I had a decent month with reading, I felt that at some points this month I went into a reading slump, but for the number of books I read, I’d say I did pretty well. I did read a few thicker books of 400 pages or more, so that’s alright.
I included the rating I gave these books, and I don’t plan on giving all these books a book review but if there’s a book you want me to review or hear more about, comment below!
Number of Books Read: 7
Types of Books:
4 Young Adult Fantasy
3 Young Adult Contemporary
Pages Read: Approx. 2691
The books I read were:
All We Have Left by Wendy Mills
Rating: 3.5 stars
I read this book in an entire sitting, I picked it up and didn’t put it down until I finished it. It was very thought-provoking because it
is still very relatable to how our world is today. I really liked the double perspective while reading this and how it combined in the end. I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I was going to, but it was still enjoyable.
Summary: In stories told in the past and present of the September 11th attack on the twin towers, two girls tell their stories about their experiences. Jesse’s story leads to talk about the aftermath of the attack and the death of her brother. Alia’s story is told during the happenings on the attack, trying to escape, along with a boy she decides to trust.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Rating: 3 stars
I also read this book in an entire sitting, but it was very short, I believe only 225 pages. I won’t go too much into detail because I did write a review on this book, so if you’re interested, go look under the Book Reviews and read my thoughts. Overall, it was an okay read, the thing that made it more so 3 stars, was the ending.
Summary: Spoken in Cady’s perspective, she tells the stories of past summers where the Liars stayed and spent time at the Sinclair summer house. After summer 15, an accident occurs in which she tries to gain her memory back of what happened when she returns after a summer or two after the accident.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Rating: 4 stars
I finally have picked this series up after owning it for over a year now. I will admit I had trouble in the beginning because it was confusing to grasp onto what was going on, and slower to pick up during the first 100 pages, but after that, it was very good and very well written.
Summary: This book follows six teenagers who live in Ketterdam, a dangerous city filled with crimes and crooks. Kaz Brekker, an infamous thief is promised a very large sum of money to kidnap Bo Yul-Bayur, a scientist from the Ice Court, which is the most highly protected place in Fjerda, and Kaz won’t be able to gatecrash it alone. He needs a crew. He recruits 5 others, Inej, Jesper, Nina, Matthias and Waylan to accompany him in getting the job done.
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Rating: 3 stars
This book has been on my radar to start reading, and once I had gotten the chance to read it, it only took me an hour or two to read because it’s less than 200 pages. I thought this book was rather interesting. I think it was just okay, but I might try out the second book and see how it goes.
Summary: Children who have slipped into rabbit holes, shadows, wells and even into doorways, return after there time gone, and no one believes them, but only one person and that’s Eleanor West. A woman who takes these children to receive “help”, as their parents need them to, a woman who has the understanding of these children’s experiences and emotions; and is allowing them to ease where they can be believed, unlike their parents.
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
Rating: 4.5 stars
I loved this sequel to Six of Crows. After reading the first book, it was picked up where it left off and everything felt very familiar, and plus I read it almost right away but besides the point. I did want to give it 5 stars but the only thing that held me back was the romances in the story. I felt that the connections happened all at once in the end so it didn’t feel natural, just rushed.
Summary: This duology sequel, continues Kaz’s crew’s journey after their dangerous heist, and into their next challenge. They must stop powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem. Old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz and his crew’s ability to overcome the obstacles and battle out to save the city for revenge and redemption.
Believ-a-rexic by J.J. Johnson
Rating: 4 stars
I loved how this story was told, it goes from being in verse to a full-length page by the end. I know that may sound weird but I think it’s a metaphor that she wasn’t herself, until she grew and became whole again by making peace with her “monster”. I thought the pacing of the story was good and that everything was well developed. One negative I have was that it was hard to get through in the beginning, but after a while, I got more into it.
**Trigger Warning: Eating Disorders, Suicide, Self-Harm, Alcoholism, and Depression
Summary: This is an autobiographical novel, told in third person and leading into first person, Jennifer fights to be admitted into the hospital for her eating disorder when her parents disagree with. Once she’s admitted, she realizes she is in more for than what she anticipated it would be like in the inpatient facility.
Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi
Rating: 4.5 stars
I love this book so freaking much. Tahereh Mafi has not let me down in this entire series. I cannot believe I have to wait another year to read the next book. The ending, oh my god, those cliffhangers are driving me insane because I need to know what happened, like ASAP! Overall, this book was heartbreaking and so powerful and full of emotions, and it was so great.
** Trigger Warning: panic attacks, transphobia, mentions of racism, and gun violence
Summary: In the 4th installment of the Shatter Me series, it’s only been sixteen days after Juliette Ferrars has claimed herself the new Supreme Commander in Sector 45, and has Warner by her side. Once tragedy and terror approach, unprepared, Juliette and everyone in the Sector question her ability to be able to conquer it and remain the girl with a lethal touch, or will she crack under the pressure.