A lot of my focus is on new or upcoming releases, but as seen in my TBR post, I obviously can't read everything in the world! I'm starting First Impression Fridays as a new weekly post to help me tame my shelves. Each week, I'll spotlight a book or series I haven't yet read, but that I own, whether as an ebook or hard copy. I'll do a quick rundown of why I own the book, and then take a stab at my first impression of the book based off what I remember. I'm binding myself to the honor code in writing these completely without looking at a summary, to make it all more interesting.
Read on to see me struggle to discuss Beautiful Creatures!
Over the course of the year, my varied successes in following the reading challenges I set out for myself have proven that I am very much a mood reader. When I set out with my challenge list, I never imagined only reading a quarter of the books at this point. It didn't occur to me that I might not be capable of following a set list. But is this a bad thing?
True story: On my GoodReads Want-To-Read shelf, I have exactly 661 books.
Almost every day, I scroll through my friends’ recent updates, and I find new books that sound promising, and I click that little green button with glee! I never think about the growth of my TBR list until it comes time to choose a new book to read, or I’m puzzled in the library (do I brave the long list, or do I give up and borrow Harry Potter again?). You can see how my lack of specificity in my TBR becomes a problem.
I'm so excited to share this with all of you! I've been so lucky to receive a copy of Dream Country and share this post with you all for the blog tour! Read on for my review and some Read Alikes for the characters...
Before I get into things here, I just want to include a quick trigger warning: This post and the video included do discuss suicide/self harm. For this reason, everything else is under a cut to help readers who might not be comfortable with this material.
This review is on the shorter side, so feel free to contact me if you'd like to really dig into the book!
I liked seeing how Zoey balanced her family with deciding what kind of person she wanted to be. Her desire to be a kid who could speak up in class and turn assignments in on time conflicted with dealing with her mom’s abusive boyfriend and caring for her little siblings. However, at times I felt that Zoey was running away from her schoolwork instead of seeing it as another path to success and to be heard, like she wanted.
I’m not sure why, but I have two conflicting thought processes about this book: One, I liked it and found it enjoyable and the characters sympathetic, but Two, I just don’t have that much to say about it. On the whole, I liked it, and it deserves 4/5 stars, but I didn’t feel like it really called to me in any specific way. I would definitely recommend it as a great middle-grade/YA read for those looking to read about kids finding their voices, dealing with poverty, and taking care of their families, because Zoey is an awesome main character.
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It’s almost autumn… pumpkin spice lattes are around the corner, and crisp leaves are on the edge of falling. Why not celebrate by turning the fresh-off-the-press pages of one of these new releases? I’ve got six more party-worthy covers for you this month, so happy reading!
Hey, I'm Shreya! I love to read, write, travel, and drink coffee.