May Wrap-Up

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Note:All Diverse Books are marked with an asteriks

1.Fall On Your Knees by Anne-Marie Macdonald

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My Rating:3/5 stars

What I liked: How everything was revealed and the alternating between past and present

What I disliked: The ending was fucking weird and disgusting and just gross.

2. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon* Indian Mc and writer

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Review

My Rating:5/5 stars

What I liked:The adorable rom-com feel to it and all the amazing characters

What I disliked: Honestly nothing but of course there was the classic cringe/second-hand embarrassment moments

3. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket and 4. The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket

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My Rating:4/5 stars

What I liked: The dark humor  and the resourcefulness of the child

What I disliked: The repetivedeness of it all and how the unwilling the adults were to listen.

5.The Duke of Bannerman Prep by Katie A. Nelson

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Review

My Rating:4/5 stars

What I liked:The boarding school setting,the backdrop of debate and the mystery

What I disliked:The autism rep was kind of iffy

6.The Leavers by Lisa Ko* Chinese Mc and writer

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Review

My Rating:4/5 stars

What I liked: The subjects that were addressed and the characters.

What I disliked:The writing was stilted at times

7.Noble Genes by Rune Michaels*Mc’s mom has deppression and bipolar disorder

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My Rating:3/5 stars

What I liked: The seriousness of the subjects discussed and the portrayal of mental illness

What I disliked: The ending. This is the second book I read this month with an ending like that and it’s just so fucked up. I hate it.

What Did you Read This month?

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February Wrap-up

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All diverse books will be marked with an asteriks

  1. Golden Son by Silipi Somaya Gowda *indian MCs and author

Rating:4/5 Stars

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Review

What I liked: The non-western setting! I absolutely adore books set in places in India  and this book was amazing, plus all the characters were precious.

What I disliked: I would’ve liked  a bigger development with regards to the two MCs friendship

2.Slated  by Terry Terri

Rating:4/5 Stars

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What I liked: The intrigue and how quickly paced it was.

What I disliked: This is a book that I would’ve enjoyed a lot more had I been younger,it’s definitely for a younger audience.

3.Find Her  by Lisa Gardner

Rating:3/5 stars

What I liked: It was an interesting plot, and I wanted to know how it was going to end

What I disliked: The content was  a little too much for me, it was a little too graphic for my taste.

4. Morning Star by Pierce Brown

My Rating:4/5 stars

What I liked: It was an epic conclusion and I really enjoyed every bit of it. There were so many twists and turns and lots of sad moments.

What I disliked:Again I just had a little bit of trouble getting it into, but that’s really a personal thing

5. The Sun is Also A Star  by Nicola Yoon * Korean-American and Jamaican Main Characters and Jamaican Author

Rating:5/5 stars

(Review To Come)

What I liked:This book was beautiful and enrapturing and honestly I loved it to bits. It was such a pure book and I couldn’t recommend it enough

What I disliked:The insta-love was a little unrealistic, but it’s okay.

6. The Cruelty by Scott Bergstorm.

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Review

Rating:2.5/5 stars

What I liked: It was mildly enjoyable and it was pretty easy to read.

What I  disliked:It wasn’t anything great, and I don’t think an author should claim that their book is the best thing when it’s not. Plus the character was super pretentious.

7. Fractured by Terry Terri

My Rating:4/5 stars

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What I liked:As I said with the first book, it was very intriguing and quickly paced. It’s definitely a fun series.

What I disliked:The Mc made some annoyingly rash decisions.

8. Tales from Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brenman, Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman.

My Rating:4/5 stars

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What I liked:This was surprisingly really good! I think this may be one of my favorites of hers.  I loved Simon, and there  was some great flashbacks, and awesome Malec and Sizzy moments,and it was an overall a great book! Plus the ending was really heartbreaking.

What I disliked:  I would never feel comfortable giving Cassandra Clare a five stars just because I feel as though she doesn’t deserve it, but it was really good!

9. The Survival Kit by Donna  Freitas

My Rating:4/5 stars

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What I liked: This was really just a great classic  contemporary, complete with a swoony love interest, great friends and an awesome family.Nothing special but still nonetheless great.

