It’s the 5th so I have to choose my favorite book of the previous month. I put a lot of thought into this and I think as an overview, I didn’t read many great books in november but the best one of them is The Anatomical Shape of a Heart.
I might leave a review for it at one point but I seriously needed an easy to read book. This was fun and entertaining. I love young adult books so of course I had to read it. The title of it was what caught my attention and made it a priority. I didn’t regret it. At all.
Wow, I’ve made it this far already.
Favorite female character.
I think it might be Scarlett from Caraval. She was awesome and strong and really smart to figure out every clue in the game. Stephanie dear I know you won’t see this but please protect Scarlett at all costs.
Favorite male character.
Just in case you missed me mentioning Colleen Hoover, I can only say that at the moment Will is the best guy out there in the fictional world. If you don’t know what I’m talking about just go read Slammed. You’re gonna fall in love! He’s paying attention and he’s very responsible and super nice, I imagined him looking like Jim Halpert from The Office. They just kinda seemed to be alike… in my opinion. Anyways, he’s got something special that it’s impossible to forget.
A book that makes you sad
I can’t believe I get all the feels when I see this one on the shelf. All the Bright Places. It made me cry and it made me so sad I just couldn’t get over it for a while. It was just like I was in her place and his death happened in real life. I also really thought Finn could make an awesome boyfriend and I got attached to him I don’t even know how. FINN DESERVED BETTER, JENNIFER! Maybe if something this tragic wouldn’t have happened I wouldn’t have loved him this much but I really believe it would’ve been better for all the readers if he wouldn’t have died and make this beautiful “poetry” out of it. Like it wasn’t enough that he was dead he kept being awesome even after he died. This one’s a page turner alright?!
I was casually scrolling on Goodreads through my “asap” bookshelf and I saw this book that seemed interesting and I completely forgot why it was there in the first place. Turns out it got me at the first 3 words of the description which were “The breakfast club”. Apparently it’s a combination between the breakfast club and pretty little liars. I never watched PLL but I know it’s popular… does that count? So anyways I thought that if it has common elements with The breakfast club it should be good. And man it was awesome.
One of Us is Lying by Karen K. McManus.
The story is pretty messed up and confusing at times but I really liked it. I can actually say it was addicting. The idea of the detention, again we have a few teenagers that weren’t even friends but they end up sticking together when there’s a tragic event (one of them died right in front of them). You can’t escape the love story, of course, between the rebel and the sweetheart which is pretty cool. Better than I expected actually.
One thing that I appreciated and I have to mention is that even though it’s a YA book, at times it really doesn’t feel like it. It seems to be a legit thriller/crime book that happens to involve teenagers. They’re all mature and know how to deal with the accusations and the drama revolving around them and that just makes me think of all the things I wouldn’t be able to do because social anxiety and fear of phone calls heh.
Anyways, a good idea would be to squeeze a TV show out of this. I think it would be really cool. It is complex enough and it wouldn’t even need a lot of seasons. Even
a single one but good would be enough to include the whole plot in it.
I can tell you that you won’t regret reading it if you’re into this kind of stuff (or if you liked The Breakfast Club which everybody does).
October’s winner is totally Colleen Hoover’s Slammed. It was everything I wanted in a romance book. The characters are awesome and he reminded me of Jim Halpert from The Office lol.
The story line was catchy and as usual Colleen added original ideas to it and she always knows how to build the conversations and make the reader get attached to the characters no matter how important they are. I literally had a major hangover over it especially after her mom died and I actually felt so sad like I knew her (I know it sounds crazy but when I read, I’m all heart and soul especially if the book is good).
If you’re into this kind of books please start reading it and check out some more of her books like It Ends With Us, Confess or November 9. Let me know what you think of any of them.
I thought I’m gonna have a heart attack or faint or something. THAT’S HOW MUCH I LOVE COLLEEN HOOVER’S BOOKS.
I think it is pretty clear, since this is a Colleen Hoover book, that I’ve read it in a few hours. I found myself in the same situation as “I don’t know what to read, I’m gonna get myself a cup of Colleen Hoover” which turned into 2 cups cause I HAD to read the next one too because I didn’t calm down with it.
I love both Layken and Will. I love Will more though, he kinda reminds me of Jim Halpert’s character from The Office. Always funny and cute and smart.
