Ahh, once again, I am VERY behind in posting my monthly wrap-up (lol, even more behind than last month). I can’t believe it’s been 3 weeks since I last posted?!? Sorry for randomly ghosting ya guys! Also, I wanted to say thank you to everyone who commented on my Fall TBR post back at the end of September. I’m still working my way through the comments and I promise to respond to you all eventually!
Honestly, September is kinda blurring together with October for me, so I promise this won’t be a super long post! Reading-wise, I read 4 books, but they were all for class. I did a pinch of fun reading on the side, but I wasn’t able to finish any of those books. Luckily tho, all the books I read for class were incredible reads–nothing below a 4 stars!
1. The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
Rating: 5 stars
OMG, I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH!?!? Louise Erdrich is an amazing writer, and that doesn’t change in writing kid lit. Many believe this book to be a better alternative to Little House on the Prairie (whose descriptions and treatments of Native Americans is appalling).
Regardless, this book is so cute, pure, funny, and emotional and I highly recommend it if you’re trying to add more kid lit to your life! (trigger warnings for death of a loved one and depression tho).
2. Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez
Rating: 4.5 stars
This book was a reread for me (yikes, my first reread of the year, I really need to be rereading more…) and I enjoyed it even more the second time around! Julia Alvarez is another must-read author–I can’t wait to read more of her work in the future.
This book takes place in the Dominican Republic in the 1960s and gives insight into Trujillo’s dictatorship through the eyes of Anita, a 12 year old girl. This book is so hard-hitting as you slowly watch Anita shred her naivety and tackle the realities of her situation.
3. Educated by Tara Westover
Rating: 4.25 stars
I have mixed feelings about this book. I really liked it as a story, but I’m not surely how highly I value it as a memoir. Westover’s writing and plotline is completely captivating, but I wanted to see more of her internal struggles and her time at school. I wanted less focus on her family and her brother, and more focus on herself as an individual.
4. Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
Rating: 4 stars
Another memoir, though this time I read it for my “Children’s and YA Lit” class as opposed to my memoir class. It was simultaneously fascinating and hard-hitting to read more about Japanese internment in America (I’ve previously read When the Emperor Was Divine).
I don’t know why I’m bothering to include this section with 5 days left of the month, but I hate to change my routine so… *shrugs*
- Howl’s Moving Castle– I’m so excited to finally be reading this book (and I’m loving it so far)! I’ve seen the movie twice now and adored it, so I’m curious to see how the book compares (I’ve heard they’re a lot different!)
- Gravemaidens– This isn’t going to happen, but let me dream, okay?
RANDOM LIFE UPDATES:
- I failed the 20 Books of Summer challenge. I thought for sure I could achieve this without much stress, but school came upon me faster than I expected. I managed 16 books of my goal of 20. 🙃
- My bookclub had their first meeting and discussion! We discussed the first half of The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (though of course I was behind and only like 20% of the way through the book, whoops)
- My friends and I began this great weekly tradition of going to Applebee’s every Friday night for cheap drink and half-off appetizers. It’s been soooo fun, and I can’t wait till we go again!
- I got to visit my grandparents for a weekend, and after many years of trying to plan accordingly, my roommate was finally able to come with me!
- Sadly, it was kinda gloomy and rainy, so we weren’t able to go into the water, but we had a fun time walking the beach!
- Uhhhh, what else did I do??? I don’t even remember anymore. Lots of homework and stress-eating, ya know, the usual college life… 😅