The Joyful Frugalista by Serina Bird.
Okay, so I wanted to enjoy this book so much but I just couldn’t. The book is toted as a personal finance one that will help you grow your cash and be savvy with your money – it does neither.
The book reads more like a memoir than anything that offers personal finance advice. There are brief discussions on how the author saved money and lived frugally but no real in depth discussion on money and actually how this ‘single mum turned millionaire’ actually achieved this transformation. As I said, I wanted to like this book but it fails to deliver on what it has been marketed as.
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman.
I have previously read and reviewed this book as part of Pride Month in June and figured I would include it in a Book Bingo spot. I enjoy YA books but have recently steered away from reading the genre 😓 So when I read Heartstopper it was my first YA for a while.
It is always refreshing to read a YA book, they either make me feel nice and young or super old and out of touch 😋 Heartstopper was a really sweet graphic novel about two boys as they gravitate towards each other and navigate their romantic feelings for each other. It was a very easy read and left me wanting more!
I have the second book on pre-order and cannot wait to read it. Don’t believe me, you should give the free web-comic a read!
A Strange and Mystifying Story, Vol. 1 by Tsuta Suzuki
I had initially thought to read a paranormal shifter book, maybe a werewolf or something like that, but I realised that A Strange and Mystifying Story had human/kitsune shifters!
A Strange and Mystifying Story is a Japanese yaoi manga that follows two story arcs that feature shifter characters from the Edo period. The books follow the characters as their relationships develop and they fall in love, all the while showcasing a stunning amount of Japanese mythology and cultural history.
I loved reading this book and the whole series because they showed this incredible dichotomy between historical Japanese culture and that of the modern day culture. I enjoyed not only the romance of the story but just how interesting and educational the themes and shifters were in the story.
If you’re interested, check out the rest of the series in my review:
How is your book bingo going? Have you hit bingo yet or are you steadily working your way through it? Leave a comment and let me know 😊