March Wrap-Up

Hey bookworms, and welcome to our March Wrap-Up!  Let’s get started!

 

Dawlyn: I had an AMAAAZING reading month!! I read 12 books this month! It’s probably my best since this time last year. (Thanks spring break!)  Let’s get into it!

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Turtles All the Way Down by: John Green

Rating: 4.5/5 Doughnuts

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I loved this! I really think the mental health rep stands out amongst the growing number of mental health books in YA, especially because it’s own-voices. I’ve never heard of OCD in this way until I watched John Green’s   video where he talks about his own experiences with it. This book went into even further detail, and though it was intense and I can’t personally relate, it made sense to me. My only qualm with this story was that a particular plot point was just really unrealistic, in my opinion, and was kind of glazed over so I can’t wholeheartedly give it a full 5.

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Milk and Honey  by: Rupi Kaur

Rating: 5/5 Doughnuts

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“Our backs tell stories no books have the spine to carry. -Women of Color”

This was great! I don’t read a lot of poetry so I really enjoyed the simplicity of this collection. This is short but it speaks volumes, and I especially enjoyed “The Healing”.

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Illuminae by: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Rating: 5/5 Doughnuts

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HOLY SH***T !THIS WAS FANTASTIC!!  I started off reading this in the physical format and all of the media was a bit overwhelming for me so I picked up again with the audiobook, which is AMAZING! The full cast and sound effects added to the experience like no audiobook I’ve listened to before, and I highly recommend it. Definitely one of my favorite reads of the year so far.

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Nimona by: Noelle Stevenson

Rating: 3.5/5 Doughnuts

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This was an interesting read for me. It was quick and I liked it overall, but to be honest, I didn’t really get into it until about 3/4 of the way through. This is my first graphic novel in about a decade, so maybe I’m just not used to the formatting of the story. I’d have to read more graphic novels to decide that for sure, and I have a few more on my TBR that I’m interested in picking up. As it stands, I enjoyed the plot and characters overall but this was just underwhelming for me.

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Legend by: Marie Lu

Rating: 5/5 Doughnuts

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This was actually a reread for me. I read this when it first came out 7 years ago, and though I remember loving it and wanting to finish the series, I never got around to it. Going into it I remembered very few details and it was almost like reading it for the first time. in the end, I love this story and can’t wait to continue the series.

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Talking as Fast as I Can by: Lauren Graham

Rating: 4/5 Doughnuts

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Though I knew I wanted to read this at some point, I hadn’t planned on doing so anytime soon. I picked this up on a whim because I needed an audiobook for the day and I saw this available at my library. I’ve always been a big fan of Gilmore Girls and Lauren Graham  so I was really excited to gain some insights about both. Though there were some parts of this book that dragged a bit and didn’t completely hold my attention, it definitely delivered in regards to Gilmore Girls. There were a lot of things about the show and the reboot that I already knew, but I learned a lot as well and it grew my love and appreciation for the show even more. Lauren Graham narrating it made the experience even better. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of hers and Gilmore Girls.

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You’re Welcome Universe by: Whitney Gardner

Rating: 4.5/5 Doughnuts

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I loved this! All the different rep in this story is so great and the overall plot is really unique! This is the first book I’ve read featuring a deaf man character and it was so great to read from that perspective. There were a couple of things that I felt were a little glossed over that could have been addressed more, but other than that I really really enjoyed this!

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Under Rose-Tainted Skies by: Louise Gornall

Rating: 5/5 Doughnuts

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Agghhh this was so so so good! It was such a quick read but I got so much from it! I love that this book is own-voices because it the mental health rep feel so authentic! Norah is beautiful. Luke is beautiful. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in gaining some insight about the struggles of agoraphobia, OCD, and anxiety.

