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September Wrap-Up

Wrap Up

So for some reason my Wrap-Up never got posted on Wednesday. At least it never showed to others, only to me. Maybe it was a glitch on WordPress? Idk! I’m giving it a second try. Let’s see if it will work this time around.

Where to start? Well, I suppose September was a slightly better reading month than August. At least I managed to read one book more and I count this as an achievement. XD As for the rest of my September: I have no idea where it went. I had a week off in the middle of the month and wanted to catch up on my reading and blogging and booktubing (is that even a word?! *lol*) but eventually ended up doing a little bit of housework?! *lol*

Like I wanted to do a lot of things and even had a To-Do list and some of those things were housework and things that needed to be done for ages and I just never had the time to do them. And others like reading and blogging etc. should have been the counterweight and something I could do for myself but in the end my To-Do list was too long. So long story short: I did about half of the things on my list and then it was Thursday already and I decided that I would just drop the list and do what I felt like doing. Because quite honestly time is precious and you really should do the things YOU want to do once you actually have time to do them. XD

So basically I had plans and only managed to go for half of them because I just didn’t feel like doing the rest. That’s my chaotic energy right there and I’m not ashamed. *lol* Other than that work and my family kept me pretty busy so there was actually never a dull moment during the entire month. Which is probably the reason why I can’t think of anything else I did. I was just working, taking care of my kid, doing housework, cramming in a couple of pages every day and well, that’s it! *lol*

And before I continue to write unimportant TMI I’ll just head to my Wrap-Up! ;-P

Books read: 5 (5 books & 0 webcomic, I’m glad I managed to read more again and that I enjoyed all of those books. )

Pages read: 2.229 (Guess HP kinda boosted the page count. *lol*)

Average rating: 4,1 (Lots of great books this month so the rating was rather high!)

Books that were on my reading list:  ( 0 from 2019, 0 from 2020 and 1 from 2021. So yeah, I sucked at keeping to my TBR. What can I say? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ )

September Reads:

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Harry Potter 5: 4 Pfoten,5

Going into this I was kinda worried I might not like it as much as I did when I was a teen, but I shouldn’t have worried. Of course this was a 4,5 paws read. I mean I still don’t like the movie but the book is actually great and gives a lot of additional info that is important for the rest of the series. It’s kinda sad the movie couldn’t convey all the important parts of this book, but well that’s why reading books will always be better for me. XD

The Crown: 3 Pfoten,5

I finally finished this series but I’ve to say that I liked the original trilogy more than the last two books. I really disliked Eadlyn in „The Heir“ an the only reason I liked her in „The Crown“ was that her character made a 180 degree turn. *lol* So yeah, I wasn’t all too happy about the change of her character (especially because it was so obvious!!) but I liked the boys and despite everything I was through this in no time. *lol*

Let’s Talk About Love:4 Pfoten

Finally a book with an aro/ace MC and I really loved it! Alice and Takumi were just too cute and I absolutely adored their conversations. ❤ I had a lot of thoughts about „Let’s Talk About Love“ and wrote them all into a full review so if you want to read it you can do it: here! I wasn’t exactly Feenie’s biggest fan but *lol* you can read the reasons for that in my review! ;-P

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer: 4 Pfoten

This book was full of sterotypes and YA tropes but it worked somehow because it kind of made fun of them? *lol* Also the idea and concept of „Mara Dyer“ was something different and I really enjoyed the mystery element. Not to mention Mara’s unreliable narrative! XD And the ending? Wow! Let’s just say I’m very curious about book two now!

Clap When You Land: 4 Pfoten

This was such a beautiful book! I was sceptical at first because I wasn’t all too sure about the writing style but damn this was good! The entire story read like poetry and I loved every second of it. Acevedo did such a brilliant job at conveying the feelings of grief, being stuck and all the mixed emotions the two girls had about their father. This was… BEAUTIFUL and painful and all sorts of confusing and I loved it! Enough said! ❤

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How was your September? Did you read many books last month and if yes, which ones? Are you bad at keeping to „To-Do“ lists too and do we share this chaotic energy?! XD Also did you already read the books I read and if yes, did you enjoy them as well? Did you have troubles to post your blog posts as well or was I the only one with that particular glitch?

Talk to me and let me know! 😉

And as always take care and stay healthy and safe!

*hugs’n’kisses*

Sig.V.Ronan

The Sassy Library Fox

Allgemein, K - O, L, Reviews

Review: Let’s Talk About Love (Claire Kann)

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Rating: 4 Pfoten

”The bottom line was her body had never shown so much as a flicker of sexual interest in anyone. But that didn’t mean she liked being alone. That didn’t mean she wasn’t lonely. That didn’t mean she didn’t want romance and didn’t want to fall in love. It didn’t mean she couldn’t love someone just as fiercely as they loved her.”

So the ratings of “Let’s Talk About Love” are very diverse and range from 1 star up to 5 stars. I can see why some people would think this book is boring or didn’t do an aro/ace rep justice, but the thing is, every review is subjective and every opinion is too. (At least that’s what I think.) There will always be people that think a book is bad because it didn’t address issues the way they wanted it to – or how they wanted it to – and that’s legitimate. As a writer, as an artist you’ll have to learn that not everyone will like the things you write/create. So this said and all out of my system I’ve to say that I enjoyed this book! A lot, I may add.

