Somehow I managed to read ten books this month (what? I know!) and I didn’t totally love any of them. Especially since I’ve kind of failed at blogging the rest of the month, I feel like I should at least mention something, though, so my favorites were:
The Haters by Jesse Andrews (2016)
I feel like I would’ve liked this more if I hadn’t already read Jesse Andrews’ first book, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl was a solid five stars for me, and in comparison, The Haters is only three and a half or four. It’s still really good, though, and I think Jesse Andrews is one of the best contemporary YA writers we have right now. He gets it.
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (2016)
This is about time-traveling pirates–can’t complain. But the vast majority of the story takes place in 1880s Hawaii, so it also feels like pretty solid historical fiction. I have a few quibbles with certain elements, but on the whole, I wouldn’t not recommend it.
The Goblin’s Puzzle by Andrew S. Chilton (2016)
I liked this, and I liked that it explores several themes–gender equality, slavery, and (subtly) preconceived notions of what someone will act like because of how they look–that aren’t often found in juvenile fantasy, especially not all at once. Again, I have some quibbles, but on the whole it was fun.
I also read author Lev Grossman’s blog post on his publishing journey. It’s pretty old (2010), but if you’re a writer, or if you’re interested in what the publishing process is like for writers, you might enjoy it.
Now, what about you? Read anything good this month?