October Wrap-Up

I’m sorry that this is coming to you all late but it’s been a super busy start of November and ending to October. I still wanted to share with you all everything that I got a chance to read and what I thought about it.

Light It Up By Kekla Magoon ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book was so moving and addressed such important and real issues. It addressed the ever-pressing issue of police brutality, and the ongoing problems black people face with Law enforcement just for existing. It does this in a manner that speaks about the issues through multiple different eyes and from all perspectives.

At first, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to follow with so many characters and so many storylines but that added a lot to the story. I loved hearing from each character and watching how events change them. I loved watching Robb come to the realization he reaches after a very pivotal moment in the story. I also found it sad, moving and a lot to take in to watch so many of the children become adults overnight. I thought it was important that the police officer’s daughter had her viewpoint shown and to see how conflicted she was about the actions of her parents.

Cog By Grey Van Eekhout ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book was such a cute read. I loved all the characters and how real they all felt to me. They all felt human to me rather than robots even car, proto, and trash bot. I wanted to hear more about their lives and couldn’t put the book down. I wanted to live in this robot town that they were all from.

I love how Cog interacts with others and how he explains his purpose. I love how he finds he learns by making mistakes and assumes the bigger the mistake the more he’ll learn. I think this is a great book for children grades 2nd to 5th. I think they’ll find great joy in the plot and some of the funny scenes that are included throughout. The lessons that are included are great for this age range and teach them that it’s okay to be unique and stand out. It shows our differences make us human and those differences help us when working with others.

Dear Sweet Pea By Julie Murphy ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I really enjoy how this books deals with divorce, sexuality, and body positivity. I like that the book is written for a younger audience because I hardly see books with fat protagonists in them. Something I enjoyed in regards to the body positivity aspect of this book was how the main character and her family made it a point that far wasn’t a bad word. I thought with all the images out there pressuring children especially young girls to be a certain size this was a great way to show that we come in all shapes and sizes and none is any more valuable than the other.

Deception By Teri Terry ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book picks up right where they left us at the end of book 1. This book just keeps developing an even deeper plot and when I think they may be done exploring another level gets revealed. I love how elaborate this supposed virus really is and how the survivors continue discovering more about themselves as time passes. This virus seems to have a mind of its own and I cant wait to find out who the real villain of this story is.

The twists in book 2 just keep getting better and as more is revealed you as a reader keep guessing what’s going to happen now. So much of this book scares me because of how invested I am in certain people and story lines. I love hearing more about Alex, Shay and Callie’s father, and finding the story about this virus unravel as we get to know him.

The Best at It By Malik Pancholy ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I loved the way that this story dealt with so many topics without it being overwhelming for the age group that it was intended for. I loved how each of the topics was addressed by Rahul’s friends and family and how intertwined his race was with these discussions. I really liked the characters that were included and how they each made Rahul’s differences stand out more than he liked. I thought that was a great way to show the reality of situations like Rahul’s for people his age.

I thought it was so great to read about how Rahul’s Indian background informed his thinking and the things that he did. This is the first book that I’ve read in which the main character is Indian and it was great that this was an #ownvoices book because it read really authentically. I enjoyed the relationship that Rahul had with his family, especially his grandfather, Bhai, and really appreciated that the relationships he had with his family’s friends were included.

Friend or Fiction By Abby Cooper ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I love that this book explores the concept of a perfect friendship and how that can be unhealthy too. I really liked how the characters developed over time and how we not only get to know Jade but also Clue’s story and how he fits into Jade’s life.

I loved how they handled jade’s father having cancer and her feelings about it. Jade and Bo’s feelings both felt very real. I liked that they didn’t brush over it but they explored the anger and frustration that came with this family’s grieving.

Freeing Finch By Ginny Rorby ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This was a book that broke my heart multiple times and then put it back together. The characters were lovable from the start and I didn’t want anything happening to Finch or Maddy. I loved the way that Finch grows into herself and learns how to be herself through so many others. I love the message of a family in this one and how sometimes family looks different than what people might be used to. I really enjoyed how the animals were intertwined in Finch’s story, especially the dog, and what Ben meant to her. I thought it was great to see a story that has a transgender child but isn’t only about their life as a transgender person.

Blood: A Memoir By Allison Moorer ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I always find it hard to rate and review a memoir because it is the telling on someone else’s life and how do you judge the recounting of someone’s life. This memoir does a great job of recounting the events of Allison Moorer’s life that lead up to the tragedy of her parent’s death. It was beautifully written and the story was told in a way that you got to watch as she challenged herself through the emotions from her past. The way that the story not only told the events from the past but included reflections about Morrer’s feelings towards those events as an adult with her own child were moments that I thought captured the whole story nicely. I thought it was such a great way to process her emotions and also leave the past in the past because no matter how she dwells on it, what happened there already happened. 

Saint X by Alexis Schaitkin ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I really enjoyed this book and when I saw others comparing it to The Girls I was worried I wouldn’t enjoy it seeing as I wasn’t a fan of that book. There were so many aspects of this book that I enjoyed though and part of it was the narrator.

I usually hate when I’m confused by the narrator and who is telling the story. This book shifts between telling the story in the 1st person point of view, through Claire’s perspective, and the 3rd person point of view coming from all other characters who play a part in this story. It gets a bit confusing and you start to wonder if maybe the third person is Claire’s view too but her trying to see things how these people would.

Honestly, this book is part of why I love adult fiction especially thrillers. They confuse me so much and I have to process them with others to know what happened. I love that everyone reads a different book and so much is left to the reader’s imagination.

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