Has it really been two weeks since the last book ban update? It might have been. I’m not going to lie, I bought more books, though the husband said anything I got from Word on the Street didn’t count (what a nice husband), plus I received lots of new ARCs and gifts from River and Melissa. Oh and there’s that Lauren Oliver book I bought and got signed, which you already saw. Needless to say, I gotta stop. Hopefully October will be a better month, though I will probably buy at least one book for sure because, HELLO! New Maggie Stiefvater book. I MUST HAVE IT. Even if I buy that one book, I’ve got to make up what I kinda, sorta got at the events I went to…
Here’s a picture of the physical books I read these last two weeks:
Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King — Read this for Backseat Book Club and felt very indifferent towards it. I get that it’s supposed to be a fairy tale (it’s completely written this way) but holy crap, everyone was so STUPID in this book. It upset me too because I just didn’t like any of these characters (which makes sense because they are more cartoons than characters). I really liked the writing style of this one as it’s really different from his other books (yay!) and that’s I think ultimately kept me going. Also, very little dragons in this. THE TITLE LIED. 2.5/5 Stars,
Love is a Four-Letter Word by Vikki VanSickle — I wish Vikki’s books were more widely recognized. She writes some wonderfully realistic and totally awesome middler graders. I adore Clarissa, and I love her antics. I also love the new conflicts she faced in this story, especially with her mom and her new beau. Benji still hands down is my favourite character, but goodness Clarissa does a number on some of her friends and family in this one. I’ll probably talk about the three Clarissa books in a full post once I read the last one. 4/5 Stars.
Except the Dying, by Maureen Jennings — MUDOCH MYSTERIES! Admittedly, I haven’t had the chance to watch the show, but I love me a good mystery and the characters in this story were SO AWESOME (Crabtree <3). Plus, I love how Jennings weaves a mystery because she only gives tiny pieces — you really have to do a good chunk of the work. 4/5 Stars.
The Haunting of Heck House by Lesley Livingston & Jonathan Llyr — Not going to say much about this one since the review is going live, TOMORROW. Only hint I will give you: just as fun as the first book.
Rooms by Lauren Oliver — I am the biggest sucker for Lauren Oliver’s stories. Even with some of the novel’s flaws I find myself so deeply invested with her characters and the situations they end up in. I think if you are a very patient reader, there’s a lot to love her. Everything about this book is a slow burn (no pun intended) and that’s part of the joy that comes with the story. Everything is gradual, slow, methodical, and if you are the type of person who can’t settle into that type of pacing, I’d avoid this book. Otherwise, it’s wonderfully spooky with some really wonderful characters. 4/5 Stars,
Through the Woods by Emily Carroll — HOLY CREEPY FACTOR BATMAN. The artwork coupled with the beautiful writing? Great, creepy stuff here. A perfect Halloween read. 4.5/5 Stars,
Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas — Mini-Review
The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry — Review
The Good Sister by Julie Kain — Review to go live 09/08. (This is a good one guys).
Number of books bought on the ban: 9 (AHHHHHH NOT GOOD! BUT WORD ON THE STREET DOESN’T…oh who am I kidding, yes it does. >>;)
Number of (owned) books read on the ban: 19 (Uhhh… slightly better?)
Note to self: STOP BUYING BOOKS… unless it’s Blue Lily, Lily Blue. That’s allowed, right?