This week I finished seven books. My eyes have gotten worse and while I’m looking for a doctor that can handle my eye issues and will take my insurance I can no longer read physical books, but I’m reading ebooks quickly while I can still see and because reading is my best form of distraction. It was a pretty great reading week, especially considering how poorly the rest of life went.
- Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi ✰4✰ This book was beautifully written and I enjoyed seeing Gifty try to find a balance between her religion and her work as a scientist. Her religious struggle in terms of her relationship with her mother and the death of her brother gave me a lot to think about as well. I look forward to reading more by this author.
- A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard ✰3✰ I really appreciated the anxiety representation. I liked how the use of sign language was showcased here too. I haven’t read many books with characters that are deaf. I liked that Steffi was able to do what she needed to do when it really mattered no matter how afraid or anxious she was. But the book did feel a bit too long.
- Over the Woodward Wall by A Deborah Baker ✰2✰ Over the Woodward Wall was not at all what I expected. I really loved the characters, but the story was too whimsical and nonsensical for me. And the ending, wasn’t an ending. I’m hoping a reread of Middlegame will remind me of how this story fits in to that one because I don’t see it at this point.
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows ✰5✰ This book was fantastic. A new all time favorite book for me. The characters were lovely, the story was charming. There was sadness, joy, love, war. I am so glad that I read this book.
- Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate ✰5✰ This was such a fantastic heartbreaking story. I am so glad I read it for Middle Grade March. I want to take the whole family and hug them forever.
- The Canyons Edge by Dusti Bowling ✰3✰ This book was good. I loved seeing how Nora was able to keep herself going while battling current survival and past trauma all within the same scenes. I love a novel in verse, my favorite story telling format, and the way the edges of the pages reflected when Nora was in the canyon or at the bottom was a great addition. I think I will get more out of it on a reread because it was a book I was struggling to read physically which is extremely difficult and painful at the moment due to eye issues. I look forward to reading it again if I get my eyes working properly again at some point because a book dealing with surviving the elements and grief told in verse sounds like the making of a perfect book for me.
- Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams ✰4✰ I really enjoyed Undercover Bromance. I liked Mack way more than Liv in this story, but they worked well together. I appreciated how there were hard topics dealt with in here, but also a lot of fun that made me smile most of the way through this book. I’m looking forward to reading the third book in this series.
What books have you finished this week?