And my Top Ten Reads of 2019!
When I was out shopping today, I went to checkout and saw that the young woman at the counter was reading a book. I asked what she was reading, and took a photo to remember it! Sorry, it‘s a poor photo. Checked Goodreads, and very high ratings. Does anyone else ask strangers what they are reading?
Ever felt like your lost and wondering even though you had planned out a whole life and executed the perfect things to make that life happen but, now maybe you don't want that life? It's not so easy to adjust especially if your parents push you to do what was the original plan. This book is about the turmoil of adjusting and when maybe your parents can't or won't adjust to whom you really are. It's about unlikely, but perfectly timed friendships.
I don't read a lot of contemporary novels anymore, but I have heard good things about this author and decided to check her out. And, it was just the right YA for me. The characters were mature without going out of the realm of believable. They had their stuff to figure out, but it wasn't like a dramatic coming of age book. It was just them figuring life out. Plus, I loved the idea of the podcast. I listed to the audio for this. Recommended!
Another good reading month--made some progress with my Goodreads TBR! (Only 2000-some more to get through… 😅
Favorites this month: Radio Silence and The Cruel Prince.
4 Goodreads TBR
3 library books
1 physical TBR (owned)
One Dark Throne- 4 ⭐
Strands of Bronze and Gold- 3 ⭐
Radio Silence-5 ⭐
The Cruel Prince- 4 ⭐
#monthlywrapup #februarywrapup #2019reading
I really enjoyed this book! Very easy to get into, refreshing, and emotionally hard-hitting. Can't wait to read more by the author.
What I loved:
* The diversity of the characters and how real they were
* Themes about academic pressure, depression, and mental illness that felt genuine and not preachy/cliched
* Frances' relationship with her mom
* The relationships between all the characters
Until the Litsy app works on my home WiFi I won‘t be posting. The frustration of having a “working” app suddenly stop working just as you try to post a well thought out post or when you try to tag people is too much.
Since it works on the WiFi at work I‘ll keep checking in to see what you Littens are all up to.
Hoping the bugs are worked out soon because I‘m really missing interacting with you all💔
Although I initially picked up this book because of the fictional podcast that plays an important role in the plot, I kept reading to watch a platonic relationship have an importance and emotional arc that I've only ever seen in romances.
Oh so painfully good. Similar themes to Eliza and her Monsters, in that it involves creating and fandom. But I can‘t even explain it, this is so beautiful. So many dimensions of friendship and school and sexuality and life. Read it. A great #queerbook that deals with more than just gay.
Based on the cover, I thought this book was going to be very different than what it was. Regardless, it was an excellent coming of age book about friendship and controlling your own life. I thought the bad mom was a little one dimensional, but I really loved Frances and Raine. Raine is the friend everyone needs. And a YA book where a cheesy love story was not the center of all things made it even better. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I'm currently listening to Radio Silence on audiobook and I'm loving it a lot more than I thought I was going to! The story is really great and involves a lot of Fandom things, which I obviously love, and I really enjoy the characters. This book definitely has a trigger warning for parental abuse, though.
#radiosilence #aliceoseman #currentlyreading #audiobook
Touted as the Holden Caulfield of the internet age. I don't disagree. And that's probably why it's not a Pick for me; i.e., the rift between one's social media/podcast/youtube persona vs real, raw, messy, sometimes ineloquent life lived out (or totally avoided) with direct human and experiential connections. Then again, we're all caught up in it to some degree in the 21st century...Thoughts?
I devoured this book. Flew through, loved every page of it, and it reminded me that I really need to get back into listening to Night Vale. Loved it, and highly recommend to anyone who wants a good yarn. (Ignore me in the reflection! Downside of close-up pictures of Ebooks)
Okay, listen: the pacing/plotting on this could've used a bit more steadying. I can't speak to a lot of the rep and will be listening for other reviews and thoughts.
But one of my standing reader's advisory requests is for books that take the emotional arc of a romance novel and apply it to a completely platonic relationship, and this. is. that. So it's a Pick.
(Maybe the only other one I can think of is THE CHOSEN; recs are very welcome.)
Despite the few problems I had concerning the writing and some unrealistic decision making, this book was a page-turner, relatable and full of diverse, interesting, realistic characters. The journey Frances went on throughout was engaging and relatable and her and Aled‘s friendship was wonderful to read, the definite highlight of the novel. I would recommend this book, as long as you don‘t have much of a problem with a quite simple writing style.
This book was amazing. I loved every second of it! It features such a wonderful diverse cast who I loved very much!
Reasons to read this book:
1. Amazing bisexual, mixed race protagonist Frances
2. WONDERFUL depiction of a mother daughter relationship
3. Gay couple
4. Aled is just so wonderful and lovely! I just want to hug him 💙
5. I love Daniel
6. And Raine
7. Great depiction of anxiety
9. ACE REPRESENTATION
Outstanding contemporary which nails internet culture perfectly. I love the relationships here - especially the platonic friendship between Frances and Aled, and the support shown to Frances by her mother.