i must say, this was a GREAT reading month for me! i don’t know why i got through so many books, but i am happy to report that this month i read SEVEN whole books! i think that partly, my speed can be attributed to the fact that i read a couple of mystery/suspense/murder type books and they were SERIOUS page-turners! also, i read two of the three books i posted about in my ‘GOALS’ post in january this month!! woop!! here’s what march brought to the bookshelf:
All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor
this was one i had kept to read from school before putting it on the bookshelf. being in kuwait, there are some added censorship issues with books, especially in elementary school. sometimes when we get new books, i read the synopsis and decide that i should probably take a closer look, just in case. this junior novel was SUPER adorable and i am so glad that i read it. i am also happy to report that it made it’s way to the shelf and i have had some students report back that they loved it as well! it’s a sweet and easy read about a boy who was raised in a jail with his mom and it gives such a sweet perspective on family. super cute read!
Rules by Cynthia Lord
i’ve been meaning to read this one for a while now and after a colleague read it in one sitting, i decided that it was TIME! and it was definitely worth the read. another easy junior novel but this time about a young girl and her brother who is autistic. it’s really interesting to hear her thoughts on dealing with her brother and how she feels other people are toward him. as an educator, it definitely hit home and i think that it was really well written and gives a clear picture of what living with someone with autism could be like. a great book to help young people understand autism as well. loved this one!
Girl Up by Laura Bates
this book wasn’t really what i was expecting, to be honest. i had been wanting to read it for ages and i don’t really know WHAT i was expecting to be honest, but in some ways, it wasn’t this. don’t ask lol anyway…it was good. sort of like a self-help type book for teenage girls i guess. and there were some really hilarious parts. and many very honest parts (and sometimes graphic/explicit parts). i think that reading it as a teen i would have been obsessed.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
i saw a mom from school reading this book. she had just started it and said it was good so far. the NEXT DAY she delivered it to me in the library to read. i think it took me about two days and it was REALLY good. super interesting and a definite page turner. it isn’t my typical style of book but has opened up the doors to a new genre for me i think! it was also written in an interesting style…a bit different and i had read reviews that some people hated the writing style. i enjoyed it though and if definitely suited the story. i would definitely recommend this one if you like mysteries!
Summerlost by Ally Condie
another one on my shelf at school to read before putting them out. and i LOVED it. it took a few chapters to really get into it but i was totally into the sweet storyline and relationships in this story. it’s about a young boy and girl who are working at a theatre festival for the summer and there are a couple side-stories that really make it really easy to fall in love with the characters. the different family stories make it seem like real life. i think this super sweet read will be very popular in my library!
The Not So Subtle Art of Being a Fat Girl by Tess Holiday
as usual, i had read mixed reviews about this book, but i absolutely LOVED it. i laughed out loud so many times and just felt like i could really relate to a lot of what was tess was talking about. and not even just the parts about being over weight, but also because we are about the same age and some of the hilarious 80’s and 90’s trends really were amazing. i think her message of self love is SO, SO important and she encourages women of all shapes and sizes to embrace what they have, love themselves, and be confident! also, her hashtag, which has been used almost 3 million times, just might be my new fave: #effyourbeautystandards – L.O.V.E.
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
my second murder mystery of the month…and i could NOT put it down!! as in…reading in the car while my friends were in starbucks. reading while i ate my lunch at school. whenever i possibly could!! i NEEDED to know who did it!!!! the suspense was killing me!! lol so i have decided that while i’m not into gore or anything super scary, i do love the mystery of trying to figure out who did something or how they did it. the expression ‘page-turner’ couldn’t be more accurate and if you’re into that sort of thing, i would definitely suggest looking this one up!