Even though February was a short month, I still had a strong month of reading, completing six books. I read four Young Adult novels, one adult novel, and one graphic novel. I’m linking to the Goodreads page for each book so you can learn more about it.
- Frankly in Love by David Yoon | YA | Contemporary | ebook | Overdrive |
- Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid | Adult | Literary | ebook | Overdrive |
- Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell | YA | Fantasy | ebook | Overdrive |
- Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell | YA | Graphic Novel | Hardcover | library |
- A List of Cages by Robin Roe | YA | Contemporary | ebook | Overdrive |
- Five Dark Fates by Kendare Black | YA | Fantasy | ebook | Overdrive |
+ Frankly in Love | – No misses
Frankly in Love was my absolute favorite book this month. Since the bright yellow cover kept popping up on book lists, I assumed this was going to be a hyped book that wouldn’t deliver. But, it completely caught me off guard by how good it was. I literally laughed out loud during the first half of the book. No joke, I kept waking up my husband while I was reading it in bed at night! I have not had a book hit me that hard in a while. But the book wasn’t all humor – it also touched on several important topics and got serious and sad at times, making it feel really well-rounded.
Frank Li’s parents are Korean immigrants who run a convenience store and work 365 days a year so Frank and his older sister can go to college and have a better life. They want their kids to have successful, American lives…but only if they marry a fellow Korean-American. Frank’s super accomplished sister is disowned when she falls in love with a black man. So when Frank falls for a white girl, he knows he’s in trouble. His friend Joy Song is facing a similar problem, so it seems obvious that Frank and Joy should pretend to date each other so their parents stay out of their personal lives.
David Yoon (yes, the husband of Everything, Everything author Nicola Yoon!) knows how to write a clever, fast-paced novel. It’s nerdy and funny and insightful. I was prepared for a lot of YA cliches, but this book felt unique to me. It was a GREAT read.
- I used Amazon Prime to ship a book to a friend I worked with at summer camp many years ago. I mailed her the graphic novel Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol. It’s a cute middle grade book about a girl who desperately wants to go to summer camp like all the other girls in her class, but she discovers that it isn’t anything like she imagined it to be.
- I attended a book club event through our church’s social justice group where we discussed Waking Up White by Debby Irving. The group was co-ed and inter-generational and I loved hearing what everyone had to say.
Pages read in February: 1,953