Books,  Reading

October 2020 Reads

Hi. (waves) I’m only four books away from meeting my 2020 Reading Goal! I also have 15 books on my combined November/December TBR. I’m not going to say there’s no way I get to them all, but…I’m not expecting to get to them all. I just couldn’t figure out what to prioritize for this last stretch of the year. ^_^

I didn’t read a whole lot this month, but I liked everything I read, so yay!

44: My Boyfriend is a Bear
Author: Pamela Ribon, Illustrator: Cat Farris
Genre: Adult Contemporary, Graphic Novel
Rating: 5 stars
This was so adorable! You don’t even know! It’s about this woman who starts dating an actual bear after he shows up at her apartment to go through the trash after being driven from the forest by wildfires. It brushes against her career but mostly goes through their relationship, tackling all the different obstacles they face: bear tearing up things, people being freaked out by bear in public, mother worried about her daughter’s relationship with a bear, friend being prejudice against bear, etc. I know. It’s so ridiculous and fun and sad and awesome and cozy.

45: Speak
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Genre: YA Contemporary, Audiobook
Rating: 5 stars
I know. Why on earth am I giving a book from my least liked genre 5 stars? It’s just sad okay. It’s about a girl who’s raped at a party right before high school starts. She calls the cops, but everyone starts freaking out at her, so she runs. She shuts down. She loses her friends. It was hard to listen to at times, but the writing is so good. The teenagers are like people I went to high school with, which added a lot of extra humor and nostalgia. It’s just really good.

46: A Wild Winter Swan (ARC – Goodreads Giveaway)
Author: Gregory Maguire
Genre: Retelling, Magical Realism, Historical
Rating: 4 stars
This is a very slow-paced and strange but enjoyable reimagining of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Wild Swans, which is very similar to the Grimm’s tale The Six Swans. This story is about Laura who lives with her grandparents. She’s expelled after an incident at school and her grandparents are planning to send her far away to a finishing school after the holidays. One night, shortly before Christmas, a wild boy with a wing for a left arm crash lands on her roof. This is a fairly short book and not a lot happens, but I really liked it, and I loved the ending. It’s well-written and beautiful, and I like the way Gregory merged the story of The Wild Swans with Laura’s and added some closure for the youngest brother in the tale.

47: Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass
Author: Lana Del Rey
Genre: Poetry
Rating: 4 stars
This collection has a very interesting visual style. They took actual typed pages from the author and put them into the book. Some of them were edited. Some of them looked like she cried on them. They’re interspersed with color and black and white photography that made me feel like I was walking through a contemporary art exhibit and I didn’t understand any of it. It was interesting, and I was curious to see what kind of poetry she would write since I’m familiar with the lyrics she writes. This poetry matches the morose and equally hopeful and hopeless style of her music.

48: New Mutants: Demon Bear
Author: Chris Claremont, Illustrator: Bill Sienkiewicz
Genre: Graphic Novel, Comic
Rating: 4 stars
This is what The New Mutants movie took a lot of it’s inspiration from, so I wanted to read it. It’s a compilation of plots, mostly from the 80s, featuring all the relevant storylines in the “Demon Bear Saga.” It was interesting. I’m going to try a newer New Mutants volume because I really like the cast of characters, especially Magik. She’s a sorceress. 🙂 Ghost Rider made an appearance in the last and newest storyline in this, which I didn’t expect to find exciting, but I did. Mostly it was fun seeing the few similarities that it had to the movie. One of the main characters is Native American and some of those elements in the 80s part of the storyline were a bit cringe, being written by a white guy and all. The more modern Native elements were a lot better, and the artwork done for Ghost Rider was like a dream I didn’t even know I wanted to have.

49: Bunny
Author: Mona Awad
Genre: Horror
Rating: 5 stars
My brain literally melted a little while reading this book. It was SO weird. I can’t even describe it, but I’ll try. Samantha is in an MFA program for fiction at a snooty art school, she might be insane, and she falls into this weird, cultish situation with a group of her peers who call each other “Bunny” and they have these “creation workshops?” That’s the only way I can think to describe it. Like I said in my review, I can’t decide if this is amazing or something that’s going to make me crazy, but I love it so much. I want to read it five more times because it’s so awesome and makes no sense. ^_^ It’s hard to categorize, but multiple weird things happen in this book, and it’s disturbing, so…horror?

The really funny thing about “Bunny” is that there were multiple pop culture references and ambiguity, both in general and with the ending, and normally those things knock a book down a star just for existing, but I was so entranced by this book, like I didn’t even care about anything! Also, I was originally reading a different ebook, but I was sitting in my living room one afternoon after to read said book, and I just got the urge to read this book, instead, IMMEDIATELY. I’ll stop, but I’m low key obsessed.

There are two books on my combo TBR that I already know I’m probably not getting to, but I put them on there anyway, just in case I run out of books to read. Lol!

Anyway, Happy November! Anything I should add to my TBR for next year? ^_^

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