It’s time for the monthly round-up! These posts help keep track of the reading challenges I’m doing this year and also give a quick shout-out for all the books I’ve been reading (not just those I review).
I won’t give too much detail here (as this kind of post gets long really quickly) – just a quick summary of each book read and some stats. The book titles link to their Goodreads pages for more info.
Can’t you just tell that April is a very heavy coursework month? Only 4 books managed this month. Thankfully, they were all corkers!
Simon Vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Becky Albertalli, Penguin, 2015, YA contemporary
Gorgeous coming-out novel with a central mystery: who is Blue, the gay guy that Simon has been flirting with by email under the pseudonym Jacques? They both know they share the same school (they first began emailing over the school gossip tumblr) but they’re also both careful not to share too much personally identifiable info. The result is a beautifully-rendered classic romance with many a modern twist.
Raising Steam, Terry Pratchett, Corgi, 2014, adult comic fantasy
Can’t believe this is the 40th Discworld novel (and yes, I have read them all) – while at the same time, I feel like I know it so so well. This novel brings together some of my favourite Pratchett themes (diversity/multiculturalism and modernity, specifically exploring the relationship between these and fundamentalism), and features many best-loved characters, including Moist Von Lipwig, Adora Belle Dearheart and Sam Vimes.
Remix, Non Pratt, Walker, 2015, YA contemporary
I loved this soooo much – think it will be one of the top books of the year. Two best friends, aged 16, at a music festival, with plenty of boy-, friend- and music-related shenanigans. This excellent read made me realise how weird it is that so few YA books are about friendship, when it’s such an important aspect of teen life.
Joe All Alone, Joanna Nadin, Little, Brown, 2015, MG contemporary
Gorgeous read exploring what happens when 13-yr old Joe’s Mum and her boyfriend go off to Spain, leaving him on his own for a week. Presenting poverty, neglect and other social issues without flinching, yet managing to do so with warmth and humour, this is an excellent read which tugs at the heartstrings without ever feeling heavy.
Challenges Progress this month – books read:
Not so much achieved this month (although my coursework mark sheets might beg to differ…)
UKYA/UKMG titles: Remix, Joe All Alone.
own book: Raising Steam
Reviews published this month:
Full reviews: Raising Steam
eligible for British Books Challenge: Raising Steam
Plans for next month
To get a bit more read, obviously! Things should slow for me a little workwise during May but then will pick up again in June for exam season, so it’ll be a bit patchy for the next few weeks. Thank goodness for books as a break!