Even though I had a tumultuous January, I had a pleasant reading month. Part of that joy came from reading books I always wanted to read, despite bookish community’s frowning upon them. So, I ventured into the library to test some of these books. I’ll put a * next to the library books.
Here we go.
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
It was a fun read, and it made me smile a lot. As someone with very high anxiety, I enjoyed reading about a character who has anxiety, too. Plus, the way Molly and Reid bond was charming and sweet. Bonus points for Molly’s family being awesome.
A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
A rough and uncomfortable read, this book delved into mental illness and sexual abuse. It was certainly all kinds of triggering for me, as a sexual abuse survivor. Nevertheless, it did wrap up in a shocking and rather delightful way.
Howl by Allen Ginsberg*
Yeah…maybe this generation of poets just isn’t my scene. I struggled to connect with Ginsberg’s collection of poems.
El Deafo by Cece Bell*
This is a graphic novel chronicling the early years of a young girl who happens to be deaf. Trials and tribulations along the way include coming to terms with deafness, friendships, and creating a superhero identity all in the same time.
The Rest of Us Still Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
I read this one with the lovely Ely from Tea and Titles, who is one of the sweetest friends I have ever had. Personally, I found the story at first slow building but absolutely gorgeously told. It’s definitely a favorite of mine. So good.
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
It was nice, but really slow for a good chunk of the novel. I know that it was setting up the characters and the battle to come. When the novel gained enough momentum, it was thrilling.
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Helig
I read most of this book, I think, and I was not a fan of it. Gah. It makes me anxious just writing something that I know people will disagree with. But, for the most part, I was irritated by Nix’s dad and by the overall tone we get with Kashmire too. (Why do people insist on using terms of endearment to the point of exhaustion?)
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas*
Crown of Midnight*
Heir of Fire*
Queen of Shadows*
I am flying through these books. They are entertaining, but I have to say there’s something jarring about the word choices used (like the dialogue is odd. It flits between old fashioned fantasy tone and then it slips into modern slang). I get to fangirl with Lara, who is a new friend of mine. She’s been so nice to me through this Maas journey. Please show her love.
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Loved it so much. It is what Lara and I read together, too. It was such a fun and intense ride. I am ready for Obsidio.
Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi.
Pure love. Easily one of my favorites already.
Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood
Another huge hit for me. Really nice plot development and character exploration.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
I thought it was slow moving for a while there yet it still gripped me the whole way through.
What did you read in 2018? Any stand outs? Let me know in comments.
Have a wonderful day.
See you on the next post.