September Wrap Up: Book Reviews

Why Fish Don’t Exist, A Wrinkle in Time, Mr. Penumbra’s 24- Hour Bookstore

I’ve been in a bit of reading slump this summer, but for good reason. We were out traveling! I’m back to the apartment now, and getting some good reading done with cinnamon coffee and cooler weather.

I recently stumbled upon “Booktube,” a community of creators on youtube who review and talk about books they are reading. I’m going to attempt to do something similar with my blog, posting a few times a month with “Wrap Up” book reviews and other “TBR” (to be read) books I have my eye on for the future.


The book you need when you don’t know what you need. Right off the bat, love the gold and blue cover, love the mystery of the title. The vibes of the book continue from the cover to the last page, I read this with more peace and enthusiasm than any other book recently.

Main takeaways for me: How categories help but also hurt our worldview as people and a reminder that we can always turn our world upside down and sideways. A reminder that the space in between is valid and real. Small teaser: Must read for bisexual friends and naturalists with a social justice bent.


I seem to remember starting this book as a kid, but getting scared with the opening scenes including hurricane storms and strange visitors. I don’t usually read YA books, but this is one of my friend’s favorite books so I decided to give it another try as a 30 year old adult.

I love the imagery that the title implies… a wrinkle in time? Also I love the three strange women who help guide the journey, and what their lives might say about gender, reincarnation, otherness.

Main takeaways for me: I had no idea that Madeline L’Engle was a religious writer, as well as a science fiction writer. I have to say that it got a little bit preachy for me.


I mostly checked this book out from the library because a 24- hour book store has always been my dream. A safe and mysterious place where you can exist and read at any time of day. The first part of the book fits the bill as a slight mystery (as all good fiction should) but by the second half of the book I got super bored with linear first person present narrative. I skimmed the second half of the book, I’m glad I did. Main takeaways for me: New technology and old knowledge are both valuable, yada yada.

TBR (To Be Read)

Crisis Zone (Simon Hanselmann)

I’m not a comic book fan at all, but I have been won over by the well done graphic novel, especially the more vulgar and existential ones. Hanselmann’s graphic novels featuring a depressed witch, her cat partner and their misadventures with a werewolf friend fit the bill every time. This new novel is set during COVID-19 pandemic and I can’t wait to dig in.

The Robber Bride (Margaret Atwood)

I’m a big Atwood fan, not of her politics, but her speculative fiction. I found this book at a little free library near my house, and have been meaning to read it for the past year.

A “shelfie” from my apartment

Gingerbread (Helen Oyeyemi)

Last year during NanoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) I started a novel that mixes a classic mythical fable with present day. I was aiming for something similar to what ____ is doing in Gingerbread. I’m going to read it and hopefully look for inspiration to continue my novel this November for NanoWriMo.

See you in a few weeks for a Wrap Up of the books above when I finish them, and a new list of TBRs!

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