Show Us Your Books (June 2021): Introverts, Bisexuality, and More

Posted June 8, 2021 by shooting in Book Review / 30 Comments

Happy 2nd Tuesday of the Month, and that means Show Us Your Books by Jana and Steph

I feel like my reading in the past month picked up some, though I didn’t read all the books I was hoping to get to. Alas, it’s a new month, and I’m hoping June will be a bit more successful.

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Ghosts of Weirdwood by Christian McKay Heidicker 

This is the second book in a series – the first being Thieves of Weirdwood. I absolutely adored Thieves of Weirdwood, so I was excited when given the chance to read and review (thanks Netgalley!) Ghosts of Weirdwood. It could be a case of bad timing, but I found it a bit slower than the first book. Regardless, I still really enjoyed the book. It’s a middle grade book but I don’t think it felt too young. After all, it’s a fantasy and the main characters are essentially on their own – since the book takes place in the past. Parents are sometimes mentioned, or shown, but they aren’t really around. It’s up to Arthur and Wally – former thieves and now aware of a world full of magic and mayhem – to survive. I love the secondary characters, especially a girl ghost who wants to return to her body, though she’s a huge help when in ghostly form. I believe there is only one more book left in the series and I will definitely be reading it when it’s released.

If you haven’t read it yet, be sure to grab a copy of Thieves of Weirdwood too!


Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

I read Quiet for one of my book clubs, and while I found it pretty fascinating overall, the rest of the group did not enjoy it as much. I will admit that Cain can be quite repetitive throughout, and it’s not a book that I’d go back and re-read. However, I am glad I gave it a chance, because I identify as an introvert and I think some of the examples she gave were pretty fascinating. The United States is a country that really praises extroverts – think group projects and open office floor plans and being the loudest in a meeting even if you aren’t giving the best ideas. The book does show introverts how they can use their own skills to be seen and heard, but it also acknowledges that just because people seem to love extroverts, it doesn’t mean they are smarter or better in any way.

— library copy; all opinions are my own

Just Peachy: Comics about Depression, Anxiety, Love, and Finding the Humor in Being Sad by Holly Chisholm

I’m always fascinated by books that deal with mental health and self-care, and I’m especially a fan of those that can so in the form of graphic novels or comics. Just Peachy is a bunch of different comics focusing on depression, anxiety, love, etc. By the end, the book tells a semi-cohesive story by Holly (aka her own life) which was nice. I will say that I didn’t necessarily care for most of the comics. I have depression and anxiety myself, but even so, I’ve seen other artists capture my attention better. It’s tough to judge a book like this though because it is personal, so it’s something I’d still recommend for those interested!

— library copy; all opinions are my own


Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite 

This is a YA book I’ve owned for a little while, so I was glad to finally sit down and read it. I love that Dear Haiti was written by two sisters, and that they took a lot from their own childhood and culture. I think the family dynamics for Alaine were really interesting too. Plus, I’m a big fan of books that tell stories in diary format (which Alaine essentially does) with some extras thrown in here and there like emails and postcards. I do think the book was probably longer than it should have been. There’s also a lot about a family curse once Alaine goes to visit family in Haiti, and I get that it was a cultural thing, but I think it overtook some of the other themes or storylines that could have been built up more…especially the newfound bonding between Alaine and her mom.

— personal copy; all opinions are my own

And now some book reviews that I posted on the blog since the last link up!


Little Allies: A Children’s Story about Inclusion, Diversity, and Becoming an Ally by Julie Kratz

From my review: I wouldn’t say the story is entirely realistic in terms of all these experiences happening in a week and one girl being the person who notices and appreciates the differences in others. Regardless, it’s a good book to show examples of how people can be different, yet the same. It would also serve as a way of showing children how they too can stand up for their friends, perhaps even copying some of the things that Ally said or did.


Six Thousand Doughnuts by Thomas Tosi

From my review: I loved getting to know Abe’s whole family, including his parents and cousin who moves in with the family! They all came alive on the page for me.

The black and white illustrations were fantastic and I absolutely adored the fact that Thomas Tosi’s daughter, Meaghan, was the one who drew them. She’s a wonderful artist.


Pawcasso by Remy Lai

From my review: I loved Pawcasso, the book and the dog in the book. It was fun seeing Jo open up more and get to know kids her age. I felt bad for her because her dad worked away from the family most of the time and she tries to tell herself she doesn’t care when he visits, so she won’t be really sad when he leaves. This was touched on throughout the book, and I thought it was handled well.


Pizazz by Sophy Henn

From my review:  Pizazz is a really fun new character for middle school readers – especially those that aren’t the biggest fan of books! It’s full of fun fonts for certain words and even more enjoyable illustrations throughout. For me, I read this in one day, so it’s a fairly quick one overall!

 

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Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar

From my review: I hated that Hani’s friends made her feel like she couldn’t be bisexual if she’d never been with a girl. That’s a common theme when it comes to bisexuality – even though nobody says you can’t be straight if you’ve never been with, well, anyone. Despite this, Hani wants to prove to her friends that she understand herself, so she makes a deal with Ishu. The reason Ishu agrees? She wants to be Head Girl, which is essentially a popularity contest to win. It’s something her sister never achieved and Ishu is desperate to show her parents she is following the plan, even if her sister no longer is when the book takes place.

 

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Have you read any of these yet? Would you want to?  

30 responses to “Show Us Your Books (June 2021): Introverts, Bisexuality, and More

  1. Jen

    What a great list! There is something for everyone 🙂 I love your lists! Thanks for sharing.

    Happy reading and Happy June!

  2. Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating looks so cute!
    I am not bisexual but I don’t understand why people can’t just believe someone is what they say they are. If a woman has only been with other women I wonder if people would insist that they’re a lesbian and not bisexual or would they be more willing to believe them because female/male attraction is involved?!

  3. Haven’t read any of these books yet, but ordered “Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating” when you posted about it last and gonna dive in when I’m done with my current read!

  4. I really enjoyed Quiet, and I think it offered a much more true view of introversion than the #interovert memes and tiktoks. I’m also keeping track of those graphic novels for my nephew, who unfortunately does not like reading but has an aunt who annoys him with books anyhow.

  5. I’d be interested in Quiet… Everyone thinks I’m outgoing & extroverted – but I think I have introverted tendencies My hubby is totally a quiet soul. It’d be interesting to read for him.

  6. RO

    Like you, I’m an introvert, but I work hard to hide it😅 It’s interesting to see how others handle it though. You’ve got a great mix of books for sure. My reading has been steady, but nothing like it used to be. Still reading thrillers for the most part. Stay cool in this hot weather! 🤗, RO

  7. I’ve had Quiet on my shelf forever – it was a gift! Not sure if I’ll read it or not. I don’t know that I am a true “introvert” 🙂

  8. What comics have you read that captured depression and anxiety more than Just Peachy?
    I just started Wilder Girls but I think one of the characters is bisexual but it feels very queer like the other book I just read that I really enjoyed – Summer of Salt. Hani and Ishu looks really cute. I think author’s think they need to throw in unsupportive people into queer books but it would be nice if everyone was okay with it. But I guess that’s not reality.

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  9. Looks like your reading month was a lot more fun than mine! Quiet sounds very interesting, and the Weirdwood series sounds quirky 😉 Thanks for sharing and enjoy your month 🙂

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