So! As a reminder, “e” means ebook and “p” means physical book. “l” is a library book and “o” is a book I own. This month, I added “f” to the category, which means the story was posted for free online. (I have some free kindle books, but I’m listing those as owned, since they’re on my Kindle to keep. Free ones are the ones I have to read online.)
Battle books are for YA/MG Book Battle, which starts Monday!!! Anyway, I didn’t rate any of those since I don’t want to give away any judging decisions I might make.
To the lists!
Princess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt (p, o) 3 stars
The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine (e, l) 4 stars
Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis (p, l) battle book
The School Story by Andrew Clements (p, l) battle book
The View From Saturday by EL Konigsburg (p, l) battle book
Hold Still by Nina LaCour (p, o) 5 stars
The Cardturner: A Novel About a King, a Queen, and a Joker by Louis Sachar (e, l) battle book
If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan (e, l) 3 stars
Love Me by Rachel Shukert (e, o) 5 stars
Cinder by Marissa Meyer (e, l) 4 stars
“The Little Android” by Marissa Meyer (short story) (e, f) 3 stars
The Fierce Reads Anthology (e, o) 2 stars
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (e, l) 5 stars
Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith (e, o) battle book
Court Duel by Sherwood Smith (e, o) battle book
A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge (e, o) battle book
The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier (p, o) battle book
Year of the Griffin by Diana Wynne Jones (e, l) battle book
Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey (p, o) 4 stars
The Wedding of Antanasia Jessica Packwood and Lucius Valeriu Vladescu (novella) by Beth Fantaskey (e, f) 5 stars
Deeper by Robin York (e, o) 4 stars
Losing It by Cora Carmack (e, l) 4 stars
Keeping Her by Cora Carmack (e, l) 4 stars
The Road Home by Ellen Emerson White (p, o) battle book
War for the Oaks by Emma Bull (p, o) 4 stars
The Riddle-Master of Hed by Patricia A. McKillip (p, o) battle book
Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie (p, l) 4 stars
Doukaski’s Apprentice by Sarah Morgan (e, l) 4 stars
Sylvester by Georgette Heyer (e, o) 4 stars
Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh (reread) (e, o) 5 stars
When Maidens Mourn by CS Harris (e, l) 4 stars
What Darkness Brings by CS Harris (e, l) 4 stars
I re-read 1 book and 31 were new (I think. There were a couple I think I might’ve read a long time ago). I read 5 middle grade, 15 young adult, 5 new adult (yeah, I listed the Ellen Emerson as NA; WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?) and 8 adult books. 11 were physical books and 21 were ebooks. 15 were from the library and 15 were ones I owned. 2 were free. I read in 14 different genres. (Oh, and as you can see on the list, some were novellas or short stories.)
I think I’m most surprised by the genre spread! Since I read so much for the book battle, I thought I wouldn’t have that this year. But then, according to my system (which isn’t a system so much as what I feel like in the moment), the battle books I read are in 6 different genres.
I do think I might’ve read more adult books if I hadn’t been focused on the battle books. Or maybe not! I’ve been having fun with the young adult lately, so maybe I’d have stayed in that groove.
Highlights of the month (not including my secret opinions on battle books) were Cruel Beauty, a wonderful Beauty & the Beast retelling that feels pretty original, Love Me, which is full of old Hollywood glamour and scandal, and Doukaski’s Apprentice, which I thought about a lot when I wasn’t reading it. If you want to know about anything else, let me know!