Hi, hi. ^_^
Reading goal met!! CUE CONFETTI CANYONS! 😀
That said, there’s still a month left and more reading to do, but it feels really good to meet a goal. Maybe that’s the best part of setting goals!
53 books seems to be a good goal for me. It’s achievable, yet challenging, and something I can strive for without stressing myself out. So, I’m going to stick with this same goal for next year. 🙂
I didn’t read a ton this month. One of the books I’m currently reading is super good and fast paced and fun, but the main character is just getting on my nerves, so I spent two weeks slow poking through that before I decided to just pick up another book. ^_^
50: Giant Days, Vol. 14
Author: John Allison, Illustrator: Max Sarin
Genre: Comedy, Graphic Novel, Contemporary
Rating: 4 stars
This is the last installment of the series. Our trio of college friends graduate and go out into the real world. I really liked it, but I would have liked a slightly less open ending. After all this time, I was craving a giant bow on top of everything. Also, the last chapter waxed super weird. I like weird, but it was supernaturally weird, and it didn’t fit with the entire rest of the series. The author does have a supernatural series out, so maybe he couldn’t help himself.
51: What Goes Up
Author: Christine Heppermann
Genre: Contemporary, Poetry
Rating: 5 stars
This is a contemporary novel told in verse about a girl who wakes up in some random’s guy bed and reflects on how she got there. It went back and forth between the past and present, and there were a lot of parallels between the mushroom world and our world. I know that sounds crazy, but it was really well done, and I really liked how real and three dimensional all of the characters felt through the poetry. Plus there were some poems written in a spiral pattern, and I love that.
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Genre: Poetry, Memoir
Rating: 4 stars
Have you ever heard of a poetry memoir? I haven’t. But this reads exactly like that: a memoir with poetry laced through it, which means it took a lot more time to read than a normal poetry book, but a lot less time to read than a normal memoir. This was rough. Like, content-wise. It’s honestly a five-star book, but I didn’t like most of it. It was heavy and angry and loud, and maybe it should be, but I rate based on emotion, and I felt like she hit me over the head with a brick before trying to lift me up, and it left me feeling stable, but annoyed. She’s like, “here’s a dark tunnel full of monsters,” for 200 pages, and then she’s like, “but you’re strong and can rise above them.” And I’m like, “….I’m scared now, but thanks?” But I also like really appreciate how brave and honest she is.
53: One to Watch
Author: Kate Stayman-London
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 stars
I buddy read this with my sister, and it was a lot of fun! It’s about a plus-sized fashion blogger who gets invited to be the “Main Squeeze” – a bachelor/bachelorette-style dating show – 25 men “competing” for her affection. In true romance fashion, I got annoyed at the end. I also had minor gripes about how fast all the relationships were moving in general, which my sister told me is totally normal for these types of shows, but overall, this is literally the most I’ve ever enjoyed a contemporary romance novel. It was fun and hilarious and mixed media – meaning we got your prose, but also tweets, podcast transcripts, group chats, text messages, emails, and more mediums on top of that. It left me feeling fully seeped into a reality dating show world in the best way. I’ve only ever watched Joe Millionaire and one season of The Bachelor, but that concept mixed with a plus size girl sold me on the book.
Okay, that’s all. Happy December, Everyone! 😀