14. Lost and Found
I have to make a teeny little embarrassing confession which does not cast me in the best of light, which is that I put off reading this book because as we all know, I hate everything, and I was worried I wouldn’t like it even though I really like Shalini and then we would have awkward times. You can see I have a lot of faith in my friends. P.S. It’s just great knowing me.
The good news for all of us is that I really really liked this book. Is it perfect? No, but I enjoyed it more than most things I have read for quite some time, and I thought it was fun and I loved Oliver and I loved Delaney and I loved her friends. Highly entertaining. Am a fan.
15. Knight School
Oh, god, this was just stupid, but at the same time? I can’t lie, it was entertaining. It was probably 50-100 pages too long and it ended in a very annoying cliffhanger, but it was perfectly serviceable vacation reading. Although I did tell Erik “This book is so stupid” about a hundred times while I was reading it. And every time I told someone the title or the plot premise, we all laughed our asses off. Also, if you want to read a book about school wars and you haven’t read either Jellicoe Road or The Chocolate Wars, don’t be wasting your time on Knight School.
16. Midwinter Blood
Oh god, this won the Printz Award. All hope is lost.
17. Thank You For Your Service
This was amazing. Amazing. With the caveat that if reading really depressing things about people with anxiety and major life stresses makes you anxious, maybe don’t read this one. But seriously, I generally don’t with the non fiction and I loved this. I agree with every rave review I’ve read of this so far.
18. Maggot Moon
I kind of liked this book? I think I did. It was very odd, but I liked it. Although it reminded me of that tiger book, um, Life of Pi? Where I thought I was supposed to be getting something very obvious that certainly everyone else gets but that I so did not get.
19. The Obvious Game
Meh. Speaking of obvious, this was obviously…not that great.
Why I have I shoddily read only 19 books so far this year? I blame my wretched children and the internet.
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