Excuse this post if it looks a little wonky. WordPress yet again tweaked their editor and I can’t quite figure out how to get things the way I usually like them.
Anyway! I did manage to read all the books I wanted to this month, which I’m thrilled about! That’s 27 books, though quite a few of them were novellas I needed to knock out from previously-read series. Not bad, I’d say! Next month won’t be as intense reading-wise due to NaNoWriMo, so I’m glad I got what I wanted knocked out. Speaking of…
What I read:
21 in 2021
Dry by Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir Renegades by Marissa Meyer Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
World War Z by Max Brooks A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess Angelfall by Susan Ee The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee Replica by Lauren Oliver Nightshade by Andrea Cremer The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson Dark Matter by Blake Crouch Moloka’i by Alan Brennert Peony in Love by Lisa See Wicked by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Feed by M.T. Anderson The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Whew. Busy month. And I only have two more books on my list to finish! I’m absolutely saving Wuthering Heights until December, but I think I’ll try to knock out Mara Dyer next month.
As for some of the books I read, An Ember in the Ashes and its sequels? Blew me away. I wasn’t expecting to read them this month, but my brain revolted on me and there I was, not listening to what I had planned for the year. AKA saving them for last because I had a feeling I would love them. I don’t regret not waiting exactly, but they would have been such a high note to end on, because they were AMAZING. My god can Sabaa Tahir write a story. I am absolutely going to be reading anything else of hers I can get my hands on as they come out.
My other five-star read was an expected one. I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed by anything Ruta Sepetys has come out with. I’m so ready for her next one.
Everything else was very up and down, as you can see. A lot of surprises, a lot of disappointments. One of which was The Taking of Jake Livingston. I had really high hopes for it, but it just wasn’t as well written as I had hoped for, and I ended up being bored a lot as I made my way through the story. It had potential, but the actual execution was just… meh. A slightly different disappointment, but not as heavily of one, was Beasts of Prey (which was a 3.5 star, actually). I didn’t know it was supposed to be a series! I liked most of what I read even if it was very trope-y with a few snooze spots, but I was not prepared for the ending! Now I’m waiting in anticipation for the next book to find out what happens.
Thanks for reading!