At the beginning of the year, I had every intention to read a book a week which would equal 52 books by the end of the year. Let’s just say, I have absolutely not stuck to this plan, and am only 9mbooks into my goal, when I should have already been at 38. Oops. Not that it matters. I think we can all agree that with everything that has happened this year, we should cut ourselves some slack. Rather than focusing on meeting a goal, I have just been taking my time with reading and enjoying the process. Some books I read faster than others and some books I limit myself to one chapter a day because I don’t want the story to be over. And that’s completely okay! Go at your own pace and try not to put yourself on a timeline because it will only cause unnecessary stress.
Anyway, let’s get into the books!
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.
I have seen many mixed reviews on this book, but I personally loved it! From the characters, to the world building, this book had me hooked from the very first page and I always recommend it to everyone I know. I am not saying much here because I plan on making a dedicated post later this month because the book is just that good.
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Now this book is one that I had been waiting to read for a really long time, but could never read because it was always checked out at my school’s library. So, I just forgot about it. However, earlier this year when I saw that this book was being made into a movie, I felt compelled to pick up a copy from the library and finally see why it was so popular. While I could not relate to the characters much due to the age difference, it was still a beautiful read and I know younger me would have loved it.
Great Goddesses: Life Lessons from Myths and Monsters by Nikita Gill
There is just something so powerful and uplifting about Nikita’s writing that makes it difficult for me to put any of her books down. I’m not really big on poetry, but I enjoy the things that she writes about. This one in particular was amazing, and if you’re not a poetry fanatic but crave something magical to read, Nikita Gill’s work is a great place to start.
The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
Again, I am not a fan of poetry, but I became curious after this book was constantly on hold at the library. In between shifts, I managed to finish this in less than three hours and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. If you’re looking for a quick, but powerful read you should definitely check it out.
1984 by George Orwell
This book…. If you haven’t read it yet, just do it. I didn’t necessarily like the book but I think it’s important for everyone to read at least once in their life. This is one that I want to revisit in the future because there are so many layers and underlying themes that I want to try harder to understand.
Leaving Wishville by Mel Torrefranca
I decided to give this book a chance after seeing so many great things about it. There were some problems that I wish would have been resolved and I would have really liked to have seen some character development, but other than that it was an interesting find and I can’t wait to see what the sequel (if there is one in the works of course) has in store for the characters!
A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen
This one will always have a special place in my heart. I purchased this book back in 2017, got halfway through and never finished. I can’t remember why but I’m sure it had everything to do with me moving into my dorm freshman year of college and forgetting all about it. I remember sitting at my parents house and noticing it on the living room bookshelf so I picked it back up and I stayed up until I finished. I love cats and I was sold from the concept of how one man was able to turn his entire life around just by a small orange tabby walking into his life. However, there are brief mentions of drug abuse and addiction to do keep that in mind.
Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibanez
As soon as I saw this book sitting in the catalog room, I immediately put myself on the hold list. Anything that has to do with magic, rain, or the moon, I am sold! This is also another one that I will be writing in a separate post so be on the lookout.
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell
I have read and loved Rainbow Rowell’s work in the past and I was really excited about finally starting this one. The story begins with Deja and Josie about to work their last ever shifts at the pumpkin patch. Knowing that they may never come back, and the fact that Josie never mustered up the courage to talk to his crush, Deja sets off on a mission to help Josie get the girl of his dreams and to try every snack at the pumpkin patch before saying goodbye. Their night is filled with countless redirections, hilarious encounters, and realizations that will leave you desperate for more. I loved this graphic novel and I will more than likely read it again this coming fall.
There you have it! These are all of the books I have read so far, and I can’t wait to share the books that I plan on reading this month. Please forgive me for the lack of detailed explanations for each book. I am very new to this and I am still trying to test out ways to review my favorite books without giving too much away. (Because apparently I tend to do just that). Thank you so much for reading, and feel free to leave any suggestions down below or through email because I am always looking to add more books to my reading list.
Also…..HAPPY FIRST DAY OF FALL! I am so excited for this season and I cannot wait to share what I have planned.