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February and March Wrap Up

Hello readers! Today’s post is all about the books I read over the last 2 months. I only read 3 books in February that were not picture books, so I decided to combine them with March and here we are.

I’ve been reading a ton of picture books lately because I homeschool my daughter. I read them so I know they are accurate. If you guys are homeschoolers of young kids and are interested in that, let me know. I’m not going to mention any of those books in this post, but let me know if you are interested in some educational and historically accurate books for kids.

Come Closer is about a woman who slowly comes to realize she is possessed by a demon. This is a early 2000’s book, so know the language used is outdated, but I still enjoyed it nonetheless. Amanda keeps doing things out of character, or doing things that she doesn’t remember, and it gets her in some trouble, but she kind of likes it.

I know this story isn’t for everyone, but I genuinely liked the way it was told, the length, and surprisingly the ending. Have you ever read a possession story in the perspective of that person? If not, please try this one!

Cold follows two different people. Todd is newly a ghost and we don’t know how he died. Georgia’s brother attended the same school as Todd, but they were not friends. For unknown reasons, Georgia becomes fascinated with Todd’s death and investigates it herself.

I really enjoyed this one, but I am on the unpopular side of that opinion. I just like when books tug at my heart strings. I would suggest looking into Goodreads reviews for this before reading because the average rating is pretty low.

A Calamitous Cookie is the 6th and final book in the Beachfront Bakery series. This series follows a woman named Ally who opens up a bakery after losing her job and her long-term boyfriend. This is also a cozy mystery series, so Ally finds herself in sticky situations, and solves crime on the side.

So, there is this small plot that is mentioned in the series that was resolved in this book and I’m still peeved about it. A character is introduced and I wish we could’ve seen more of this person through the series because this person had a huge impact on Ally. I hope Grace changes her mind and writes more in this series! It was such an unsatisfying ending. I’ve also been told all her series are the same, so I don’t want to read any of her other books to fill the gap.

Click follows Olive. Her entire grade has to participate in this talent show. She has the weekend to pick a talent. Everyone else is doing their talents in teams and no one asked her to be in theirs.

Olive struggles with the kids her age forming clicks and groups while she wants to be friends with everyone. She spends the weekend with her aunt and she has to find her calling.

Frankie and Bug is about two cousins that spend the summer together. They haven’t actually met before because they live in totally different places. It’s sort of an enemies to friends kind of story and Bug slowly comes to find that Frankie is trans.

As I was reading this story I thought it was really familiar, and that is because it is! This is a retelling of To Kill a Mockingbird, but it’s about the LGBT community instead of racism. If you read and love TKAM and the MC Scout, you’ll love this one too. Bug and Scout are one in the same.

This may be an unpopular opinion, but I love seeing these type of topics through the lense of a child. I think it’s super relatable when you find out such horible things as a kid like racism and homophobia and how they change your perspective on life. I do remember the times I learned of both and how they changed me.

This one is about a girl named Zoey who has a lot of burdens in her life. Her mom has an abusive and controlling boyfriend and she has to spend most of her time taking care of her smaller siblings. She also daydreams about how her life would be better if she were an octopus.

She likes to be in the background, but soon finds her voice and learns to stand up for herself and others.

This was another great read. I loved seeing the character development of Zoey and her mom. They both really come out of their shells and find their confidence in this one!

Girlsplaining is probably my favorite book of the year! This is a nonfiction graphic novel about coming into womanhood. It talks about the stigmas of periods and female body hair and how we are told both of those things are gross. Body hair and periods are natural things and are not gross!

Graveyard Shakes follows three kids. Two are sisters going to a new boarding school and a Frankenstein-type boy (not the boy on the cover). His dad kills a kid every 13 years and gives him the soul. He almost died many years ago and needs them to stay alive, but he doesn’t want to do it. The girls both become potential victims of this process.

This was just a 3 star read for me. I just didn’t think there was enough story. There are subplots that go nowhere and it just felt like it should’ve been a small series, or much longer.

The last one isDaisy Jones and The Six. It follows a band called The Six and Daisy Jones. They decide to collaborate and make a huge hit, so they start collabing much more and we also are finding out why the band broke up right when they made it huge.

This story had a lot of tropes I don’t like, like interview format and the whole story is about being famous. However, I did enjoy listening to it on audio. I think I’ll listen to more books in interview format in the future.

I didn’t neccesarily love or hate this one. I did like the story and all the characters, but I thought the ending was unsatisfying. The reason they broke up was kind of silly to me. It just seemed like everyone had the same goal and suddenly they didn’t. AND Billy and Daisy were so self centered and they drove me crazy together and individually. I am happy to have read it because I have thought about it for so long.

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