As of the beginning of June, I handed in my last assignment for this year of university! So for May, I was working pretty hard on that, but I managed a surprising amount of reading done. Then once it was handed in, I really went wild! These are the books that have kept me company during a truly odd time in the world.
Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson
This is such a strange little book that Asha very kindly sent me! The main character is a meat-eating, leather-shoe loving PETA member, a Republican, so straight she could be a ruler, and a newly turned vampire. But don’t worry! She isn’t “Madame Slut” because she’s only slept with three people (at the beginning of the book anyway). My search for my new Sookie books continues but Betsy isn’t her, although I don’t regret my brief time with her. She’s a very funny oddball.
“Did I tell you I throw up solid foods?”
“A fine party trick-“
Real Murders by Charlaine Harris
So, it’s been 6 years since I first read Real Murders! I really love this world and re-reading it felt like a hug from an old friend. I’ve been watching the Hallmark movies on Amazon Prime and Channel 5 so I knew the story pretty well, but I still had a blast.
Murder Most Unladylike by Robin Stevens
I was a huge Enid Blyton fan as a kid. I can still imagine the dormitories of St. Clares so vividly! So I was really excited when the wonderful Jemma sent this to me and couldn’t let it languish on my shelves for longer than a week. Overall, I really liked the Enid Blyton/ Agatha Christie mash-up vibes. It is exactly the kind of thing I would’ve loved to read as a kid (and still enjoyed as an adult).
Despite this being a literal murder mystery, I was still quite jarred by the repeated mention of suicide though. I didn’t expect it, I guess?
The Game Weavers by Rebecca Zahabi*
This is a debut that I’m going to write a full review on!
The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
These were a re-read for me and I loved them all the more as a 26 year old! I’ll be doing a full blog post talking about them so keep an eye out for that!
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
This was probably my most anticipated release of 2020 and I’m still a little unsure on where I land with it. I’m really glad that I’m not doing star-ratings for books this year because it would’ve been an impossible task.
A lot of people were concerned that it was going to try and redeem Snow but I don’t think it does. It’s just the point of view of the bad guy doing bad things which I think is sometimes more interesting!
Jane by Aline Brosh McKenna and Ramón Pérez
I think something that helped me enjoy this more than the average person picking this up was the fact that I loathe Jane Eyre. So the fact that this modernised graphic novel adaptation didn’t stick to important aspects of the original novel; no orphanage, no plain main character, 200 pages of art instead of 500 pages of tiny words, didn’t bother me as much. But it also left no real impression.
My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
Are these stories massively outdated, a little classist and almost identical plot-wise? Absolutely! Have these books been all I’ve wanted to listen to? Also yes. Essentially, Bertie gets into some kind of pickle, and Jeeves fixes it and earns himself some extra money. The perfect entertainment for a tired brain.
What have you been reading lately? Have you read any of these?