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This week’s topic is Top 5 Books under 300 pages!
And the Ocean Was Our Sky by Patrick Ness
This is a weird little book, I won’t deny it, but I loved it. It’s sort of a Moby Dick retelling written from the point of views of the whales. As strange as that may sound, I found this story fascinating.
It’s definitely a heavy story, but the atmosphere, the illustrations and the writing were breathtaking. If you don’t mind a little weird, I’d give this a go.
Release by Patrick Ness
Another novel by one of my faves. I considered picking a different book so that I wouldn’t repeat authors, but I love this story so much I had to include it.
It’s a coming of age story of a gay young man who’s struggling with growing-up in a very religious enviroment. His family don’t accept him as he is and the family dynamics this created were hard to read, but unfortuntaley a reality for some teens, and therefore important. At the same time, this is also a story about a ghost and addiction. Interesting mix that didn’t work for a lot of people, but did for me.
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
I read this last year and to this day, I still think this should be required reading in High School. Its short length it’s only another reason why everyone should read this, it takes no effort at all and the rewards you’ll get after finishing this novel are immesurable.
The discussions these high schoolers have about black lives matter and the white privilege high schoolers AND college students have were impecable but approachable.
Birthday by Meredith Russo
I recently read this story and it’s one of my favorite reads of the year. It’s the most tender romance between a trans girl and a boy, told every birthday for five years. It was also one of the most emotional reading experiences I’ve had so far in 2019, and one with some of the best crafted characters.
If you’re looking for some cuality LGBT+ stories, I’d look no further.
Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire
I’m recommending the entire Wayward Children, but specifically this installment since I haven’t talked about it in ages! This is one of the best stories I’ve read because the topics discussed in here are important, raw and powerful while having such an intense atmosphere that you’ll fly through the pages in no time.
It tackles the expectations parents have on children and how that preassure can affect their lives as well as messy sibling relationships. One of the best books of the series, but I would strongly recommend reading this before Every Heart a Doorway even though this is technically the second book, it’s a prequel and I think you’ll get more out of the stories if you read this one first.
Have you guys read any of them? Did you like them? Do you agree with me? Let me know!
Until next time,