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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

Recent Reads | In Review

Hello, hi there, it's been a while hasn't it? I kind of dropped off the face of the earth here for a bit there since, well, I haven't been reading much as of late. Or to be more specific I haven't been reading any books.

That is less so because of a reading slump and more so because I have been moving from hyperfixation to hyperfixation. Spent a while fixated on Bada Lee since I watched Street Woman Fighter 2, then moved on to Robert Downey Jr, Top Gun: Maverick for a hot minute, and now possibly may slide right into another one because of Aemond Targaryen. Needless to say, the number of books read over the course of the last several months is pityingly small.

That is why I thought I would just combine all the months and make one list of all the books I read recently. I haven't done a monthly review since May, and even then I wasn't reading a lot...

Let's get into it though!


Since May, I read 6 books, 33 volumes of manga and 1 manhwa season for a grand total of 40 titles and 8,704+ pages.

If you want to check out my reviews, click on the pink links! Reviews for titles not linked can be found on my Goodreads page. Now, here are all the titles I read this month:


I did end up DNFing a couple of books, 4 to be exact. I tried to read A Certain Hunger by Chelsea G. Summers but very quickly put that one down. The writing was a bit too pretentious and sexual for me. Whalefall by Daniel Kraus piqued my interest as it was deep sea horror, but lost it with the daddy issues. The Very Unfortunate Wish of Melony Yoshimura by Waka T. Brown just reminded me that I shouldn't be reading middle grade. Finally, we have Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir which was a huge disappointment. I've been meaning to read it for years and when I finally did I couldn't get into it and found it quite boring.








Despite the fact that I haven't been reading much, when looking back I did end up reading a good amount of books that I enjoyed which I consider a win.



Fantasy - 6

Horror/Thriller - 1

Mystery/Thriller - 1

Mystery - 1

Romance - 1

As usual, I picked up a good amount of fantasy books and even the manga I would classify as fantasy as well considering they are all shonen.


Best - Wolfsong and One Piece

Most - Wolfsong

Worst - Reborn!

Most Disappointing - Reborn!


We've got some repetition here as you can see. One Piece aside, Wolfsong took the spot for both best I've read and most surprising because I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. I almost reread the book immediately after I finished it because it just worked for me.

Also like Wolfsong except on the opposite side of the spectrum, Reborn! ended up as both the worst and most disappointing I've read. I remember watching the anime a long time ago and I wanted to read the manga since that is actually finished while the anime never was. Unfortunately, the beginning of the series is really dry, and dull, and boring. I am sure it will pick up like it did in the show but boy was it rough.

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