June 19, 2020 United States

February - May 2020 Wrap Up


    I read a whopping 8 books between February and May. Sad? Yes. Am I surprised though? No. I guess I should be glad I read anything at all. Without further ado, here are the 8 books I read.

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Red White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
This was a re-read for me. I read it for the firsttime last August and really enjoyed it. I decided to reread this book because I wanted some cute, fluffy, queer literature in my life


Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Another re-read on the list- no surprise. I first read Stolen way back in August of 2014, aka my senior year of high school. I remember enjoying this book a lot in high school but putting off re-reading it as I was afraid I would realize the book wasn't actually any good. I still enjoy this book- probably not as much as high school me as there was definitely some problematic shit, but that was to be expected with the subject matter of the book. The second half the book could use some reworking as some things went from zero to 100 without much connection or build-up, but I digress.

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The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

I received The Bone Houses in an OwlCrate a few months ago. I tried to read it in January, but I just wasn't in the right headspace to give it a fair shot a shelved it. On a whim, I picked it up again yesterday and I finished the book in less than a day. I don't think you guys know how long it's been since I've consumed a book in such a short amount of time. I liked the book quite a bit. It's by no means a favorite or exceptional, but it was a nice read. I could visualize everything in my head as I was reading it and for some reason it was giving me Chronicles of Narnia movie vibes in the way it was projected in my mind. 

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Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim

This book didn't really do it for me. I really enjoyed the middle but the beginning was pretty boring and I don't know what that ending was. It was all rather anti-climatic. Apparently this is supposed to be a part of the series but in my opinion this should probably just be a one and done type of deal.


Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

Yet another reread because I'm predictable like that. I read my original review from 2015 (which you can read here) and I can’t help but cringe. High school me really loved that shit but now post college me can’t help but shake her head. There is a lot wrong with this book. Not to say I think it is a terrible book. I think there is still a lot of insightful shit. But hot damn is there a lot of problematic shit with this book. Don’t even get me started with all the little microaggressions. If I could sum everything up it would be white make rage. And I don’t want to skirt over the cause of this rage because it’s a very valid reason and something terrible that too many people experience. But Jesus I know there is a better way the themes could have been delivered. Also I never realized how abruptly this book just ends. Like no resolution or anything. Anyways, rereading this taught me that I truly have grown since high school and that’s great.

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

At this point I should just self-crown myself as the Queen of Rereading. Welp I still really enjoy this book. In retrospect not a whole lot happens and I’m not the hugest fan of the last quarter, but damn is Bishop still a heartthrob.


House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas

This is my new favorite book of the year. Sarah J Maas just knows what she's doing.

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From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

God damn does Jennifer L Armentrout know how to get me out of a reading slump. Was this book predictable? Yes. We’re the characters identical to her other ones from other books? Yes. Does she essentially take the same story and twist it a little each time? Yes. But damn it if it doesn’t still capture my attention and draw me in each time. I need the next book ASAP.

    Welp that's what I read the past few months. Overall I guess I've read some pretty good books, granted a good chunk of those were rereads. But hey, rereads count!

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