Hello all! Today I bring you two mini reviews, one for Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and one for One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus! As you may know, mini-reviews are something new for me, but every now and then I read a book that I don’t quite have enough thoughts for in order to merit a full review, but I want to share my feelings either way!
Sixteen year old Starr lives two lives. One is her home life. First is her home life, where she lives in a poor neighborhood and is regularly witness to gang activity and violence, but second is her life at school, where she’s one of the only black students. Here, she watches that she says and does to ensure she’s not labeled as the “angry black girl” or any of the other stereotypes she could accidentally end up being labeled if she doesn’t keep her cool. Starr’s two world collide in a horrific turn of events, when she witnesses her childhood friend Khalil shot by a white cop during a routine traffic stop.
As the only witness, Starr is torn between protecting herself and her anonymity as Khalil’s death begins to attract media attention, and speaking out about an unjust killing of a black teen.
Lazlo Strange is a young librarian who is obsessed with the lost city of Weep. The day the heroic Godslayer shows up from the city of Weep is the day Lazlo always dreamed about. The Godslayer is looking for people to join him to help him solve a problem Weep is facing. With limited details and no useful skills, Lazlo is desperate to join the small group of people headed to Weep, and convinces the Godslayer to bring him along.
What ensues is a journey that Lazlo won’t soon forget. Why did Weep disappear two hundred years ago, what is the problem that needs to be solved, and who is the girl named Sarai that keeps showing up in his dreams…and why is she blue?
Before I get started, let me just say that just under two weeks ago, I spent more than an hour writing this post. I was about to go on vacation, so I wrote the post and set it to publish while I was gone, which it did…however I just realized that it posed a completely blank blog post! WHYYYYY?! I’m so sorry that I just realized that the previous post was blank THE ENTIRE TIME, but I’m going to attempt to re-write the post (ahh) for you today!
That all aside, I am notoriously bad at finishing series of books, even when I like the first books! I attribute it to three things. First, I sometimes worry that the final book in a series will be a letdown, as has happened to me so many times! Second, I tend to get distracted with other books, so I’ll move to something else with the intention of going back to the series, and then I just never do. Third, I read a series that isn’t finished, and by the time the next book in the series has been published, I forgot a lot of what happened in the first books and need to re-read them before I can continue the series, and it just never happens. I swear I have great intentions of finishing all of the series listed below, but we’ll see what happens!
Occasionally Cait over at Paper Fury posts mini-reviews on her blog, and I’ve always loved the idea. Every now and then, I don’t feel like writing a full review on a book, so I’ll post some quick thoughts on Goodreads.
Lately, I’ve had a string of “meh” books that I didn’t love but didn’t hate, but I just couldn’t muster up the effort of writing full reviews on them. Instead, I’m going to take a page from Cait’s book and share some mini reviews on 8 different books I’ve read recently!
I know I’m a few days late with this post, but I woke up with a cold a few days ago and hadn’t quite had the energy to blog! Now that I’m feeling better, I want to wrap up how the month of June went for me.
June felt like an off month if I’m being completely honest. I had two vacations, both which were jam-packed with activities and left little time for reading, so while I did get through 17 books, two of them were short, and I felt like I could have done more. That said, read below to see the books I finished in June and which were my favorites! All of the titles link to Goodreads, so be sure to check them out!