Well, it appears I took quite the hiatus from the land of blogging. There is much to catch up on, including a move to a new city, work at a new job, challenges and successes at said job, and new discoveries in the world of books and reading. Since I didn’t quite keep up with the monthly reading recaps, I thought that during December, in advance of an end of year wrap up, I’d retrospectively fill you in on what I’ve been reading. Since quite a lot of months have passed since I’ve done one of these, each one will get its own post, so maybe people will actually read to the end. Anyway, without further delay, here is what I read in May:
40. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor-Wow, this book was enormous. This trilogy is one of my favorites ever, and third books in trilogies are often disappointing, but Laini Taylor’s writing is so beautiful that even though this wasn’t necessarily my favorite book in the series, I was definitely happy with it. I have to say that I love Ziri even more now, and am I wrong in thinking that the ending sort of left an opening for a spin-off series?
41. The Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnik-YA based on Persuasion by Jane Austen. Definitely an enjoyable, sweet, read, if not super memorable.
42. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han-Oh my goodness, I LOVED this book. I’ve read all of Jenny Han’s books, and I think she’s a good writer, but I’ve always been underwhelmed by her YA books-I’ve thought her books aimed at younger audiences (Shug and Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream) were superior. Until now. Lara Jean is an amazing main character, the book is hilarious and smart and I fell in love with the characters, and I am so, so glad there’s going to be a sequel.
43. The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer-You know how so many realistic YA books these days are advertised as perfect for fans of John Green or Rainbow Rowell, but it so rarely turns out to be true? That was actually one of the first things I thought of when reading this-the smart, witty dialogue reminded me of John Green’s characters. That being said, I started off really loving this book, but then there was a twist-type occurrence and it really sort of put a damper on my enjoyment of the book. I did like that the ending of the book wasn’t necessarily all happy and resolved, but more realistic.
44. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner-Second book in the Maze Runner series. I liked the first book in the series, but things went downhill from there. I know dystopian societies are no picnic, but I found some of the gratuitous bloodshed and death to be really disturbing, and I didn’t like the premise of the task in this book or some of the puppetmasters’ (so to speak) actions. Not a favorite.
45. The Death Cure by James Dashner-Despite the second book not being a favorite, I wanted to finish the trilogy. I was equally unimpressed with this third book, and I found the religious symbolism of the ending to be a bit heavy-handed.
46. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson- I love Laurie Halse Anderson, I think her writing is great and she is willing to tackle big issues in her books. I don’t think this is necessarily my Reading Retrospective: Mayfavorite of her books, but it was still a good read.
47. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins-I enjoyed the Hex Hall series, so thought I’d give this one a try. I liked the premise better than Hex Hall, but didn’t find the romantic aspect as compelling. That said, I do like Rachel Hawkins’ writing style, and after that ending, I feel like I need to read the next book to find out what happens.
48. Don’t Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley-One of my biggest YA pet peeves is terrible parents-those who don’t understand their kids, or are absent, or just really don’t have a clue. I feel like this happens more frequently in YA novels than in real life. And this book definitely has that. However, I also think it’s an interesting look at how prominent blogging is these days. Not a favorite of the year, but I still enjoyed it.
49. Now and Forever by Susane Colasanti-When I read the synopsis for this one, I thought it could end up being my favorite Colasanti book. Then I started reading, and I just didn’t LIKE the main character. I don’t know if it was the personality or the writing style, but it just didn’t sound like an authentic voice to me. I did like the direction the book took in regard to one famous and one non-famous person dating-it definitely wasn’t your standard fantasy scenario, which was refreshing.
50. Legend by Marie Lu-Another dystopian trilogy, another main character who starts off thinking her society is good and just, then realizes how flawed it is. Same old, same old…and yet I still loved this book. June and Day were great characters, and I liked the plot so much better than some others in the genre. I’d definitely recommend this one.
Well, that’s it for May. I’ll be back again soon (for real!) with June’s reads.