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For September, I played along with Beth from BooksNest’s TBR game “Fictionary”. You can see their tbr video here ♥ I completed four out of 6 prompts and I’m pretty happy with that! I need to get my life together and actually utilise my commutes, but we’ll ignore that right now.
Ella Enchanted; Gail Carson Levine
prompt: people & places – a feminist lead
Ella is given a blessing at birth by a very stupid fairy: She gets the gift of obedience! but the blessing turns into a horror for Ella who literally has to do what anyone and everyone tells her, from sweeping the floor to giving up a prrecious necklace! She has to battle with ogres and wicked stepsisters, make friends and loose them, and even deny she loves her Prince Char to save his life and his kingdom. The story overthrows the stereotypes of the original Cinderella when Ella breaks the curse – not the prince – saving not only herself, but Prince Char as well.waterstones
I listened to this via audiobook and it was a pretty fun time, but definitely caused me to think that Ella was younger than she was. Eden Riegel does the audiobook narration and I thought she was an actual 10 year old (she was in her early 20’s at the time of recording)… this meant that some of the romance didn’t hit as hard as it could have done with a better narrator or in a physical format.
I will say, this is a fun Cinderella retelling, with a sweet friends to lovers trope intertwined with Ella striving to gain her independence and break her curse of obedience.
There are definite feminist elements to the narrative, but I wasn’t too impressed by the ending and I wish there was more development to the characters and world.
Lore Olympus Volume Two; Rachel Smythe
prompt: any book
Witness what the gods do after dark in the second volume of a stylish and contemporary reimagining of one of the best-known stories in Greek mythology from creator Rachel Smythe.
Persephone was ready to start a new life when she left the mortal realm for Olympus. However, she quickly discovered the dark side of her glamorous new home – from the relatively minor gossip threatening her reputation to a realm-shattering violation of her safety by the conceited Apollo – and she’s struggling to find her footing in the fast-moving realm of the gods.
Hades is also off-balance, fighting against his burgeoning feelings for the young goddess of spring while maintaining his lonely rule of the Underworld. As the pair are drawn ever closer, they must untangle the twisted webs of their past and present to build toward a new future.Waterstones
I enjoyed the character progression in this volume. I like that we see Persephone and Hades speak together and they both are showing more of themselves to each other, as well as to us. There were a lot of fun and cute moments in this volume, and it’s always fun to see Hades get embarrassed and be dumb.
Also, Apollo needs to get punched. stat. punched straight to prison!
I’m excited for the next volume, which comes out this month ♥
Hood Feminism; Mikki Kendall
prompt: difficult – non-fiction
All too often the focus of mainstream feminism is not on basic survival for the many, but on increasing privilege for the few. Meeting basic needs is a feminist issue. Food insecurity, the living wage and access to education are feminist issues. The fight against racism, ableism and transmisogyny are all feminist issues.
White feminists often fail to see how race, class, sexual orientation and disability intersect with gender. How can feminists stand in solidarity as a movement when there is a distinct likelihood that some women are oppressing others?
Insightful, incendiary and ultimately hopeful, Hood Feminism is both an irrefutable indictment of a movement in flux and also clear-eyed assessment of how to save it.Waterstones
This was incredibly well written. Mikki Kendall is forthright and demands to be heard, which is wonderful. If, like me, you’re a white woman, I highly recommend this!
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder; Holly Jackson
prompt: any book
The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it. But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the crime, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth . . .Waterstones
This is a super popular book, I believe it’s hype comes from the book community on tik tok. This is a mixed media (chef’s kiss) murder mystery and it was full of great twists and turns. I like that when something seemed obvious, the actual truth was, for the most part, more interesting and shocking!
I really enjoyed the fact that Pippa was doing her EPQ because I legit forgot those were a thing, so it was fun to be brought back to my A Level days (I never did an EPQ, but I planned to lol).
Pippa was a fun character to follow and she definitely brought the investigation to life with her perseverance and quirkiness.
I will say, trigger warnings for suicide, murder, pet death, drugs, rape.
Normally, I wouldn’t play along with a tbr back to back, but I was struggling to decide what kpop group/artist I wanted to do. I then thought I’d do a ReadAThon, but they are mostly all about the spooks because it’s Halloween’s month and I am not about that life 😅
So, when I saw Sandra from gotathingforthings made a new tbr game for October and it involves a cute panda game, I had to use it for my tbr! Watch the first round of Tumbling Pandas here ♥
I made a little graphic below with the prompts. I won’t be completing them all, but I’m excited to do as many as possible~
What books did you enjoy reading last month? Do you have any plans for October?
Thanks for reading!
I hope you’re having a lovely day and staying safe ♥