This will be where I update my progress on Bookemon Badgathon for my own record keeping.
The Creative Badge – Art / Music
The Memory Badge – Biography / Memoir
The Exemplary Badge – Classics
The Pictorial Badge – Comic / Graphic Novel / Manga
The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
While I understand the hardship and horror Marji went through, she was a spoiled rich girl and it showed throughout her story. Se doesn’t seem to realize how much freedom she was given because of her family’s money. I found the history lessons interesting and I liked reading about the parts when Marji was in Iran. I appreciate her honesty and showing the darkest parts of her life.
The Amour Badge – Romance / Contemporary
Stay a Little Longer by Dawn Lanuza
I thought the long distance relationship was realistically portrayed. The angsty goodbyes and the constant texts about anything and everything brought me right back to when my husband and I were dating and whenever he’s deployed or on TDY. My full review.
The Chiller Badge – Crime / Thriller / Mystery / Suspense
Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Wow. Such a unique and mystical way to tell a story! I checked it out of my library through Overdrive, started reading, and by the time I put it down it was morning. Pessl found such a unique and mystical way to tell a story, I had to know how it ended. My full review.
The Fantastical Badge – Fantasy
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
My initial thoughts: I finished this in one sitting so it was definitely an engaging read. But I wish the world building was a little better done and the characters more developed. I loved all the Asian culture woven into the story. I’m greedy and I want more of it added in! I’m curious to see where this story goes.
The Scientific Badge – Science Fiction
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
I’m pretty sure I’m in love with Abel and Noemi. I found myself rooting for both of them as individuals and as a team. I really liked the side characters too. I hope Virginia pops up more in the second book. She was so fun!
The Rainbow Badge – LGBTQIIA+ Rep
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
Such a charming and beautiful graphic novel. Can Frances please make me a dress!? I loved the artwork. I didn’t realize how long the book was until I logged my page count. I was so into the story, I didn’t realize how many pages had gone by. I also thought it was really fun to see the author’s process at the end.
The Archival Badge – Historical Fiction
The Panic! Badge – Horror
The Jester Badge – Humor / Comedy
The Know It All Badge – Non-Fiction
The Prose Badge – Poetry
The Diversity Badge – POC Main Character or AOC
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
I didn’t relate to Kiko on every level, but the parts I did hit me hard. I loved reading about a half-Japanese character! I understood her insecurities and experiences surrounding her race. I really connected with Kiko over her social anxiety. I handle it better outwardly than she does, but her inner dialogue and her feelings of awkwardness may as well be taken straight from my brain.