Where did September go? Here I am commenting once again about how fluid and odd time has been lately. September was a busy-ish month for me that flew by. Here we are, finally in October. Despite how short the month seemed for me, I actually read quite a few books. I didn’t get the chance to review many because I am oh-so-lazy, so here are my quick thoughts on the 14 books I read this month + some other things I’ve been enjoying.
Take a Hint Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert: I had a good time reading this. Talia Hibbert writes such fun books with diverse and quirky characters who I love. I still think that Get a Life, Chloe Brown is my favorite in the series so far, but this was plain fun. Also very smutty fyi…★★★★☆
You Had me at Hola by Alexis Daria: I’m still not sure how I feel about this one. It very much reminded me of some of shows like Jane the Virgin and I appreciated the soap opera and novela love (my mom and I have watched Bold and the Beautiful on and off my entire life). However, I didn’t love the chemistry between the main characters and wish it would have been more developed. I am still glad that I read it since it is a Latinx romance and I’ll keep my eyes peeled for more like it to add to my TBR! ★★★☆☆
The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar: This was so cute!!! I loved this book. It is a YA contemporary all about Nishat, who has recently come out to her parents as lesbian, and her budding relationship with new girl, Flávia . I loved how Adiba dealt with religion, culture, bullying, and cultural appropriation, all intersecting with Nishat’s pride in who she is. I would highly recommend this! ★★★★☆
The Good Son by You-Jeong Jeong, translated by Chi-Young Kim: This was alright…a pretty basic thriller that didn’t really surprise me. ★★★☆☆
A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow: Not my favorite. The fantasy world and mythos were lacking in their development, but I appreciated the purpose of this book and what the author was trying to do. ★★☆☆☆
All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson: So good! George M. Johnson gets straight to the point and I loved listening to him narrate his book. I am excited to see what else he publishes. ★★★★☆
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele: This was my favorite read of the month! There are so many parts of this book that stuck with me. Such an impactful read and a great audiobook. ★★★★★
Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong: I have very complicated feelings about this book. The author’s writing voice was not something I liked at all. Check out my review for more thoughts.
Miss Meteor by Tehlor Kay Mejia and Anna-Marie McLemore: This books was so cute! I was a part of the tour for this book, so check out my post for a full review + playlist (I worked very hard on it!). As a Mexican-American girl in the desert, I loved the representation and the cute story. Chicky is basically me and I am basically Chicky. Beauty pageant related stories are also kind of one of my favorite things for some reason…Whip It starring Ellen Page anyone??? ★★★★☆
Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi: I have been waiting for this book FOR A YEAR and now that I finished it, I have to wait one more ENTIRE YEAR for the sequel. This series has my favorite cast of characters of any book. I will consume any story about their adventures that Roshani chooses to grace us with (and there are so many references to their other heists that I am so curious about). ★★★★★
The angst and drama was just enough for me and I didn’t mind the darker tone at all. I enjoy Chokshi’s lush writing style and despite whatever confusion I always have about the magic system of forging and motivations of certain characters, the main crew keeps me coming back and giving the series five stars. It’s the one series where the flaws fall away because of how beloved the characters are to me.
The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed: Being from Los Angeles, the L.A. Riots/protests are something that I grew up being very aware of. I was interested to see a YA book that took place during this time and dealt with the aftermath of the brutal police attack on Rodney King and the subsequent acquittal of said cops. This was such a complex book featuring a complicated main character who I truly appreciated. She is flawed and she makes mistakes, but that’s why I liked it so much. We witness the evolution of her thought processes and the way that she fits into her more affluent community. A really solid YA read. ★★★★☆
Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins: Ahhhhh! I LOVED this a whole lot. Despite what the cover might suggest, this is quite the slowburn romance. I love Beverly Jenkins books because you are learning about the history of the time and place while also enjoying a romance story. Her heroines are so badass, her heroes are so dreamy. Give me all the Beverly Jenkins books please! If you have never read a historical romance and want to give it a shot, I think that this would be a great introduction to the genre. There aren’t any super graphic smutty scenes, but there are one or two scenes that focus on the heroine’s…experience over the hero. Love to see it! ★★★★★
Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin: I don’t feel like it was the right time for me to read this. I know this book has rich literary value, but I think a lot of the deeper meaning was lost on me. It was very dense and descriptive, I kind of zoned out a bit. I liked If Beale Street Could Talk much more, so I am going to continue reading Baldwin’s other works to get a bigger picture of his writing.
Sula by Toni Morrison: Toni Morrison books are quite difficult to read due to their subject matter, but I absolutely love them in all of their dark complexity. This is the third book that I’ve read from her so far and I liked it just as much as the others that I’ve read (Beloved is my favorite though). So haunting, so interesting! Her stories are definitely the kind that I will come back to reread at different points in my life to see what I get out of them. Sigh…oh how I love you Toni Morrison. ★★★★☆
TV & Movies
Hello, my name is Ali and I am addicted to anything that Henry Cavill is in…basic I know. I was super excited to watch Enola Holmes because
of him it seemed like such a fun, girl-power story and I was not disappointed.
I’m constantly checking Sam Claflin and Henry Cavill’s IMDB pages, so seeing them together in one film was a dream for me. I want to rewatch it ASAP for the costumes and how cute all the characters are. FYI: Sam Claflin, who played Mycroft, is also playing Billy Dunne in the Daisy Jones TV adaptation and I am SOOOO excited to see what he does in the role.
In other news, I am so so so excited to be getting a kitten this week. I’ve been wanting to adopt a cat ever since I moved away from home again for work and I finally found a little child!
My grandma’s neighbor was giving away kittens and I immediately volunteered to take one. My mom will be driving her up to me this weekend…I am literally dreaming of kittens I’m so excited. All of my money is out the window at this point with all of the kitten supplies I’ve purchased. Here is the obligatory cute kitty photo courtesy of my mom. She’s so adorable!! 🥺
That’s about it for now! I already have a big pile of library books waiting for me to read, so I better start. If you have any cozy TV/movie recommendations, please let me know. I’m ready to manifest all things autumnal and cozy this month!