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The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Okay, so I know this is a bold start to the post, but don’t unfollow me yet! I picked this because Harry Potter was actually a really difficult series for me to get into, not because it’s inherently difficult or boring. To this day, I still haven’t read past the third book. It’s a mix of a having started reading it in like 3rd grade, which was too young for me, then trying again in 8th grade while I briefly had a weird resentment towards third-person narration, and simply having too many other books to read.
Anyway, please keep reading my posts.
I honestly cannot think of a single book for this one. I guess I should add some more festive stories to my personal library because I can’t even think of one that’s vaguely Christmas-y or relating to any other holidays… Moving on.
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
I absolutely adored this book and its sequel when I read them and I’d recommend to anyone looking for contemporary middle-grade stories. Since it’s a graphic novel and a super accurate representation of how middle school feels, I highly recommend this to reluctant readers. But really what I’m saying is, no matter what age you are, I think you should read Awkward and Brave.
Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
Oh my GOODNESS, did I love this book! This is one of the ARCs I got at BookCon in June, so it wasn’t something I willingly picked up (mostly because I’d heard absolutely nothing about it before getting it), but I’m so glad I read it. This is a stand-alone (reportedly “a stand-alone with potential”) that keeps readers on their toes from the first to the last page, and man, when I tell you my guesses were wrong just about every time when reading this book, I’m not exaggerating. Look out for my review closer to the book’s release date!
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
No, you haven’t picked up this book even though it’s at your local library and you’ve seen literally everyone talking about it. I swear, every time I see someone else post something about this gosh darn book, I think, “Wow, maybe I should head over to my library and check it out and read it like a normal, functioning blogger,” but nope. I still haven’t done it. One day I will. One of these days.
Ida by Alison Evans
Okay, so correct me if I’m wrong, but my understanding of an “indie author” is one who’s somewhat independent of a specific publisher and Alison Evans has published quite a few books but under several different publishers. So yeah, this counts
I think. Anyway, I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: I loved Ida when I read it, and I’m so glad I picked it up when I first joined NetGalley because it was a great way to start my experience on there.
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
Don’t get me wrong, I thought the representation in this book was great, and overall, it was a cute story. It just didn’t keep me interested that well. As I explained in my review, I think the main problem was that I read this while trying to come out of a book slump, which didn’t help, because it’s a slow book. So although I’d recommend it, it definitely fell flat for me and wish it had something more.
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Jeez Louise, so most people in the young adult book community knows that this series
and its author has some infamy attached to it, but I really loved this series. These are some of the books that got me back into reading during my senior year of high school, and without them, I probably wouldn’t have created a blog here or joined the Twitter community or any of that, so I have to say that despite the social justice issues and fairly cheap ending, this remains one of my favorite series. Definitely bittersweet.
Until next time!