Good morning Virtually Readers! Remember this post where I announced I was doing the Ivyclad Ideas reading challenge? I completed it so I thought I’d use it to look at some of the books I’ve read this year and recommend the good ones.
A classic—I’ve read two classics this year, both written for children. I recommend Peter Pan if you want to know about the original myth, and The Wouldbegoods as a fun children’s adventure story.
Retelling—Lunar Chronicles all the way.
Short story—I read two short story collections: Begin, End, Begin and Summer Days and Summer Nights. I didn’t like all the stories in them, but I liked the collections in general and some stories were excellent.
A play—The Importance of Being Earnest is hilarious and a classic and very short.
A book that’s a movie—TFIOS. I guess I don’t really recommend this one?
Book with a male MC—Black Heart has criminals and magic plus it BREAKS YOU.
1st person narration—I read a lot of books like this, but Night Swimming is a fluffy Australian contemporary.
Book with no romance—Highly, HIGHLY recommend Radio Silence.
Book set in the UK—The Bone Season is this really unique part-fantasy, part-dystopia.
Book that’s less than 200 pages—Girl Code is a nonfiction about girls and tech and coding. It’s written by two girls who made a game called Tampon Run to raise awareness about the menstrual taboo. Interesting if you’re into that thing.
Female MC—The Handmaid’s Tale is very depressing but also eye-opening. Dystopian with a lot of oppression of women.
3rd person narration—When Dimple Met Rishi is an Indian-American love story. Very cute.
Book with a love triangle—Apparently love triangles are out of fashion, because I haven’t read any proper ones. I had to go for Gemina because it kind of had one?
Set in a fantasy land—I did Bright Smoke, Cold Fire for this prompt but I didn’t really like this book. It was too creepy.
More than 500 pages—All the Harry Potter books from 5 onwards. These were rereads, and I obviously recommend them.
Has a typo—I don’t really read to look for typos? But Illuminae has a lot of intentional ones. These books are perfect for space+action+unique format.
Has aliens—I didn’t want to repeat Gemina, so I said Avalon. This has space ships+ mystery+a lot of betrayal+ awesomeness. I don’t know if it’s a series? It should be.
Adult book—I read Lost &Found, but I didn’t really like it. It was super weird and had like no point. Plus the 7 year old character in no way acted like a seven year old.
At least four people die—I used Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for this (Illuminae and Gemina would also count, but the deaths just feel really detached and not that emotional?) (Also, I put HP7 in my more than 500 pages list as well but since there were other books in that category I didn’t think this counted as repeating). SO MANY TEARS.
A book with pictures—American Born Chinese is about accepting who you are. It’s a middle grade graphic novel that combines the three stories that all turn out to be connected with a fantastical twist. It’s a fun, easy read.
And that’s it! If you’re interested in any of these books, I linked their titles either to my review, Shanti’s review, or the goodreads page. I really enjoyed this challenge, and it was fun to try to read books that fit the description or fit books I’d read to the inscription. Thanks to Rain for having the idea! You can see the original challenge here.
Have you ever done a reading challenge? Did you enjoy it? Have you read any of these books? And do you have any recommendations for me?