That’s it for May! I went through quite the reading slump during the beginning of the month so I’m shocked I even read this much to be honest. Take a look at what I read this month!
The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks
Author: Sam Maggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Genre: Non-Fiction, Feminism, Humour, Pop Culture
Release Date: May 12 2015
Page Count: 208
Format: eBook ARC (sent by publisher for review via NetGalley)
Goodreads synopsis: Fanfic, cosplay, cons, books, memes, podcasts, vlogs, OTPs and RPGs and MMOs and more—it’s never been a better time to be a girl geek. The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy is the ultimate handbook for ladies living the nerdy life, a fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks in the wild.
The Umbrella Academy, Vol.1: The Apocalypse Suite
Author: Gerard Way
Illustrator: Gabriel Bá
Publisher: Dark Horse Books
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Release Date: July 22nd 2008 (first published January 1st 2007)
Page Count: 184
Goodreads Synopsis: In an inexplicable worldwide event, forty-seven extraordinary children were spontaneously born to women who’d previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, “To save the world.” These seven children form the Umbrella Academy, a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers. Their first adventure at the age of ten pits them against an erratic and deadly Eiffel Tower, piloted by the fearsome zombie-robot Gustave Eiffel. Nearly a decade later, the team disbands, but when Hargreeves unexpectedly dies, these disgruntled siblings reunite just in time to save the world once again.
Author: Emily St. John Mandel
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada
Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Release Date: September 9th 2014
Page Count: 333
Goodreads Synopsis: An audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, from the author of three highly acclaimed previous novels. One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theatre troupe known as the Travelling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains-this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame and the beauty of the world as we know it.
Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Publisher: Broadway Books
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Fantasy
Release Date: June 5th 2012 (first published January 1st 2011)
Page Count: 372
Goodreads Synopsis: In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
Never Never: Part Two
Author: Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher
Genre: New Adult/Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: May 17th 2015
Page Count: 111
Goodreads Synopsis: “Never forget that I was your first real kiss. Never forget that you’ll be my last. And never stop loving me between all of them. Never stop, Charlie. Never forget.” Silas races against time as more truths unravel, while others twist tighter together. And now, the stakes are higher as Silas’ control slips and others begin to point fingers. Charlie is in trouble and he must be the one to bridge the chasm between their past and their present. Because somewhere between I love yous and Never Nevers and Never Agains, a truth they can’t imagine, beckons to be found. “Where are you, Charlie?”
And that’s it! What did you read this month? What was your favourite read of the month? Have you read any of the books that I did this month? As always, thank you for reading!