The whole month of December that I’ve been home, I’ve read a ton of new books almost to make up for the massive amount of books I did not read in the months before – these are the books I ended my year with:
1) From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon : I really liked parts of this book and really disliked parts of this book. The story follows Twinkle Mehra, a high school student who aspires to become a movie director and then gets chance to direct a movie for an upcoming festival along with another student who’s the twin brother of her longtime crush. Various parts of the book are really high school-ish and various choices that Twinkle made really infuriated me. Despite all that, the book is a fresh read.
2) Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy : I had been so excited to read this book for so long and it really lived up to everything I’d heard about it. Dumplin’ is the story of Willowdean who’s the teenage daughter of a former beauty queen in a small town. Will decides to run for the beauty pageant as a protest against everything she’s felt since her aunt passed away. The book tests Willowdean’s friendships, and relationships, and her mother and is really, really engaging. The ending of the book disappointed me a bit and I felt like it ended really abruptly.
3) The Chosen One by Sam Bourne : This was the second book that I read by Sam Bourne and it was as good and as crazy as the first one was. The book follows the story of Maggie Castello, the political advisor for the President of the United States who’s presidency is threatened by an anonymous source revealing secrets that would lead to impeachment. The book follows Maggie across the country as she tries to protect the man she ran a successful campaign for, and the ending will shock you.
5/5 for this book!
4) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas : This was another book that I was really exited for but really disappointed by the ending. The book starts with Starr Carter, a high school student watching from the passenger side seat as her friend is shot dead by a white policeman. Starr then goes from staying far away from the shooting to standing up for her community. The book is a really easy read, but it felt like it ended way too soon.
[Side Note: Both Dumplin’ and THUG are now movies!].
5) Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman : Eleanor is a middle aged woman who lives alone, works as an accountant, talks to her mom every Wednesday and has an extremely routine life. The book follows her story as various things end up disturbing her routine and making Eleanor step out of her comfort zone. The book is really good. It keeps you engaged throughout because you really want to unravel Eleanor’s history, and in other parts you can’t help but feel for Eleanor and everything she has gone through. I was also really satisfied by the ending.
6) Fool me Once by Harlan Coben : I’ve wanted to read Harlan Coben books since a real long time, and if you’ve ever thought about reading them too – this is a GREAT book to start with! The book is essentially a murder mystery where the protagonist tries to find out who killed her husband. The ending of the book is quite mind-blowing and the whole storyline is so engaging that you’ll always be surprised.
7) Counting by 7’s by Holly Goldberg Sloan : Counting by 7’s is the story of a twelve year old girl who loses her parents and her life is turned upside down when she suddenly finds herself surrounded by people who cannot understand her at all. Slowly, she makes a new family and the ending of the book is this small hurrah you know she deserves.