Books #61-80: the Recap Edition

Total number of pages read

Grand total of 7151 this round. Longest was Grave Mercy at a whopping 550p; shortest was the gutpunch 176p of When Everything Feels Like the Movies.

Fave read?

It’s a toss up this time between two titles! At least they have a common theme: mental health.

The first – a teen book, obvi – is All the Bright Places. This one hit me HARD in the feels. It is added to my trifecta of teen feel punching books along with Eleanor & Park and The Fault in our Stars. Finch and Violet’s struggles hit a LITTLE too close to home for me.

Next up – Furiously Happy. I dig Jenny Lawson. I want to be friends with this lady. Her blunt honestly makes my heart feel less along. Plus she’s fucking hilarious.

Honorable shoutouts to Winterkill and Bitten for just being rad. It’s hard to narrow it down when there aren’t too many stinkers in this batch of books.

Least fave read?

Toss up between the (not so) erotic and pretty boring Mary Higgins Clark-esque Sweet Surrender and my foray into Steampunk teen fiction with The Girl in the Steel Corset. The books I read can tend to be predictable, but these two titles were both predictable and BORING. In this case, two strikes and they are out (or on my least fave read list, at least…)

What did I learn?

Werewolves can still be sexy (Obvi). I was proudly team Jacob while reading Twilight. Swooned for Alcide in True Blood. Crushed pretty hard on all the sexy lycanthropes in Bitten. (Also – watch the Space Channel remake of this show. Clay is droolworthy! Elena is a babeorama!)

What did I confirm?

Teen fiction hits me hard in the feels. Harder than adult fiction. Destroys me.

Best book club pick?

There was surprisingly only one book club pick in this recap – The Autistic Brain. It’s been pretty loosey goosey for book clubs. More to come in the next 20 titles.

Surprise find?

I was a little hesitant to jump into a series that had like ELEVEN books in it – but Bitten was a nice find. Helloooooooo werewolves. But like seriously. That’s a lotta books, Kelley Armstrong.

Biggest letdown?

I’m gonna have to go with The Silkworm. I REALLY REALLY dug The Cuckoo’s Calling. This one, not as much. Maybe it’s because I have a horrible memory and couldn’t remember who half of the characters were. Maybe it’s because some of this story grossed me out. But it didn’t live up to the first book for me.

What I’m looking forward to in the next 20 books

The return of Maggie Stiefvater to my reading list! The Raven King was pushed back so many times, I didn’t think I would ever read it! Blansey for life, yo. ❤

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