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:
- 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.
- 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.
- The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid: Slow start eventually became a fun, fantastical sci-fi that addresses what it means to be a human.
- 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.