So these are a few contemporary books that I have read that I really enjoyed. Its not a genre that I generally lean towards but I have been trying of late to broaden my horizons so they definitely are on my radar. I gave all of these books 4 stars and I would definitely recommend them if you haven’t picked them up!
Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia – I really felt like this book is necessary at this moment in time. The representation is wonderful and I felt like Eliza really embodies the struggle of the everyday teen in the cyber world today. Being outed online and then having to deal with the immense pressure and the anxiety that came with it felt real to me!
Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – Simon vs. The Homosapiens Agenda really showcases the emotional anguish and turmoil of a young gay man in our cyber society today. It was still witty and effervescent and I love the references to pop culture, this was a great book!
Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry – I actually only read this book today and I was actually pretty impressed. I liked the commentary about religion and how everyone is capable and willing to believe whatever they want you just need to respect their wishes. I thought Michael was very entertaining to read from and even though he is so open with his atheism he is willing to have an honest and raw conversation about the beliefs of his peers and their reasoning.
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera – I loved the concept of this book; it really had me intrigued from the start! The fact that we are basically already spoiled on the ending yet the book was still compelling enough for me to continue reading really shows how wonderful the writing is. The characters really stole the show for me, they complemented each other perfectly and the tragic nature of the story really made me connect with them more!
Turtles all the Way Down by John Green – This was my first ever John Green book and I was pleasantly surprised. I found Aza to be a super relatable character and I actually really enjoyed the plot. It was very fast paced and kind of all over the place but that kind of made it more realistic for me.
I had a pretty good reading month for November. I completed nearly all the books on my TBR so I am happy about that! I had a little bit of an up and down month though, there were a few books that I really loved and a few that I really struggled to finish. I had to kind of push myself to read which makes me want to not read at all, so it was a bit of a pain. I have reviews on all the books I read in the month of November so feel free to click on the titles to check them out!
Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab – ⭐️4/5 stars
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken – ⭐️4/5 stars
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas – ⭐️5/5 stars
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – ⭐️3/5 stars
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi – ⭐️3.5/5 stars
Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken – ⭐️3/5 stars
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera – ⭐️4.5/5 stars
In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken – ⭐️3.5/5 stars
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi – ⭐️3/5 stars
Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake – ⭐️4/5 stars
This was so tragically beautiful, I definitely got emotional.
I really enjoyed this book. I was a little sceptical and hesitant going in because when a book is just super hyped for me I find myself not wanting to like it for some reason. But lo and behold I loved it! It was witty and effervescent and even though you have this event looming over their head it doesn’t become too dark and macabre.
We follow the perspectives of Mateo and Rufus and they live in a near futuristic world where they are able to pinpoint the day that someone is going to die. Mateo and Rufus have both just received their calls that they are going to die sometime within the next 24 hours and we join them as they make their way through their final day.
Mateo and Rufus as the two main protagonists in the book were wonderful. I like how they complement each other and grow this bond over the course of the day and finally bloom into this relationship they both needed. I like that we are given a backstory for each of them and we see how they eventually make contact through the app, I thought it was very up to date and connected to the present.
I also enjoyed that we get a multitude of small different perspectives from people throughout the book and we see little by little how they all link back to Mateo and Rufus. I thought it was very well done and it really helped to expand the world outside of the two boys and how everything seemed destined to happen the way it did.
The concept of the book is so unique and interesting; it did have me invested from the start. It was also a very fast paced book that I found quite easy to read. Knowing what was going to eventually happen really kept the stakes high and kept me turning the pages. I found myself towards the end trying to predict how they were going to die. The foreshadowing was definitely there but it was subtle enough that you didn’t notice until the very end and then everything comes flooding back to you. It was not pandering in any way and kept true to the concept. I thought for a second one of them might get miraculously saved and I’m happy that wasn’t the case.
⭐️4.5/5 stars I loved it, it was different, it was unique and the fact that we are not given a happy ending really topped it off for me.
I’ve been hearing about this book a lot over the last year or so and because I’m not really focused on reading a lot of contemporary books I never really gave it much thought. But I figure I need to broaden my horizons out of fantasy and give some other genres a go and see how I like them. So I guess since They Both Die at the End is so popular I would pick it up and give it a read. I also haven’t read any of Adam Silvera’s books either so I’m afraid I am woefully behind the times. It’s also quite refreshing I find to read something so completely different to anything I’ve been reading lately and it sort of clears my mind and refocuses my attention. I don’t really know what happens in this book but by the title I can kind of guess lol.
This month will be a bit of a mish mash again of new releases and series that I’ve been meaning to get around to for the longest time now. I’ve been having some really good reading months since I’ve started blogging and I’m hoping to continue on and finish some great books!
The Darkest Minds, Never Fade and In the Afterlight by Alexander Bracken
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Shatter Me, Unravel Me, Ignite Me and Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi
Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake
Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas