Top Ten Tuesday is turning 10!!! Today I decided to redo a TTT prompt I did around this time last year which was Books I’ve Read but Don’t Own. I’ve restricted myself to only purchasing books that I’ve rated ⭐️4/5 stars or higher so these are 10 books that I rated lower than that, which I probably won’t be purchasing for my personal collection.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
My Dark Vanessa by Elizabeth Kate Russell
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
Yes No Maybe So by Aisha Saeed & Becky Albertalli
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
One Day in December by Josie Silver
Paper Towns by John Green
I’ve had a great reading month in terms of getting through my TBR. I managed to complete a series I have been reading for over a year now and completed a couple of books from my physical TBR that I’ve owned now for over 2 years. I feel like I’ve definitely got my reading groove back and I am excited to continue and hopefully read some great books!
Fire by Kristin Cashore – ⭐️3/5 stars
Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey – ⭐️3/5 stars
Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertali & Aisha Sayeed – ⭐️3/5 stars
Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi – ⭐️2/5 stars
Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan – ⭐️4/5 stars
Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes – ⭐️5/5 stars
Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes – ⭐️5/5 stars
Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes – ⭐️5/5 stars
Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb – ⭐️2/5 stars
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore – ⭐️2/5 stars
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan – ⭐️4/5 stars
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz – ⭐️4/5 stars
These are five of my favourite quotes from the last five books that I have read!!
Fire by Kristin Cashore
“I don’t want to love you if you’re only going to die.”
Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey
“I’ll do anything you ask me to do,” he said in a gravelly voice. “Except walk away.”
Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed
“The truth is, it’s a weird time to be coming of age. The world is really messy right now.”
Permanent Record by Mary H.K. Choi
“What have you been doing? Tell me anything.”
Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan
“I am still that girl of paper and fire – and I’m going to prove it to them.”
Yes No Maybe So is a dual perspective book following Jamie and Maya who are both volunteering during a political campaign for a local candidate. They are paired together to go door-to-door and hand out flyers and secure votes.
I really liked the dual perspectives, it really gave me a chance to get to know both characters very well and I definitely was able to develop a connection to both of them.
Jamie I thought was a super endearing character. He put himself down a lot and didn’t really believe in himself. However, I thought his family was very supportive and provided some very sound advice when he needed it. His relationship with his sister was very special and I loved their interactions throughout the plot. At times she acted a little older than what she is but I think it was balanced well. They had some truly touching moments together and I liked that we got more of an in depth look into their lives outside of the main plot.
Maya I thought was a really relatable character. Her arc started off with a bang with the separation of her parents right in the middle of Ramadan. We really got to see how it affected her through the way she isolated herself from her friends as a coping mechanism. The hope she kept inside her that they might get back together and the innocuous way that it is shattered when she realizes that it might not happen. I thought at times she was a little selfish but she does evolve and realize that she actually needs to communicate her thoughts and emotions.
I actually like how their forced friendship turned into an actual friendship before their relationship kindled, I just wished it happened over a longer period of time. I think the timeline for the entire book was only a couple of weeks so it felt a little rushed.
The whole political side of the story didn’t really interest me and I kind of knew that going into the book so it didn’t really have any effect on my experience. There was a nice balance though and there wasn’t really any time that I wasn’t engaged which is a bonus.
⭐️3/5 stars Cute, relatable, diverse, entertaining!
WWW WednesdayI am currently reading Fire by Kristin Cashore. I’m not too far into this yet but I’m enjoying it so far!
I just recently finished Morning Star by Pierce Brown and OMG it was amazing!!
I think I want to pick up Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed. It’s been getting some buzz recently, so I wanted to see what it was about!