This is going to be a kind of long post you guys! So to kickstart my book throwbacks I selected three books from my shelves. Well, two books and one series to be more accurate. Normally these monthly throwbacks are just going to feature one older book but since this is the first official post (and I’m impatiently still waiting on my book mail and subscription boxes) I’m going to feature three for February. This will be just very short recommendations this time further posts featuring only one book will be more detailed.
*side note* I love hearing everyone’s different opinions so please comment and lets discuss these books!!!
Book #1: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Let me start by saying, I have read this book four times. Wintergirls is a pretty quick read about a girl who makes a pact with her best friend to be the skinniest and prettiest girls in school. We follow Lia, who struggles with anorexia, and Cassie, who struggles with bulimia, through their dieting and reckless behavior. It following them through their trials and tribulations with themselves and their friendship as a whole. The book is written in a very unique way with the page layouts that I personally enjoyed and was an up all night page turner for me. I found it to be true and honest. Especially since it doesn’t have the “happy ending”. As a person who has struggled with eating issues in the past, not once did I feel like this story “glorified” or “romanticized” an eating disorder in the way that some books do. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It’s worth a read. See the amazon link below.
Book #2: The Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan
We all know Percy Jackson. We are all following Magus Chase. Lets just take a few moments out of our day though to appreciate Carter and Sadie Kane and bring them back to the spotlight. This series follows the Kane siblings through their adventures and interactions with the EGYPTIAN Gods. Riordan’s take on Anubis as a character was unique and totally different from anything you would expect. I have followed Rick Riordan for years and have read all of his books. The Kane chronicles are probably my favorite and hold a special place in my heart. If you are awaiting the next installment to your favorite series pick up these books to fill the void. This is a short series that will not disappoint. I just wish this adventure was longer…….5 out of 5 from me….. Click the amazon link below to check it out!
Book #3: Girl In The Woods by Aspen Matis
I have mixed feelings about this book. This book is a memoir that follows the author on her hike of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) as a way to deal with and heal from the rape she experienced on her second night of college. I picked up this book originally because it had been a while since I had read a memoir and I’m currently planning my own solo hike (not to this mileage extent) in Algonquin, Canada. This book was everything I had hoped it would be in the aspect of detailing a thru-hike. I didn’t feel like it was long and drawn out at all like some detailed hikes can be. For me it was engaging and interesting up to the very last page. It fueled the fires for my own hiking adventures. I thought the PCT part of this story was great. Now let’s get to the parts that kind of bugged me. I kind of feel like Aspen Matis dwells too much on her rape and her smothering mother. There were times that it was actually annoying to an extent. Being there to heal, there should have been less dwelling on the past. The rape awareness this brought and the money raised was fantastic. Aspen Matis being able to share her story was truly inspirational. Bad things are going to happen in life. How you handle yourself through these trials and how you help people in similar situations is what matters. I give this book 3 1/2 out of 5 stars. I’ve already recommended this book to three people because I feel like it is worth a shot. I actually finished this memoir (which is saying something. There are very few I’ve actually finished). Check the Amazon link below for more details.