I hope everyone is doing well and had a lovely June! It was a bit of weird month for me, starting off really well and then some hurdles in the middle, but we made it to July!
I read a lot in June, mostly because I spent a lot of time avoiding my problems by reading. Love some escapism. I read 11 books and 1 whole manga series, putting me way ahead of schedule for my goodreads goal for this year.
I cannot believe that it's already halfway into 2022! These past few months have all melded together so that winter feels like it was just the other day.
I've read about 66 books this year so far, and since july is right round the corner, it's a good time to do the mid-year freak out tag. Side note: don't ask me why I randomly decided in june to try something different with graphics - I just decided to mess around on canva for once.
recommended for: fans of urban fantasies, family drama, and vivid writing.
Tori Bovalino delivers yet another enticing thriller novel, this time focusing on the alluring goblin markets that love to lure in teenagers - their most recent captive being Neela, the teenage aunt and best friend of our protagonist Louise. It's a lovely story of magic, family, and the tempting and mysterious markets run by goblins.
I hope everyone had a lovely May. The month seemed to last forever, at least for me. I spent the first half trying to get as much work done as possible, and the last week I had a break from work and got to hang out with friends.
I thought I didn’t read much during this month because I had so much to do, but according to goodreads I read 7 books! This includes 3 ARCs, so I’m glad I’ve been able to get through those.
recommended for: fans of post-apocalyptic novels, powerful queer stories, found family and stories about finding identity
Hell Followed With Us is a beautifully written novel that explores themes of autonomy and identity in a post-apocalyptic setting. It’s atmospheric writing and wonderful characters make it a surprisingly wholesome and touching horror novel.
I'm here today to discuss some of my favourite dark academia novels and give some recommendations too!
a short discussion on dark academia
Dark academia is a sub-genre that has become incredibly popular in the past few years. This sub-genre usually falls within the thriller genre. It is, typically, books with a school/academic setting where things take a turn for the worst. These books usually involve murder and mystery, and showing just how terrible academia can be and how knowledge can corrupt.
However, there's not a set definition on what dark academia really is. If you go into what is shelved as "dark academia" on goodreads, you'll be surprised to see the selection of books there - or at least, I was. Why are books like The Great Gatsby or Jane Eyre shelved in this section? Because some of us had to read it for academia?
For myself, I would define the genre as thriller/mystery novels predominantly set in an academic setting, in which the backdrop is important to the plot. So, you won't be seeing books like The Raven Boys in this post - because as much as I absolutely love that book, maybe only 25% of the book is actually set or related to Aglionby Academy.
I obviously don't have any ownership or domain on what makes a novel fit into the 'dark academia' category so take whatever I say with a pinch of salt !
recommended for: fans of the rivals-to-lovers trope, strong female characters, girls in STEM, and cute romance novels
My Mechanical Romance was a wonderfully sweet (yet still angsty) contemporary novel that explores what it's like to be a teenage girl with an interest in the STEM field in a misogynistic world, how ambition is not something to be scared of, and how important it is to let go of other people's expectations. A mix of seriousness and fluff, it's a contemporary novel I adored reading.
I hope that everyone is doing well. April was an eventful month - between ramadan and Eid and work, it was a lot. Somehow I still managed to find the time to read, and much more than I expected! I read 8 books and 3 manga volumes, and I enjoyed most of them! There was only one book I rated 5 stars in April, but you can't win them all.
It's already May and I have not managed to whittle down my extensive to-read list. In fact, I think it's grown over the past few months. So - I thought it would be a good idea to tackle it head on and take on the Beat The Backlist challenge.
So many of these books have just been sitting in my tbr for far too long, and I'm eager to hop into it!