Monday, December 3, 2018

November Book Recap & Reviews

Happy December and yay for book recaps! Sadly, with finals and holidays approaching my reading has been slim, but I enjoyed several and didn't enjoy several. Let's dive in, shall we??

Sold on a Monday by: Kristina McMorris
When I saw this heart breaking cover at Barnes and Noble a while ago, I just had to pick it up. The description sounded like it would be based off of a true story and looked intense.

Sadly, this book was a bore. The story doesn't focus on the children like I thought they would but instead focuses on a few reporters (one of which staged the photo) and by the half way point I really couldn't connect to the plot or the characters. I decided to put it down once I reached the 3/4th mark because it was just so boring. Booo ): I wanted to like it so bad, but just couldn't. Props to the cover designers though!

1225 Christmas Tree Lane by: Debbie Macomber
I have heard great things about this author and her Hallmark-like Christmas books so I couldn't wait to pick this one up from the library. Although I do love a cheesy Christmas story, the writing was so basic and flat that I really couldn't get behind this story. There were a lot of characters all over the place and I didn't feel like the author did a great job developing deep characters at all. 

Rate: 2 Stars

The Book Thief by: Mark Zusak
Things started to turn around for me this month when I picked up this book! Y'ALL. So many people claim this as their favorite book of all time and I now understand why and am kicking myself for not reading it earlier.
This is set during WWII and follows a young girl who steals books and learns to read thanks to the help of her foster father while they hide a jewish boy in their basement. The aspect of this book that makes it so noteworthy and quite-frankly magical is the writing. HOLY WRITING. I love the formatting and language of this book so much. The writing, I have found, is what either makes people love this book or put it down before getting too far.
It is also very impressive that an author could write a book with death as the narrator. Sounds impossible right? Wrong! I didn't want to sit down and read through this book quickly, but it is a real gem. I described it best when I said to my mom one day that this will forever be a book that I appreciate but don't love. There are definitely other WWII novels that I liked more, but this one will be a classic for years to come.

Rate: 4.5 Stars!!

I plan to read aaallllll the books now that finals are coming to an end! December's wrap up should be a doozy.
What was your favorite book that you read this month? Let me know!

Have a great start to your week!


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