Hey everyone! So basically, the beginning of this post is going to be a combined wrap-up because I didn’t post basically at all throughout March and that means I didn’t post my February wrap-up (not too big of a deal because I only finished one book). So I decided I’ll just do them both now to catch up and then plan out my April for you all.
February Reading Wrap-Up
Elegy by Tara Hudson
Rating: 3.5/5 stars | Review
“Can there truly be love after death?
Drifting in the dark waters of a mysterious river, the only thing Amelia knows for sure is that she’s dead. With no recollection of her past life—or her actual death—she’s trapped alone in a nightmarish existence. All of this changes when she tries to rescue a boy, Joshua, from drowning in her river. As a ghost, she can do nothing but will him to live. Yet in an unforgettable moment of connection, she helps him survive.
Amelia and Joshua grow ever closer as they begin to uncover the strange circumstances of her death and the secrets of the dark river that held her captive for so long. But even while they struggle to keep their bond hidden from the living world, a frightening spirit named Eli is doing everything in his power to destroy their newfound happiness and drag Amelia back into the ghost world . . . forever.
Thrilling and evocative, with moments of pure pleasure, Hereafter is a sensation you won’t want to miss.” – Goodreads
I enjoyed this book. It was a good concluded novel to the trilogy and I really apprieciated that. It wasn’t the best and lacked a few qualities though which is what gave it that rating. Synopsis is for the first book, Hereafter.
March Reading Wrap-Up
I finished 1 books in March and although that number is small also, its an improvement because spring break allowed me to read more than I could if I was still in school.
‘Round Midnight by Laura McBride ARC
Rating: 4/5 stars | Review
“From the author of We Are Called to Rise comes a novel about the interconnected lives of four women in Las Vegas, each of whom experiences a life-changing moment at a classic casino nightclub.
What is it about the Midnight Room?
In a choreographic tour de force, Laura McBride twirls four women through a Las Vegas nightclub, turning their separate lives into a suspenseful, intricate dance of mothers, daughters, wives, and lovers.
The One Who Falls in Love: June hires a charismatic black man to sing at her club, but her fast-paced lifestyle runs aground as racial tensions mount.
The One Who Gets Lucky: Honorata leaves the Philippines as a mail-order bride, then strikes it rich in the Midnight Room.
The One Whose Heart Is Broken: Engracia finds bad luck in the Midnight Room and becomes enmeshed in Honorata’s secrets when she confronts a man with a gun.
The One Who Always Wondered: Coral struggles with her mysterious past until a desire to help Engracia steers her to the Midnight Room.
Wise and heartbreaking, jubilant and loving, ’Round Midnight is about the intensity and intimacy of four women’s lives, lives that are connected by secrets, courage, tragedies, and small acts of kindness. This brilliantly conceived, passionately written novel will resonate long after you turn the final page.” – Goodreads
I really really loved this book a lot. It was a very powerful read about women who all come from different lives and all live different lives but their lives mix together because they all live in Vegas. Really read my review if you want to here how much I loved it.
We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist
Rating: 4/5 stars | Review
“A bright, poignant, and deeply funny autobiographical account of coming of age as an amputee cancer survivor, from Josh Sundquist: Paralympic ski racer, YouTube star, and motivational speaker.
Josh Sundquist only ever had one girlfriend.
For twenty-three hours.
In eighth grade.
Why was Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down the girls he had tried to date and asked them straight up: What went wrong?
The results of Josh’s semiscientific, wholly hilarious investigation are captured here. From a disastrous Putt-Putt date involving a backward prosthetic foot, to his introduction to CFD (Close Fast Dancing), to a misguided “grand gesture” at a Miss America pageant, this story is about looking for love–or at least a girlfriend–in all the wrong places.” – Goodreads
I had to read this book for school so its suprising that I loved it. That’s probably because I got to choose it myself though. And even though its nonfiction, it reads a lot like a fiction book because there aren’t any facts. Its simply about Sundquist’s life and how funny it is which just makes it seem like a cute contemporary story. It was just enough serious and not that I loved it.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
“I won’t describe what I look like. Whatever you’re thinking, it’s probably worse.
August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER, now a #1 New York Times bestseller and included on the Texas Bluebonnet Award master list, begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.
“Wonder is the best kids’ book of the year,” said Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate.com and author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness” —indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out. ” – Goodreads
I’m very excited to watch the movie for this and very excited to be reading this book because I could’ve read it 4 years ago! I’m up to part two in and I’m actually really enjoying it.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
“Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.” – Goodreads
I’m so excited to read this one because everyone is raving about the movie and I really want to see it in theaters but I don’t think I’ll have it read in time because I still have to finish Wonder first.
Every Day by David Levithan
“Every day I am someone else. I am myself – I know I am myself – but I am also someone else. It has always been like this.
Each morning, A wakes up in a different body. There’s never any warning about who it will be, but A is used to that. Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. And that’s fine – until A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply.” – Goodreads
I’m also excited to read this one because I had no idea it was going to be a movie until I saw the trailer and when I heard the title I was like… Hold on, that sounds like that one book, let me see if this is it. And it was. I had no idea this book had that plot and it sounds wonderfully amazing so I’m excited.
That’s all for today folks! Stay tuned in a couple of days for my book haul for these two months because I got 5 books in this time! (It was supposed to be 6 but I have a story for that). Also, I have a giveaway planned soon so get excited for that too.