What I disliked: There was some second hand embarrassment moments as to be expected with books like these but it’s okay.

10. Beyond The Wild River by Sarah Maine

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What I liked: This was an intriguing books set on a river in 1893. The setting was very unique as was the plot, and it was a very enjoyable read.

What I liked:It dragged at times, and it could’ve been longer.

 

What Did you Read Last Month?

 

 

 

January Wrap-Up

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Note: All diverse books are specified as such with an asterisks along with a specification as to how they’re diverse.

1.Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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Rating:4/5 Stars

What I liked:  The fact that despite this book is an amalgamation of  a bunch of different books,it was very different and intriguing and kept my attention throughout the entire book.

What I disliked: It took me a long time to read , and I didn’t always feel motivated to read it, as it was very slow book at times.

2. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseni*  Set In Afghanistan and author is Afghani as well

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My Rating 4/5 stars

What I liked: I absolutely love reading books that have non-western settings, so this book was great. I also really enjoyed the characters.

What I Disliked: It wasn’t as powerful as his other books which isn’t inherently a bad thing it just made me enjoy this one a little less than his other ones.

3. The Book of Negroes* Both Author and most of the main characters are black.

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Review

My Rating:4/5 stars

What I liked: This book had a unique perspective, portraying something that isn’t always discussed in literature. Along with great writing, and well-developed characters, this book was great.

What I disliked: There’s nothing inherently bad about it, it just wasn’t worthy of a 5 star.

4.Factory Girl by Josanne La Valley* Set in China, though not #ownvoices.

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Review

My Rating:4/5 Stars

What I liked:This is another story that offered a unique perspective which tugged at your heartstrings

What I Disliked:I found it be a little inauthentic due to the fact that the author was white, so it wasn’t really her place to tell it.

5.Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz* Bi,African American  and Anorexic Mc

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Review

My Rating:5/5 stars

What I liked: The characters, the diversity, the writing and just how easy it was  to fly through it.

What I disliked: The shortness of it,it was only like 250 pages or so, which is so short and I would’ve really loved like 100 or so more pages.

6.The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

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My Rating:3/5 Stars

What I liked:The vibe to it was really nice, it really felt as though I was watching a thriller or something like that, there was a lot of intrigue.

What I disliked: While I do enjoy thriller movies, I’m not the hugest fan of thriller books and this one really feel flat. It was boring and not that unique at all, and just wasn’t that interesting for most of the book. Plus the romance was really uneeded  and I really hated it.

7.My True Love Gave To me Edited by Stephanie Perkins * Some of the stories contain diverse characters, there’s m/m couple, a jewish Mc,a mexican Mc and an African American love interest,

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Review

My Rating:3.5/5 Stars

What I liked: Seeing as this is a short story anthology it’s kind of hard to pinpoint what I liked but my favorite stories were the ones by Gayle Forman,Stephanie Perkins, Kiersten White and Ally Carter.

What I disliked: My least favorite stories were the ones by Holly Black and Laini Taylor, those were really weird.

8. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

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Review

My Rating:5/5 Stars

What I liked: The typical Morgan Matson feel to it: the characters, the writing, the love interest all combined to make a  really great book.

What I disliked: The lack of diversity, honestly writers  need to get their shit together and write more diversely because it’s something that’s really starting to bug me.

9. Here We Are Feminism For The Real World Edited by Kelly Jenson* A large majority of the essays  written in this book are written by marginalized people.

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Review

My Rating:5/5 stars

What I liked:How accurate and relevant this book was, and how important and beautifully written these essays were. Everybody needs to read this.

What I disliked: Honestly nothing? There was like two essays I wasn’t the hugest fan of but asides from it was perfect

10. Golden Son  by Pierce Brown

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What I liked: The political intrigue, the awesome characters. Also the ending was heartbreaking.

What I disliked: Yet again it was very slow and hard to get into. It’s very much a personal thing seeing as  I very rarely read sci-fi.

What Did you read this month?  Have You read any of the books I mentioned?