”If this guy was on a show, he’d be considered the kind of gorgeous that would cause midseason plot twists and act-two spinouts, leaving the viewer on the edge of their seat because their beloved characters were goners after looking into those dark brown eyes.“

The love story between Alice and Takumi was so sweet it basically glued my mouth shut with all the sugar. *lol* I really liked their friendship that developed into more and I could totally understand why Alice was hesitant to give into Takumi’s advances at first. Sure, it probably wasn’t Alice’s smartest move to go for a relationship with a girl that is known for her “sexual energy” but then again you don’t choose who you fall in love with. I think she should have told her ex-gf that she’s asexual instead of keeping it a secret though. It was the thing that stood between them and eventually led to her gf breaking up with her. Plus that former relationship made it hard for her to trust Takumi.

”That’s right. You live with us now.” Feenie beamed, a question forming in her eyes. “Fuck, I love you. I think sometimes my mind blocks out how much, so every time I remember feels like the first time I’m realizing it.”

Another theme that was tackled in “Let’s Talk About Love” was the friendship between Alice, Feenie and Ryan. Which was super problematic (in my opinion) and complicated but at the same time very realistic. I mean it was obvious they loved each other, but they had a really bad communication and that made up at least half of their problems. I know a lot of people think that Alice was too egoistic and self-centred but in my opinion not everything was Alice’s fault. I mean Feenie and Ryan ARE a couple and even though they love Alice, that doesn’t mean that she can’t feel left out.

”How am I doing that? And why is this all my fault? Why do you two have a Get Out of Ditching Alice pass that I’m supposed to accept because you say so? How is that fair to me?”
“We don’t ditch you,” Ryan said.
“You do. You have for years. I just don’t say anything because I don’t want us to fight, but the second I find an actual friend on my own, you two act like this.”

If your two best friends are dating you automatically feel left out. It’s a fact. Because they want time together and you’re just not a part of that equation anymore. Well, and the moment Alice spent time with Takumi, Feenie blames her for neglecting their friendship? Quite honestly if Feenie and Ryan would have left me all alone at a party with strangers because they wanted to have some “alone time” in a room I would have given them hell for their attitude, especially if they made me go there in the first place. Guess it’s just me though. For me, personally, a friendship is going both ways and not a one-sided thing. Feenie giving Alice the cold-shoulder for weeks was not okay and if she would have treated me that way I would have given her a piece of my mind. So yep, I guess you can say that the friendship between Alice and Feenie was a topic that made me angry. Truth be told, I would have never been able to be friends with someone like Feenie. Not that Alice dealt with it any better… Don’t get me wrong, they love each other. Obviously. But I prefer my bestie talking things out instead of giving me the silent treatment. Thankfully we’re all different and friends are actually the people you can choose for yourself. 😉

”First of all” – Feenie pointed at her – “you are not broken and I don’t ever want to hear that again. Second, being attracted to one person doesn’t necessarily change who you are. Maybe you’re graysexual instead of straight up ace. There’s just something about the way Takumi’s genetic code arranged his face and body that appeals to your brain chemistry. It’s insta-lust. Enjoy it for what it is.”

So that leads me to the next topic at hand: Alice’s asexuality. I’m not asexual so I don’t know if it was well done or not, but I think I got a better understanding for what it’s like to be asexual in a world that is full of hormone-driven teenagers and adults. XD As far as I understood it Alice has a cutie code and Takumi exceeded it. She feels sexual attraction towards him but she doesn’t feel a need to go through with it, or to say it even more plainly: She might feel hot all over her body when she sees him but she has no desire to actually have sex with him.

I kinda liked that Alice knew she was on the aro/ace spectrum but still tried to define what this meant for her as a person. I saw a couple of reviews that said the representation wasn’t done right and some reviewers actually defined as aro/ace and mentioned that they don’t feel like Alice. I understand why some people wouldn’t feel represented by Alice, but to be fair I’ve to say that everyone is different and experiences things differently. The aro/ace spectrum has many different definitions/terms and Alice could have also been greysexual, fraysexual or acespike. So what I’m trying to say is that for some aro/ace people Alice’s rep might actually have been on point. Every spectrum on the LGBTQ+ rainbow has different shades and varies so I think it’s safe to say that some people might actually like the aro/ace rep in here. Well, and others will dislike it, but that’s okay. We are all individuals and diverse and beautiful in our own way and as long as we’re aware of that, we’ll be fine. 😉

”Say what?” she whispered.
“That I like you,” he whispered back. “Everything you do and say is so endearing, and it’s ridiculous because I can’t stop thinking I need this person in my life. I need to be near you. If I could stand close enough to you, maybe I could absorb some of your shine.”

And now let’s talk about the best thing of this book: The relationship and love story between Alice and Takumi. I absolutely adored those two and they were so freaking cute I couldn’t stop grinning. Seriously, Takumi is perfect! Like super perfect and I have yet to find something about him that’s not great. *lol* This man always said the right thing and even when he wasn’t perfect he was somehow perfect? XD Does that make sense? I really liked his character and that he was so open-minded and didn’t just assume things. Alice and Takumi were pretty direct with how they felt about each other and their little gestures were everything. <33 Yes, Alice was pretty rude at first but it was because she was already super insecure and didn’t know how to deal with her sudden attraction for Takumi. To be honest Alice had a lot on her plate and I think we can cut her some slack here.

”This should go without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway, partly because I want to, but also because I think you need to hear it. If knowing you’re asexual makes someone see you differently, then they don’t deserve to be in your life. My feelings for you are exactly the same as they were an hour ago. This doesn’t change anything between us.”

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All told, I really loved this and it was one of those books that always had me craving for more interactions between Alice and Takumi. I was basically living from one chapter to the next, constantly hoping for more of their funny conversations! *lol* So if you want a light and adorable romance that tackles a couple of serious topics as well, you’ll definitely enjoy this! =)  I might have had my issues with Feenie as a character but that didn’t take away any of my enjoyment so four stars it is!