The Return of Bee (part 2) ~ What I’ve Been Reading

Posted March 15, 2019 by Bee in Uncategorized / 3 Comments

Here I am again, folks! This is my first post here on Quite The Novel Idea in… a very long time. But now I’m back and I’m so happy! If you want to know more about how the last year has been in a non-bookish way, hop on over to Novel Ink and then come back. I’ll wait here for your return. 


Welcome back! Today I’m going to share what books I’ve read, which admittedly is not that much. Oops?

I only read 9 books (not counting DNF’s (1) and re-reads (2)) since May last year. NINE. Luckily, none were books I hated. So let’s break it down, alright? 

I WAS BORN FOR THIS by Alice Oseman (3 stars)
I really enjoyed this! I love Alice’s writing so I knew I had to read this book as well. I loved the diversity and anxiety rep, but the book as a whole didn’t really blow me away and something didn’t click completely, hence the 3-star rating. 

THE WICKER KING by K. Ancrum (5 stars)
Holy wow this book is a precious gem full of messed up soft boys that just need hugs. They do the best they can with the situation they’re in. Gorgeous writing and mental health rep that is to die for. Also A+++ for the unique formatting that ensures you just NEED to have a physical copy of this book because YES. Can’t wait for the author’s next book!

CITY OF GHOST by Victoria Schwab (3 stars)
This was a solidly creepy and delightful MG debut for Queen Schwab. Ghosts, Scotland and mysteries galore! It did not blow me away but I had a really good time reading it and can’t wait for the sequel.

DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY by Adib Khoram (3 stars)
I had a really good time reading this book. It’s a quiet contemporary about friendship, family and fitting in. Darius’ depression was very relatable and well-written. I was just… a bit bored? Because not much happened? But I’m glad I read it nonetheless.

I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU by Kelsey Miller (3 stars)
This one was fun! I’m a huge fan of Friends so it was fun to read about all the behind the scenes stuff. It wasn’t anything mind-blowing, but if you’re a fan, it’s a fun read.  

HERE THERE ARE MONSTERS by Amelinda Bérubé (3.5 stars)
This book had excellent writing and an atmosphere that gave me lots of creepy vibes with lots of messy characters and flawed relationships, but I felt like something was unresolved by the end. It was hard to put down and I had a good time, but I was left with a lot of questions.

THE CRUEL PRINCE by Holly Black (4 stars)
I’ll admit I went into this book wary. Because I’m kind of fickle when it comes to faery books. But I did enjoy this quite a bit. It didn’t floor me like it seems to for most people, but I liked it quite a bit. It’s dark, bloody, murderous, full of strategies and schemes. And I do love a good scheme every now and then. I look forward to reading the sequel, whenever that may be because my TBR is giving me serious side-eye for neglecting it for so long. Oops? 

GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE by Natasha Ngan (5 stars)
WOW this was intense and amazing. This is a beautiful and heartwrenching read that left me speechless at the end. The world is amazing and brutal and the romance is the softest and sweetest thing there is, which is needed because our MC and her love interest go through so much horrible stuff. They deserve hugs, okay? These poor girls. Definitely recommend this book because it’s fantastic.

A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY by Brigid Kemmerer (5 stars)
This is the book of my heart okay? My favorite Beauty and the Beast retelling of ever. Brigid’s writing is so easy to read and I just felt absorbed into this world. Harper is a fire-cracker and I loved her immensely. She has Cerebral Palsy but does not let that limit her in any way. Rhen, our poor cursed prince, he was so sad! He has been going through so much and when we meet him he’s giving up. I just wanted to give him hugs and warm blankets. Oh and my heart goes out to Grey, his loyal guard. He was a badass and so loyal and stubborn. I loved the fire he had for his prince, his country. Also, the ending slayed me and I need book 2. Preferably yesterday.

Now it's your time to talk! What books have blown you away lately? Which were a bit disappointing? Is there any book you think I need to read asap? Tell me all about it in the comments!


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3 responses to “The Return of Bee (part 2) ~ What I’ve Been Reading

  1. Leah

    Welcome back! And I’m so glad you also liked A Curse So Dark and Lonely. Grey is my heart, and I am hoping the sequel will be his.

  2. Ahh I’m glad you liked Girls of Paper and Fire and A Curse So Dark! SAME. And also afjdkslafd I told you about The Wicker King omg didn’t I!?? Perfect book of the universe. I’m beside myself waiting for the sequel to come out!! Gotta order it soon!!!

  3. Nathan

    Hi Bee! It is good to hear from you again and I hope you and your family are doing well. I had a good reading year last year. One book a read recently was a hand-bound hand printed book I bought at the Sooke Fine Arts show last year “A Guide to Fossil Monsters” by Niko Silvester. For books that stand out since last May…I finally read Six of Crows and loved it. Naturally I had to get Crooked Kingdom…which I mean to get to soon enough.

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