I’m a little torn about this book. While there were various aspects I loved, I don’t think I liked the main character. To be honest, when I start to question the book, I don’t think to examine the main character, yet here I am…
Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly blog meme started on Goodreads. You can check out the group and keep an eye out for the topics here.
I find this topic broad and very subjective, obviously, so I figure I’d take a look at some of my favorite authors in a variety of genres and discuss why I like them and what I admire about them, not just their writing skills. Let’s see how this goes. 😉
Yay! I finally read this book! It’s been sitting on my shelf for a few months now, but because I am who I am, I listened to via audiobook from my local library’s Ovedrive app. Anywho, while I did enjoy this book, I didn’t like it as much as I thought it would. I mean, I’m still learning to like contemporary and while there were various aspects I did like in this book, there were definitely some hills I struggled to climb.
Wow, where do I even begin with a book like this? What a roller coaster of emotions! Of course, I read the synopsis, but I was not expecting something like this.
TRIGGER WARNING: Child abuse
I didn’t know what to expect going into this book. I was instantly intrigued by the synopsis, but it went on the back burner of my mind until… I came across it at the local library. You Bring the Distant Near blew me out of the water in the best way possible. A myriad of emotions rippled through me, and I found myself laughing and crying in various parts of the book. Now that’s a good book to me.
Sigh. I wanted to like this book a lot more. It mentions World of Warcraft which is my favorite MMO (even though I don’t play it anymore :P), and the blurb on the front flap of the book also sounded promising. Alas.
This review will most likely contain spoilers. There are a few things in terms of the plot that I don’t think I can convey properly without a spoiler warning. Please be aware as you continue. While this isn’t a spoiler, there is some misgendering and deadnaming, which, I believe, doesn’t do the trans community any justice. I can’t speak for the LGBTQIA+ rep in the book, so if I say something wrong, please correct me. 🙂
Oh my goodness, could this book be any cuter?! It’s adorable and poignant, too, with moments that broke my heart but put it back together again.
While I have Albertalli’s debut novel, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda, on my shelf, I picked up The Upside of Unrequited at the local library on a whim. Now, I’m definitely going to try to make room to read Simon vs, especially since the movie is coming out next year (until the title Love, Simon).
Man, oh man, did I want to love this book. The cover is absolutely gorgeous, and I had the pleasure of finding it at my local library. Unfortunately, though, there was some miscommunication with the publisher in regards to ARCs and printing so while my local library does have a copy, it has the non-ARC cover with the ARC content inside. The author, Sierra Abrams, goes into full detail about it on her Twitter.
So I heard many great things about this book, but I continued to push it aside for months. Yet I finished one audiobook and none of the ones I wanted to listen to were available, so I downloaded The Serpent King on a whim. Let me just say I was not prepared! I mean, I had to keep myself from crying while at work.
Top Ten Tuesday has been on a hiatus ever since Jamie at The Broke and the Bookish has been on maternity leave. But I’m glad to be back with the themes, and I’m really excited to share this one with you. The overall topic is “10 Book Recommendations for _________” and you can insert whatever you want. I decided to go with YA contemporaries since I used to not read them at all. But over the past year or so, I’ve definitely read some great ones, and I wanted to share some of my favorites with you! 🙂