October Wrap-Up (2018)

1) Analee, In Real Life, by Janelle Milanes
Really liked this novel and especially the ending. The online gaming and online frienship was not as present as I thought it would be, the story focusing more on the fake-dating and the family drama (I enjoyed the way her relationship with her dad’s new girlfriend evolved.)

2) Dragon Haven (Rain Wild Chronicles #2), by Robin Hobb
Great sequel, it was really hard to force myself not to continue with the third book (since this is a group readalong!)
This focused a lot on the group dynamics and how relationship work in a group, with a lot of awful stuff thrown in there. I liked how it dealt with men who try to use some sort of fake feminism to present themselves as the good guys. Some great characters developement as well.

3) Blood of Elves (The Witcher #3), by Andrzej Sapkowski
This book was mostly about Ciri and since I wanted to start these books for her I’m very happy!! Ciri learning to fight, learning magic, interacting with Triss and then Yennefer… amazing. I missed Geralt a bit, he was in there but not much. Still, I really enjoyed this third instalment.
(My previous criticism still stands, Geralt is still the man every woman seem to be attracted to, I guess this is why I love it when it’s all about him and Ciri since there’s nothing of the sort between them)

4) Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries #4), by Martha Wells
Perfect ending to the novella series, while still keeping me super excited about the novel coming in 2020!
I really loved how this used the robots-just-want-to-be-humans trope and turned it on its head!

5) Wonder Woman Déesse de la guerre, Tome 1 Insurrection, by Meredith Finch, David Finch,
6) Wonder Woman Déesse de la guerre, Tome 2 Coup du sort, by Meredith Finch, David Finch
7) Wonder Woman Déesse de la guerre, Tome 3 Résurrection, by Meredith Finch, David Finch
J’ai bien aimé ces trois volumes mais je n’étais vraiment pas fan du style des dessins lorsqu’il était question de Diana. Plus d’une fois elle a l’air d’une barbie et je ne comprends pas ce qu’il est passé par la tête de l’illustrateur. J’adore son costume que l’on voit sur la couverture du tome 2, la présence d’un dragons (que l’on voit sur les couvertures VO) mais c’était trop peu utilisé.

8) Sailor Moon Tome 3, by Naoko Takeuchi
Ça part un peu dans des directions étonnantes et il n’y a aucune pose entre chaque événements ce qui rend un peu dur de digérer les choses. J’ai toujours un peu de mal à différencier les personnages par moment, mais ça viendra sans doute au fil des tomes.

9) Do You Dream of Terra-Two?, by Temi Oh
eARC from Netgalley
This was hard to review because I really wasn’t expecting this book to be like that. Small review and content warnings on goodreads.

10) La Quête onirique de Vellitt Boe, by Kij Johnson, Florence Dolisi (Translator), Nicolas Fructus (Illustrator)
J’ai beaucoup aimé relire cette novella, surtout qu’elle comptait des illustrations en grand nombre que j’ai beaucoup aimé (sauf pour les illustrations d’humains.)

11) Rosewater (The Wormwood Trilogy #1), by Tade Thompson
Hard to know how to talk about this book. I loved the take on the alien invasion and telekinesis, as well as the setting of Nigeria. I didn’t love the main character and the way the three timelines intertwines, I sometimes had trouble undertanding where I stood.
content warning: fatphobia 

12) La Crécerelle, by Patrick Moran
J’avais de grands espoirs en commençant et durant les 50 premières pages j’adorais. Puis j’ai commencé à m’ennuyer, il y a eu des remarques grossophobe, une scène de sexe ultra nulle à la fin…. je me suis forcée à finir car j’aimais plutôt bien le duo de jeunes femmes. Mais là fin est un peu bof.

13) La Maison hantée, by Shirley Jackson, transated by Dominique Mols and Fabienne Duvigneau
Vraiment beaucoup aimé la façon dont ce roman aborde le thème de la maison hantée, l’humour des personnages, le fait qu’ils aient choisis d’être là… Pas vraiment effrayant à part en une ou deux petites occasions mais j’ai apprécié ma lecture.
avertissement: suicides 

14) Saga, Vol. 9, by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
I have no words apart from the fact that I’m shocked??? (this was great though and I’ll be there for the next volume when it comes)

15) Les chats du Louvre, Tome 1, by Taiyo Matsumoto, translated by Ilan Nguyên
16) Les Chats du Louvre, Tome 2, by Taiyo Matsumoto, translated by Ilan Nguyên
Superbes albums

17) The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle
I was a bit surprised that the whole story wasn’t from Tom’s point of view, but I really liked the ending. As a whole I might have been a little bit bored, but I still totally understand why it got so much praise.
content warning: racism 

18) La Ballade de Black Tom, by Victor LaValle, traduit par Benoît Domis
J’ai lu à la fois en anglais et en français cette novella et si je me suis un peu ennuyée par moments, je comprends toutefois pourquoi elle a reçu tant de louanges.

19) Doctor Who: The Good Doctor (Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #67), by Juno Dawson
I was really surprised to see there was already a doctor who novel with the 13th doctor and since I’ve been loving her in the few episodes out, I jumped on it!
Not amazing but it was an entertaining read, the author really caught the characters’ voices well.

Books for uni: 

I also watched the BBC show from 2015 RIVER on netflix for a class on writing reviews and I ended up liking it more than I thought I would! I had hopes to find time to watch season 3 of Daredevil but maybe next month, also read The Haunting of Hill House in French in preparation to maybe watch the netflix show, if I’m not too scared by it haha!

Posted this month:

Book review: In the Vanishers’ Palace
Book review: A Winter’s Promise
Chronique de livre: Cœurs de Rouille
Cover Reveal: New Suns – Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color


4 thoughts on “October Wrap-Up (2018)

  1. I’m looking forward to Exit Strategy. Out of the first three, book 2 is my favorite.

    I’ve been on the fence about Rosewater. 🤔

    I’m so impatient to continue Saga! Do you get them from the library?

    My thoughts on The Ballad of Black Tom are pretty much identical to yours.


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