I was impressed by the idea of slamming. I didn’t know that it is actually a thing, initially I thought Colleen came up with the idea but afterwards I found out that people are actually doing it. And I love it. Also, I think it was awesome that Colleen actually wrote the slams the characters performed and I loooved theeeem!
Colleen has some really awesome ideas, like the glass vase full of life tips stars to help them when they need it the most when they won’t have anyone else besides them and their brothers (and Will’s grandparents).
By the end of the book my chest was aching. Literally. And then I couldn’t stop thinking about them. And then I’ve read the second book. Review to come.
As a conclusion, YES GO READ IT!!
I just ordered 2 kindles for my 2 11 year old cousins. I couldn’t have imagined that it’s a little bit of struggle finding some books that suits that age when they’re between the children book genre and young adult genre. But should it be like that?
I wasn’t really reading a lot at that age besides typical things that I had to read for school so I started from there in this case but further than that I had to do some research cause it’s pretty hard to find something more mature than 5 year olds books but yet cleaner and more childish than…let’s say The Mortal Instruments.
I don’t doubt that the books that fit their age should be clean and I totally picked out some Huckleberry Finn and Tolkien and Around the World in 80 Days and also the Harry Potter series (had to) but seriously I feel like I have to introduce them to some contemporary awesomeness and I don’t even know what I could pick for them since I try to avoid the “my mom doesn’t allow me to read that” phase.
I think everyone should read anything. With some limits for the kids, of course. But I just get so annoyed when I hear parents not letting their kids read Harry Potter because of magic and witchcraft but they haven’t even read it to see that there is so much more to it.
Parents, let your kids read. If you don’t let them read that now, someday they will do it anyways. And I’m not talking about letting a 10 year old read 50 Shades or something. I’m talking about something silly like the Harry Potter situation which is the most common one. I’m so thankful my parents let me read whatever I wanted when I was small. Let them read the back of the book, search online to see what it actually is about, don’t just disapprove of them to touch the book. They read, they put it back on the shelf and they go on with their day.
Many kids have some reading abilities that allows them to read books for kids older than them, others for the same age, others more childish ones, to each their own. But just let the reading be like a color hue. Slowly slide from one genre to the other. Let them enjoy it, it won’t do any harm.
Also, if anyone knows any books for 11 year olds, let me know.
I don’t know why I have this tendency to read books that destroy me. I need help.
Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider.
Why am I like this? Why is Robyn so cruel, first of all?
So pretty much you get to love the main characters (Sadie and Lane). They’re awesome and they have a special connection that you can’t help but love.
Too bad they both have tuberculosis that is immune to any drug. The good thing is that there is a solution in the end. The bad thing is that not everybody can make it.
And this gives you such a bad vibe and your feelings pretty much go with the flow when you see them how strong they are and how they cope with it so well!
I love original ideas and people that like to do stuff in a different way and that describes miss Sadie pretty much. You get to love her and her mind.
You get to love it so much that you may end up yelling “NOOOO” and slam your book (or kindle in my case) and take a break and wipe the tears in your eyes. I hoped for a happy ending. SADIE DESERVED BETTER THO! I thought she would get better from that risky cure she took and she might make it another 2 weeks until the legit vaccines are coming in and everybody has a chance to live.
Lane was awesome. I loved how he wasn’t a drama queen after she died and it broke my heart just by reading that he imagined her in the line for the vaccine or he imagined helping her pack for leaving…
That’s just sad.
It was awesome. But horrific. But awesome. I loved it.
I think it’s time to focus on some poetry this time. Contemporary poetry. I chose Love and Misadventures by Leav Lang because the cover is absolutely adorable, I mean look at this:
I love poetry but contemporary poetry is my favorite and I always devour the poems. This book sent Lang Leav to a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to read some more but I have to take it slow cause I don’t wanna read all of them in a single day lol.
I’ve read many bad reviews about this one and I sincerely don’t get it. I know it’s not your typical shakespearian and sophisticated play of words but it really does its job, it makes you feel things. It sends you on a rollercoaster and it’s full of emotions. It’s so crazy relatable to a lot of us, it was an amazing read.
No it doesn’t have complex poems but I don’t think you need complexity when you know how to write and what to say and the author nailed it. The words are real and raw from the heart. No time to pretend.