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The Selection by: Kiera Cass

Rating: 5/5 Doughnuts

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So in seeing so many mixed reviews, and so many of those who gave it a high rating calling it a guilty pleasure, I had my doubts. I ended up really liking this. I definitely wouldn’t classify it as a guilty pleasure. I genuinely enjoyed this and I think it’s a good start to a dystopian series. I will say my main qualm is the love triangle. I typically don’t mind love triangles too much, but this one I am absolutely not here for. I can see how it’s meant to make for a more entertaining story moving forward in the series, but I can already tell that this love triangle will easily lessen my enjoyment of the series. I also think that for a dystopian set in a futuristic United States, the world building and historical context was lacking. Other than that, I’m looking forward to picking up the next one.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by: Lewis Carol

Rating: 5/5 Doughnuts

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I finally finished this and I loved it! This was a reread for me and it was a rare occasion where I had to be in the mood to pick it up. It remember relatively enjoying this when I read it in middle school but I think it went a bit over my head at the time. I think it was much more enjoyable this time around so I’m glad I decided to pick it up again. I think this is one that I’d like to reread a few more times as I think I could get something different from it each time.

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History is All You Left Me by: Adam Silvera

Rating: 5/5 Doughnuts

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My heart! This book was such an emotional roller coaster but I loved it! This is my first Adam Silvera book and I’m definitely excited to pick up his others.

 

Krista: I had a pretty decent reading month for me. I read 5 books that I really enjoyed and can’t wait to talk to you guys about, so let’s get into it!

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Burn for Burn by: Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.

Rating: 4/5 Doughnuts

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I really enjoyed this book overall! I had been in the mood for like a “trashy” teen drama, and this book definitely fulfilled the mood I was in. I found it to be a little slow at times, but it definitely picked up and the ending was intense!! There was something that happened in this book that I feel didn’t receive enough attention, and I’m hoping it gets addressed later on in the series. Other than that I enjoyed this book, and definitely want to read the next one!

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Shatter Me by: Tahereh Mafi

Rating: 5/5 Doughnuts

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I loved this book! The writing style was a little hard to get used to for me for like .5 seconds and then I was so here for it! I love Juliette, I love her story, and I cannot wait to continue on with this series. I am so happy I finally picked this series up!

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Destroy Me by: Tahereh Mafi

Rating: 5/5 Doughnuts

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This Novella was great! The intentions of this story was to get you to know a certain character in the series, and it did a wonderful job at that! It was so interesting to be inside this character’s head, it definitely gave me such conflicting emotions. Overall, Tahereh Mafi is wonderful and I need Unravel Me ASAP!

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Little Monsters by: Kara Thomas

Rating: 5/5 Doughnuts

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OH MY GOOOSH!! I really enjoyed this book! This is my favorite YA Mystery/Thriller that I have read so far!. I truly felt like I couldn’t trust anyone while reading this book, I often times felt myself not even trusting the narrator. There were a few journal entries throughout the book that I just thought were perfect. I found myself anticipating another journal entry, I was so excited whenever one popped up. When I was reading this book I was totally swept away to Broken Falls, I was legit not here anymore. I was SHOOK by the ending!! I just loved this book, and need more Kara Thomas in my life!

 

Dawlyn and Krista:

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You Don’t Even Know Me: Stories and Poems About Boys by: Sharon G. Flake

Dawlyn

Rating: 4.5/5 Doughnuts

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I really enjoyed this overall! I liked some stories and poems more than others, and there were one or two in particular that didn’t do too much for me. In general though I really enjoyed reading from these different perspectives!

 

Krista

Rating: 4/5 Doughnuts

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I agree with Dawlyn! Some of the poems and stories were so beautiful and wonderful! However, there were a couple of the stories in particular I could have done without. They didn’t really seem to have a point for me, but that’s not to say they couldn’t totally resonate with someone else. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I just love Sharon G. Flake. I definitely want to read more of her work!

 


 

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Thanks for taking the time out to read our post! We’d love to know if you’ve read any of these books and how you liked them! We’d also love to hear what you read in March. Sound off in the comments!

D&K

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