December: Books I've Read Recently

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This month was just a mad dash to finish my Goodreads challenge of 60 books read in 2018.

Although I didn't get to read everything from my TBR lists that I would have liked, I still managed to squeeze in a few good books from them.

Hopefully I'll get to read whats left of them in 2019.

Wishing you all a Happy New Year.

Comment down below what your books you plan on reading in 2019.

Books I've Read Recently

cheerleading skirt covered in bloodThe Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook. Five years ago there was a car accident—two girls gone missing after hitting a tree on a rainy night. Those two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know why he did it. Monica’s sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad.

Five years later the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it’s not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monica’s world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad’s desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. . . . Whatever happened five years ago isn’t over, and somehow Monica is at the center of it all.

thumbs up emojiI'm giving this book a big thumbs up. This murder investigation was very realistic. Although it was conducted by a high schooler named Monica who was hell bent on proving that her sisters "suicide" was really a MURDER. If I was a high schooler this was exactly how I would have conducted an investigation, gossiping with classmates, stalking people on Facebook, and just gathering as much information as I could. Since the author wrote this book very realistically there were parts of the book that were very slow, for example there were no more clues so there was a lull in the investigation.This made the book even better though because it gets you thinking right along with the main character, "Where can I find another clue? What did I miss during this investigation?" Another thing I loved about this book is that there were flashback chapters told from Monica's sister's perspective leading up to her death. As a clue is revealed so was a flashback chapter. I LOVE books told from multiple perspectives. This book was so good, I went out and bought the book before I had even finished reading it.

 

girl holding an ice coffee smiling with henna tatoos all over her fingersWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

thumbs up emojiI authentically really enjoyed reading this book. This story is about an Indian girl who's parents have set her up with an Arranged Marriage! Dimple is 100% against the union to a boy named Rishi. She just wants to be a regular American girl moving away to college and studying. I really loved the cultural diversity aspect of this novel. The main character Dimple was also very relatable! If you just want a sappy, romantic read with a happy ending, this is the book for you. It's just good vibes all around. I will defiantly be recommending this book again around Valentine's day.

 

neon pink lights saying the book title "there's someone inside your house" illuminating a stairwell in a pink glowThere's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

Makani Young thought she'd left her dark past behind her in Hawaii, settling in with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska. She's found new friends and has even started to fall for mysterious outsider Ollie Larsson. But her past isn't far behind.

Then, one by one, the students of Osborne Hugh begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasingly grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and her feelings for Ollie intensify, Makani is forced to confront her own dark secrets.

thumbs up emojiIf you are a fan of the movie SCREAM you will love this book. This book is EXACTLY like the movie Scream only in book form.

(SPOILER) Literally the opening of this book is exactly like the opening from the movie, in the sense that they introduce you to a character, that you think is the main character but she is killed off within the first 5 minutes of the book! (END OF SPOILER)

There are people getting killed off left and right through out the novel and each murder is told from the victim's point of view. This book is full of blood and guts! Stephanie Perkins paints such a graphic picture, there was one moment where I actually gagged while reading this book! If you like the horror genre, like you can't get a better review than that. Stephanie Perkins almost made me puke! If you read this book and this doesn't happen to you, let me know that I'm a baby in the comments.

 

girl laying on her bed writing in a journalTo All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

thumbs up emojiSo I must confess I watched the Netflix original way before reading this book. Although the movie ends a little differently than the book, I was not disappointed because it is still setting it up for the next book! Hopefully when I read the next book all my Peter questions will be answered. I really liked this book. After watching the movie I really thought it was just going to be just another sappy romance novel, but it was about so much more. Jenny Han really nailed it when it came to writing about sisterly bonds and being a bratty little sister myself I probably would have mailed the letters too... I mean what else are little sisters for?

 

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