wrap-ups/tbrs

feb, march, & april babblings!!

It’s been so long since I did any kind of reading update or life update!! So before I give you my February and March wrap-ups, I just wanted to give a life update!

I am currently on Spring Break, meaning I haven’t had school all week, and it was a much-needed break! Also, in a few weeks, I’m going to be in New York City with my entire chorus class! We’re going to sing, see The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, and see all the usual NYC sights. I’m so excited!

All right, now onto all the books I’ve read in the past two months! My goal for each month is to read 8 books, which I accomplished in February but not quite in March. Since I’m covering two months, I’m only going to give very brief thoughts on each book. But, if you’d like to see me write a review on any of the following books, please let me know in the comments!!

February 2018:

  1. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle – 4/5 *

This is a classic I’ve been wanting to read for a while! I loved the writing, the symbolism, and all the Christian references in it!! And I read it just in time for the new movie, which I have yet to see!

  1. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne – 3/5 *

I had to read this classic novel for my American literature class. It was okay – I definitely enjoyed some things about it, but it’s not something I would pick up on my own.

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (reread) – 5/5 *

This was my thousandth time reading this book (ok not really, but I’ve lost count at this point), and of course I LOVED it!! But it was my first time reading it by audiobook. It’s such a great ending to my favorite series, and I cried countless times.

  1. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie – 5/5 *

I’ve wanted to read the actual book for forever, as the Disney version of this story is one of my favorite Disney movies!! Then, I started listening to the Broadway musical, Finding Neverland, and I knew I had to read it!! The writing was beautiful, and I loved some of the symbolism. But the ending was kind of disappointing and sad!

  1. A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard – 5/5 *

This is one of my new favorite contemporaries!! I was drawn into the story by the synopsis because it mentioned a deaf boy and a selective mute and ASL, so I was sold!! It’s such a cute romance, and the diverse representation is incredible!!

  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – 4.5/5 *

Angie Thomas’s debut novel about a black girl whose best friend was shot and killed by a police officer has been everywhere since it came out last year, and it already has a movie deal! It was such an important and moving story that I think everyone should read.

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (reread) – 5/5 *

This was a reread for a little book club I’m in, and of course I LOVED it! This story is loved by everyone in my family, and it’s a very important one for our country nowadays, even though it’s set about 70 years ago! The characters in the small Southern town are not easily forgotten, and the moral is just genius.

  1. The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo – 5/5 *

I LOVED THIS BOOK!! Just wow. I flew through it and I already want to reread it. It’s basically a collection of fairytales from Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse. The stories were all written beautifully and had amazing morals. And the illustrations that built over the pages were GORGEOUS and really enriched the reading experience.

March 2018:

  1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (reread) – 5/5 *

I read this book about a year ago, and I had to reread it for school this month. It’s one of my favorite books of ALL TIME, because if you take all my thoughts and opinions and put them in a book, this would be that book!! I love how Bradbury saw how America was in 1953 and was able to predict where it could go in 100 years. Books are gone in this story, but the main character is discovering the importance of words. I love it and definitely plan on writing a review soon!

  1. Solaris Seethes by Janet McNulty – 5/5 *

I had to read this book to review for a website that I joined. The plot and premise of this sci-fi novel were great! Some of the characters were okay. But, the writing was absolutely terrible. Like the worst I’ve ever read.

  1. Storm Raven by K. Hanson – 5/5 *

I read this book for a blog tour (review is a few posts back), and I LOVED IT!! I highly recommend this totally underrated book full of pirates, magic, an epic fantasy world, and action scenes.

  1. Songlines by Carolyn Denman – 4/5 *

This was another book for a blog tour review, and I really enjoyed it! It has one of the most unique plots and world, and it’s set in Australia which makes it even better. Also, the characters were AMAZING! I can’t wait to read the other books in the series.

  1. Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller – 5/5 *

I just wrote a review for this book, so all I’m going to say is this book was amazing!!! It was a great sequel to Levenseller’s debut novel full of lovable characters and epic fighting scenes!

  1. Opal (The Raven Cycle #4.5) by Maggie Stiefvater – 5/5 *

Maggie released a short story that’s set after The Raven King?! I know, I can hardly believe it too!! This story is from the perspective of Opal, the hoofed girl that Ronan dreamed in Cabeswater. I loved every word of it.

April TBR!

  1. Through the Dark (Darkest Minds novella collection) by Alexandra Bracken
  2. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
  3. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  4. To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
  5. Hamlet by Shakespeare (already started; need to finish)
  6. Brothers of Baseball by Kristofor Hellmeister (for review)
  7. Pulling Strings by Nick Dewolf (for review)
  8. Sinner by Christopher Graves (for review)

So there are my most recent reads and babblings!! Leave me a comment and let me know what your most recent favorite read is! Mine would have to be Daugher of the Siren Queen! Also, let me know what you’re planning on reading! And again, if y’all would like me to review any of the above books that I have not yet, please let me know!!

I hope you enjoyed by bookish babblings; happy reading!

~ Rebekah

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