With only 7 books read this is officially the worst reading month I’ve had since I started this blog back in June 2017. I don’t really mind though. I have never set myself a number of books I should read and I’m not starting now. Aside from the number of books (okay yeah so I usually read at least 10 books and it’s a bit weird to see a lower number this month), I really can’t complain about the quality of the books, only 2 books truly disappointed me. Here we go.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
I’ve always loved the movie and once I learned that it’s based on a book, I promised myself I would read it. Turns out I finally found the perfect excuse to pick it up thanks to my Popsugar reading challenge. The book ended up being completely different from the movie, and I was pretty disappointed. It’s definitely not bad, but not the fantasy adventure that I thought it would be. I kept asking myself if 12-year-old me would have loved the story, which she definitely would have, so I ended up giving it an “I liked it” rating even when I’m not sure I did.
Shtum by Jem Lester
After reading and absolutely loving a book that has been on my TBR shelf for ages last month, I decided to try my luck again with this book. Spoiler alert: again I found a book that I should have read years ago. It tells the story of a child who has an autism spectrum disorder and for once it’s FINALLY a child on the opposite side of Asperger’s. The story is brutal, real, nerve-wrecking and yet utterly hopeful even when the 10-year-old boy is hurting himself and others when he has a sudden violent streak. The book is based on Lester’s own experiences with an autistic son so you just know how honest it really is. What a gem of a book!
Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor
Well hello there first book of the month that I’m reading off my list of series I need to finish. This is a reread to get ready for reading the last book in this trilogy, and the fact that I remembered NOTHING of the story proved that I really had to do this. I did remember that it was completely different from the first book and that this disappointed me to no end. This time around however, I loved how different, gruesome, disgusting and gnawing it was. I flew through the pages, and am now completely ready for the last book. I just know it will end with a bang.
The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
I adore Barnes’ The Fixer duology and I’ve had my eye on this series for quite some time now. There was no doubt in my mind that I was going to love this YA criminal minds story and I was 100% right. Serial-killer psychopath. Check. (And you just know I love me a psychopath.) Gifted teen profilers. Check. Murders that kept me up at night. Check. What’s not to love? … Well… the romance was rushed, weird and annoying, but aside from that I don’t have any complaints. I’m already so ready for the next book in this series!
Beautiful Broken Girls by Kim Savage
(Proof received for free, this does not affect my opinion.) I’m going to be honest here, from page one the resemblance to Thirteen Reasons Why is astounding. Every page I turned, I couldn’t help but compare the two stories. Still, this book hooked me and didn’t let me go. The sisters death and what led to it, intrigued me so much that I had to keep reading. Piece by piece, the story came together and I was at the edge of my seat to find out what happened. Only, after all that anticipation and build-up, the ending fell flat on its face. I couldn’t believe it, where did my amazing story go?
Every Day by David Levithan
When I saw the trailer of the upcoming movie, I knew I had to read the book asap. AND WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG TO READ IT. Through the most unique love story ever, we visit the lives of many different teens and it was so amazing to read how a completely unbiased person experiences it. Surprisingly enough (my cold usually doesn’t care for romance) I loved the relationship between A and Rhiannon, and their struggles were unbelievably realistic. I’m not going to spoil anything, but that ending was just bloody perfect. What a beautiful, heartfelt and amazing story.
Wicked by Gregory Maguire
I tried to read this book years ago, but wasn’t able to get very far. For my Popsugar reading challenge I decided to give it a go, but to be honest, I wasn’t really expecting that I would like it. And oh my God, it ended up being absolute torture from beginning to end. I never clicked with the main character, the style of writing annoyed me to death and the weird references to sex at the oddest of moments (I mean why do you use it to describe the surroundings???) were just plain disgusting. This was absolutely not a book for me.
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!