Mini Reviews // End of Book Slump Edition

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Due to Animal Crossing coming out and the whole pandemic thing, I have not been in the mood for reading and for once, I didn’t feel too guilty about it. However, as I was sat out in my garden in the sunshine the other day twiddling my thumbs, I thought I’d pick up a book and another three closely followed. Here are some mini reviews of the books in question!

 

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by Katrina Leno

As you may know, magic realism is not usually a genre I tend to read so I was a bit hesitant to pick this one up. However, I can safely say it was one of my favourite reads of 2020 so far. I won’t write a synopsis for each book but I can say there are so many things I loved about this book. I loved our main character, Georgina who comes from a long line of women with magical powers and despite not displaying any herself which is a classic trope, it felt truly original. I loved the mystery aspect as well as how the author dealt with sexual assault (takes place off-page.) Truly a beautiful and atmospheric book and my only wish is that it had been a bit longer.
Goodreads | Book Depository


 


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by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

This has been on my TBR for a long time, especially as I got the most beautiful edition from Waterstones. If there’s one setting I love in books but hardly find any based around, it’s historical Nordic towns. We follow a group of women, who after the collective death of their husbands during a storm, are forced to live alongside a priest who’s goal it is is to find and kill witches. Atmospheric, hard-hitting and featuring a beautiful f/f romance. A book that will warm your heart as well as break it.
Goodreads | Book Depository


 


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by Akwaeke Emezi

I was kindly gifted a copy of this book a while back and though it was the perfect length book to read in the middle of a semi reading slump. I also just realised all the books I have read this month have featured an LGBTQ+ character and this one is no exception. We meet Jam who lives in a town where monsters apparently no longer exist but that is until she meets Pet, a monster borne from one of her mother’s paintings. This book deals a lot with the idea that just because we cannot see monsters, it doesn’t mean they no longer exist. I loved Jam who despite being young when she transitioned, was fully accepted by her family and community. A short but powerful read. I want to go on about the diversity in this book including a black, trans MC who is selectively mute and uses sign language as well as a polyamorous relationship and a non-binary character. Chef’s kiss.
Goodreads | Book Depository


 


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by Dean Atta

This collection of poetry, which again is not usually my go-to genre, packed a huge punch and tells the story of mixed-race, gay teen Michael who upon starting university, discovers the power of drag. We follow him throughout his life – from childhood to his late teens and see what it means to live as a mixed-race gay man in England. As well as beautiful prose, we also have beautiful illustrations that hit you at the right moments. We see Michael not knowing truly where he belongs to finally feeling at home in drag and onstage with his fellow drag artists. A book about belonging, identity and the power of discovery.
Goodreads | Book Depository

 


What is the best book you’ve read lately?

Stay safe!
Love, Angharad
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