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Books I’ve Read So Far (Jan-April 2015)

My list is criminally short but I have read a few graphic novels and ongoing comics series so give me SOME credit here. My goal is to read more. I aim to read less for the end goal of writing a review and more for just the love of it since that influences my reading experience quite a bit. With that, I give you the books I’ve read thus far! (From oldest to the most recent)

All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter.  January 20th 2015. Scholastic Press.All Fall Down by Ally Carter

I’ve said what I needed to say about the book here but I do want to express my profound disappointment since Ally Carter was an autobuy author for me for such a long time (since I started high school). I hope t read more of her books in the future but I’m going to have to skip this series for now.

The Wild Oats Project by Robin Rinaldi The Wild Oats Project by Robin Rinaldi. March 17th 2015. Doubleday Canada. Random House/Random House Canada.

I loved this book. I wrote about it here. I think everyone (especially women) should give it a read because it is beyond sex but also very much about it which will make sense when you read it. I’m a fan of non-fiction books that read like fiction. Anyways, pick it up and then comment here or on that review about your thoughts because I’d like to know!

What We All Long For by Dionne Brand. December 27th 2005. Vintage Canada. Random House/Random House Canada.What We All Long For by Dionne Brand

Dionne Brand is a gift. This was my first Brand novel since I’ve only read either excerpts of her novels or her poems for my creative writing classes. This is a beautiful book that demands to be read at its own pace and not on your schedule. It’s older than the other books that have come out this year (this book was published in 2005). If you need something to slow you down and smell the roses, I suggest giving this book a go.

*This is #WeNeedDiverseBooks Approved!

Someone Is Watching by Joy FieldingSomeone Is Watching by Hoy Fielding. March 24th 2015. Ballantine Books. Random House/Random House Canada.

I want to gush about this book to anyone who is willing to listen because it is fantastic. What Fielding does with your typical thriller is add in an interesting discussion about rape, its after affects on the survivor and rape cutlre. Fielding gave so much depth to her character and the genre by writing about this. I would definitely put out a trigger warning since there is a rape scene at the very beginning of the book for those who could be triggered by it. I highly recommend reading this. Please read it. It’s fine. I’ll just wait here.

The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. May 12th 2015. G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers. Penguin/Penguin Canada.The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

I. Loved. This. Book. I haven’t read One Thousand and One Nights (also known as Arabian Nights) but I want to now. Ahdieh does a fantastic job at world building, vivid description of the culture and weaving in arab words into the story. It’s rich, it’s gripping and it adds a diverse option to the YA market. This is Ahdieh’s debut and I expect great things from her. I’m excited for its sequel!

*This is #WeNeedDiverseBooks Approved!

Lois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda BondLois Lane: Fallout by Gwenda Bond. Switch Press. Capstone Publishing. DC Comics. May 1st 2015.

I did an interview with the author that you can check out here and Gwenda was so much fun to talk to. I adored the book and I actually had to put it down two chapters in because as a comics fan (and fan of the cartoons), I couldn’t stand the sheer…Lois-ness of it. There’s going to be a full review of the book on Women Write About Comics so look out for that but in the meantime, I will be telling everyone who will listen to read it.

Currently Reading: Rook by Sharon Cameron

Rook by Sharon Cameron. April 28th 2015. Scholastic Press.

It’s an interesting book and I will have fully formed thoughts on what I think about it once I’m done. I’ve also read some mini comics and translated french comic book by Margaux Motin that I got from TCAF so I will write about that in more detail later. The next book I hope to read after Rook is The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes which I’ll be reading with my pal, Christa, who was my reading buddy for Lois Lane: Fallout as well.

If you’re in a reading slump, I suggest picking a book and read it with a friend. It’s fun, interactive and motivates you to get through your book pile! I have no real way to end this post so I’ll awkwardly sign off!

Update: I forgot to add And The Birds Rained Down by Jocelyne Saucier (Translated by Rhonda Mullins) from Coach House Books. I read the book as part of our Canada Reads coverage over at Women Write About Comics and I really did enjoy it despite my thoughts on it as a book that break barriers. Give it a read.

– A.

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