November Book Review.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Happy hump-day!! We are almost half-way through the week, and I could not be more happier!! Only 24 days until Christmas, but more importantly, 13 days left of school!! Ahhh!! I am ready!! 

Today I am sharing my November book review, along with my classic book review with Abby!! I read quite a few good books this month, so I am so excited to share!!

1. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars is about Cadence Sinclair. Cadence has had an accident, but she can't remember anything. Cadence's life basically consists of living in her fancy Vermont house, taking prescription drugs, and migraines. In this book, Cadence tells the story of the summer she turned 15. Her father and mother split up, so her mother takes Cadence to Beechwood, her family's private island where they have another big, fancy house. 

I have...mixed emotions about this book. I liked it but didn't love it. However, it got me out of my reading rut, which I am very thankful for. There is a little bit of romance in this book, which I thought was weird and not a good fit, but I do like some of the other relationships that were in this book. There is a plot twist in this book which I always appreciate love, but I thought that this was sort of a weird one. 

I feel like this review makes me seem like I didn't like this book, but really it wasn't bad. It's super hyped up, and I don't necessarily think that it should be, but it wasn't a bad book...Just not anything amazing. 

Overall, this book gets a 3.5 from me.  

2. Buzzkill by Beth Fantaskey 

This book is about Millie. A seventeen-year-old who has joined forces with the mysterious Chase Albright, to find out who killed their Coach Killdare. 

Ehh, this book was okay. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't anything great. A solid 2.5. 

I was instantly drawn to this book. I love a good murder mystery. Buuuutttt I did not enjoy the way this book was written. I thought it was very slow, and did not keep my attention the whole time. It wasn't one of those books that I just couldn't put down, which is kind of disappointing. 

Now don't me wrong, there was nothing wrong with this book. I'm just picky, and this book just wasn't for me. With that being said, for people my age who enjoy murder mystery books, this one was very clean and very similar to Nancy Drew. A light read (although there is murder 😂). 

Not the best. Not the worst. Just not for me. 

3. Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam

Now this book, I loved. 

This book is about a boy who is wrongly incarcerated. Amal Shadid. An artist and poet. One night an altercation turned into a tragedy, and Amal is convicted of a crime that he did not commit. He is angry and in despair, but he turns that rage into his art. 

First of all, once this book popped up in my Goodreads I knew I had to read it. It's nominated for the Goodreads Choice Awards, and it immediately caught my attention not only with the description but also that it is written in verse.

Now you may be thinking verse is not my thing, which is what I also thought, but after reading this book my thoughts instantly changed. Not only was it easy to read, but it was also super powerful. 

This book is both incredible and devastating. 

This is a book about race and the way the judicial and prison systems in our country fail to provide the justice to those who are committed wrongly of a crime. Amal didn't commit any crime. He was a black man in an altercation with a white man, and that was all it took for him to be thrown into prison. There's racial profiling, misunderstanding, and racism. 

Please read this book. Educate yourself, and do your part to prevent these acts of racism in our country. 

4. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

This book is about Will, and his brother, Shawn, who was just murdered. Will is out for revenge. But, he's got to get through the elevator ride first. Basically, all the people who have been killed in Will's life revisit him in the elevator. 

This is a book about violence and murder, and it is just so sad. 

This book is written by Jason Reynolds, and it is also written in verse. I've read quite a few books from Jason Reynolds this year, and each one has been very powerful, so this one was no exception. I'm telling you, take a chance with verse. I never realized how much power a book in verse actually has until I read these 2 books.

Okay, first of all, the amount of people that have been murdered in Will's life is completely unacceptable. This is simply not okay. Guns and violence like what Will has experienced is something that no one should have to go through. 

This was one of those books, where I just had to sit in silence after I read it to fully comprehend all that Will, a fifteen-year-old, has had to go through. I'm not going to spoil it, but the people that Will has lost to gun violence are people that no one should lose, and especially to gun violence. 

This book packs a hard punch. 10/10 Please read. 

5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Now onto the classics!! 

First one up...Jane Eyre!!

Y'all...I actually loved it!!

For those of you who don't know, Jane Eyre is about an orphan named (you guessed it!) Jane. She gets a job at this big house, Thornfield Hall, where she is hired by Edward Rochester to teach and take care of his ward, Adele. 

This book was so sweet. I loved Jane as the main character. She was so sweet, and I was rooting for her the whole time. Now for Rochester. Um dude, let the skeletons out of the closet before you decide to get married. So, I didn't love Rochester. Thought he was kinda weird, but it honestly didn't bother me too much while reading this book. 

This book. Loved it. Not too hard to read, and a super sweet story.

6. Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare

Honestly, I didn't hate it.

Romeo and Juliet is an....interesting book. 

Everyone knows about this book. Romeo and Juliet love each other. Their families hate each other. They kill themselves out of love. 

I don't know know what else to say besides that it wasn't horrible, honestly made me laugh sometimes, and is really dramatic. 

7. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte 

Wow. This book was a wild ride. 

This book basically follows a foster child's life named Heathcliff, and it was not what I was expecting at all.

This book is DRAMA. Seriously. But honestly, I liked it. 

I have never read a book like this. The characters are all super unlikable, and the plot is, once again, super dramatic, but for some reason, I liked it!

Honestly, I don't really know why I liked this book so much. This book really sparked my interest, which I did not expect it to at all, but for some reason, I couldn't put it down. Maybe drama is my new thing ;)

8. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Okay. I've read a lot of good books this month, but of course, we had a bad one in the mix, and that, my friend, is A Tale of Two Cities. Honestly, I did not want to finish this book. After the first 100 pages, I really just wanted to be over with it. Nothing in me wanted to keep reading this book, but for some reason I did. 

It was hard for me to understand, and honestly, boring. SOOOO, I did not like it. Not much other to say, except that I recommend not reading this book😂

9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I loved it.

This book was so sweet. I loved all the characters and the story.

BUT, I will say that I liked the movie better than the book. I've literally watched it about 3 times since I finished the book, and that is saying a lot because I do not watch a lot of TV, and especially movies. 

Normally I'm a true believer in the books are better, but I liked the Pride and Prejudice movie better than the book. I thought that it was easier to understand, and I thought that it was a great book to movie adaptation. 

This book was so sweet. I love the relationship between Elizabeth and Darcy. I love Elizabeth in general. She was a great character to read about. I loved the sisterly bonds, and family in this book. I love the setting and everything in between. Great book. Great movie. All around great.

10. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne 

Another bad egg. 

The Scarlet Letter. I had high hopes for you, but you fell quite short. Honestly, another book that I just wanted to give up on. Boring. Dull. Hard to understand. And just plain bad. Very disappointing, as I thought that I was really going to like it. 

Well, that is all for today!! I hope you have a great day, and I will see you tomorrow for a Christmas playlist linkup with Abby!! Don't forget that Abby and I will also be hosting a book club and linkup for December, and you can find all that information here!! Happy Wednesday!!