We’ve been working our way through so many books so far this month! Stephanie has been flying through audiobooks and Felicia has been flipping the pages of several physical books. We’re currently reading several books that we can’t wait to talk about!
Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
I honestly bought this book earlier this year solely for the cover. I thought it was gorgeous, so I bought it. Fast forward several months and one of the TBR and Beyond prompts for the game is beautiful cover so I decided to finally pick it up. I knew a little about the topics it addressed from when a friend read the book a couple months ago, but wow, I wasn’t expecting it to feel so real and heartbreaking. I had originally planned to finish this all in one day, but quickly realized that I wouldn’t be able to do that. I read half yesterday and spent the majority of the time just bawling.
To give a little about the story, Mara and Owen are twin and are as close as they can be. Mara’s friend, Hannah, who is Owen’s girlfriend, accuses Owen of rape. Suddenly, Mara doesn’t know what to think. She’s torn between her family and sense of right and wrong. This book confronts the difficult questions surrounding consent, victim blaming, and sexual assault so if those topics are triggers for you, I would keep that in mind before reading this story.
Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa
Shadow of the Fox is one of two books that came in my October OwlCrate as well as my October Unicorn Crate. I figured since I had two copies, I should give it a try sooner rather than later. I honestly didn’t know much going into it and about a third of of the way through, I’m still a little confused. I am enjoying it and it reads like and anime which was a nice surprise. I’m interested to see how the story goes the longer I read. I do this this is probably a book I would have necessarily purchased on my own.
Winter by Marissa Meyer
I’m finally getting around to finishing up the main story of The Lunar Chronicles. I just started it so no concrete thoughts on it, but I loved Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress so I’m very excited to finally be reading Winter.
From the pieces we saw of Winter in Cress, I am intrigued to read more about her as well as to get a conclusion to this fairy tale retelling series.
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
After the heartbreaking story of Girl Made of Stars, confusion in Shadow of the Fox, and the huge amount of pages in Winter, I felt like I needed something that I assume will be a more light-hearted type of story. I’ve decided to listen to the audio of this, while also reading it at times and I’m really enjoying it.
The narrators are really enjoyable so far. I tend to prefer female narrators over male, so it was a pleasant surprise that I’m enjoying both of the narrators that are reading the story.
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas
This book…my god this book. I’m only about half way through it and I already want to curl up and cry – Sarah J Maas is a beast and a goddess and I hate her and I love her. She is definitely an author that knows how to mess with her readers and I applaud her for this 990 page tome that she wrote. I’m slowly inching my way forward, trying to delay the inevitable end of one of my favorite series. So far it’s been incredible!
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
I’m reading The Scorpio Races as a buddy read with several other people, otherwise, I’m not really sure if I would have picked it up. I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover (but let’s be real, you know we all do), but I don’t think that I would have gravitated to this cover art – it’s really not my normal go-to style. That being said, the storyline isn’t really my go-to either. This book is all about horse racing, but not normal horses…these are horses from the sea (but not like seahorses either…it’s complicated to explain).
I’m not super far into the audiobook so far, but I’m really enjoying that it’s a split POV and that there are two narrators for the two main characters. Even though this isn’t my normal cup of tea, I’m really invested into the storyline so far and I’m really exited to see how everything turns out!
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
This book is also a book I’m buddy reading, but this one is a reread for me. I’m really excited to dive into this story again, because I really loved it the first time. This book makes me challenge the way I think, and I love it for that. I think that Angie Thomas is an amazing writer, she really knows how to speak to her audience and touch them on an emotional level. I’m really excited about this reread because THUG is still giving me the same emotional reaction that it gave me the first time I read it, and that is truly special. I’m so excited to finish this book, and I can’t wait to read Angie’s next novel!
What are you currently reading?
Felicia and Stephanie