I love to read books. Literature is probably my favorite art form to both enjoy and create, and as such I'm always consuming new books both in print and in audio form. You can find a comprehensive list of the books I've read, the books I'm reading, and the books I want to read on Goodreads. I am, however, also putting up a list of the books I'm reading through as well as my thoughts on them so far on this page, for your convenience.
2018 Book Listing
- Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson): This book was phenomenal. So focused and hauntingly beautiful. Succinct yet poetic in every sentence, saying so many things with such little word count. I was blown away by the story of Melinda, and her journey in learning to speak again. It was heart-wrenching and hopeful, and made we want to be stronger.
- The Only Harmless Great Thing (Brooke Bolander): Hauntingly beautiful, poetic, and sad in all the right ways. Fantastic characters and storytelling? Awesome. Poetic beauty that seems to somehow transcend language at times? Even better. Uplifted elephants? Sign me up.
- Eleanor & Park (Rainbow Rowell): This book had such a wonderful, sweet, and oddball romance. Eleanor & Park 4 Life.
- RWBY (Shirow Miwa): This manga was the first volume of a future manga adaptation of the RWBY series. It was a fun romp with the characters from RWBY, going back to the good old days of Season 1. I needed just a little bit more time with these characters, and this manga provided it for me. Thanks Shirow Miwa.
- Marcelo in the Real World (Francisco X. Stork):
I really enjoyed this book--getting to know Marcelo's character and see the world through his eyes, seeing his relationship with Jasmine evolve throughout the story, and watching Marcelo evolve himself into someone who could handle the "real world." Also, I've adopted Marcelo. He's my child now. That is all.
Looking for Alaska (John Green): This book. I liked this book. I felt emotions at this book. Unfortunately, there were a lot of unnecessary gross things in this book that made it hard to get through. Though it's thoughts on death and the loss of friends are poignant and admirable, it's not a book I would ever recommend to its target audience. Also, the ending left just a bit to be desired. Maybe I just saw it coming too soon, but it fell a little flat for me.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky): I want to love this book. I really do. It has great characters, plot, and themes. Unfortunately, it's also trash. There is just so much juuuunnkk in this book and I couldn't stand reading it sometimes, but this being a book I read for school, I plunged onward. I feel like YA authors put crap like this into books just so they can feel edgy and self-righteous when their book is banned from school libraries.
Feed (M.T. Anderson): I would have given this book two stars, I disliked it that much, until I saw the plot twist. The plotting was just good enough to bump it up by one star. Problem is, this book is just propaganda.
The Age of Wire and String (Ben Marcus): This book confused me. So, so very much. And that's just about all I have to say about it.