This post will serve as a few things,
A: an update on my book club now that the seasons have passed…
B: a list of the new books I am excited to dive in for the new year!
But FIRST, may I say I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season and may 2o17 be a positive step forward for us all! ❤
Below are the pictures of my Autumn book club choices and a small review of each. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed most of them, high ratings all around!
Hopefully, you’ll find one that suits your fancy!
- Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon
An interesting perspective on life from a girl who is stuck permanently inside due to a life threatening illness… until of course, she’s not… do I even need to mention the brooding bad boy? 😉 Still with a unique voice and twist in the end, I give this an 8.5/10
- A Madness So Discrete – Mindy McGinnis
A fascinating look at institutional life in the 19th century- the setting of a dark plot that pushes the main character to look deep into herself for courage and strength. 9/10
- My Lady Jane – Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows
Such a creative and fun concept to mix fantasy and fairy tales with loosely based historical events to the point that it’s created something new!? IDK just give it a chance- it has so many references tucked away that will make you smile along the journey 9/10
- Flawed– Cecelia Ahem
Another sci-fi dystopian that I expected to fall flat based on the synopsis but it hooked me pretty quickly. Seriously, I stayed up until 2 in the morning just to finish this book . It was surprisingly a little more graphic (violence) than I expected or preferred… but it kept me thinking about questions of what’s really right and wrong for DAYS but *spoiler alert* the ending was just cruel to readers when the sequel is still a few months away. 8.5/10
- Night Circus– Erin Morgenstern
SO MAGICAL and gorgeously written. The plot is a little slow at times but it’s worth it to see the protags relationship bloom. There’s not much I can say to explain this premise, you just need to immerse yourself in this world and let your imagination take over. 8/10
- Cinder (Book 1 of The Lunar Chronicles) – Marissa Meyer
I love when I can get hooked in a series and I ate this one up within a year but I’ll just settle with reviewing the first one. I got ahead of myself at times because I thought I was smart enough to see through the story lines but I can honestly say, the series kept me on my toes.
- Althea and Oliver – Cristina Moracho
- Mosquitoland – David Arnold
I am going to review these two together because I actually never finished them… It’s not that it was bad writing- they both have that quirky vibe that I Really wanted to like but I just couldn’t get into them and it actually ended up feeling more like a chore to read them. So I decided not to be too hard on myself and take a break from them. IMO, both had similar issues. The characters were not likable and the plots were a little too unrealistic for my tastes. I give both a 6.5/10 but hey, I don’t want to turn off anyone who is interested in giving them a try. If you do, let me know if the endings are worth giving them another chance!
And now, my “one person book club” picks for the next few months are:
This year, I’m looking to continue to push my genre boundaries and I always enjoy a good comedic autobio 🙂
- Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
- Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella
- We Are Still Tornadoes – Michael Kun and Susan Mullen
- Scrappy Little Nobody – Anna Kendrick
- Talking as Fast as I Can – Lauren Graham
- One More Thing – B.J. Novak
I look forward to reading and reviewing these books, hopefully to spread the word and get people reading more!! Comment if you have read any of these yet and what you would rate them! Much love in 2017! #newyear