The Afterlife of Holly Chase
By: Cynthia Hand
When young Holly Chase fails to change her life after being Scrooged she loses it and winds up stuck in the afterlife as the Ghost of Christmas Past. Years later she has one last chance to get it right when she connects with the most recent Scrooge. A handsome young man (naturally) who reminds her more than a little of herself.
By: Andy Weir
This was a highly anticipated read for me as I absolutely loved The Martian. I knew little about this one besides it was about a thief called Jazz who lived on the moon. Now I did read some lukewarm reviews before this so I knew it wasn’t going to be The Martian but even still.
Turtles All The Way Down
By: John Green
Aza and her best friend Daisy are trying to solve the disappearance of a local millionaire for the cash reward. But Turtles isn’t about that so much as Aza battling her anxiety and OCD and that’s what makes this is a hard book to rate for me. Because it is a book where everything else aside I relate, I relate so very much sometimes it was troubling to read.
So I participated in Non-Fiction November which I heard about from the Youtube channel A Book Olive whose also one of the people that run it. I generally like to read non-fiction books. But I’m very much a mood reader/whatever strikes my fancy and with being bombarded with so much other I felt like nonfiction was falling by the wayside.
All in all I didn’t do too badly this month.
Another month another Owlcrate Box. This month’s theme was Castles, Courts & Kingdoms. For those of you who don’t know Owlcrate is a monthly book subscription box around $35. They send a new released YA and a bunch of goodies that match the theme.
They also have a super adorable Middle-Grade box. Great Christmas gift ideas.
The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales
The Starlit Wood (which I keep saying wrong) is a lovely book of fairy tales I picked up this weekend. I’m going to be honest. I picked it up almost solely on the fact it’s so pretty! But I actually really enjoyed the book. Overall I found the stories done in such a way that they really did feel different and some of the fairy tales they were based on are not ones I’ve read.
So with the holiday weekend coming up I was thinking about how hard it might be to get a chance to read and, for me at least, how I actually need to find opportunities to read when I’m stressed so I came up with a couple of recommendations for getting through a crazy busy stretch of days.
I saw the Wonder Woman Book tag first on Delphine the Babbler and really enjoyed it. The original creator of the tag is on youtube: Amber’s Books and More.
Since Justice League is out this week it seemed as good a time as any to do this one!
I enjoyed Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl when I read it including the fan fiction parts with Simon Snow. But for some reason I threw up a block with the idea of reading the actual book. Like I do not want to read a rather large fan fiction about Harry Potter. Superficially though I loved this paperback cover and I really needed a pick me up.
Wound up a total Carry On convert.
Author: Ryan Graudin
Invictus was one of the big reads I was waiting for this year and in the end I felt like it was just okay. I’m a sucker for time-travel and this book about time-traveling bandits lead by a kid who was literally born outside of time was described as Firefly meets Doctor Who so I really, really expected a lot.