A-Force Presents Volume One by Various Artists
This is actually a bit different to what I thought it was going to be. I thought it was a series called A-Force, which does exist, but it’s actually the first edition for 6 different female Marvel comics. There’s Black Widow, She-Hulk, Thor, Captain Marvel, Ms Marvel and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. I was aware of most of these characters but it was interesting to read some of the other comics and see different styles. My favourites out of this were She-Hulk, Ms Marvel and Squirrel Girl. I didn’t mind this Captain Marvel either, it’s a new reboot from the one I read earlier this year so I might actually pick up this one as I preferred it to the other one I read (which I have no intention of continuing to read). This would be good to pick up if you’re new to comics and what to try a few different things before committing to a series but if you regularly read comics then you don’t really need this.
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
Bourne does a great job in this book talking about mental health and the different ways to manage conditions and relapses. The other amazing thing about this series is the female friendships and the feminism, these girls become great friends and it’s so awesome to see these girls support each other. And for feminism to be a normal, empowering thing that the girls talk about. The books reminded me of the fun tone of the Louise Rennison books, with a bit more of a serious side to things but never feeling preachy or too heavy. Bourne nails the humour and conservations of teenage girls, it had me laughing out loud at times! The only downside I found was the feminism at times wasn’t very inclusive to trans women and it lacks intersectionality but I don’t think it takes away too much from the story. This book is great for teenagers (I see a lot of people say they wish it was around when they were a teenager and I’ve got to agree) and adults who appreciate YA novels.
Lumberjanes Volume 4 by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis , Maarta Laiho, Aubrey Aiese, Brooke A. Allen
After being slightly let down by Volume 3, Lumberjanes Volume 4 was just so refreshing to read! All the girls are in the same storyline again (in Vol 3, there was two stories going on) and it’s just so much fun to see them all together again. And for the drawing style to be back to normal! If you were disappointed by 3 and not sure if you want to continue on with the series, you should pick up Volume 4 as it should make you happy again!
Let The Dead Speak by Jane Casey
The book opens with Maeve being promoted, meaning she has a rookie to look out for and mentor. This added something new to the whole work dynamic and shook things up a bit but there's not a lot you can do to keep Derwent away from Maeve! The murder the team is investigating isn't a simple one. 18 year old Chloe has returned home early from being at her father's, only to find her mother gone and the house covered with blood. With no body and no leads, it's a tricky case. Chloe stays at best friend's Bethany's house and everyone in that house is trying to protect and silence Chloe, which frustrates Maeve. Dodgy characters crop up everywhere and all Maeve needs is for one person to break their silence and she'll have a lead.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Volume One Squirrel Power by Ryan North and Erica Henderson
Doreen Green is starting college but she’s not your ordinary college students, she’s Squirrel Girl! She had a big squirrel tail she hides, can talk to Squirrels and squirrel best friend, Tippy. This series is super fun and silly, I love Squirrel Girl and how sassy and confident she is and the drawing style is right up my alley too. It had me laughing out loud at times! This comic is perfect for all ages really, there’s something for everyone. A genuine delight!
