Category: Monthly Recommendations

Monthly Recommendations: Retellings

Monthly Recommendations is a Goodreads group hosted by Trina from Between Chapters and Kayla from Kayla Rayne. We’re a million years late with this post due to a complete lack of time for blogging at the moment, but better late than never, eh? 😉

Retellings have become quite popular in the last years, and for a while, we were worried that this avalanche of retellings would cheapen their quality and make us grow tired of them. Thankfully, there are plenty of well-written, imaginative retellings out there, which made it almost effortless to put together a selection of recommendations for this category. While you might think books based on pre-existing stories and legends add nothing new, this is not the case with many retellings. Authors will often change or modernise the context, add a new element or a little extra twist, or swap genders. With retellings, you often expect to know the story, yet you find yourself having a novel reading experience. We’d like to share some of our favourite retellings with you – some are rather popular, others may be less known.

As always, they are sorted alphabetically and clicking on the title will lead you to our review if there is one. Of course, we’re keen to learn about retellings that might have slipped our attention, so please let us know if you have any recommendations not featured on this list!

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Monthly Recommendations: Own Voices


Monthly Recommendations is a Goodreads group hosted by Trina from Between Chapters and Kayla from Kayla Rayne. March’s theme is Own Voices which is an important and prominent topic among readers and reviewers right now. As an extension of the diversity movement, Own Voices refers to a book not only having a diverse main character, but the author being part of the same diverse group – diversity includes ethnicity, race, gender (e.g., transgender), sexuality, disability, chronic somatic or mental illness, religion, socioeconomic status, body type, and many others. With regard to striving for more accuracy of diversity representation, Own Voices has become incredibly relevant. Nina and I have been trying to focus more on reading own voices books. However, our recommendations aren’t as extensive as we would like. We are always looking to learn and grow, to hear from different voices and experience the world from a different point of view, so please please leave any recommendations you have for us in the comments! We would really appreciate it! We really hope you enjoy all of these wonderful books listed below! As always, they are sorted alphabetically and clicking on the title will lead you to our reviews (if we have one). We also included a long list of resources at the bottom of the post, so please check these for further information and recommendations of Own Voices!

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Monthly Recommendations: Family

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Monthly Recommendations is a Goodreads group hosted by Trina from Between Chapters and Kayla from Kayla Rayne. We were so excited about November’s theme – it’s probably our favourite we’ve done so far – because it’s all about family! Due to our running late, we decided to post these recommendations during the festivities, because this time of the year is, just like this post, all about family. We absolutely adore when books feature family dynamics and relationships, especially when they are realistic and well written, and we often find that this aspect really elevates our enjoyment of a book. Nina and I have lots of books to recommend this time around, so we decided to make little categories to give a better overview. Hopefully, you’ll discover some new amazing books! As always, clicking on the title will lead you to our reviews (if there is one).

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Monthly Recommendations: Paranormal

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Monthly Recommendations is a Goodreads group hosted by Trina from Between Chapters and Kayla from Kayla Rayne. This month’s recommendations focus on books featuring paranormal creatures like werewolves, vampires, and demons fitting for the month of Halloween. Chantal and I have compiled a list of books featuring paranormal creatures, spanning across several genres but also paranormal itself. Hopefully it’ll help you discover some new books! Please note that a couple of these are recommended by both Chantal and me. Clicking on the title will lead you to our reviews (if there is one) and the picture to the respective book’s Goodreads page.

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Monthly Recommendations: Science Fiction

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Monthly Recommendations is a Goodreads group hosted by Trina from Between Chapters and Kayla from Kayla Rayne. This month’s topic is sci-fi, so Nina and I have compiled a list of some of our favourite books in the sci-fi/dystopian genre. Hopefully it’ll help you discover some new books! Please note that a couple of these are recommended by both Nina an me. Clicking on the title will lead you to our reviews (if there is one) and the picture to the respective book’s Goodreads page.

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