This was the second read of my banned books challenge last year.
What would you get if you fed an AI 10,000 words of antiracism books, “deconstructing whiteness” seminars and the script of that Karen movie trailer and then told it to write a YA thriller?
YA (Young Adult) fiction kind of gets a bad rap amongst some echelons of society, a phenomenon that’s been well-documented by bloggers and defensive book influencers all across the Internet.
Believe it or not, this post was inspired by a BuzzFeed quiz. (I would link the quiz in question, but I could not find it)
I read MANY different types of books. I’ve never been one to limit myself to a single genre, and I often find myself bouncing back and forth between several different favorites. Today, I decided to share some of my favorite books across the genre spectrum, because I’m sure that’s what you 100% definitely want to read right now.
Today, I was startled by the realization that I haven’t done a proper wrap-up post since October, despite the fact that the entire point of this blog is to talk about the books I read. (Whoops) So, here is my January wrap-up, featuring everything I read and posted this month!
With its unique premise and slower pacing, I think it’s fair to call The Cousins Karen M. McManus’s most controversial mystery. And yet, it is the book that reserved McManus’s spot on my list of favorite authors.
I’m not usually much of a new-release-attuned person (I’ve been prefacing my posts like this a lot recently; maybe I need to re-evaluate my self-perception) but right now there are a lot of new books in YA that I am super excited to read.
It’s hard to believe 2020 is almost over, but I am certainly not complaining. Although it was a little lacking in other departments, 2020 was an amazing reading year for me. I started my blog in March, which reignited my almost-dormant passion for reading, and as the year went on my book addiction was completely rekindled. As of now- December 26th- I have read 125 books. That’s the highest number of books I’ve read in a year since I began keeping track on Goodreads in 2017.
Do you ever get that feeling, while reading a book, where you’re completely absorbed in the story and you just can’t put it down? It’s almost like eating delicious food, or being wrapped in a warm blanket. You don’t want it to end, because you’re just in the MOOD for reading.
Another book tag! This time featuring Taylor Swift’s most unexpected, artsy, and unapologetically ~a e s t h e t i c~ album, complete with (grammatically incorrectttt) lowercase titles and a subdued color scheme.
I am ashamed of myself.
First because I failed to read this book sooner, and second because I’ve been complaining about quarantine nonstop without truly realizing that my life is NOT that bad.
Can we just take a moment to appreciate how CREATIVE the entire concept of this book is? I really should read more sci-fi.
Well… that was unexpected. In every sense of the word.
I NEED to meet Holly Jackson. Right now. This woman is a genius.
It’s the middle of July, it’s been 100 degrees every day for the past week, and I am pretty much done with summer. But still, I can’t resist reviewing this irresistibly summery book from the quintessential summer contemporary author, because if I can’t have a summery summer at least I can read about one.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that every evil dictator was once an ambitious, self-centered and clueless teen who really, truly hated cabbage.
You’re reading a great story. The plot is wonderful, you’re completely absorbed, you are convinced this will be your next 5-star read… until it happens. The author uses THAT trope. That irritating, cliche, hackneyed trope that you cannot stand. Suddenly all the fervor is gone from your reading, and you sigh when you realize that here is yet another book to go on that 3-4 star pile.
A New England prep school, a murder mystery, the remarkable descendants of famous literary figures… Intriguing Premises 101.
This book somehow managed to cover serious topics while maintaining an eloquent mix of realistic, dark, and sarcastically funny delivery.