November: Books I've Read Recently

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This month I honestly had trouble reading.

I just couldn't concentrate on any of these books!

They were good books... I was just completely lacking the motivation to read as much as I normally do.

The only book I read this month, that just fully captivated me and managed to hold my attention was "Wink Poppy Midnight."

That was definitely my top pick for this month, and will probably make it onto my best of 2018 list.

Books I've Read Recently

group of kids standing in an ocean in the summer timeWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Spending the summers on her wealthy family's private island off the coast of Massachusetts with her cousins and a special boy named Gat, teenaged Cadence struggles to remember what happened during her fifteenth summer. Cadence had some sort of an accident and now has amnesia. Her cousins aren't allowed to tell her what happened. Cadence must put the pieces back together herself.

 

 

 

 

 

thumbs up emojiThis book was pretty interesting... Each summer Cadence and her cousins spend the summers on her family's private island...I know PRIVATE ISLAND! One summer Cadence suffered an accident that left her with debilitating migraines and a bad case of amnesia. As the story goes on she discovers something rather sinister has happened to her, but she can't remember what! I'm giving this book a thumbs up for keeping me guessing. Whatever you think happened to Cadence is NOT what actually happened and you will NEVER be able to guess what actually happened. All the clues are there pay attention and read this book to find out what happened that summer with the liars.

black clothing with a speach bubble stating the book title simon vs the homo sapiena agendaSimon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

 

 

thumbs up emojiI think this book was a great modern coming out story. When I say "modern" it's because, Simon the main character befriends an anonymous boy named "Blue.," that he found via Tumblr. The two boys quickly strike up a friendship through email, because they are both dealing with the dilemma of "coming out." Through the course of their emails the two boys begin to fall in love. Which I think is really modern, since people tend to meet online more and more these days. Although the two boys have never met face to face they quickly fall in love and it was really interesting to watch that unfold in this modern day love story. This is also a great LGBT read if you want to save this book for Pride month.

Black Cover with spiderwebs, an owl, a snake, a butterfly and some strawberries surrounding the title "wink poppy midnight"Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve

Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

thumbs up emoji I'm giving this book a big thumbs up. It was just so well written, I was absolutely enraptured from the very beginning. All the characters were just so well developed, even the sidekick characters were just really unique and well thought out. Each character has a really interesting back story. I honestly have no way of describing this book! It has a very whimsical sort of quality, and it was just so much fun and easy to read! This book is definitely making it onto my top books of 2018 list. I know the synopsis of the story is very vague but you will understand why once you read it. I literally read this book in 2 days I just couldn't put it down!

boy with long black hair wearing a cats colar and a man wearing a white suit and hat with an eye patch and a girl with short blue hairBlack Cat volume 1 by Kentaro Yabuki

Two years ago, Train, a high-level assassin known as Number XIII in Chronos, left the secret society to live by his own rules. Since then, Train has been a sweeper, a bounty hunter, catching criminals and bringing them in alive. But his main mission is to find a former Chronos member who killed his best friend.

 

 

 

 

 

thumbs up emojiThis Shonen Manga was surprisingly really good. I've never been into Shonen Manga. I would start reading things like Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece, but I could never force myself to finish them. I'd get to maybe like book 10, get bored and give up. I've always found Shonen Manga to be really repetitive and with no surprises, for example they would fight and win every single battle...if you read Shonen you know exactly what I'm talking about. Granted I'm only one volume into this series, but that doesn't seem like it's going to be the case with this series. This Manga was very quick paced, with lots of plot twists and mysteries surrounding the main characters background. It's also has very witty dialogue, so it's a fun quick read. There is also only 20 volumes in the series, so I should be able to commit to finishing this story.

red headed girl wearing a large emeral necklace in a bed of peopniesgirl wearing a big diamond necklace in a bed of white roses

The Glittering Court Book 3: The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead

Synopsis for Book 1

The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

 

thumbs up emojiThere is nothing I love more than a STRONG female lead. The main character of book 3, Tamsin is cunning and quick witted. When her ship gets wrecked along the way to Adoria, Tamsin must take CHARGE and get her glittering court classmates to safety. A lot happens along the way in this book series. The first book from Adelaide's perspective, the second from Mira's perspective and the third from Tamsin's perspective, but all three books come together to form one whole story. All three women are complete and total bad a**'s, and these 3 women are the DISNEY PRINCESS's I wish we could have grown up with.

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