- # of books read: 11
- audiobooks listened to: 2
- OwlCrate books read: 2
- total page count: 2,689
- year total page count: 31,563
This month I dedicated myself to making a dent in my Owlcrate books as well as the haul from the Book Barn. It was a busy month, and I didn’t get as much reading done as I would have liked.
First up was The Upside of Unrequited, which as you can see I unboxed back in April. I’ve been wanting to read this since it came out, because I really loved Simon vs. the Homosapien Agenda. This was more of a typical teen romance – the main couple was straight, but almost all of the minor characters were not. There was a lot more sister drama and the pain of losing best friends to boyfriends/girlfriends. Overall it was enjoyable and fun, perfect for summer. (Plus it takes place in the summer, so there’s that!).
Eliza and Her Monsters was, apparently, the one OwlCrate I haven’t Instagrammed, but I really enjoyed it. I think, partially, because it reminded me so much of Fangirl, which I loved – and because I’m in a bit of a fanfiction-writing phase again (*sigh*) I totally understood where Eliza was at.
I’m amazed that I’ve read 5 of the 9 pictured in this stack! A Curious Tale of the In-Between was one I put on my Goodreads TBR list a while back and ended up buying on Thriftbooks. I wanted to read it to give away this summer as a prize (I had some swag from BEA given to me that ties in) but that didn’t happen… The book was a bit darker than I expected but still managed to stay fairly light.
Well, I read The Lie and the Forbidden Game trilogy last month. This month I continued to pare down this stack by reading Season of Ponies and Saving Max. Saving Max was a decent, if slightly implausible, thriller. But Season of Ponies! Let me tell you, I have been looking for this book since fifth grade. It’s out of print, and I’ve never been a member of a library that owned it, and used copies online are usually unavailable or cost far too much. I suppose I could have requested it through interlibrary loan but what a hassle, when I found it at the Book Barn for $1! This book brought me straight back to my childhood. It’s such a simple story, but I loved it. I was such a Zilpha Keatley Snyder fangirl back in the day (and clearly, a little bit now).
I couldn’t believe it when I saw this in my library’s Wowbrary newletter. A new book by Michael Crichton? Hasn’t he been dead for ten years? And it looks just like Jurassic Park?? Dragon Teeth was much different, sort of a Wild West dino hunter vibe (Jurassic Park meets Westworld?), and it felt a bit like a bare bones first draft, but hey, it’s summer and fun, fast reads are what I like!
- Best Overall: Eliza and Her Monsters
- Worst Overall: Saving Max
- Fastest Read: Season of Ponies (1 day)
- Slowest Read: The Wood (25 days)
- Best Audio: You
The full list:
- The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
- A Curious Tale of the In-Between by Lauren DeStefano
- The Last Star (5th Wave #3) by Rick Yancey (audiobook)
- Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton
- Season of Ponies by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
- Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
- Saving Max by Antoinette van Heugten
- You by Caroline Kepnes (audiobook)
- Crystal Storm (Falling Kingdoms #5) by Morgan Rhodes
- The Wood by Chelsea Bobulski
- The Road Out of Hell: Sanford Clark and the True Story of the Wineville Murders by Anthony Flacco with Jerry Clark