We’re two days into September, and with that came the jarring realization that ARC August has officially drawn to a close! Thanks to Read.Sleep.Repeat for organizing this much-needed purge of my TBR list. Well, as much as knocking 4 ARCs off qualifies as a “purge.” However, my goal was one a week so I’m going to call it a success, though lots of other bloggers probably read upwards of one bajillion ARCs last month. Baby steps.

Here’s my itty bitty list of ARCs read last month, with a link to my reviews:

  1. Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier: Haven’t written a review yet, but this middle-grade graphic novel about a family that moves to a town that may or may not have a prodigious local ghost population hits lots of good notes: family-oriented, cultural diversity (specifically Hispanic), illness (cystic fibrosis) and the ups and downs of sibling relationships. That might sound heavy, but the light-hearted supernatural elements make it accessible and fun without diminishing the tougher issues.
  2. Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King: SUPER GOOD AND POWERFUL make sure you read this one come October. Strong message about abuse and finding your way through those angsty teenage years.
  3. The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid: Slow start eventually became a fun, fantastical sci-fi that addresses what it means to be a human.
  4. Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix: Hard pass on this one. The premise had great potential that unfortunately devolved into a watered-down take on racism that is quite frankly an insult to middle-graders, with a dose of ridiculous sci-fi right at the end that was completely unnecessary. Boo.