Recently Read Update + March Book Club Theme and Poll!

Hey guys. I meant to have this up on Saturday, but I just couldn’t finish it on time, and then yesterday my 90-year-old grandma died, so…yeah nothing got done yesterday. 😦 But it’s okay, I’m back now and I decided to combine my recently read updates with my book club March theme and poll.

Recently Finished:

Okay so the deal with GSAW is…I don’t even know. XD Like I said in my January Wrap Up, I gave it 3 stars, and it was so hard to even decipher my own feelings about it. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I can definitely see why it was so controversial. :/ I still enjoyed reading it though; I liked getting more glimpses of Scout’s childhood through flashbacks that we didn’t get to see in To Kill A Mockingbird, and listening to the audiobook along with it while I read my copy made it a lot more fun with Reece Witherspoon as the narrator. She did a great job! (Obviously. πŸ˜› ) And it was interesting to see Scout as an adult! In some ways she hasn’t changed at all. (I am SO glad her aunt didn’t ruin her. That lady is insufferable! XD ) But it was cool to see her mature throughout the book, though also kinda heartbreaking, so that’s something I liked about it.

But the whole thing about growing up and being able to suddenly see things differently and realize that people who you thought were so admirable and perfect…aren’t? Oof. That hit me. D: Maybe because I’m in my 20’s now and I can relate to that a little bit. Maybe because it’s just how life really is…it’s sad and terrible and horrible and infuriating and not right. But I think I understand what the book was getting at, though it was hard to swallow. But I guess I don’t entirely hate it…it’s just sadly realistic. :/ All I can say is it’s one of those books you should definitely read for yourself and form your own opinions about. BUT READ TKAM FIRST!

There’s not much to say about Missing You that I didn’t already say in my wrap up. πŸ˜› I just really enjoyed it a lot more than I was expecting! The story was interesting and a lot of the questions that I’ve had about the long gap in the story from the end of the previous book and the start of this one, and also some drawn out questions/subplots from the series as a whole were answered! It wasn’t a perfect book, but at least we got a satisfying conclusion to the series. (I say we like I’m not the only one that was still reading a series that was popular when I was in preschool. XD )

Ahhhh! I finally read Allison’s book! πŸ˜€ There was so much that I loved, so many poems were my favorites but it would take too long to list them all. XD I will say that I think Silver and Gold was probably my ultimate favorite! It describes Spring and Fall so beautifully and uniquely and it made me want to do my own art to go with it! ❀ I also loved all of the illustrations throughout the book! They were all so cute! One I really like the one for Summer Drive. πŸ™‚ Also Cliffhanging actually made me sob (okay I was already pretty emotional before I read it XD ) cuz it describes exactly where I am in life right now! Thank you so much Allison for letting me be a part of your blog tour and sending me a copy as a Christmas present! :,D ❀

Two Rereads and a DNF:

I had my annual reread of Peter Pan, and I also decided to reread Ice Like Fire via audiobook. (Man I LOVE this series! :,D )

But sadly I tried to DNF The Hazel Wood. I thought it was good, but I could just tell it was going to get too dark for my tastes, so I put it down.

In the Unhaul Pile:

*sniff* But The Hazel Wood cover is so pwetty! D: *SIGH* But it would be pretty pointless keeping it for that if it’s not for me, so.

And Don’t Look Back I read a couple of years ago and liked, but I’m not really that attached to it and I’ll probably never reread it. So I decided to put it in the donate pile so I can build up used book credit again at my local bookstore. XD

Currently Reading:

I’m not that far into Eliza and Her Monsters, but so far I like it. The romance is cute so far and I really like the comic pages and art WIP woven in between! It’s so cool.

The Looking Glass Wars worldbuilding is pretty cool too am I’m liking it so far, but again not very far into it yet. XD I’ve been busy and trying to focus on Three Dark Crowns because it’s my book club book.

