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{ Wrap-up } My First SapphicAThon & May Wrap-up

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Hello friends,

I’m coming back today with a new wrap up. I don’t often do monthly wrap-ups as I don’t see the point of writing an article about the 3-4 books I read and probably already reviewed, however, this month is particular because I entered the SapphicAThon. If you haven’t heard of it, SapphicAThon is a week-long readathon (May 18-25) dedicated to reading books about sapphic romances! You can find more information about the readathon on the twitter page. You may already know that I, as a bisexual person, don’t find enough good f-f romances in books so I was ecstatic to enter this readathon for the first time. Since I’m a quite slow reader, I wanted to make the fun last longer and also to have more chance to fill the categories, so I decided to spread this throughout May. Here are the categories:

  1. REREAD A BOOK
  2. READ A GRAPHIC NOVEL
  3. BOOK WITH A TROPE YOU LOVE
  4. BY AN AUTHOR OF COLOUR
  5. READ A BOOK YOU GOT FOR FREE
  6. A BOOK THAT HAS BEEN ON YOUR TBR A LONG TIME
  7. FREE CHOICE

And now let’s move on to my wrap up:

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1. SAPPHIC BOOKS

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Morgane Moncomble – Aime-moi Je Te Fuis
Reread a book & Book with a trope you love (enemies-to-lovers)
Rating: 5 stars (my review 🇫🇷)
Date read: April 30th – May 2nd

Aime-moi Je Te Fuis is a book that you can only find in French, so I’m sorry in advance for those who will not be able to read it, but I HAVE to spread the love I have for it. It’s about Zoé, a bisexual girl (yay!) and the representation is amazingly written. The chapters alternate between present and past, the present love interest is male, but the past chapters are about a relationship with a girl.

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Katrina Leno – Summer of Salt
Free choice
Rating: 3 stars
Date read: May 3rd – May 5th

I buddy read this book, therefore when we planned to read this book in May I didn’t know about the SapphicAThon yet, but since this book is about a lesbian MC, it fits perfectly in this challenge. However, I regret that the romance didn’t hold a central part of this book, actually, it’s role was so minimal that without it, the book’s would have remained the same.

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Alice Oseman – Heartstopper (Volumes 1, 2 & 3)
Read a Graphic Novel
Rating: 4 stars – 5 stars – 5 stars
Date read: May 6th – May 8th

Okay, I know what you’re going to say, this isn’t a sapphic romance, but we have many sapphic side characters and that should matter. Also, it’s the only Graphic Novel that was on my TBR, I seldom read graphic novels so if you have you loved, recommend away 🙂 Speaking of Heartstopper, I ADORED those three books, it was so cute and so heartwarming.

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Adiba Jaigirdar – The Henna Wars
Book with a trope you love (enemies-to-lovers) & By an author of colour
Rating: 4.2 stars
Date read: May 18th – May 21st

This book was so freaking cute. The MC is Bengali and she lives in Ireland. This book taught me so much about Bengali culture, I have a Bengali friend from India but I didn’t know anything about Bengali from Bangladesh. It also taught me a lot about the Irish school system that I found super interesting. I liked to read about a lesbian character trying coming out in a conservative family.

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Ashley Herring Blake – Girl Made of Stars
A book that has been on your TBR a long time (June 2018)
Rating: 4.8 stars
Date read: May 22nd – May 26th

This book made me so emotional. It deals with difficult subjects such as rape and rape victims. I don’t want to give too many details but it was really difficult for me to read sometimes, but still, it was necessary and important. Add to that a bisexual MC and a non-binary love interest and you have an amazing deep story.

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Elizabeth Acevedo – Clap When You Land
(Currently reading 63%)
By an author of colour
Rating: ?
Date read: May 27th – ?

I’m not done with this book yet, I was supposed to finish it by the end of May but I got busy with work. However, so far so good, I’ll come back and update this post once I’m done with it

 

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2. NON-SAPPHIC BOOKS

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Michelle Obama – Becoming
Rating: 3.9 stars
Date read: May 9th – May 17th

Honestly, I was a bit disappointed with this one. Everyone told me it was a masterpiece and a must-read but it didn’t reach my expectations. It was good, I’ll not say the opposite, but I still had some issues with it that I’ll try to discuss further in my upcoming review.