 

 

 

November Wrap-Up

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  1. The Girl  With The Green Sweater by Krystyna Chiger.

My Rating:4/5 stars

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What I liked: The unique perspective about the Holocaust

What I disliked:The way it was written and the portrayal of the events.

2. The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesy

My rating:4/5 stars

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Review

What I liked:The character and reading about the hardships that the characters faced.

What I disliked: The ending.

3.Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

My rating:5/5 stars

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Review

What I liked: The portrayal of racism seamlessly entertained with great characters and plot.

What I disliked:The almost too perfect ending.

4.Jess,Chunk and The Road Trip to Infinity By Kristin Elizabeth Clark

My Rating:4/5 stars

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Review

What I liked:The diversity and the  really sweet ending. Oh and the road trip vibe!

What I disliked:How annoying the main character was for most of the book.

5.The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti.

My Rating:4/5 stars

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What I liked: The mysterious vibe and the main character

What I disliked: The love interest.

6. Hard Love by Ellen Wittlinger.

My rating:4/5 stars

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What I liked:The plot that centers around zine.

What I disliked:The shortness of it and the abrupt ending.

7. How To Lead a Life of Crime by Kristen Miller

My Rating:4/5 stars

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What I liked: The unique and quickly paced plot

What I disliked:The unrealisticness of it.

8.Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

My Rating:4/5 stars

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What I Liked: Insight onto a illness I knew little about.

What I disliked:The sometimes frustrating main character.

9.Rainbow Boys by Alex Sanchez

My rating:4/5 stars

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What I liked: The diversity and the characters.

What I disliked:The lack of development in plot

10.The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

My rating:4/5 stars

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What I liked: the Classic Sarah Dessen vibe.

What I disliked: The main love interest.

11.Where The Streets Had a Name by Ranada-Abdel Fattah

My Rating:3/5 stars

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What I liked: The feel good vibe.

What I disliked:The lack of purpose.

12.Dead Time by Anne Cassidy.

My rating:4/5 stars

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What I liked: The mysterious vibe and the quick pace plot.

What I disliked:The unrealisticness.

13.And There Were None

My Rating:4/5 stars

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What I liked: The way the mystery played itself out.

What I disliked:The lack of development in the other areas.

14.We Are Water by Wally Lamb

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My Rating:3/5 stars

What I liked:The unwinding of the plot and some of the characters

What I disliked:The lack of connection between the plot line and stilted dialogue.

15. Going Bovine by Libba Bray

My rating:2/5 stars

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What  I liked:The ending.

What I disliked: It made absolutely no sense,and was really weird and odd and just felt like one big drug trip.

What did you read this November?

 

 

 

October Wrap-up

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1.Winter by Marissa Meyer

My Rating:5/5 stars

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One thing I  liked: All the  characters in the final book together.Love the Lunar Chronicles gang.

One Thing I disliked: It was a just a little bit long and kind of dragged out.

2.The Secret Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes.

My Rating:4/5 stars

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My Review

One Thing I liked:The originality and creepiness of it.

One thing I disliked: The lack of development in the love interest Jude

3. Strange Things Done by Elle Wild

My Rating:4/5 stars

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My Review

One Thing I liked:The setting in the Canadian north

One Thing I disliked:Lacked development  and was wrapped up a little too nicely.

4.The Fever by Megan Abbott

3/5 stars

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One Thing I liked:It was a quick read that had me enraptured for the most part.

One Thing I disliked:It lacked direction and just felt really pointless. Plus it was really weird

5.Making Faces by Amy Harmon

My rating:5/5 stars

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My Review

What I liked:the rawness and amazing plotline

What I disliked: The character Fern could have been more of a rounded character

6.Dial Em For Murder by Marni Bates

My Rating:4/5 stars

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What I liked: Had a very Gallagher Girl feel which was great.

What I disliked: The pacing was very off and it made me  not care about the mystery.

7.Fairest by Marissa Meyer

My Rating:4/5 stars

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What I liked:It gave us insight into Levanna’s backstory

What I disliked:It didn’t really add much to my experience reading the Lunar Chronicles.