I did a full review post here which you can check out if you’d like to learn more about the book. [NetGalley]
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
There has been a lot of hype around this book so I was excited to read it. I flew through it in two days because it was just so cute! I liked the characters, I’ve seen a lot of reviews complaining about Dimple but I thought she was strong, knew her own mind but yet grew too as the novel went on. Rishi is the perfect gentleman and is very sweet. I love that we get to see another point of view in this book when it comes to culture, it’s so refreshing to see diverse stories. This book has everything the perfect YA romance needs, a good plot, strong characters, humour and plenty of cute moments. Perfect summer comtemporary! [NetGalley]
The Other Half of Happiness by Ayisha Malik
This is the follow up to Sofia Khan is Not Obliged so I was very excited to read this as I adored the first book. It picks up at the end of the first book, so I don’t want to give a lot away. But this is a lot heavier than the first book, Sofia deals with a lot more stuff in this book. I loved coming back to these characters and this world, that was a joy. I have mixed feelings overall about the book though. A lot is packed in for one novel, almost too much really and it’s certainly an emotional rollercoaster. But Malik’s humour prevents it from being too much of a downer at times. Overall I enjoyed most of it but it’s just so different to Sofia Khan is Not Obliged that I felt disappointed too. It’s not a bad book, but seeing as the other half of happiness is sadness, there’s plenty in this book. [Book sent by publishers]
Ms Marvel Volume 5 Super Famous by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa, Adrian Alphona, Nico Leon
How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne
I didn’t want to hold off reading The Spinster’s Club, so I got stuck into book two, which is Amber’s book. Amber is off to California for the summer, to spend time with her mother (and her stupid new husband), while also working in their summer camp for children as a camp leader. Not everything is hunky dory however. Amber’s Mum is completely different and doesn’t seem to prioritise Amber at all. Then there’s Kyle, the walking and talking All American perfect prom king cliche. All the girls fancy him, including Amber, but being very tall, very ginger and very awkward isn’t going to attract him, right?
As with Bourne’s other books, this one mixes the fun with the serious. Here we deal with alcoholism and abandoment and all that goes with that. Amber is dying to connect with her mother, who just doesn’t seem all that interested in her and it breaks your heart a bit. Bourne does such a good job at giving these characters dimmension, they’re flawed and that just makes them feel so much more real (as does the fact that the teenagers in these book talk and act like teenagers, swearing and drinking and generally rebelling). There’s plenty of humour throughout the books and the theme of strong female friendships is also here. We don’t get to see a lot of Evie or Lottie but they do make appearances in emails and video calls and Amber also makes friends with some of the other camp leaders. The romance is cute too without being too sappy. If you want a summer comtemporary with a bit of a bite, then this is perfect to pick up and read!
Ms Marvel Volume 6 Civil War II by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa, Adrian Alphona
I had to read over a run down about what happened in this volume to refresh my mind as I couldn’t remind. I wasn’t blown away by this one, I did like it but it wasn’t all that memorable. I did like the flashback scenes though of Kamala’s family in Pakistan and seeing the all the generations that came before Kamala. I think I need to reread this but I will continue on with the series when Volume 7 comes out.
Constable Colgan’s Connectoscope: How One Thing Leads to Another by Stevyn Colgan
I read Colgan’s first book, Joined Up Thinking, a few years ago and enjoyed it. In it, each chapter would begin and end with the same sentence. Between then was a number of facts that eventually leads back to the first fact. Think 6 degrees of separation but if that was a circle and you get the idea. This book is similar and I was reading it for ages. It was something that I read in between books, reading a chapter or two as a pallette refresher or picking up when I was beginning to lose my reading mojo but wanted to try continue reading. Colgan is a QI elf too which is just a bonus in my eyes and I’ll be picking up other books by him too as I do enjoy reading fact books every now and again. My favourite fact from this book is that in Japan the Teletubbies are called Antenna Babies!
Number of Books Read- 12
Ratio fiction to non-fiction- 11:1
Number of eBooks- 4 (Let The Dead Speak, Fever Dream, When Dimple Met Rishi and Constable Colgan’s Connectoscope)
Number of Books Borrowed from Library- 6 (Am I Normal Yet?, Lumberjanes Vol 4, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol 1, Ms Marvel Volumes 5 & 6 and How Hard Can Love Be?)
Book Riot Read Harder Challenge 2017 Checklist
Read a book set in Central or South America written by a Central or South American author- Fever Dream
Read a book set within 100 miles or your location- The Blood Miracles
Overall this was a good month in terms of the amount I read but not for non-fiction or for the amount of Book Riot challenges I completed. But there’s still plenty of time for that!
My favourites for this month were probably both Holly Bourne books, Squirrel Girl and When Dimple Met Rishi. Clearly I was in the mood for YA books!
If you’ve read any of these books or have questions, leave a comment below.