Recent Reads #30

Last year, I renamed ‘Weekly’ Wrap-Ups to Recent Reads, as I feel like that reflects the timescale between posts more accurately!

As ever, today I will be briefly reviewing all the books I’ve read since my last post in approximately fifty words. This post also explains my concept of ‘The Chosen Ones’ to highlight my favourite books in each post!

Some of these books aren’t released yet, so I’ll just have a quick thought with the full review to come closer to publication date!

1. What Kind of Girl by Alyssa Sheinmel ⭐️ 🏳️‍🌈 🧠

I buddy read this with Sasha and it’s such a powerful, timely story that really got me thinking. I love how it forces you to reexamine your initial perceptions and ask some difficult questions about our culture. Full review here. Four and a half stars.

2. Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K.Johnston 🧠

This is a hard-hitting book, but I really liked Hermione was reclaiming her narrative, accepting her trauma but still trying to not let it define her. The friendships in this book, particularly with Polly, were so brilliant to see in their strength and bravery. Four stars.

3 and 4. This Is Going To Hurt and Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay 🧠

I read these books at such an apt time in my life. They’re hilarious but also incredibly poignant, particularly the ending of TIGTH and I was enjoying them and their frank discussion around life and death. Then my aunt suddenly passed away and they took on a whole new meaning. What’s truly terrifying about these books is that this is the reality and it needs to be improved. Four stars.

5. The Sky is Mine by Amy Beashel 🧠 🏳️‍🌈

I loved this visceral, gut-wrenching book and will be recommending it to everyone I know. At its core, the story is about finding and reclaiming your own voice and that’s something that everyone should listen to. Full review here. Four and a half stars.

6. The King of Crows by Libba Bray⭐️ 🏳️‍🌈 🧠 💙

God, I have enjoyed The Diviners series and this epic finale is no exception. Every book has been utterly soaked in this unnerving atmosphere that seeps under your skin and into your bones. I love how she combines contemporary American monsters of the period with the fantastical horrors of the supernatural. Full review here. Four stars.

7. Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen ⭐️ 🧠

Wen’s writing was so lush and immersive, with brilliant setting and I really liked learning more about Taiwanese culture. This is an utterly addictive read with amazing character growth. I loved all the choreography and Ever’s determination to follow her dreams, though it isn’t an easy path to get there. Four stars.

8. The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

I was so intrigued by this book and it mostly lived up to my expectations. The writing was so exquisite, captivating and detailed, creating vivid images in my brain. White twisted the traditional legends in a really interesting way that makes me want to read more! Three and a half stars.

9. Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart 🧠 🏳️‍🌈

God, this was a powerful book about learning to cope with tragedy and the importance of strong friendships. I flew through it in one sitting, utterly immersed by Ava’s voice. It’s a really character-driven book, following her personal journey and luckily, Stewart crafted a brilliant protagonist. Three and a half stars.

10. The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave 🏳️‍🌈 🧠

This was a sumptuously written debut adult historical fiction story. Like with The Deathless Girls, Hargrave’s writing had me spell-bound. Full review here. Four and a half stars.

11. Anna K by Jenny Lee ⭐️🧠 🏳️‍🌈

This was such a sumptuous read, full of brilliant characters and it was fascinating to sneak a peek at the opulent life of the elite. I must admit, I’ve never read Anna Karenina, but Anna K makes me want to! It was a lovely modern reimagining of a classic romance that I was really rooting for. Full review here. Four and a half stars.

The Chosen Ones:

6 thoughts on “Recent Reads #30

  1. ~Kerys says:

    You’ve read some amazing books! I really want to read What Kind of Girl, Loveboat, Taipei and Anna K!! I read the sky is mine recently and it is so powerful and thought provoking!

    Liked by 1 person

    • ashortbooklover says:

      I really hope you get to pick them up at some point and love them! I really have and yes, completely. I am so excited to be a part of the blog tour next week and helping celebrate it.


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