I’m very easily distracted. So, it takes a lot to capture my full attention long enough to finish a book in one sitting. These are the few that’ve managed to do just that in recent years.
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Read in April 2017. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars.
The mystery of why Hannah Baker committed suicide kept me wanting to turn page after page. Read more of my thoughts in my review.
The Dark Talent (Alcatraz #5) by Brandon Sanderson. Read in February 2017. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars. The final installment in Brandon Sanderson’s Alcatraz vs. The Evil Librarians series is just as silly and filled with adventure as the rest. One of the best middle grade series out there.
Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter. Read in February 2017. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars. It’s a retelling of Vasilisa The Beautiful set in modern day Brooklyn. Baba Yaga owns a murderous convenience store with chicken legs. It’s strange, lovely and gripping. There are mixed reviews of it and it’s not a book for everyone, but it was just the right amount of outlandish for me.
The Slow Regard of Silent Things (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2.5) by Patrick Rothfuss. Read in July 2016. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars. We first meet Auri in The Name of the Wind. She’s a strange girl who lives beneath the university. Her mind doesn’t work quite the way it’s supposed to and it’s a mystery what made her become who she is. You shouldn’t read this before you’ve read both The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear because you simply won’t know what the heck is going on. The novella follows Auri’s everyday life, her peculiar habits and rituals. She’s so empathetic, kind and fascinating. I loved reading about her even though it didn’t always make much sense. This is one you’ll either love or hate.
Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. Read in March 2016. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars. It’s a cute and funny romance without too many obstacles lying between the main character and the love interest. I read it on one of those days where life is just too much and you need some cheering up. It’s a great summer read and also great reading during winter when you’re wishing for the warmth and giddiness that summer brings.
How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. Read in May 2015. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 stars. I’d watched the movie and to my surprise discovered that it was based on a book. There are some themes and scenes that may be triggering to some people (cousins who get intimate, dead bodies and war). It was so captivating, scary AF and beautiful at the same time. It made a big impression on me and I think about it often even though it’s been two years since I read it.