8. The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty

My Rating:4/5 stars

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What I liked:The different perspectives and the messed up characters

What I disliked:I find I was waiting for something to happen, and it never did which let me down.it didn’t wow me like i expected it to.

9.Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

My Rating:4/5 stars

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My Review

What I liked: The story of three generations of women and their different lives.

What I disliked:There’s really nothing that I can think of off the bat.The only reason I gave it a 4 stars as opposed to five was because I didn’t LOVE it.

10.Columbine by Dave Cullen

My rating:5/5 stars

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My Review

What I liked:The thoroughness of it, and how into depth it went. Dave cullen really went from A to z

What I disliked: That such things happen? Nothing to do with the book but just horrible how some people are.

11.The Widow by Fiona Barton

My Rating:2.5/5 stars

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What I liked about it:it was a quick read and an easy one

What I disliked:It wasn’t as much a psychological thriller as a really creepy book about a pedophile?? idk it just really disturbed me.

So that’s my october wrap-up. What did you read this month?

 

 

September Wrap-Up

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Since Im new to the whole WordPress blog thingy, I’m not exactly sure how I’m going to go about doing this. I’m going to try doing it a certain way and we’ll see if it works.I read a total of 11 books and reviewed 4 of these so let’s get into this.

1.The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

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My Rating:4/5 stars.

One Thing I  Liked About It: The romance between two women in the midst of the the early 20s

One Thing I Disliked About it: The lack of direction, and the open ending that kind of made me wonder what the whole point of the book was.

2.The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley

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My rating:5/5 stars

One Thing I Liked About it: The rawness  of the story, and how the narrator dealt with his grief

One Thing I Disliked About it: The  love interest was underdeveloped, and didn’t have much depth to him.

3.Lies You Wanted To Hear by James Whitfield Thomson

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My Rating:4/5 Stars

One Thing I liked About it: The topic of parents fighting over their children and how out of control it can get.

One Thing I disliked About It: The fact that most of the characters were extremely misguided

4. Paul Dans le Nord by Paul Rabagliati

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My Rating:4/5 Stars

One Thing I liked About it:The fact that it was set close to where I live and mentioned places I knew

One Thing I disliked About it: There was really no plot, and no drive to it. It was just about teenage angst.

5.More Happy Than Not By Adam Silvera

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My Review

My Rating:5/5 Stars

One Thing I liked About it:The way the story was constructed, and the carefully built plot twist that blew me away.

One Thing I disliked about it:I can’t really think of anything, but the sadness that this book caused me wasn’t very fun.

6.Hominids by Robert J Sawyer.

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My Rating:4/5 Stars

One Thing I Liked About it:The idea of two parallel worlds, one of humans and one of neanderthal

One Thing I Disliked About it:The initial confusion especially when reading about the neanderthals.

7. Smoke by Ellen Hopkins

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Rating:4/5 stars

What I Liked About It:The sense of closure that Patty finally got after so much suffering.

What I Disliked:The way the verse was worded in certain parts, sometimes I found it flowed quite awkwardly and just read like prose in poem format.

8.Half Bad by Sally Green.

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Review

Rating:4/5 Stars

What I Liked About It: The characters.

What I Disliked About it:The Plot and the direction in which the story is going.

9. The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley

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Review

My Rating:4/5 Stars

What I Liked About It:The plot and the backdrop of the Second World War.

What I Disliked About it:The Underdevelopment of one of the storylines

10.A Room Swept White by Sophie Hannah

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What i Liked About It:The discussion of women accused of cot-deaths.

What I Disliked About it: The resolution of the problem, and the revealing of the mystery. To me it didn’t make much sense.

11. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

My Rating:5/5 stars

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Review

What I Liked About It:How enrapturing it was, and the big reveal at the end.

What I disliked about it: It was kind of hard to imagine anyone capable of doing what was done in the book

So there you have it, my September Wrap-up.

Let me know what you thought of my post, if you read any books  on this wrap-up, or what you read this month. Feel free to link your own wrap-up in the comments.