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
Read this Week:
You know me Well was an amazing read, it is an LGBTQIA+ story about finding yourself, friendship and Pride week. I really loved it and could relate very heavily to the main characters. I gave it 5/5 and it for sure made me cry. The Boxcar Children was a huge disappointment, I remember loving this book a ton in 4th grade but I found it so poorly written during this reread. It reads very much and then and then and then. I gave it 2/5 purely for the nostalgia. Solitaire was also another 5/5 star read. I am starting to think that Alice Oseman is just one of those authors for me. This book spoke to me deeply because I was just like our main character in high school. I was very desensitized to the people and situations going on around me and all I could think about was the countdown until the day that I finally would be able to leave that place for forever. Blameless thankfully cleaned up the mess from the previous book in parasol protectorate series. These books are very quick and fun to read and they definitely make me smile with all the ridiculous antics the characters get up to. 4/5
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Read these past Two Weeks:
Well, sorry we forgot the report the last week cause I read way too much to cover. Let’s break it down into a couple categories.
Graphic novels: Fence 1 and 2 were amazing! I highly suggest this series it’s so competitive and wonderful. The Mighty Deep was okay… animal weirdness. Idk. I wasn’t too into it. Lone Wolf and Cub was really good! Very rated M! Shadow of the Batgirl was a fun new character and I really enjoyed it! Batman Nightwalker is a literal redo of the book in graphic novel format so I already knew the story and it was nice to see it bright and graphic on the page. Harley Quinn Vote Harley was fun! I love the Rebirth series! Commute was eye-opening and awful but ended on a nice note. Definitely a book women should read if they don’t mind hard topics.
Audiobooks: Aurora Rising – really good and I cannot wait for book 2! Becoming – I don’t know what’s with me and memoirs but this one was really good and touching and I love that she narrates her own book! The Storied Life of AJ Fikry – So good – set in a bookshop and all about fate I feel like. From Twinkle, With Love – I thought this was only so-so. Not a huge fan of this one. Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic – SO good! So funny! I loved every minute and you get a good insight into an adult’s life dealing with autism. The Rosie Effect – hard pass – boring book about pregnancy – I know the point is it’s from an autism spectrum/Asperger’s POV but. . . I was bored to tears. War Horse – an interesting war story from the POV of a horse. What We Found in the Sofa and How it Saved the World – kind of weird kids save the world starting with a crayon they found in a sofa story. 🙂 Challenger Deep – a very hard story to read, a mix of reality and hallucinations of a boy with schizophrenia while he is in an institute to help him but also very well done.
Other books: The Diary of a Young Girl – what a book to read at this time… definitely put things in focus for me. Adaptation was such a weird and crazy read, but I enjoyed it – will be reading the sequel soon! Hearts & Other Body Parts – witches and vampires oh my! I really loved this one and devoured it quickly. Written in Red – a fantastic start to a series, I really enjoyed it and will look into the rest of the series! Some werewolves and vampires in here too. Stung – wow a crazy post pandemic? Apocolayptic? book about bees… really cool and I enjoyed it! Call Down the Hawk – can stand on its own – I haven’t finished Raven Boys cycle (now I want to) but it’s a really cool crazy book and I want more now! Lock & Mori: Mind Games – a sequel and wraps up more of what happened in the first one but also leaves more open for the next book. Not sure about the relationship aspect between the two characters.
This week at The Book Monsters, we…
That is all for us this week. So until next week, stay scary Monsters.