I didn’t start this blog with the intention of it becoming a book blog. The world has plenty of other book bloggers who do what they do better than I would.
That said, I am constantly saying that you need to read, read, read if you want to be any good at writing. With that in mind, I thought I could take some time to talk about some of the books I’ve been reading the past few months and tell you what I loved about them.
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
This one makes the list because in addition to vivid world building and a clean writing style, it’s got ALL THE SWOON. I love me some good banter, filled with romantic tension. This book certainly delivered. Also the dialogue. In case you can’t tell, I really loved this book. I stayed up until 4 am reading it, even though I had to be at school for 13 hours the next day. So worth it.
Death Coming Up the Hill by Chris Crowe
I’ve been looking to read more historical fiction set outside WWII and Regency era England, which made this Vietnam War tale a good fit. The novel is written in haiku, which seems like it shouldn’t work, but it did. The idea is that the book has one syllable for each casualty lost in Vietnam in 1968, the year the book takes place.
The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew
I’ve also been looking to read more graphic novels this year. I was a fan of Yang’s American Born Chinese, and I sort of have an interest in Golden Age comics. So this seemed like a choice that made sense to me. I loved watching Yang and Liew revamp the Green Turtle’s origin story. Also, I thought the story had some real funny parts, which always wins points with me.
Eyes Wide Open by Paul Fleischman
I will admit, I picked this up because I like the author and not because I wanted to read about the environment. I was surprised by how much I liked the book, though. In fact, it was one of my favorite nonfiction projects I’ve read this year. Fleischman gives readers a method of sorting through the information we’re bombarded with on a daily basis.
A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
This is one where I have a hard time pinning down just what it was that I loved about this book. The voice felt very natural. It was also another in a time period I hadn’t read as much of (British suffragette movement). I also found both the main character and the love interest believable and appealing. I’ll certainly be watching for future releases from Waller.
Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design by Chip Kidd
Teen nonfiction seems to lean toward histories, biographies, and current events. Which made this graphic design how-to a refreshing find. A fun, easy read, the book familiarizes the reader with fundamental design elements.
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
I won’t say much about this one, because I can’t add to what other people have already said. Again, historical fiction (I know a lot of people don’t like to think of the 80s as historical, but it’s before I was born so I count it). Great characters. Also many swoon points.
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
This is a little older than most of the books on this list, but I only just got around to reading it. Again, swoon elements. Strong pacing. Good voice. What’s more, I appreciated how strongly the story was grounded in actual history. While I get tired of medieval western Europe stories, I still usually enjoy them when I can tell the author really has researched the era and made it authentic.
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
There were a lot of feels associated with this book. But it was also fun to read. Another graphic novel, I liked this for a lot of the same reasons I liked The Shadow Hero. Fantastic character development as well.