March-April Reading Wrap Up

Hello readers! Since I’ve been away from blogging for the past four months, in today’s post I decided I would tell you what I read the first two months I was away. I didn’t read a ton because I was busy wrapping up the school year, but I did read some pretty awesome books… I can’t wait to tell you all what I thought of them!

March 2016:
1. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (5/5 stars)
I’M OBSESSED WITH THIS BOOK GUYS! I read it on a snow day in one sitting and absolutely fell in love with Simon, Blue, and all of Simon’s friends. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is about a high school boy named Simon (who’s “not-so-openly gay”) getting blackmailed after one of his emails to his online lover, Blue, gets into the hands of a boy in the popular crowd. This is for sure one of my favorite books of the year and one of my favorite contemporaries I’ve ever read… You have to read it!

2. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (5/5 stars)
Salt to the Sea was read in one sitting on the same snow day (best reading day ever? I think so) and all the hopes and expectations I had going into it were certainly fulfilled. This World War II novel about the greatest maritime disaster of all time had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. The characters were well developed and the history behind the story is absolutely fascinating. Plus there was a tie-in with Ruta’s other novel, Between Shades of Gray! If you’re a historical fiction fan, this is be the book for you.

3. The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry (3/5 stars)
Out of all the books I’ve read since I’ve been gone, this is the most forgettable one for me. The Love that Split the World is a magical realism novel, following a girl named Natalie who is told by an apparition that she “must save him.” Natalie must figure out who this mysterious boy is and what he needs saving from before time runs out. There’s a cute romance, but overall this book fell flat for me and I would only recommend it if you’re a huge magical realism fan.

4. After You by Jojo Moyes (4/5 stars)
After You is the sequel to the widely loved Me Before You and follows Louisa and her journey after meeting quadriplegic Will Traynor. Since it is a sequel and I don’t want to spoil anything if you haven’t read the first book, I’m going to keep this mini review super short and sweet… I really liked it! Louisa Clark is one of my favorite protagonists because of her adorable little quirks and I’d basically read anything about her. If you’ve read Me Before You, consider giving After You a chance.

April 2016
1. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler (3.5/5 stars)
After reading After You I felt I needed something lighter (like a young adult romance) so I picked up The Summer of Chasing Mermaids. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids is about Elyse, who used to be an incredible singer but is now mute after a terrible accident, staying with her aunt and cousin for a summer in Atargis Cove. Here she meets Christian, the dreamy, popular boy of Atargis Cove, and they have an instant connection. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids is all about conquering your fears and getting out of your comfort zone. It was a cute read, but nothing too special.

2. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (4/5 stars)
I finally read The Winner’s Curse!!! And I totally understand why everyone loves this series so much. This fantastical book had me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. I loved how the main character Kestrel wasn’t necessarily physically strong, but instead was extremely strong mentally. Falling in love with your slave is definitely an issue, but Kestrel handles everything with a kick butt attitude and will defend those she loves to the death… literally!

So those are the six books I read in March and April! I read some great books and some mediocre books, but overall I think I had a couple pretty good reading months. In my next post I’ll share with you what I read in May and June… one of the books in June is my favorite of the whole year! Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think of them?

Stay Book Smart,
Emily

February Reading Wrap Up

It’s officially March, woohoo! March is off to a snowy but awesome start… I’ve already read two books!! But this post is about February, in which I read six books. I’m kind of disappointed in the number of books I read because I feel like I could have read so much more, but at the same time I had A LOT going on this month. Here are the books I read in February:

  1. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (4.5/5)
    City of Ashes is the second book in the infamous Mortal Instruments series which I’m reading for the first time. I thought it was a major improvement from the first book, City of Bones, which I enjoyed but thought was lacking depth in the characters, mainly Clary. Fortunately, in City of Ashes I started to connect more with Clary and understand some of her crazy rash decisions. Overall I thought it was a great book, but the only thing keeping it from being a 5/5 star book for me was the last fighting scene… I thought it was kind of boring but at the same time overdone.
  2. First and Then by Emma Mills (4.75/5)Screen Shot 2016-03-02 at 11.38.34 AM
    Why is no one talking about this book?! Usually I go for books which reviewers I trust have enjoyed, but I picked up First and Then, which I’ve never heard anyone talk about, on a whim because of its beautiful cover (I’m a sucker for pretty covers, don’t judge). Devvon, the main character, is a senior in high school and is trying to figure out where she wants to go to college and what she wants to study. Being a senior in high school and also trying to figure out where I want to go to college, I found this extremely relatable. First and Then is a Pride and Prejudice retelling, but since I’ve never read Pride and Prejudice (I’m planning to, though!) I can’t comment on how true of a retelling it is. I loved this book SOOOOO much and Emma Mills is definitely an auto-buy author for me now. If you want a full review of this book let me know and I would be happy to do one. Read more