Recent Reads #28

Previously, I renamed ‘Weekly’ Wrap-Ups to Recent Reads, as I feel like that reflects the timescale between posts more accurately!

As ever, today I will briefly reviewing all the books I’ve read since my last post in approximately fifty words. This post also explains my concept of ‘The Chosen Ones’ to highlight my favourite books in each post!

1. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern ⭐️🧠 🏳️‍🌈

This was beautiful, but not to the level of being obsessed over for me. the writing, magical system and layered narrative were absolutely stunning and I would definitely pick the book up again. Morgenstern has crafted a phenomenal love letter to literature and love itself that I really enjoyed. Four stars.

2. Follow Me, Like Me by Charlotte Seager 🧠

I really enjoyed this twisty, dual narrative YA mystery. At its core, this book questions whether we ever truly know someone online and I enjoyed this timely discussion, especially as it also discussed sequel assault, harassment and stalking. Full review here. Four stars.

3. One of Us Is Next by Karen McManus ⭐️🧠 🏳️‍🌈

I’ve been blessed with so many good YA mysteries lately and I was expecting a lot from this one, after loving Two Can Keep A Secret. Luckily, this surpassed my expectations. McManus’ craft has grown so much, with more developed characters and even more intriguing twists and turns. Full review here. Four and a half stars.

4. I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn ⭐️🧠

I’ve wanted to read this book for so long and it filled my heart with warmth and love. This is an adorable contemporary YA romance with an arming protagonist of Kimi. Her journey of self-discovery was so relatable and her romance was so sweet! Four stars.

5. Wranglestone by Darren Charlton 🧠 🏳️‍🌈

This was an absolutely amazing LGBT+ romance set within a zombie apocalypse that I flew through. One of my favourite parts of the book was the superbly crafted atmosphere of impending danger. It created this sense of paranoia and claustrophobia, with the tension like a thick fog encircling Wranglestone. Full review here. Four and a half stars.

6. Diary of a Confused Feminist by Kate Weston ⭐️🧠

God this book is needed. A refreshingly funny but honest look at teenage feminism, friendship and mental health. The dialogue it opens about being a ‘good’ feminist is certainly one that I’ve struggled with. I loved the diary and multi-media format that allowed me to connect with Kat so much more. Full review here. Four and a half stars.

The Chosen Ones:

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