I managed to read eight books this month, mainly because my local library has reopened and they have a much better selection of YA novels for me to read. The whole library thing is actually a problem because I’m not reading any of the books I own, but I am working on it, I swear (this is coming from the girl who is indecisively reading 4 owned books as of right now). Also I talk too much, as per usual, the titles are always in bold so you can save your brain the difficulties of reading my ramblings.
The first book I read was Atonement by Ian McEwan. I initially gave this 5 stars but I think it’s more a 4.5 star read. Don’t get me wrong, I loved this. The first part made me think of the haziness of summer, it’s all set in one day which is a very odd thing to think about in retrospect. This part is competing with the last part for my favourite. The second part, and the third, made me endlessly sad, and I spent it all longing to be as in love as Cecelia and Robbie were. It lost 0.5 stars because I got kind of bored during the second part, mainly because I had no clue what was going on since I kept on skipping pages. Nevertheless 4.5 stars.
Then I finished Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. I say finished because I started this in August and never actually got around to reading most of it. I don’t really know what it was that disinterested me about this, don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it and the writing was absolutely gorgeous but there was something about it that just made me not want to read it all hours of the day. Still, if I had continued to read it consecutively, it is a quick read, and it is interesting. Also, fun fact: Frankenstein isn’t even the monster. 3 stars.
The last of the books I am in possession of, The Muse by Jessie Burton. At the beginning I wasn’t really hooked, when it went to Olive’s section of the story I wanted to continue reading about Odelle, but then, when it got to the end of Olive’s section, I wanted to continue reading about Olive. I spent my time creating theories in my head for what had actually happened to the painting to fall into Lawrie’s possession, some went completely out of the window as I read on, and some were actually confirmed. To be honest, this deserves an award for its cover as well. 4 stars.
I’ve actually been hunting for How Hard Can Love Be? By Holly Bourne for months but whenever I went to go and buy it from an actual bookshop they only had the first and last books of the series (both of which I own) so when my eyes fell on this in the library I quickly loaded it into my arms. I can’t even describe how relatable I find The Spinster Club books, usually when I read a YA contemporary it’s not in the UK meaning I’m like American boys? I don’t know them. Not only that, but to have the main character be so relatable in the sense of her insecurity of height (I’m not even that tall, definitely not Amber’s 5’11 but it’s always been a problem for me) was just like, can I love this book any more? Obviously, the American boy thing went out of the window but Kyle doesn’t count. 5 stars (and more).
Whilst I tend to stay away from fantasy, and read barely any sci-fi, I somehow found my hands on Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. My opinion of this changed throughout my time reading it. I didn’t really like it in the beginning, and then I really enjoyed it about ⅔ of the way through. Overall, I did think it was really interesting in how it was written. 3 stars.
I decided to, once again, get fairly emotional over Embassy Row and read See How They Run by Ally Carter. This is the second book and it was just as good as the first. Alexei remains to be one of the best fictional boys there is. Also, I get that it’s pretty dangerous and all that, but can I please live on Embassy Row? I’ll be part of the British Embassy, like what do I have to do to be a part of Grace’s group of friends. 5 stars.
I actually only read Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon because I felt slightly left out by the fact that almost everybody seems to have read this. Maybe I could watch the movie now (I mean, I doubt it, considering I didn’t really like this that much). It’s not that I disliked this book per se but I just had issues with the relationship with Maddie and Olly because they just were instantly in love. And I kind of get the conclusion of this but I read a review about it being ableist a while ago so maybe my view is tainted (the link is here). 2.5 (ish) stars.
And finally Simon Vs. The Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I remember reading an excerpt of this about a year ago and not liking it (I genuinely cannot remember why), but I thought I might as well give it a go because of how highly recommended this has been. I ended up loving it, me from a year ago or whenever was an idiot. This read like a diary entry, or like I was having a conversation (whether it was via email or not) with Simon. There was just something so nice and warm about this book, the entire way through I was rooting for Simon and Blue. Also, I’m probably getting such a sugar coated view, this made me want to go to American high school (not only because I find it seems a lot easier than the British school system where I am expected to choose my career at the age of 16 but that’s a discussion for another day), like I want to go to a football game, and dress up for Halloween, and be a part of the school production of Oliver. Also Simon and Blue are just the cutest. 5 stars.
If you actually read all of it, congratulations, and thanks I guess. Although the length of this is clearly just an indication that I need to be more concise with my explanations of everything…
Let me know about the books you read this month!