books read in August (or that I tried to)

This was a month of DNF. And the reason for that was because I signed up for a book conference, started reading the books, realized they weren’t grabbing me and perhaps, with my new job, now was not the time to stress about going to a conference too. So I emailed the person in charge and opted out and dropped the books and then proceeded to read some graphic novels to feel a little bit accomplished. I’ve included the DNF books in case they spark someone else’s interest. I’ve decided that YA Rom/Com just is not my jam.

This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story

This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender

This was compared to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda so I had high hopes, but this just wasn’t as engaging to me.

Odd One Out

Odd One Out by Nic Stone

Did not finish – when the narration switched a third of the way through, it totally threw me. I couldn’t get back into it after that.


Escargot by Dashka Slater

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book MUST be read out loud with an OUTRAGEOUS French accent.

Afterwards, you might need to draw a small pencil mustache on your child’s face and buy them a beret, and them give them a kiss MWAH!

Adorable little story about a snail with high self esteem in search of a salad without carrots (and who secretly thinks very highly of you).


Dear Justice League

Dear Justice League by Michael Northrop

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was cute if forgettable, with all of the superheroes reading their fan mail and responding. But it is hard to find Justice League comics that are appropriate for kids so this is a great book to have on hand when you get that 10 year old that wants to read about these superheroes.

Bug in a Vacuum

Bug in a Vacuum by Mélanie Watt

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fly gets sucked into a vacuum cleaner and goes through the five stages of grief, eventually coming to terms with his new existence inside the machine.

Black Dahlia

Black Dahlia by Rick Geary

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I had heard the name ‘Black Dahlia’ before, but really had no idea what the full story was. Though I guess, as I learned from this book, nobody really does. Rick Geary’s graphic novels of true crime stories have always been favorites of mine though. Drawn in black and white, it keeps things from ever getting too gruesome, but also gives a good summary of the crime and the backstory. This one is hard to really get into because there are so many unknowns. Geary tries to present the facts as best he can while avoiding getting sucks into the theories and conspiracy stories that are connected to this horrible murder. But after watching ‘Mindhunter’, I needed a true crime fix and this scratched that itch.

True Death of Billy the Kid

True Death of Billy the Kid by Rick Geary

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another historical figure that I knew nothing about! Fascinating bit of American history and true crime. You can see why such a mysterious figure transformed into a myth of the wild west.

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