Reading Wrap Up: October

october-wrap-up-16Little late with this wrap up but hey, better late than never. So anyway, this month I improved from last month… a bit. The beginning was promising and then I was in a slump for a week and a half. By the end though, I read five books and mostly because at the end of the month I picked up two very light LGBT books.

HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE

Jennifer Niven / 2016

I was intrigued by the character descriptions, an over-weight girl going back to school after being absent for years, a mixed-race boy, who has a condition which means he can’t remember faces. The story itself wasn’t my cup of tea, I felt that it was a bit forced and I would have liked a different outcome in the end. Did like both main characters a bit though.

BEAUTIFUL BROKEN THINGS

Sara Barnard / 2016

Refreshing but a bit bland, Beautiful Broken Things tackles the difficulties of teen-friendship and how trying to be different might actually mean not being you. One of the other topics is very dark, and serious and I liked that element. I did find the main character to be a bit too naive for my taste, so the final opinion was mediocre.

THE RAVEN KING

Maggie Stiefvater / 2016

It felt like an end of an era when I put down The Raven King, and I was done with the series. Though I didn’t love all the books, I did like the entire series as a whole, the slow paced end-game, the subtle discoveries and Ronan Lynch. Since there are actual facts online that there is a series focusing on Ronan coming up, I’m not that sad, but otherwise, I would be, because this was a wonderful end to a series – which is a rare thing in the YA world.

KNOW NOT WHY

Hannah Johnson / 2012

While this little book has some big plot holes, I did enjoy the light humor and the easy approach to a gay relationship. Though the backstory is a little weak, and some of the characters didn’t get enough focus, which is a shame. But like I said, the way the relationship was introduced, it felt refreshing among the books/shows/movies that try to make it way too dramatic.

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THE OTHER GUY

Cary Attwell / 2012

Last book I picked up was another gay romance light read because hey, why not. This one also felt like a very easy relationship, which in some ways was refreshing, but it didn’t have that element of humor and most of the supportive characters felt stupid. Like, it had less character, if that makes any sense. I think it would have been a bit better for the main character to fully admit and state he was bisexual as well, because there were hints but I do think hinting is just pointless if you don’t really say it.

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2 thoughts on “Reading Wrap Up: October”

  1. Nice reviews! I’ve heard so many great things about Stiefvater. I’m hoping to get to her series sometime – first gotta read a few other books and take my time with Outlander. 😛

    1. I’ve read The Raven Kings now and I think it’s among my favorites series but not the best… it has its flaws for me. Outlander.. oh boy.. I read it, and now I sort of need to read the second book because I wanted to do it before watching the show and now I haven’t done both.. I need Outlander back in my life!

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