Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

For months I’ve been seeing this beautiful blue starry cover across Tumblr, and a gazillion Booklrs raving about (what I thought) was a pair of philosophers falling in love. I rarely read Goodreads reviews before adding a book to my TBR–I tend to just jump in to the story, preferring to discover along the way. My library never had it available, but they finally released the audiobook to me, and I am so glad they did. I think it was almost better in that format probably!


I quickly learned that this wasn’t about the two ancient philosophers at all, but two teenage Mexican boys living in the desert city of El Paso. I generally can only read audiobooks while doing something–chores or walking–so falling in love with this story motivated me to walk more often! Except guys, it damned near broke my heart! Do you know how hard it is to keep pace while crying? I’m sure I got some weird looks on the trail.

Ari and Dante’s friendship is completely beautiful. For those of you who haven’t heard of this book before–it isn’t just a coming of age story, it’s also a coming out story. It’s powerful, sad, happy, scary. About every emotion you can have, you will have it while reading this book. A must read this year, absolutely.

And if you like audiobooks, definitely listen to this one. The narration is extremely well done!


Trees of Reverie September Readathon Challenges

I should have done this post first, but here are the challenges for this month’s Readathon, which starts this weekend. As per the usual, I’ll come back and mark off the ones I’ve completed as I go.

  • Join discussions on the Trees of Reverie September Read-A-Thon Group on Goodreads
  • Join the Treesofreverie September Read-A-Thon event on Facebook and share your TBR list and reading updates
  • Complete the daily Bookish Challenges
  • Take part in the Reading Sprints
  • Take part in the Twitter Chats
  • Read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz for booktown‘s Book Club
  • Take part in The Raven Cycle Read-A-Thon hosted by Readers in Wonderland and Books of Amber
  • Take part in the Tamora Pierce Tortall Universe Read-A-Thonhosted by bookphile
  • Read a book from thebooker‘s Underrated Book Project
  • Read a book from thebookishdragon‘s Book Lovers List
  • Finish an entire book in ONE day
  • Read a book by an author you haven’t read before
  • Read a book about books
  • Read a book written by a local author
  • Read outside
  • Read out loud (read a minimum of one full page!)
  • Finish a book in a series you’ve not yet completed
  • Read a graphic novel or manga
  • Read a book with an LGBTQ+ character
  • Read a Classic
  • Read a book in the fantasy genre
  • Read a book in the contemporary genre
  • Read a book from a genre you don’t usually read
  • Read a poetry book
  • Read a collection of short stories
  • Read a book by an indie or self-published author
  • Recommend a book to a friend or a fellow book blogger
  • Share some of your favourite quotes from the books you read
  • Write a book review for one of the books you read
  • Share your progress and updates through video (book vlogging)
  • Write a letter to your favourite author
  • Take pictures of your reading progress
  • Show off your books by taking more pictures
  • Start a TBR Jar/box/etc.
  • Start a reading journal
  • Organise a Blind Date with a Book with friends
  • Organise a book swap with friends
  • Read a popular or well-known book
  • Read a book you’ve heard a lot of good things about
  • Read a book you’ve never heard of before
  • Read something recommended to you by a friend
  • Read a book with an upcoming movie adaptation
  • Read a book from your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Read a book to go towards a specific reading challenge
  • Read a book you received as a gift or from a giveaway
  • Read a book you received in exchange for an honest review
  • Re-read one of your favourite books
  • Read one of your best friends favourite books
  • Pick up a book that looks like a fun/light read
  • Pick out a book from your TBR jar and give it a go
  • Read an ARC
  • Pick a colour and choose a book with a cover of that colour
  • Go to the library and borrow out the first book that looks good
  • Go to a bookstore and ask for a book recommendation
  • Read something you need to read for school, university or work
  • Read a book you’ve been meaning to read
  • Read a book you’ve been avoiding
  • Read a book you’ve had lying around unfinished