BOOKENDS: What I Read in August 2023

I’ve been trying to listen to more audiobooks because I can get more done while I’m doing other things, like playing video games or doing things around the apartment, and I really enjoyed Star Wars: Doctor Aphra! It’s short too, and I really liked the full cast. I tried reading Hild a couple years ago and wasn’t in the headspace for it then, but I definitely was now and it is one of my favorite reads of the year so far. I love Brandon Taylor’s presence on social media, and while he’s said before that he doesn’t tweet like he writes, I can definitely recognize a similar energy coming through in his writing. I couldn’t put Real Life down. These short novella series from Amazon are always interesting to me, and this set of science fiction stories piqued my interest. I enjoyed James S.A. Corey’s installment!

Reluctant Immortals was a campy, enjoyable romp into 1960s California featuring favorite characters from Dracula and Jane Eyre, and it was everything I wanted it to be. I still haven’t finished the Throne of Glass series, so I started my reread of the ones I’d already read (and I hadn’t read The Assassin’s Blade until now!). I’ve always enjoyed this series, and with rumors of a multiverse, I definitely need to catch up on all that I haven’t read yet. Levine’s My Roommate is a Vampire is the romance fluff I didn’t know how much I needed until I read (aka devoured) it. I hope there’s at least one more set in this universe, because these characters are so good.

Bunny is weird, creepy, and one to read if you like weird girls and campus novels. I ate it up, and I want to read more by Awad in the near future!! I read The Spice Must Flow around the time it was announced that Dune, Part 2 was pushed back, and this is a dive into the pop culture history around Dune and its sequels. Forget Me Not is a cute florist/wedding planner romance. It’s set in Sacramento, and consequently, I was flying out of Sacramento the day I started reading it! This was a pretty solid reading month, and I didn’t have any misses!


💖 purchased/owned | 🌠 library/borrowed | 🔮 review copy | 💞 reread | 👻 dnf

💖 Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, by Sarah Kuhn
💖 Hild, by Nicola Griffith
💖 Real Life, by Brandon Taylor
💖 How It Unfolds, by James S.A. Corey
💖 Reluctant Immortals, by Gwendolyn Kiste
💖 The Assassin’s Blade, by Sarah J. Maas
🔮 My Roommate is a Vampire, by Jenna Levine
💖 Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas
💖 Bunny, by Mona Awad
🔮 The Spice Must Flow, by Ryan Britt
💖 Forget Me Not, by Julie Soto