In honor of the new Suicide Squad film and because I just have no juice otherwise I’m going to let Harley review some of the summer books we’ve read recently.
Possibly my favorite event of the year in Book World is the Booker Prize. I usually find a ton of new books to read and some real winners I wouldn’t have heard of or necessarily tried otherwise.
And this year for the first time I have actually read some of the books!
I tried reading Antonia Fraser’s biography of Mary Queen of Scots back when the movie came out (naturally) but 50+ some pages in and 12,000 Mary’s later I DNF’ed it. Luckily this was a bit more streamlined and a lot less scholarly.
I mean she turns into a mouse in this one so no kidding right?
When I saw this was about life in a brothel in Pompeii I clicked to add it to my cart so fast and I do not regret it. Even if it didn’t have the one thing I was hoping it would have.
So these are the shows, movies and books I’ve loved so far in 2021. I would recommend checking all of them out obviously.
I will say though looking at a list of things ahead the 2nd half of 2021 is pretty event heavy so I could see some of these things being pushed out so I thought I’d give them some Mid-Year love.
Detransition, Baby is one of those books that’s a little hard to write a review about because it’s like I enjoyed it while reading it… I also admit I had to keep reminding myself to pick it back up and finish it.
Though that could be a little on me to- I’m all over the place these days. But it was interesting and I have a deficit of books about the trans experience in my library so it was definitely worth it.
I really, really enjoyed The Other Black Girl but I went into it without knowing really anything about it and was a little surprised by one big element. I’d definitely be interested in others opinions as they read the book.
For the first 45% or so of this book I thought it was a beautiful translation of a slice of life story. Nice but kind of average save how I wished I could read it in French. By the end I was like oh 5 stars definitely going to be on a best of the year list from me!
I am weirdly optimistic when it comes to books. I believe that they will get better which rarely is something I can do in real life. It keeps me reading. It makes it hard to DNF.
And I have never used the Audible refund policy for a book whether I like it or not.
So Out was a first in a lot of ways. It also brought my progress in the Asian Readathon to a screeching halt and indeed nearly derailed my reading!
This gets spoilery below!
The third book in the Skyward series called Cytonic (love it!) is out on November 23rd! I haven’t heard much about that considering it’s one of my favorite series (the second was even better than the first) it’s just shot right to the top of my list!