Happy Sunday! Since it is reaching the half way point in summer, I decided to share with you what I have been reading recently. My goal this summer is to catch up on the dozens of books I want to read, and share them with you. Today I will share the books I have read already and the ones I plan on reading. I hope you enjoy!
I have not read as many books as I wished to at this point, mostly because it has been a lot busier of a summer than I thought. Either way, here are some quick summaries and reviews, without any spoilers.
1. Cinder - Marissa Meyer
As the first book I read this summer, it took a bit to ease into, but got addicting quickly. At first, I didn't think it would be my type of novel, as I am not the biggest fan of sci-fi, but it blew me away. It is a retelling of Cinderella, in a futuristic setting. Cinder, a cyborg, has a hand at mechanics and comes across doing a job for the prince. Meanwhile, a plague takes over the city and starts to threaten her loved ones. As the story continues, she gets more intertwined with the prince than she thought, and discovers some secrets about herself along the way.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
2. Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard
This novel is by far an all time favorite of mine, and the best I have read this summer. It has twists and turns, and I ended up reading it incredibly fast. The novel takes place in a time where the world is divided by the color of people's blood. Mare is a commoner, and a red, forced to see herself being drafted into the war in her near future. Soon, she finds herself in the Silver palace, at the hands of 2 princes, one which she is engaged to. As her royal life continues, she finds the battles between Reds and Silvers, and prince vs prince a lot harder than expected.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars!!!
3. Finding Audrey - Sophie Kinsella
Audrey, a young teenage girl, finds herself struggling with anxiety and bursts of depression because of a bullying episode at school. In turn, she never leaves the house, never looks people in the eye, and constantly wears dark sunglasses. That is, until she meets Linus, who begins to change her life for the better. She can connect with him and explain her issues, and he does anything to help her get better. Through her personal experience of mental illness, readers get a realistic glimpse of the serious issue, and how treatment works. It was an eye-opening read, and great for those who need a quick novel. Despite this, it is not anything exceptional like the other novels.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
4. Passenger - Alexandra Bracken
Etta, a violinist, discovers she can time travel during one of her performances. She then meets Nicholas Carter, who helps her piece together clues to find a perilous artifact. During the epic journey, romance blooms, as does Etta's awareness of social norms throughout history. Although quite a slow book, it expresses a unique moral and teaches history. There are many jaw dropping moments and I couldn't stop reading when I reached the last 100 pages.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I am currently reading one book and listening to another. Although it is too soon to give any rating or summery, I am going to mention them and give an update on how the reading process is going.
1. Why We Broke Up - Daniel Handler
Just read the author biography and found out that this same author, under the name Lemony Snicket, wrote the Series of Unfortunate Events. The overall summery is about a relationship between Min and Ed, with each chapter being about an item in the box Min is returning to the broken-hearted Ed. It is a pretty quick read, and includes many colorful illustrations. Overall a good novel thus far.
2. Mosquitoland - David Arnold
I just started listening to this book today. and it is already very addicting to read. The plot is about a girl who's family has fallen apart, forcing her to move when she didn't want to. She finds a chance to escape back to her mother via a bus ride around 1,000 miles. A quirky, fun book, but at the same time very serious. Love it,
That concluded my post for this week. I hope it gave you some ideas of what to read this summer if you are bored. Most of the novels I have been reading have been better than expected, and I now have a lot more series to keep up with. Have a great week!