The Sign of Four | This is the second novel I've read by Arthur Conan Doyle, and admittedly my interest piqued because of my love of the BBC series. I really enjoyed every page of this-- you're met head on with Holme's cocaine addiction & it's the story where Watson meets Mary, so that's fun. The story read as fast-paced with the right amount of adventure and mystery, and I'm just a fan of Doyle's writing and miss the characters when I'm done reading.
Behold the Dreamers | So many feels. Behold the Dreamers is about two Cameroonian immigrants living in America seeking out a better life for their family as they await news on their asylum application status. This book was equal parts hopeful and heartbreaking with characters so complex that you felt like they could be someone you know. Some of their choices often made me frustrated and sad, but I think this is an impossible book to read and not feel something for the characters and their experience. This is such an important book, especially in today's society with ongoing misconceptions about immigration.
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Aristotle & Dante Discover the Universe | This book has over 4-stars on Goodreads and more awards than I have ever seen on one book cover. It was moving and poetic and pulls you right into the story. It falls into the #ownvoices and #diversebooks realm, a story about two boys, Ari and Dante, who are struggling with their identity. It was one of those books that felt relatable even though I had very little in common with either character, and I think that's part of what makes it so endearing.
I Love My Computer Because My Friends Live In It | I saw this on some kind of upcoming book list and then it ended up being a read now option on Netgalley, and it was perfect for one of the Read Harder categories, so I was 3x excited to read it-- plus the cover wins some points too. The book starts off with the nostalgia of early internet days, which was fun to read about despite it not being relatable at all. I didn't meet a famous person in a chatroom when I was in high school and become BFFs with them and attend hollywood parties. I kind of lost interest when it turned into the author complaining about various types of social media- I think it was an attempt to be funny, but it just didn't work for me. c/o netgalley in exchange for an honest review
When You Reach Me | This was a 2010 Newbery Medal winner and I enjoyed it so much! It's about a girl living in New York City, and she gets four letters from someone and she has to figure out what they mean. I loved the writing and all of the minor characters and their story lines. I wasn't expecting the time travel element, even though the mentions of A Wrinkle in Time should have been foreshadowing I guess. That element was a little confusing and not my favorite, but I loved the rest of the book so much that it didn't bother me.
Small Admissions | I dare say this wins for my least favorite book of the year so far. It had so much potential, about a woman in New York who loses everything after being dumped by her boyfriend. She ends up getting a job in a private school's admissions office and starts to get her life back on track. You don't exactly know what happened with the BF, so that kept me slightly interested, but otherwise I didn't mesh with the style/format of the writing or the lack of transitions. I could go on about how I found the characters all too outrageous, but I'll just sum up by saying I didn't like anything about this book and I'm apparently very picky with my chick lit choices. c/o netgalley in exchange for an honest review
I haven't decided what I'm going to read next, I feel like there's added pressure to find a good book after reading one you really dislike.