It’s Monday! What are you Reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys and invites bloggers to recap what they’ve read this week while planning ahead on what to read next! Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee at Unleashing Readers added their own twist by focusing on kidlit, from picture books up to YA.
Here’s what I’ve read lately:
(Click on the book covers to add these titles to your Goodreads TBR piles
Hollow City (sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) by Ransom Riggs
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5 Stars
I think I loved Hollow City more than Miss Peregrine’s, which is saying a lot. I won’t give away any spoilers for either, but this book is fast paced and moves really well. There are so many characters, and it was surprisingly very easy to keep track of what was happening to everybody. Riggs included a lot more pictures in book two and they are fascinating and do not interrupt the flow of his beautiful writing.
Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5
Another dystopian survival story, and this time by Ohio author Mindy McGinnis. Water is extremely scarce and Lynn and her mother protect the pond that is their lifeline. Lynn is a fascinating main character and I really enjoyed this story!
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler, Illustrated by Maira Kalman
Contemporary YA Fiction
My Goodreads Rating: 4/5 Stars
This was one of my two Random Reads from January. Why We Broke Up won a Printz honor in 2012 and the writing in this heartbreakingly sad book is absolutely gorgeous. There are a ton of old movie references that distract from the storyline, and I’m not sure a lot of teenagers would stick with this one. I loved the pictures of the items that the main character gives back to her ex and how the story ends, but this was a tough one to read.
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
YA Contemporary Fiction
My Goodreads Rating 5/5 Stars
I am a huge fan of David Levithan and have been wanting to read this one forever. Two Boys Kissing was nominated for several awards and was even a 2013 National Book Award nominee. The story is centered around the “based on true events” of two seventeen year old boys who take part in a 32 hour kissing marathon to break the Guinness Book of World Records. The book is narrated by a “chorus” of an entire generation of gay men who lost their lives to AIDS. A beautiful and very important book!
Evertrue (Everneath #3) by Brodi Ashton
My Goodreads Rating 3/5 Stars
I really liked this series as a whole – it’s based on mythology and is a great love story, but the last book was a little disappointing. It was a slow and the ending was just ok. I know that there are a lot of Everneath fans out there that are a lot more invested in the series than me that are probably really annoyed with how it ended, but I’m not sure there was another way to do it. Students who are looking for mythological infused fantasy will enjoy this one.
Here’s what I plan to read next: (Click on the cover for more info from Goodreads)
I have so many library books on my bedside table right now. I am going to give Doll Bones another try and am almost halfway through The Impossible Knife of Memory which I can’t put down. Here’s to hoping March is a much better reading month than February!