Weekly Wrap Up – October 1

This week was Banned Books Week, which really helped get me out of my reading slump. I ended up reading a total of five books – two of which I read for banned book week – and am currently working on another two.

The first book I finished this week is a book I received a while ago for review: Dickon by Marjorie Bowen. This book wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, but I’m glad I finally got around to reading it (if only because I got it off my TBR). If you’re interested, you can read my full review here.

Then I finished The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H. P. Lovecraft, which was my pick for the Reading New England Challenge this month. It was my first Lovecraft, and I really enjoyed it! It was just as dark as I’d imagined his writing to be. I will have a full review up on Wednesday for anyone interested. If you’re looking for a good book to read for Halloween, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward would make a great choice!

After that, I picked up my first banned book of the week: George by Alex Gino. I loved the story and the characters, and think it is such an important book. It centers around a transgender fourth-grader, who just wants to be accepted as a girl, and star as Charlotte in her class’s production of Charlotte’s Web. I gave it four stars, but only because the middle-grade language and simplistic plot made it difficult to LOVE, but its worth a read.

I moved on to Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park, which has been sitting on my shelf for at least a year. I read Fangirl a few months ago, and really liked it, but Eleanor and Park was a bit of a disappointment. I couldn’t connect to the characters, and the story wasn’t that exciting. Definitely didn’t live up to the hype, but it didn’t put me off Rowell’s books – I still want to try Landline and Attachments.

Finally, I FINALLY finished The Guineveres by Sarah Domet, which took me almost a month to get through. It’s a literary fiction debut about four girls – all named Guinevere – at a convent. I received it as an ARC from the publisher, and will have a review up Monday before the book is released on Tuesday.

Currently, I’m also in the middle of reading two books: Habibi by Craig Thompson, a graphic novel about two young Muslim orphans who find each other in the desert, and All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, about a black teenager who is severely beaten by a cop when he is mistakenly assumed to be shoplifting. Both are banned book week reads, and, so far, they are both five-star reads for me. I will share my thoughts in next week’s wrap up (if not individual reviews).

Let me know what you’re reading this weekend in the comments! Did you read anything for banned books week?

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