Welcome to another edition of the Monster Report. The Monster Report explores the book happenings of Jessica and Kristen. Whether it be what we got in our mailboxes, what books we are currently hiding in, or fun stuff to look forward to this week at The Book Monsters, you can find it here. The Monster Report is inspired by Alea‘s This Week in Books, Tynga’s Stacking the Shelves, and Kathryn at the Book Date‘s It’s Monday, What are you Reading? Also, Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers also host a kidlit version of It’s Monday, What are you Reading?
Books added to TBR: None
So I am extremely impressed that I finally managed to finish reading The Fellowship of the Ring, I had read the first 129 pages twice and had never been able to move beyond that but then I listened to the audiobook for it at work one day this past week and I was able to finish it. I actually really enjoyed it and I definitely think that audiobooks are the way to go for this series, they are very well done and are full-cast productions. I ended up giving it a 4/5. Shiver was actually quite a surprise for me since I have heard so many negative things on it. Most people say that it just doesn’t live up to the rest of Maggie’s work. I really loved this book it was entertaining, surprising, and I definitely shed a few tears over it. The way I would pitch this book is Twilight if Bella was actually an interesting person, had ended up with Jacob, and was 500 times better written. I gave it a 4.5/5 Murder Most Unladylike was a fun murder mystery romp that gives some Sherlock vibes and is super fast and entertaining the whole way through. 4/5.
Books added to TBR: None.
Read this Week:
And marked as DNF:
Let’s talk about The Hotel Between first – I was reading a lot this week and got stuck for days on this book. I made it 175 pages before I realized 1 – it is too long 2 – I care nothing for the plot and characters and 3 why am I still reading this?
I finished three audiobooks – Endling: The Last was really good and I really love how Applegate tells a story. Ghost Boys made me bawl on the way into work, thank goodness I finished in the car – definitely a novel for younger readers who aren’t ready for The Hate U Give and books like that. I loved the ending and felt it was a perfect way to say that we need to do better but that there will continue to be issues with racism and hate. Ice Wolves was also awesome and I cannot even explain the plot – it has a lot of action/adventure and is a great fantasy novel for younger readers.
Good Dog was a bit hard to read, it’s about the ghost of a dog wanting to help his abused human, who he died trying to help. It had a little All Dogs go to Heaven vibe… Explorer Academy was a lot of fun, it’s highly illustrated and had a lot of mysteries and codes involved within the story. Bone’s Gift took me a while to get into – it’s set in history and involves an unraveling story of how Bone’s mother came to pass away and why her aunt hates the “gifts”. I did enjoy it but I was worried at first that I wouldn’t.
This week at The Book Monsters, we…
None. Been crazy trying to squeeze every drop of reading in.
That is all for us this week. So until next week, stay scary Monsters.