I’ve returned! October was midterms month so blogging kind of fell by the wayside. Oops. I’m back though! (I hope.) I’m going to start off with my wrap-up, and stay tuned for some NaNoWriMo news at the end! Despite midterm hell, I actually had an amazing reading month, so this is going to be a long one. Bear with me.
There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins: ★★★★ I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would, because I literally never read horror books. You can read my full review of this here.
Kaleidoscope Song by Fox Benwell: I don’t have much to say about this one at the moment, because I haven’t even decided what I’m going to rate it yet. Stay tuned for a full review of this coming… eventually?
The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Maureen Johnson: ★★★★ Most of these stories were just ok, but I love Magnus and his sass, and I loved listening to this audiobook. The narrator’s brought him to life in such a fun way, and I got a lot of nostalgic feelings after jumping back into the Shadowhunter world.
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy: ★★★★ I really enjoyed this book. It was refreshing to read a contemporary with a fat main character, but there wasn’t anything about this book that blew me away.
Between the World and Me by Ta Nehisi Coates: ★★★★★ Listening to the audiobook for this is definitely the right way to read this book. The author reads it, so he’s reading his own letters to his son and it adds so much more emotion and truth to the words he’s put to paper. A beautiful, beautiful book.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: ★★★★ I was pleasantly surprised by this. I love the show Penny Dreadful, and my favorite character in that show is based on the original monster. I loved finally getting the real story, and this is definitely one that I would love to analyze in a literature class.
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng: ★★★★ It took me a while to get into this one, and there wasn’t a whole lot of plot. However, the character studies done throughout this book were fascinating, and I loved how the past interwove with the present, filling in the puzzle pieces one at a time.
The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket: ★★★ I think I would have liked this one more had I reread it before I watched the Netflix series, but it was done so well that I ended up being a little disappointed while reading it. Still a quick, fun read though.
The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket: ★★★★★ This might be my favorite book in the series. I loved all of the new characters, and it was nice to finally get some answers.
The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket: ★★★★ This one was so much fun to read. I loved getting to see what was “in” and “out”, but parsley soda sounds absolutely DISGUSTING.
The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket: ★★★ I think this one is my least favorite in the series. For some reason, it couldn’t hold my attention, and I ended up switching over to the audiobook so that I could multitask and do something else.
The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket: ★★★★ This is the first book that actually, genuinely scared me. I’m not particularly squeamish or anything, but this is the first time that these books took a very dark turn and things went downhill very quickly.
The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket: ★★★★ The series continued to get darker with this one, and I absolutely loved it. I finished this one at 1 in the morning because I wasn’t able to put it down. I had to finish it before I went to bed.
Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman: ★★★★ I’m not going to say too much about this one, because I am going to do a review soon, but this book was beautiful and painful and painfully relatable. It gave me a lot of feelings.
Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust: ★★★★ I don’t know how many of you know – but I did NOT like Fairest by Marissa Meyer. This book felt like everything I had wanted from that book and at the same time felt like a Maleficent retelling. I really loved both Mina and Lynet. They were such interesting and complex characters, and their stories were achingly beautiful.
The Slippery Slope by Lemony Snicket: ★★★★★ This book was amazing. I loved all of the character development that we got to see, and I loved learning more about what was actually happening in this series.
The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket: ★★★★★ ASOUE just gets better and better. I absolutely flew through this book, and I couldn’t wait to continue on to the final books in this series.
Dear Ijeawele or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: ★★★★★ This is the second work by Adichie that I’ve read, and it was everything I wanted from a letter written on how to raise a child to be a feminist. I loved Adichie’s commentary on a mother and father’s role in raising their child, and how being a girl comes with its own challenges that doesn’t necessarily come with being a boy.
The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket: ★★★★★ Again, this series kept getting better and better. This is another favorite of mine, and it made me way more emotional than I was expecting.
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer: ★ Welcome to the literal most unpopular opinion ever. I DNF’d Mara Dyer. The initial premise sounded really interesting, and I went into it wanting to like it. But OH MY LORD. Do I hate Noah Shaw. How does anyone like him? He was so pretentious and rude and horrible. Wow. Ok. I’m calm it’s fine. But WOW do I hate him.
The End by Lemony Snicket: ★★★★★ I am so happy that I finally finished this series, and this ending did not disappoint. I wish we had gotten a little bit more closure, but I think this end fit the series very well.
A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess: ★★★★ I went into this a little bit skeptical, after having read some negative reviews, but I ended up enjoying it. I can see where people drew parallels to other series, but the only thing that bothered me was the “scars hurting when danger is near” plot point. I loved all of the characters, and the plot was surprisingly fast-paced.
If you’ve made it all the way down here, congratulations. You are one dedicated blog reader. So, NaNoWriMo 2017 has officially begun, and I am participating for the first time EVER! I’m writing a contemporary young adult fiction novel that is loosely based on a character from Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not. It’s going to be very emotional and I am ready.
I’m planning on doing weekly writing updates here (hopefully every Tuesday, but let’s be real scheduling is not my forte), where I’ll talk about my word count, the planning and writing process, and probably just general freak outs over how off schedule I’m bound to become. Hopefully it will be entertaining for y’all!