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In my last post, I admitted that I did not complete my reading challenge. However, I did read 22 books in the last five months…

 Books Read in April

  1. Cruel Beauty – Rosamund Hodge

It was an unexpectedly good adaptation, albeit confusing, of Beauty and the Beast. See review. Grade: B

2. Dualed -Elsie Chapman

Probably the worst book I read in the last five months. It had a promising premise: a city where everyone must defeat their twin in a fight to the death in order to have the right to survive. What went wrong? Everything. See review. Grade: F

Books Read in May

3. The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

I swear this book will be made into a movie someday. See review. Grade: A

4. Sunshine – Robin McKinley

A fantasy novel about a vampire and a baker. See review. Grade: B

Books Read in June

5. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret – Judy Blume

An excellent coming-of-age story about a young girl who must decide for herself what she believes in. A great read for pre-teens, young adults, as well as adults. Grade: A

6. Catching Fire – Suzanne Collins

The heart-pumping second book of the Hunger Games trilogy. Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark believe they are once and for all safe from the Capital, but when revolution begins to catch fire, Katniss and Peeta are thrown into a battle much greater than themselves. Grade: A

7. Mockingjay-Suzanne Collins

The riveting conclusion of the Hunger Games trilogy. Grade: A

8. James and the Giant Peach – Roald Dahl

The story of a young boy named James who escapes from his cruel aunts in a giant peach. Grade: A-

9. My Blood Approves – Amanda Hocking

A love story between a vampire and a human. Grade: B

10.The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle – Haruki Murakami

A strange narrative about a man searching for his cat, his wife and his purpose in life. See review. Grade: A

Books Read in July

11. The Heir – Kiera Cass

The continuation of The Selection series. Absolutely terrible! Grade: D

12. If I Stay – Gail Foreman

The story of a young girl whose family dies in a car accident. Heartbreaking and very touching. Grade: A-

13. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running – Haruki Murakami

An autobiography about Murakami’s love of running, his philosophies, and his thoughts on writing. Grade: A

Books Read in August

14. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – J.K Rowling

The eighth Harry Potter story. See review. Grade: A-

15. The Eternal Ones – Kirsten Miller

A mystery/love story with reincarnated lovers. Grade: B+

16. Monsterous Beauty – Elizabeth Fama

A historical fiction fantasy novel with mermaids. Grade: A-

17. The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone – Adele Griffin

This novel combines art and text into a haunting mock biography of Addison Stone, artist extraordinaire. Grade: A+

18.Across the Universe – Beth Revis

An incredible young adult novel about a spaceship destined for an earth-like planet. Grade: A

19. Of Poseidon – Anna Banks

A typical young adult novel featuring mermaids. Grade: C

20. Where She Went – Gail Foreman

The sequel of If I Stay. Grade: A

21. Stardust – Neil Gaiman

A fairy tale about a young man and his encounter with a fallen star. Grade: B+

22. Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones

The story of Sophie Hatter and her adventure with the infamous wizard Howl and his moving castle. Grade: B-


Until next time,