Recent Reads #41

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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 either aren’t released yet or I want to write a full review of in the future, so I’ll just have a quick thought with the full review to come!

I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

⭐️ 🧠 🏳️‍🌈 (minor side character)

Frick writes so incisively and sharply, creating a story that you can’t help but get completely wrapped up in. A fierce, compelling mystery that I really enjoyed. Full review to come.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin

This was one of my first audiobooks and I loved Foul is Fair so much, so I had very high expectations. While this was a darkly comic and feminist tale, it didn’t quite pack the same punch for me unfortunately. I could really see how Capin’s writing has matured and I’m still super excited to read anything else from her.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D Jackson

⭐️ 🧠🏳️‍🌈💙

TW: racism, homophobia, death, murder, physical abuse, emotional abuse, substance abuse, domestic violence, ableism

Oh my gosh, this book broke me. Jackson has such a gift for crafting flawless, utterly riveting mysteries and this dark, brutal story is one that you will not be able to get out of your head. A gut-wrenching, impactful story that demands to be read.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Crier’s War by Nina Varela

⭐️ 🏳️‍🌈

Sasha and Amber have been shouting at me for ages to read this and I’m so glad that they did! I really loved this sapphic fantasy, with all its political intrigue, rich story and gorgeous writing. The only complaint I have is that I have to wait for the sequel after that ending.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

The Missing Pieces of Me by Amelia Mandeville


This was a really intriguing story, with the short chapters and engaging plot keeping me hooked throughout. It’s a heartfelt slice of a life contemporary that delves into family, parenthood and love wrapped in a mysterious shadow that I would definitely recommend. Full review here.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth


This was such an adorable but emotional sapphic romantic story, but it’s also not solely romance-focused. It’s quite character-driven delving into the issue of family and chronic illnesses; essentially learning to live every second that you can. A powerful and brilliant contemporary.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

They Wish They Were Us by Jessica Goodman

🧠🏳️‍🌈 (side character)

I really liked Goodman’s writing style, finding it effortlessly engaging and the plot matches up, exposing the dark underbelly of cliques and privilege in a really interesting mystery. Full review here.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Melt My Heart by Bethany Rutter

⭐️ 🧠 🏳️‍🌈

I really loved this summery, feel-good YA contemporary about family, love and finding your identity. It felt so joyous and heart-warming; Rutter has a real skill for capturing that flutter of first love and writing such sweet, authentic stories. Full review here.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp

💙 🧠 🏳️‍🌈

This is one hell of a compelling mystery with amazing casual diversity and a unique slant that will keep you hooked until the very last page. Just stunning. Full review is here.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath


I can truly see why this is a classic. It’s got this haunting quality to it that I’m still thinking about in its depiction of a slow descent into madness. Ultimately it has a hopeful ting that is quashed by its surrounding context, leaving a bittersweet taste. The writing is also so gorgeous, flowery and evocative but never too much.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Split by Muhammad Khan

⭐️ 🏳️‍🌈

I really liked this snappy, sparky novella and Salma was a brilliant protagonist. She was a sharp, talented and kind main character, alongside the amazing Billie. I loved how Khan reiterates the importance of being who you want to be in defiance of expectations or societal pressures.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

⭐️ 🧠

I knew going in that this was a divisive book in the YA community so I was interested to see where I would end up in the debate. Overall, I thought it was a decent story with some interesting ideas and I liked getting to see some of the early Games & how certain things came into fruition. The last quarter of the book definitely redeemed it for me, as before that it was just kind of okay.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The Chosen Ones:

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