Half way through the month of July, I decided that I wanted to get back into reading. I used to read a lot in elementary school (Harry Potter, A Series of Unfortunate Events), and became obsessed with it in middle school. I remembered how much fun it was to read and the sense of accomplishment and joy I got from finishing a book.
Before I started buying new books though, I went back and read all of the books on my bookshelf that I bought but had never read or didn’t finish. Most of the books I share today are older one’s. If they are newer, I will mention that in the description.
I decided to start out with Falling Under by Gwen Hayes because it was short, looked interesting, and there was romance involved. I dived into this book really hopeful, and came out disappointed. I give this book 1 out of 5 stars. It was really bad to the point that I was convinced that the author wasn’t taking this book seriously. It seemed like she wrote it with the goal of trying to make a terrible book.
This is the second book I picked up because it used to be pretty popular in 2012, it had romance, and had fallen angels. Half of the book was boring and uninteresting. Things didn’t start to happen until later on, but it was pretty good. I feel like the book could’ve been much shorter. The author would include plot that was dragged out or unnecessary. Overall, I gave it a 3 out of 5 stars.
Eleanor and Park
This was the 3rd book I read, and it was absolutely horrible. This was torturous to read. It was about two 16 year olds, but the entire time I felt like I was picturing two 12 year olds. It was weird, not interesting, very repetitive, and just odd. I do not recommend this at all. I want to burn it. 0 out of 5 stars.
Four was the fourth book I read, and no, I actually did not plan that out. It just happened. I enjoyed this a lot. I loved Divergent when it came out and I loved Tobias, so it was nice to see things from his perspective and get more of his own backstory. I feel like I would have enjoyed this more if I had recently read the Divergent trilogy and was more immersed in the world. I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars.
The 5th Wave
This was the 5th book I read, and again, I did not plan this out. Funny how this kept happening. If you like the show survivor, then you will probably enjoy this book. The thing I love about Divergent and the Hunger Games is the fact that they are more fantasy dystopian books. This book was strictly dystopian. Reading it during this time of self-isolation was extremely strange, especially the fact that in the book there is a virus going around that is deadly and people have to quarantine…. Yeah, I wouldn’t recommend this book for right now. I did not enjoy it that much, but I think that’s just because it wasn’t my preferred genre. Also, the romance was highly unnecessary in this book and was kind of strange too. I gave this a 2 out of 5.
We have come to the 6th and final book of finally reading all of the old books I had on my shelves. I LOVED this book so much. The main character was fierce, sarcastic, and independent. I loved her attitude about everything and could see a lot of myself in her. I really enjoyed the plot and the romance. I think this book was well done, and I really want to buy the newer version of the cover because I hate the version that I own. Also, I would like to continue the series, as well. I gave this a 5 out of 5 stars.
The Shadows Between Us
This was the first newer book I picked up and I was over-the-moon excited about it. The plot of this book was so interesting, the main character was driven and independent, the romance was *chef’s kiss*. The ending was a little weird and unbelievable in my opinion, so that’s the only complaint I have. I really enjoyed this book and I would highly recommend it to anyone. It’s short and it’s a standalone book. I feel like my own book taste is described in this book. I love reading anything that has to do with royalty and big dresses.
This was the second newer book I read and I was super excited about it since it was marketed as a book that any Twilight fan would love. That sold me. I ended up hating this book….. The main character was another shy, bland, and highly dependent character. She can’t defend herself even when her life depends on it. She has no personality at all, but yet she catches the attention of the most popular guy in school? Bleh. The only good thing about this book was the main character’s cousin who was genuinely kind, caring, and interesting. She had more of a personality than the main character did. I gave this a 1 out of 5 stars. I don’t understand why everyone loves it.
Shadow and Bone
We have come to the final book I read in the month of July. This, again, was a newer book that I was excited to dive into. I really enjoyed this one. I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars. I loved going into this fantasy world and meeting all of the characters. I thought it was super interesting and a fun read. This is the first in a trilogy, which I have since finished but the other two books I read in August.