I saw a lot of change in May, particularly, I started a full-time job in a new library system. The month was mostly spent flailing about and trying to keep up with all my new life changes. It’s been amazing so far, and I definitely come home tired for the right reason. However, May also saw my reading turn into a haphazard mess, and I found myself trying to learn when I had free time for my hobbies. That is still a new and I’m getting used to it. Plus, summer is here, and I am ready for adventures.
As always with “Fave of the Month,” I try to choose books I didn’t review or get an advance copy of. While I read and reviewed some amazing books in May (which I don’t feel like I am caught up on), here was my favourite for the month of May:
Like No Other
by Una LaMarche (Published: Published July 14th 2015 by Razorbill)
This book was addictive and reminded me of a thriller at times. This star-crossed lovers story is enlightening as well as scary at times. There were genuine parts where I gasped because I couldn’t get over what was happening. LaMarche is super respectful about the Jewish faith in this story, and if anything through Devorah’s character, I learned a lot about what it means to have a Hasidic upbringing and yet I couldn’t help myself but cheer for her and Jaxon to be together. An excellent read!
April has come and gone, but I did read a lot of fantastic books during the month. I feel like my mojo is coming back with a vengeance, which makes me pretty happy given April was a huge month of change for me. I start a new full-time library gig on Monday, I’ve made better choices regarding what goals I want to achieve in my life — lots of positives. I also cry because April is also the month where the most money has to get spent because yay taxes and car insurance!
Anywho, let’s see the favourite book of the month.
by Laurie Halse Anderson (Published: March 12th 2019 by Viking Books)
This is an auto-biographical look at Laurie Halse Anderson’s childhood and a look back at when she was sexually assaulted as a child. This book, written in verse, is a haunting and chilling experience where Anderson pulls no punches and opens up about what it means to have had been raped and how she still keeps going and survives. I read this book in a few hours and I appreciate how uncomfortable at times it made me feel, but also the moments it instilled hope in me as well. There’s some amazing lessons in this book and it’s worth checking out.
March was such an up and down month for me. I didn’t feel like I accomplished as much as I had hoped, but my bullet journal reminded me otherwise. I went on some adventures, I worked and worked out, I’m in the process of digitizing a lot of my old paper files because the clutter is getting to me (more in a different blog post). However, as always, with the end of a new month comes a favourite book. My favourite book of the month was All The Ways Home by Elsie Chapman, which doesn’t release until May. Let’s just say, it is one of the best middle grade books I’ve read this year outside of Ruby in the Sky. Both those are worth putting on your TBR if you love middle grade.
My favourite book of the month was an adult literary novel. The book itself was a pleasant surprise from an author I fell in love with last year. Let’s reveal it, shall we?
Forever, Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Published July 9th 2013 by Washington Square Press)
This is the story of a woman who asks her husband to by her Fruity Pebbles and he ends up not coming home because he is killed by a truck driver. Elise has barely been married to her husband and he is sudden taken. This book is an amazing look at grief and how we cope. I found myself understanding Elise’s actions all too well, if I’m being honest. I also loved the bits that were set in the past where Elise and Ben met and how they fell for each other. I’m somewhat of a closeted romantic, but bits of this book did have some swoon, but mostly I cried my eyes out. This is my second Taylor Jenkins Reid book and I know I am smitten with he writing now after this one and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.
Let’s see what April brings me!
It’s the beginning of March, which means it’s time to check in with what I read. I would say that hands down the best book I read in February was Ruby in the Sky, but given I did a full review on it, I thought I’d share a different read worth noting as well.
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (Published February 5th 2019 by Balzer + Bray)
I feel like this book isn’t getting the same level of hype that The Hate U Give did. This book is fantastic, focusing on family and rap music. Bri creates a song that ends up going viral for the wrong reasons, and she goes on an internal journey of understanding the reactions she receives. I love this book because it’s rare in a YA book for a female character to have the level of anger that Bri does and get away with it. She’s furious, raw, and when she screws up, she’s allowed to make the mistakes and worth on self-reflection and forgiveness. Her song is also hella catchy, and I cannot wait until the film is made to hear what Bri’s song is actually going to sound like. I also loved her family, her desire to want to help her family in any way that she can. Garden Heights continues to be such a memorable place, and I cannot wait to see who Angie Thomas introduces readers to next.
I haven’t done Fave of the Month since Molly was a regular here on the blog. I miss her recommendations, but I know I can just bug her if I want those. My goal with bringing this feature back was to share a book I read that wasn’t an ARC that I read in the month and adored the hell out of, and what you all to check out. Let’s see what January’s pick is!
Pulp by Robin Talley (Published November 13th 2018 by Harlequin Teen)
This was my first Robin Talley book and also the first book I finished in 2019. What I loved about Pulp is that it’s a dual-layered story, one taking place in present day and the other during the 1950’s. This book is a wonderful exploration of lesbian pulp fiction, as well as just how the rights of the LGBT community have changed since 1950. I loved reading both perspectives and felt instant connections to Abby and Janet. This chunk book has a lot of humour, as well as a lot of depth as well. This is very much a character focused story sprinkled with tons of research in it. I look forward to checking out a few other books by Robin Talley now, and I am so glad I grabbed Pulp and gave it a shot.
A new year means there’s going to be new monthly favourites. For those of you who may be new to the blog, River and I always try to share a favourite book of the month that we want to recommend to you all. Without further ado, here’s the picks!
Behold the Bones by Natalie C. Parker (Release Date: February 23rd 2016 by HarperTeen)
River’s Thoughts: This was one of my most anticipated books for 2016 and I am so happy to say that it lived up to my expectations!!! It’s a perfect companion to Parker’s debut, Beware the Wild and I was SO happy to return to Sticks and these characters! This book is so creepy and so damn country I can’t even stand it!!! I was enchanted from the start and I am crossing my fingers that there will be a third book because I am not ready to leave the swamp!
A Week Without Tuesdays by Angelica Banks
Sam’s Thoughts: This book was a recent release, but my goodness, this it what top grade middle grade is like! Finding Serendipity was one of my favourite reads from last year, and the sequel was just as awesome. This series is full of imagination and charm, and It will get you excited for a whimsical adventure. If you love middle grade, or have a middle grade lover in your life, get them reading this series!
What was your favourite read in January? Let us know in the comments!
HAPPY NEW YEARS!!! While 2015 has come and gone, and we now enter 2016, it’s time to share what River and I’s favourite reads from December were. I think River’s alone will surprise a lot of you.
by Andy Weir
What the heck? River picked an adult fiction novel? Who is this woman and where did my fangirly co-blogger go? All kidding aside, I need to read this book, and the space fangirling I got via Twitter for this book only sealed that need to read this book further. I am so happy that River enjoyed this book and it’s definitely one I’ll need to make time for in 2016.
Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
While I had quite a few five-star reads in December, this was the book I kept thinking about after I had finished it and am still thinking about. It’s a very strange book with some very important topics being discussed. I won’t go into too much detail, just know that we are doing a blog tour post for this book where I express a lot of the emotions this book left me with. It comes out TODAY! So definitely check it out either from your library or grab a copy from your local book store.
2015 was a roller coaster year for reading. I read 419 books (well this including graphic novels) and River read 159 books. I think these are QUITE the accomplishments, wouldn’t you say? Let us know in the comments what your favourite book in 2015 was, and what your reading goals are! We’d love to hear about them.