Books I read in August & September

*special note here! a lot of the books I read in September I read during the aftermath of hurricane Maria where we had no power for several weeks and this was the best form of entertainment.I will mention it a few times, but if your interested in knowing how Puerto Rico is currently doing I recommend you check it out*

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

I received this book in May for the Comic Explosion Owl Crate. I was intrigued by the theme and also that the cover would be a little different than the version sold in stores. I read this on a flight where normally I get distracted by different things, like sleeping, watching a movie, playing a game, coloring etc. , and I was so hooked I finished it during the flight and wasn’t distracted as much.

This is How it Happened by Paula Stokes

This was another of the books I read for the YA book club. At first, I was kinda skeptical but some of the other members had read books from this author before and were looking forward to it. I really liked the message it sent out about drowsy driving. I had always felt like that was something that caused a lot of accidents but was never really mentioned so I loved how It was presented here.

Everland by Wendy Spinale

This is another Owl Crate book that I received in May of 2016, and the theme of said box was Steampunk which is something that didn’t really attract my interest at the time. That is probably the main reason it sat on my TBR for so long, and at this point, I was trying not to buy a lot of new books until I was done with the ones I had which gave no choice but to dive into this. I will be honest I  didn’t understand what was happening and then I realized that it was kind of like the Peter Pan story and everything fell into place.

Waking in Time by Angie Stanton

This book was from subscription box I had gotten as a gift for my birthday, sadly I don’t remember the name of the box but I know it came from the UK. The theme was time, which is why my husband thought it was a good gift since I love time travel. I fell in love with this book. This is feeling is the reason I love subscription boxes and knowing as little as possible about a book before reading it.

Lovecraft Country by Matt Ruff

This was the adult book club choice for September. Unfortunately, that meeting never happened because hurricane Irma & Maria had hit and the mall where the bookstore where the meetings take place was without power for almost a month not only that but internet wasn’t stable enough to maintain a skype call.  This book was an eye-opener for me since it touched the subject of racism right after the abolition of slavery, and from a different perspective within a black family.

Wicked like Wildfire by Lana Popović

Another book club selection that I read during the aftermath of hurricane Maria. The meeting was also canceled, and the meeting was taking place at another location the bookstore had, and the mall it’s in was pretty much destroyed inside.  On a sort of lighter note, I did not like this book. It was so slow and took forever to make a point, nothing really made sense to me and I was extremely frustrated when I finished it. It is beautifully written though, the descriptions of food, characters and how the magic works are beautiful, but too much of that didn’t make it a good enough story.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

I got this book at an antique event at the mall, so this was a used copy in pretty good condition. I had seen the movie when it originally came out and enjoyed the book even more. They’re pretty similar (movie/book) and the book just gives the story more depth. I don’t remember if I cried in the movie ( I probably did) but I cried on several occasions reading this.

Fireworks by Katie Cotugno

Won in on of the book club meeting raffle. For a book that was based in the 90s, it didn’t really feel like it was. It was a good book, very cliche. I did feel like I got an insight on how the show business works especially when it came to forming boy/girl bands. With that in mind, drama ensued. Friendships took a toll, a girl met a boy, boy liked the girl, etc.