Salutations, blogger chums!
Two months of the new year have flown! And so has half of the third one. I feel like the time is being pulled out from under my feet like a rug. It’s insane. Two and a half months.
I’m not sure where all that time went, but I know for a fact that some of it went into books.
Here are some highlights of my January and February reading:
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages by Trenton Lee Stewart
So much nostalgia, like meeting with old friends.
This is the fourth installment in The Mysterious Benedict Society series, and the characters are as endearing as ever. I love the author’s ability to create characters that are quirky and often over-the-top, but at the same time extremely relatable.
Kate, Reynie, Sticky and Constance are growing up, which, lo and behold, does NOT mean oodles of romantic drama (thank the Lord). It does mean making big decisions, the possibility of goodbyes, and emotional roller coasters though.
And hugs! I love how much these kids care about each other. They are a family and they are affectionate with each other and it melts my heart.
Also Tai is an adorable addition to the family.
The plot was a little bit weak though. It wasn’t nearly as strong as the plot of the first book, and overall I found it flat and disappointing.
However, absolutely worth reading for the characters.
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Aside from the 13-year-old romance, I really liked this.
Sal and her grandparents are on a road trip to Lewiston, Idaho. They are going to see Sal’s mom. During the trip, Sal tells stories. She tells her grandparents about what happened when she and her father moved away from their farm, to the town of Euclid, Ohio, after Sal’s mom left them. She tells them about a girl named Phoebe, and what happened to Phoebe’s family.
This story is driven by the characters, the decisions they make, and how those decisions effect them and everyone around them.
I’m not really sure what else to say. But it was good.
First Boy by Gary D. Schmidt
Spies and cows. What a perfect combination.
Gary has such an endearing writing style. This story is rather ridiculous- with spies, government conspiracies, political intrigue, and whatnot- but the cows are real. The way Cooper’s neighbors look out for him after the deaths of his grandparents is real.
Mrs. Perley is a blessing to us all.
If you’re looking for something, fun, light-hearted, and easy to read, this would be a good bet.
(A random side-note: Does Gary D. Schmidt only know like three last names or something? Because he uses Hurd in almost every book I’ve read, and Hupfer almost as often as that. Just wondering.)
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
I still don’t really know what to do with this.
I don’t even know why I decided to call it a highlight, because it really wasn’t.
But here we are.
I liked this book. I really did. But it also traumatized me. It really did.
Yeah, I don’t know what to say.
How articulate I am.
Basically, this book follows a boy/man named Amir from the 1960s to the early 2000s, and is set mainly in both Afghanistan and America. It centers around his relationship with his father, and his relationship with his father’s servant’s son, Hassan.
If you don’t like stories about protagonists who spend their whole lives riddled with guilt, this book is most definitely not for you.
Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet
East Berlin, guys. But for ten-year-olds.
I actually enjoyed this historical novel pretty well, though at times it felt a little bit heavy-handed in the “THIS BOOK IS FOR CHILDREN” department. That being said, the writing style was quite good at times, and surprisingly thought-provoking. Overall it was a pretty engaging story.
Well, I got the titles down if nothing else.
I could either come up with a snappy closing paragraph for this post, or I could go read.
I think I’ll go read.
What has your 2020 looked like so far (in books)? Have you read anything that made you laugh out loud, or perhaps something that traumatized you? I would love to hear your bookish news in the comments!