This month was yet another good reading month. I think it’s a good idea to start the year strong, that way I can afford some slumps later.
The titles take you to the book’s Goodreads page or my review if I have one.
by Alex Gino
This is a middle grade book about a trans girl named George who’s dying to play Charlotte in the school’s production of Charlotte’s Web. I listened to this on audio, and it was wonderful. I love that George knows all along who she is and that she’s trans, it’s just a matter of getting other people to understand that she’s a girl.
by Gary D. Schmidt
Oh man, open the flood gates. This is another short middle grade novel, but the themes are mature and this easily slides into young adult/teen territory. I won’t say much about what it’s about here, but you can read my review of the ARC if you’re interesting. It’s an incredibly emotional book that will leave you in a pile on the floor screaming WHYYYY.
Blue Is the Warmest Color
by Julie Maroh
I’ve been wanting to read this graphic novel for years and years, and I finally decided to just order it. The art style is beautiful and so is the story. It’s about a teenaged girl called Clementine who falls in love with the beautiful, confident and blue haired Emma. The story starts out when Emma is in her thirties and Clementine has just passed away, then it moves backwards in time to how they met. There are some things I would’ve liked to see done differently, I really didn’t want there to be Dead Lesbians, but overall it was worth the purchase and I appreciated their story. I won’t see the movie though, it makes me so uncomfortable to hear how the actors felt filming it and what the author thinks about it. Nope. Won’t touch the movie.
Svøm med dem som drukner
by Lars Mytting
This is a Norwegian book about a young man who grew up with his grandfather, and who tries to uncover the truth about how and why his parents died in the woods in France when he was just 4 years old, and why he himself disappeared for several days only to show up again somewhere else. I really liked the writing style and the first half of the book, but then it started dragging a bit and I started losing interest.
by Stephanie Garber
Ugh. If you read my review of this you already know my thoughts on it. I found this extremely overrated and overrhyped, with too little magic and way too much (creepy) insta-lovey romance. Overall it was just bad. However, I did like the twist near the end, it was the only interesting thing about this book.
All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr
I listened to this on audio, which I think was a good choice for me because I find books like this quickly lose me if I’m reading them as there’s not much action and things happening all the time. This is beautifully written and the characters are superb. I particularily enjoyed Marie-Laure’s POV.
by Josh Malerman
!!! This was so good!!! I was into it from the first page to the very last. This was such a page-turner and I recommend it to anyone who loves survival type things ala The Walking Dead. It’s an apocalyptic story where there’s something out there that you can’t look at, because if you do you will violently attack others before violently killing yourself. The characters don’t know what’s out there and neither do we. They can’t look outside, and if they do go outside they do it blindfolded. It’s super creepy, because without sight, anything is potential danger. Was that a leaf brushing against your shoulder or is there something behind you…?
More Happy Than Not
by Adam Silvera
The flood gates are open once again! Goddamn, this was sad. I already knew it was sad, but I didn’t know what kind of sad. The entire last half of the book made my entire body ache and the last chapter or so just broke me. It was amazing, I loved it so much. I’m in desperate need of a fix-it sequel though.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle #3)
by Maggie Stiefvater
UGH. This series is too damn addictive. I have about 100 pages left and I know for a fact that I’m going straight to the last book after this. Everyone is a precious cinnamon roll who I want 500 books about.
Here’s what I reviewed this month. I still have a lot to catch up on but I’m getting there.
- Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt (ARC review)
- We Have Always Lived In the Castle by Shirley Jackson
- Caraval by Stephanie Garber
- The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Tags and memes
- WWW Wednesday: February 22 2017
- WWW Wednesday: February 8th 2017
- Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Enjoyed More Than I Thought I Would
- Try a Chapter Tag
- The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag #2
Tell me about the best and worst book you read in February! Have you read any of the ones I read?