This will be my last Wrap Up/TBR post for quite a long time, because in a few weeks I’m leaving the UK and flying to Beijing to begin a 10 month+ travelling trip of a lifetime with my boyfriend!!! SO EXCITED!!!
September’s been a great month for reading and in general. My boyfriend and I have been super lazy for most of it, enjoying some time at home before we move out at the end of the month. I’ve also read quite a few awesome books, some of which are definitely my favourite reads of the year.
AND I reached my Reaching Challenge goal of 50 books! And then surpassed it by 2 books (well, almost! I’m currently reading book no.2, heh :D). So now I’m hoping I might get to 60 books by the end of the year.
Books I Read
I was so excited when this was released because I love Patrick Ness. He’s such an inspiring person and writer. When I found out Release was partly a homage to Mrs. Dalloway, I was even more excited. I love the idea of a book set in one day, and Ness does a wonderful job portraying Adam in that one day. I loved Adam’s story. It was rich in detail and relatable to anyone who just wants to be loved unconditionally. It was heartbreaking and hilarious and just a beautiful read. The problem with this novel, however, is that alongside Adam’s story, there’s also this strange mystical story involving a ghost, a deer and a Queen. I didn’t understand or enjoy those parts. While I respect Ness for trying something different, it just didn’t work for me. But, seriously, read this book for Adam’s story (it’s A+) and who knows, maybe the other part will affect you in a different way.
Eliza and Her Monsters is incredible. I’ve never read anything like it. Francesca Zappia is one of the most unique YA writers, in my opinion. Eliza is a wonderful character. Her webcomic Monstrous Sea actually sounds amazing and I wish it was a real thing. I loved so much reading about her joy in creating it, as well as her struggles with it and, in relation, herself. Her relationship with her family, her online friends and Wallace were incredible and complex. I’m not even sure how to write about this book in a way that tells you just how incredible it is. So just read it!!
This is the third and final of Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s YA standalones and I definitely enjoyed it, though it was very similar to the other two. My favourite thing about it was its links to The Cemetery of Forgotten Books world.
Dreamology was good, but it’s not amazing. It had some moments that had me in stitches and some moments that made me smile. It had some moments that made me roll my eyes and get frustrated. It was entertaining and crazy (as a novel about a dream boy coming to life should be) and quite clever in it’s own way. It’s not the most memorable novel or one I’ll ever gush over. But it was entertaining and I really liked Alice and Max and Oliver. This is a good book for reading over a weekend and one to make you laugh, but at the end of the day it won’t be a novel I remember.
This book was really interesting. I’d actually completely forgotten it was a verse novel when I opened it, but I’ve always enjoyed verse so I wasn’t disappointed. It’s very different to any other YA novel I’ve read. It’s unexpected. It’s like a little window looking into the souls of two characters. A small glimpse into their minds. Jess and Nicu are both great characters. I especially enjoyed Nicu’s perspectives of England/Western ways of life, as he was Romanian and new to the country. I can see that a lot of people might not enjoy this novel. It doesn’t have an incredibly meaty plot and you have to work hard to figure out what it’s really trying to say. For me, it was a insightful look at the lives of two teens and how they changed each other for the time they knew each other. And I think that’s pretty lovely and true to life.
This book really does creep up on you. At first it just seems like a nice little YA novel about a main character, Suzette, her friends and family. But, as the novel delves further into the plot and into the lives of the characters, you realise how much more this novel is. It’s about so much, it’s about depression and sexuality and racism and a whole number of relevant issues. It’s diverse, but it doesn’t try hard to be. Which is so important in a YA novel. It’s heartbreaking and honest. I loved Suzette (Little) and I loved Lionel (Lion) and there were so many other great characters, though there is one character I didn’t really warm to (her name starts with R). It felt like a story about a real teenage girl struggling with her sexuality, finding her place and trying her hardest to keep her brother safe. A really great and touching story.
I hadn’t planned on reading The Wind Through The Keyhole this month (I’d actually completely forgotten we owned it) but I’m so glad I did. It was so nice to step back into The Dark Tower universe again. I loved each of the three stories in this book within a book. The first a little snippet back with Roland and the gang, another the mystery of the skin-man set in Roland’s past and the third a story his mother used to tell him about a brave boy named Tim titled The Wind Through The Keyhole. It was such a good read, I really enjoyed it.
Read my review of this incredible book here. Ari & Dante is now one of my all-time favourites. I loved it.
I am absolutely loving this book so far. It’s beautiful. Really vivid and gorgeous writing and a story I love to sink into, one that’s rich with a balance of heartbreak and hope. When I’m finished, I’ll definitely write a proper review for this!
I have a lot of books I’d like to read over the remainder of the year, though it’s so hard to know how much time/energy I’ll actually have for reading when we start our travels. Whatever the case, these are the novels I’d love to read at some point and hopefully I read some of them. I also have another list of books I would like to read but don’t own yet (so probably not until next year), which you can see here if you’re curious.
And the rest of the Abhorsen/Old Kingdom Series…..
So, there you have it! I’m going to miss making these posts! What do you think of my reads/TBR? 🙂 🙂