn’t get that into it because I couldn’t really remember what happened in The Raven Boys. So I decided to read The Raven Boys again (here’s my review!), which was an excellent decision. So I finally returned to The Dream Thieves, got 60 pages in, and then…forgot about it. I’m the worst.
Our Canadian Girl: Emily by Julie Lawson
A while ago I added all the Our Canadian Girl books to my Goodreads knowing full well I would never finish reading them all like I wanted to. But then I came across some full collections for each girl, which is way easier to quickly read through than trying to find copies of all four books. I actually did pick up this one in September and I’m super excited about it.
Star-Crossed by Pintip Dunn
I almost forgot to include this book which is an insane notion because it’s probably my favourite book I read all month?! It’s much more intricate than you expect, and I think it has a really original concept that I haven’t seen around before. I don’t really want to bore you with how much I love it here, so here‘s my review!
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Every once in a while I come across a classic book that wasn’t really on my radar until I picked it up, and I fall head over heels for it. I adored Rebecca. It’s the perfect book to read in the fall, especially around Halloween, I think. It’s when I find books like this that remind me I should really pay more attention to classics.
The Traitor’s Kiss by Erin Beaty
I picked this book out of the library KNOWING FULL WELL I had at least three books on the go at home. And then I read it. And now I’m about to start the second book. I still have those three other books at home. WHY, Erin. Why. Anyway, it’s a retelling of Mulan, and while it’s not perfect, Mulan is my favourite Disney princess so I can’t resist.