Pneumonia books

These are my pneumonia books <3.

Why?? Because I read them when I had pneumonia. I have to say the best part about being sick is that it gives me an excuse to stay in bed and read <3. I don’t think I am better than anyone for reading– it is really the same thing as watching Netflix episode after episode. I love stories and books!

I looooved Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch. It was so much fun! A travel, romance, and YA book all rolled into one. It was exactly the kind of story I needed when my life is falling apart and I feel physically horrible. It’s a romance story set in Italy!!!!! One day I am going to Italy to eat gelato and magherita pizzas. A bonus would be going there with a boyfriend who loves gelatos as much.

I had so much fun reading Your Own Worst Enemy by Jack Gordon! Have you ever read a book that feels like a hidden gem and you’re in on the secret for having read it? This is the book. It was so timely, aware, and accurate about high school life that only someone who is in that world could have written yet. Indeed, Gordon Jack works in a high school! Given the current political climate, I think we need this book to be able to laugh about it and see how ridiculous it all is. I loved all three candidates and I think Stacy Winn, Julia Romero, and Tony Guo are some of the most well-developed characters I’ve read in YA. I love fantasy but I’m a realistic fiction fan at core.

I have to read every Kate DiCamillo book and the latest one is Louisiana’s Way Home. It’s been said that her books are too sad for children but I think they are so hopeful. Things are awful and you get abandoned, but the universe does have a safety net for you. That is really all one needs to know when life is falling apart. I’m the biggest Kate and Louisiana fan <3.

I DNF The Round House or Commonwealth. Frankly I was going through pretty bad stuff at the time and could not handle heavy books. I will get around to reading these, someday! Louise Erdrich and Ann Patchett are kind of contemporary literary queens so I do want to get into them.

What are your sick day books?


New Year, same books

I have neglected my reading blog for too long! A lot has happened as you can tell by my ‘Dear Diary’ entries but the good news is that I now have a job where I get to read more than ever. I love it!!!! I have tbh never been a receptionist before but I realized it is like a vacation for me. I get to read in between when I have to work. It is simply the best and I am getting through (and adding) to my book list every day.

This is a batch of books I read during winter break/around the New Year. Don’t they have beautiful covers?? Sunny by Jason Reynolds is a hit like all of his books in the Track series, and lbr, all of his books. A reader on Goodreads said that this is like the ‘Louise Fitzhugh tribute’ of Jason Reynolds and I can see it. It is written in Dear Diary format and Sunny has an older, strange and magical lady for a mentor. I love you Sunny! Thanks for being weird and let’s keep being weird.

I loooved The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui. It was so painful, beautiful, and truthful, which is what the best memoirs are. It must’ve been hard giving birth to a book like this, and I imagine the writing and illustrating is hardly the most difficult part. It takes years to be able to face your family’s demons and get into ugly truths about your parents and your origin. Thi Bui did just that and the result is a book that shows how depths of an ordinary person’s life.

Every Shiny Thing was a joy to read. I can’t believe there aren’t more books about shoplifting. I really like the verse/prose and dual perspectives here, and this book was indeed written by two authors! It was a nice look into privilege and what it looks like between two white suburban kids who nonetheless live very differently and with different stakes. More books about shoplifting, please.

I DNF Teacher Man or I’ll Give You the Sun. I guess I really am done being a teacher because I can’t even read a book about a man who was a teacher, ha. I’ll Give You the Sun is a very stylish book but it is not my style.

Happy reading! I love you all.