After an alarming absence, I am back with another Wrap-Up post. Sorry about the absence, since I have moved into a new place I am currently without Wi-fi, which means my blogging has really suffered and I have a long queue of YouTube videos waiting to be watched. Anyway, I am back and I have had great success this month, with a total of nine books read. NINE! OK, so some of them were re-reads, but I don’t care.
I started off the month with THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME by Jennifer E. Smith. It took me a little while to get into the story as I found the beginning a bit slow, but once it picked up the rest of the book raced by. It was sweet and romantic and ended on the not-perfect-but-hopeful ending that I have come to expect from Jennifer E. Smith. Plus the novel involved a lot of postcards, and I have a little obsession with postcards, so that was awesome. I gave this 4 out of 5 cause it still didn’t reach the standards of THE STATISTICAL POSSIBILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT, but it was damn close.
Next, I finally (FINALLY!) got round to finishing ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth. Honestly, it took me months to work my way through this book, which surprised me considering how excited I was for its release. After finishing it I still don’t know how I feel about it. I had a lot of issues with the book, but I also had a lot of things I loved about it. I’m on the fence I guess. I will say this though, I’m so glad that Veronica Roth stayed true to Tris’ character throughout. 3 out of 5 stars.
Third up I read UNSPOKEN by Sarah Rees Brennan. I’d been eyeing this book up for months, but was finally convinced to give it a go after Ashley Metzger spoke about it so highly on her YouTube channel saidthestory. This is a quirky story with an interesting premise, but I was gutted by the ending. Some of the twists were fantastic, while others were predictable. Another on the fence sort of book I guess. I enjoyed it and have already downloaded UNTOLD, but ultimately it was a 3 out of 5 for me.
SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson was a book that I had high expectations for. I had heard a lot of great things about it and, having read and been so incredibly moved by WINTERGIRLS last year, I went into the book prepared for tears. SPEAK is a moving story and it is beautifully written, but I struggled to connect with Melinda’s character. It’s a tough one to review, because I know this novel has a strong message and it is one that so many young people relate to. It is an important novel.
After reading so many emotional stories I needed something light to cheer me up, which is how the re-read of THE PRINCESS DIARIES series by Meg Cabot started (I’ve managed books 1-3 so far). I read these books when I was a teenager and I cannot tell you how important they are to me. These are THE books. They were the first YA books that I ever read and Michael Moscovitz was my first ever book boyfriend (and still the best). I love these books because they are funny and sweet and real and I related to them a lot when I was younger (except the whole princess thing of course). Re-reading them again, it’s like remembering what it was like to be that young again.
SHUT OUT is the third book I’ve read by Kody Keplinger. This was another light read and one that I probably wouldn’t have picked up if it hadn’t been written by Kody (it’s about sports rivalry after all). It didn’t quite live up to the wonder that was THE DUFF, but I enjoyed the story building much more in SHUT OUT than in A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHTMARE. Ultimately I gave this book 4 out of 5.
And by last book of the month was WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart. Again this was another book that I was going into with high expectations, and I actually broke my book ban for this book because people had spoken so highly of it. First off, the writing in this book is stunning. It’s the sort of writing that makes me want to be a better writer, while simultaneously wondering why I even bother. Next off, I was not expecting the twist at the end, despite trying to guess what it would be the whole way through. Saying that, I’m still not 100% sure how I feel about the twist at the end. It was unexpected yes, but part of me felt cheated too. I don’t want to say any more, because I could ruin it, but I will say it’s definitely worth reading. After a lot of debate, I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.
What did you read in May?