November was busy and I still have a hard time prioritizing what I do with my limited free time, but I managed to read 3 books this month. Well, actually 3.5, but I’m pulling the 4th book into December because I haven’t finished it yet. I enjoyed all three books, two of which were YA novels, a lot, which was great because I hate reading so “little” and then possibly not even liking the books, but that was definitely not the case in November.
The Art of Racing in Rain by Garth Stein (★★★★★)
This book randomly popped up as available through the library and I was a bit wary if I was going to like it. A story told from the perspective of a dog? Mhm, I was skeptical, to say the least. But you know what? It totally worked. It wasn’t necessarily the fact of the story being told from a dog’s perspective that made it so amazing but having the story told from the perspective of someone who longs to fix things and can’t. Stein did a great job of making this heart-wrenching story meaningful and through all the characters there is one common thread: perseverance. Believing in oneself and never giving up. I won’t give away the ending but I thought the story was wrapped up so beautifully! Definitely, a surprisingly great book that deserved 5 stars.
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord (★★★★☆)
I really didn’t think I would connect with this story because I usually shy away from stories focused on religion, and on top of that, it’s a YA novel (which are not my favorite genre), but I have to admit that I enjoyed this book a lot more than anticipated. This story was beautifully told, I enjoyed the relationship that Lucy, the main character, forms at summer camp, and her own struggle with faith, her mom’s illness, and family secrets that change things forever. Heartbreaking and powerful.
Everything, everything by Nicola Yoon (★★★★☆)
I have to admit that I rolled my eyes through this book quite a bit because there were just so many things that were so unrealistic and just ‘didn’t make sense’ to me. Teenage Madeline, who is allergic to the world and has grown up indoors, falls in love with Olly, the boy who moves in next door, and figures out a way to communicate with him. The story takes some really unexpected twists and turns and I kept thinking to myself “really?”. I ended up giving 4 stars because the book redeemed itself in the end, but there were definitely parts where I wanted to quit.
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