reading journal

on this page, you'll find links to mini-reviews of books i've read, and maybe some more random musings about reading, if i so choose.

i try my best to read a wide range; i tend to stick with adult lit, though might occassionally dip into ya/new adult if i'm really, really sold on it.

i love books with wlw rep, but tend not to pick up books that are firmly within the romance genre. this year, like every year, i started off following the pop sugar reading challenge to try and diversify my reads, but as usual i've found some of the categories absolutely bananas, and that's mostly been abandoned. for now, my main ~reading challenge~ is just to try and read 52 books by the end of the year.

currently, i've read 16/52 books.

17 april 2020

books read this year

Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures by Merlin Sheldrake
/// non-fiction, nature, memoir + [[click here for review]]

Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
/// fiction, sci-fi, mystery

Car Park Life by Gareth E. Rees
/// non-fiction, memoir, social sciences (???)

Why We Dream: The Transformative Power of Our Nightly Journey by Alice Robb
/// non-fiction, science, psychology, memoir

Black Klansman: Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigation of a Lifetime by Ron Stallworth
/// non-fiction, true crime, memoir

Dragonfly In Amber by Diana Gabaldon
/// fiction, fantasy, historical, romance

The Minotaur Takes A Cigarette Break by Steven Sherill
/// fiction, fantasy, magical realism

Follow Me, Akhi: The Online World of British Muslims by Hussein Kesvani
/// non-fiction, religion, technology, social sciences

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
/// fiction, classics

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
/// fiction, lgbt+, five star read!

Red At The Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
/// fiction, historical, lgbt+

The Bells of Old Tokyo: Meditations on Time and a City by Anna Sherman
/// non-fiction, history, travel, memoir

Dark, Salt, Clear: Life in a Cornish Fishing Town by Lamorna Ash
/// non-fiction, nature, social sciences, memoir

Failures of State: The Inside Story of Britain's Battle with Coronavirus by George Arbuthnott, Jonathan Calvert
/// non-fiction, politics, science

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
/// fiction, classics, romance + [[click here for review]]

Fair Play by Tove Jansson
/// fiction, short stories, lgbt

17 april 2021


  • i don't want to harp on about books i didn't finish too much, but here's the reads i abandoned this year, for posterity:

    The Book of Koli by M. R. Carey
    /// i was really sad i didn't like this one, because it was handsold to me by my local bookshop's owner, who's usually spot on with recommendations! i really loved the concept (dystopian future where society is plagued by killer plants and trees and the few pieces of technology left are given magical regard???), but something about the execution just didn't stick the landing. i might have persevered and finished it if it was a stand alone, but then i found out it's a trilogy (why is everything a trilogy now!), and no, sorry, can't do it.

    16 april 2021