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This Week's Topic is: What was the best book you read in August?
I can't front, I'm super happy the summer is over! I am not a teacher nor am I a traditional student, so the summer means nothing to me but going to work dressed for the 100 degree weather outside and then sitting inside my 50 degree office freezing all day. That's it! I'm old!
But, I have done a buttload of reading this summer, definitely!
I think what I'm about to reveal about myself here is very telling about my character. What a person chooses to read says so much about them and, in many ways, is as personal as it gets. I tell myself when I read young adult literature (and I am strongly on the side of "adult" in age than the than "young") that I am reading for "craft" or to get a feel for the genre, but EF IT, I just like young adult books. They are fun, less depressing than adult literature or complicated for the sake of being complicated, and they make me darn happy. So, sue me! I like what I like.
Recently, however, I've been reading more books that could be categorized as New Adult or Young Adult Mature because there is many a hooking up going on and lets face it, I read for entertainment purposes and I immensely enjoy reading love scenes. August, however, has been dedicated more to a certain author instead of a particular book, since I have read all of her books over the last few weeks and that is Tammara Webber.
From Goodreads: A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?
What I liked about this book: I think the way she writes is effortless, realistic, and the dialogue (especially between the main character and her friends) is funny and natural. Recently, especially with a few books I have read that have been promoted by several websites as New Adult or Young Adult Mature, I find myself liking the story, but hating the writing so much that I feel like I get dumber with every word on the page. I haven't figured out why this keeps happening, but that's the subject of another post and not the case here.
I also appreciated the protagonist's journey and how she changed from someone willing to accept what happened to her with silence to someone who literally fought back for herself. The story drew me in immediately and I was sad when I was done, the hallmark of a good book for me.
I enjoyed this book so much that I promptly downloaded the rest of her books, the Between the Lines Series, because I am a stalker like that. I liked those as well and recommend them all.
What about you? What's your favorite August (or summer) read?