It’s officially May, which means summer is right around the corner! Wow, the beginning of the year went so fast. Sadly, my reading streak has stalled. Thanks to my amazing Japan trip and the jet lag that followed, I did not read 15 books in April like I did in January, February, and March. However, I did read 7 books, which keeps me on track to hit my goal of 100 this year!!
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
I watched Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children on the plane ride home, and fell in love with Eva Green’s eye make-up. It had been so long since I read the first book; the second had been waiting for me. I needed to detangle what the movie changed from what the book stated, so finally, I jumped in to the middle book of the series. Hollow City didn’t grip me as much as the first, but I’m eager to see how the story ends. I’ve got Library of Souls on my hold list at the library!
Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
The second book in the Red Queen series finally became available at the library; I’ve literally been waiting for it since last year. Immediately, I was disappointed; I had waited so long for the book, and I wasn’t even enjoying it. I didn’t love Red Queen, so I don’t know why I was surprised that I wasn’t loving this one. It feels unoriginal to me, especially considering what I read soon after (more on that two paragraphs down!). I’ve heard good things about King’s Cage and the ending of this one pulled me in, so we’ll see about this series.
A Certain Magical Index vol. 1
The first manga to appear on my “What I Read” list! Matt & I have been watching this anime, and when I spotted this volume at Barnes & Noble, I decided to take a cue from the Japanese Book Off patrons and read it right there. I’m really loving this anime, though at times it can be a bit confusing since the pace is so fast (and, you know, I have to read all the dialogue). The manga felt easier to understand because I already knew the story. Very cute– I love Index and Toma!
The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
This series is what makes me think Red Queen is so unoriginal. I feel like The Young Elites does everything so much better. I’ve really liked how dark this series has been, watching Adelina transform. I like that she is firmly our protagonist even though she is basically evil for half this book. I love that it’s her perspective we get, when even we know that we don’t want her to succeed. I love that she is redeemed in the end. The relationship with her sister is so sweet. The world Marie Lu created is so cool. I just loved this book!
Sonora and the Eye of the Titans by T.S. Hall
I’ve got a full review of this one coming Thursday, so stay tuned!
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
I don’t know what compelled me to read this; it’s a bit different than my usual choices. I liked the movie, the book was available from the library, et viola! I do like this story, but I recognize this book is problematic. It just seems odd to me that it’s about a book from the black perspective, but this book is truly from the white perspective.
Love & Gelato by Jenny Evans Welch
Cute. Having lost her mother to cancer, Lina is sent to Florence and given her mother’s journal, sending her on a path of self-discovery. I really liked the journey her journal sent her on and was quite touched at parts. A couple things bothered me throughout (like how they called old James Bond movies cheesy, or how it seemed like Lina’s mother lived in Florence like 5 years ago, not 17) that kept me from loving it, though.
Kind of a hit-or-miss month, but I’m planning on making up for that now in May! What are you reading this month?