 

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3. BOOK & BLOG STATS

📖 Progress

Book read in May 2020: 9
Pages read in May 2020: 2,896
Average: 321 pages/book

To-review shelf: 10 books
Goodreads 2020 Challenge: 28/40 books
🤘🏼 11 books ahead of schedule 🤘🏼

 

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For those who don’t know, my blog has been glitching since last January, and I managed to fix the glitched but lost all my followers in the process. However, thanks to supporting & amazing blogger friends, this month has been the busiest since I first started my blog. So thank you to Emer @A Little Haze & Kat @Novels and Waffles (& other that retweeted), go check their blog cause they’re amazing.

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4. SHARE THE LOVE

Here are some articles I loved this month:
– Marie @Drizzle and Hurricane shared the 10 places in France you should write about (that aren’t Paris) and even gives some plot ideas.
– Sophie @Me and Ink posted a discussion about consumerism in the book community.
– Alice @Love For Words shares 9+ Websites All Readers Should Know About and I only knew one of them, however, all the other filled a need I always had while reading.
– May @Forever and Everly listed 25 Books by Asian Authors to read, this list was written for Asian Heritage Month but you really should read them anytime.
– Jessticulates wrote a list of YA book by black authors that you should add to your TBR and I loved the book she picked.

 

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What about you, how was your month?

16 thoughts on “{ Wrap-up } My First SapphicAThon & May Wrap-up

  1. Ooooh, Aime-moi, je te fuis a l’air génial !! Les seuls livres français écrits par un auteur contemporain que j’ai lu et aimé jusqu’à présent sont ceux de Musso. As-tu d’autres recommandations? (Je suis une honte pour la culture française xD)

    And thank you for linking to my post!! Have a wonderful June, Laurie!

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    1. Honnêtement c’est un de mes livres préférés de tous les temps ! J’ai arrêté de lire en français il y une petite dizaine d’année donc, à part Musso et Levy qui étaient à la mode à l’époque je suis aussi perdue que toi ^^ Je suis tombée sur les livres de Morgane Moncomble grâce à une publicité sur Facebook mais je suis reconnaissante d’avoir pu lire ses livres. A ma connaissances il y a 3 romans et 2 nouvelles qui sont tous très bien mais Aime-moi je te fuis reste mon petit chouchou ❤

      J'espère que tu lui laissera une chance et que tu l'appréciera autant que moi. N'hésite pas à me contacter quand tu l'auras lu, j'ai personne avec qui je peux m'extasier sur ce livre ^^

      Thank you for stoping by Alice and I hope your June is going to be wonderful too ❤

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  2. SapphicAThon sounds really cool and I’m glad you got to read so many books for it !! My copy of The Henna Wars arrived yesterday and I can’t wait to pick it up, I’m so glad you enjoyed it and it was a cute read !!
    I don’t read many graphic novels either but I’ve loved Alice Oseman’s book so I am definitely intrigued to check out Heartstopper. I’m glad you enjoyed them!!
    I need to check out Girl Made of Stars at one point too !!
    Thank you so much for sharing my post, I’m glad you enjoyed it and I really appreciate it !! 💞
    I hope you have a great June !!

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  3. I haven’t read a book in French in…. wow, years now, I feel so ashamed to say that, but you make me want to read Aime Moi Je Te Fuis SO BADLY. It just sounds so so good 🥰
    I love Heartstopper so, so much and can’t wait to read The Henna Wars, I’m so happy to hear you liked it 🙂
    Thank you so much for sharing my post ❤ ❤ I hope you'll have a wonderful month ❤

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    1. Haha i feel you, I stopped reading in french, especially romances, because the dialogues were… awkward af. But this one went smoothly and it’s really worth your time 🙂 also I am Goodreads friends with the author and she seems to be reading mostly in English, just like us, so maybe she found a way to make french beautiful again for those used to read in English ☺️

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