With only one day of the month to go, I managed to hit the mark of what’s a good reading month for me (reading 10 or more books). Between having a crazy work month and spending every Saturday working in my house to-be, I had so little free time that I’m still impressed with how many books I managed to read.
Another Place by Matthew Crow
Hearing Crow talk on the thriller panel at YALC, he made this book sound so interesting that I just had to have it. It ended up being a rollercoaster read, but definitely not in a good way. I liked the story and the way mental health was portrayed. The latter was honest, real and so well written that I think everyone is able to understand that kind of depression. But on the other hand, I very much disliked how the author couldn’t really write a convincing female character, how the main character’s BFF was portrayed and how some form of “sex” was referenced at the oddest of places in the story. I ended up liking the book overall, but I definitely had my problems with it.
Naondel by Maria Turtschaninoff
I can’t fully explain how much I was looking forward to reading this book, how high my expectations were or how much I knew I was going to love it. It’s definitely not an easy book to read as it has so much abuse, violence and even rape at its core. But it’s such an important book to read seeing that everything that happens in the story is actually happening all over the world today. The story completely got under my skin and I couldn’t stop reading. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series even though there isn’t a release date yet. Read my full review.
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
I picked up this book in order to scratch one of the prompts off my Popsugar reading resolution, but I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. Now, I honestly thought this book was going to be a struggle to get through, but I ended up finishing it in one day. And way past my bedtime. I was hooked to the mystery within a couple of chapters and, obviously, couldn’t put it down after that. Important for a detective novel is an interesting detective, a gripping mystery and intriguing side characters, and this book had it all! I’m definitely going to continue this series. Who’d a thought??? (And this is why a challenge like Popsugar is such a good thing to do!)
The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
(Proof received for free, this does not affect my opinion.) Another book that I didn’t really expect to be up my alley but ended up ADORING! You HAVE to read it, no doubt, but I’m guessing you’ll need a little more encouragement then my gold-star this-thing-is-perfect rating. Well, this contemporary has it all: an amazing main character who’s an aspiring comedic screen writer, an endearing girl friendship, and oh yeah, this thing is feminist! I honestly had tears in my eyes at a certain point and all I want to do is shove this book in people’s faces, demanding that everyone reads it. Read my full review.
Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
So, what can you expect from the second book in a trilogy where there is a sort of love triangle in the first book? Yep, I got some anxious romantic struggles in this one. Instead of the epic adventure sci-fi I so desperately wanted this book to be, I had to push through a book where our main character spent more time pondering her love woes than anything else. As a result, I couldn’t have cared less about this book and if it wasn’t a part of my series I need to finish list, I would have DNF’ed it for sure. Even that show-stopper of an ending which should entice me to immediately read the next book, wasn’t even able to grasp my attention any more. What a disappointment.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
I’VE SO BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO READING THIS BOOK! An 18th-century gentlemen going on a tour through Europe as a last hoorah before he has to start taking over from his father? Oh and the guy is bisexual? And he’s in love with his best friend? Who is dark-skinned and also going on the tour? With a sister who wants to study medicine and not be a typical lady? GIVE IT TO ME!!! Now, I didn’t end up adoring it just as much as I thought I would, but I still really liked it. And I cannot wait for the sequel, my spidey senses are telling me we’ll see a lot more of that amazing sister!
Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken
Another book that’s on my series I need to finish list. This series is so epic and wonderful! The first book knocked my socks of back in July, and this one continued on the same path. I knew what to expect at this point so I wasn’t as surprised, but it was one awesome story. Bracken definitely knows how to keep the suspense in every chapter and it was very difficult to put this book down. I think I did like the first book better, but I’m so looking forward to finishing this series! Hopefully it all ends with a bang.
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
So… A bright pink book entitled Queens of Geek that takes place at a con with one main character who is bisexual and one main character who is on the autism spectrum? I GOTS TO HAVE IIIIIIIIIIIIT. This book was just what I expected it to be: fun, hilarious, cute and one big bowl of rainbow fluff. Don’t expect anything substantial of this story, just sit down a let the adorkability wash over you. But even in such a fluff YA contemporary read, the representation was perfectly done. See people, it isn’t that hard to do! Definitely recommend as a cute beach read.
Monster by C.J. Skuse
Every so often, I dig up a book from my TBR that’s been there a while. And this was one of those books. As a result, I didn’t know anything about the plot and had absolutely no expectations. This horror novel kept me on my toes the ENTIRE time and it properly messed with my mind. Every chapter title is actually a horror movie title and truly f’ed up thing is that the title actually fits what happens in that chapter. You suddenly start guessing what will happen, but believe me when I see you will not guess the ending!
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
This book had been standing on my TBR for so long that I completely forgot what is was about. When I was looking for something to read that would scratch a prompt of my Popsugar reading challenge, I delved it up from the bottom of the pile (you can take that absolutely literally) and decided to read it. Even during the foreword, I knew I was going to adore this story and I was completely right. This is without a doubt one of the best books about depression out there. The best part is that it educates and gives hope without being triggering. Why did I wait so damn long to read it? Stay tuned for my full review.
What do you think of all the books I read this month? Are there any on this list you’d like to read too? Let me know in the comments!