*Sigh* I don’t know what to think about 3DC anymore. The worldbuilding is so dark…like it totally reminds me of dystopian rather than fantasy. Like with their culture and how their government works. But I’m so intrigued! I like how it throws you in and gives you little answers to things woven in as you go along. I was really enjoying it up until about halfway when something really random and stupid happened between two characters that should NOT have happened. I mean I’m sure there’s a reason…but UGH it’s SO annoying. Luckily I don’t think the book is going to focus on the romance as much, and everyone talks about an amazing cliffhanger at the end which I’m really curious about, so I’m going to stick it out until the end…unless I’m wrong and this incident makes everything worse? XD

Reading Next:

I’ve been waiting YEARS to read Wicked and as soon as I’m done with The Looking Glass Wars I’ll probably start it. And when I’m done with Eliza I’ll probably pick up Starfish which is another contemporary. I’m not sure how I’ll feel about these two cuz they might be a little outside of my comfort zone, but we’ll see! Also I’m so excited about Frostblood! I’ve wanted to read it since I first heard about it in 2016, and I think I bought it a couple years ago…and still haven’t read it. XD I wanted to read it during the winter since the cover is perfect for it, but I kept putting it off. So hopefully I can get to it before Spring? Maybe? XD

And now for March’s Book Club theme, Time Travel! This could be a book featuring time travel, or just a historical fiction in general if you can’t find any time travel books you’re interested in. πŸ™‚ If you want to know more about my book club, click here!

Here’s a poll so you guys can pick what book I read for this month! I’ll have it running until February 29th, so I’d really appreciate your help!

It doesn’t even matter if you haven’t read any of these, I just need some votes. πŸ˜› So just click a random one if you want! You can even vote multiple times!

Oh, and here’s some books featuring time travel or historical fiction recommendations for you! πŸ˜€

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14 thoughts on “Recently Read Update + March Book Club Theme and Poll!

  1. I’m not sure what I thought of GSAW (sounds like see-saw XD XD) either. It was… strange. But good in ways the other book was good. Yeah, sadly realistic. I can see that. And awww, I’m super happy you enjoyed Spark! And super glad you were on the blog tour. πŸ™‚ That was fun! Ooh, and now to vote on the poll…

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      1. I’m okay. It’s rougher on my mom I think cuz it was her mom. I’m still not done replying to your last letter yet (oops sorry XD ) but I’ll tell you more about it in there. But thanks for asking! We could use some prayers. ❀

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  2. OMG MEG CABOT WAS LIKE MY GO-TO AUTHOR WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL. NO JOKE MY LIBRARY MADE MONEY OFF OF JUST ME! I LOVE LOVE LOVED HER 1-800-Where-R-U series, her Mediator series and her Airhead series!! I was just so happy to see another book in the series I don’t think I even considered actually figuring out anything else. I think I read this while I was much older too 🀣😘 I feel you love. I’ve heard such great things about Eliza and Her Monsters! Happy reading love! OMG DON’T LOOK BACK 😍

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    1. XD Well I’m glad it was one of your favorite series! I don’t think I’ve read anything else by Meg Cabot except some standalones? I tried reading the Princess Diaries but hated them cuz I grew up watching the iconic movies first and they’re SO different. XD
      I hope I like Eliza! πŸ˜€

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      1. OMGGG YOU SHOULD YOU SHOULD READ HER SERIES! I understand what you mean about PD ^_^ I think I was at the right age to get hooked onto them so it clicked for me.
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  3. Great post! I wasn’t a to kill a mockingbird fan so I doubt I am going to read go set a watchman. Especially as lovers from the classic aren’t really digging it much. I haven’t heard good things about the Hazel Wood so that is definitely going to be a skip one for me. I should really try the series with Ice like Fire in it though! I remember when it came out… Ooh, I see you have Wicked up next and I have that one and need to read it, so I hope you will enjoy it. Same goes for Starfish, which is waiting for me on my kindle!

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    1. Thanks!
      YOU SHOULD! It’s called Snow Like Ashes (which is the first book) and it’s so good! It’s like one of my favorite series ever and helped really get me more into fantasy. πŸ˜€
      I’ve been curious about the musical for a long time and wanted to read the book that it was based on first, even though I’ve heard most people don’t like it as much? But I’ve owned it for a long time and still want to at least try it. I only know like two songs from the musical. XD

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