August Wrap Up / September TBR

It’s hard to believe it’s September already. August brought school and a change in my reading routine. Here’s a round up of what I read in August. ** denotes favorite.  

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy 

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

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#bookaday Noteworthy by Riley Redgate. I saw this billed as Pitch Perfect meets She's the Man and that description was spot on. I was totally here for this — it's one of my favorite tropes. The story isn't super heavy, even though it deals with issues like sexuality, identity, and privilege. Jordan challenges her socialization about what it means to be masculine or feminine and her processing of this is neat to watch. I did think that Jordan's isolation was convenient – the friendless void left by her graduated ex made it easier to maintain the charade (not that passing for male was easy), but it also made her relatable to anyone who's come out of an all-encompasssing relationship. #snrtbs

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Ghost by Jason Reynolds **

Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

The Secret Langauge of Sisters by Luanne Rice

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#SixWordSummary and #StickyNoteReview for The Secret Language of Sisters by Luanne Rice. *** Read this on recommendation from my school's librarian. She thought the sisters' connection would be a mirror for me. I had a really hard time with the way blame played out in this book. Tilly texts Roo, too gets into a car accident, and the accident is blamed on Tilly in the "you shouldn't have texted while she was driving" kind of way. It is a story about the bond between sisters, and a story about resilience. At times the narrative drags, and at times it reads like a cautionary tale. The relationship between the sisters and the encouragement from my librarian are the only reasons I finished. #snrtbs

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A List of Cages by Robin Roe

Solo by Kwame Alexander **

For September, I will be rereading The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely for my dissertation. With AJ, I’m buddy reading Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson. And with the Nerdfighteria Online Book Club, I’m reading Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides. 

What did you read in August and what do you plan on reading in September? 

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