My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s February 2018 Wrap Up

Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson (★★★)

Beautifully illustrated by Emily Carroll, this graphic novel adaptation of Speak re-imagines the classic novel for a new generation, complete with modern technology. Perfect for fans of the original, or someone who has yet to read the prose version, Anderson’s young adult story about finding your voice is even more prevalent for those growing up in the midst of the Time’s Up and Me Too movements.

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (★★★½)

Sadly, Exit West was not what I anticipated. I was super excited to read about magical doors that take their users to far away places (the main reasons I picked up this novel), but was disappointed when the doors did not go to other dimensions. But mostly, I just found the overly extended sentences to be tiresome.

Glitter by Aprilynne Pike (★★★☆)

Despite having a somewhat unlikable heroine who makes the worst decisions imaginable, Glitter is still an exciting ride that combines the decadence and fashion of Marie Antoinette’s court with fun, futuristic technology. Does this combo make any sense? Not really. Is it still an enjoyable and fast-paced read regardless? Absolutely.

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My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s January + February 2018 Bookstagram Wrap Up

Love looking at book covers as much as you love reading books?

Allow me to introduce you to Bookstagram (AKA InstaBook), the hashtag-based portion of Instagram where bibliophiles show off their books.

You can check out my very minimal contributions to the world of Bookstagram below.

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Waiting on Wednesday: ‘The Surface Breaks’ by Louise O’Neill

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.

This week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick is a young adult, feminist retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid: The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill!

In addition to this beyond gorgeous cover and the fact that it’s a Little Mermaid retelling, we love the fact that it’s written by O’Neill, the author of Only Ever Yours and Asking For It.

The Surface Breaks: A Reimagining of the Little Mermaid hits shelves in the U.K. and eReaders in the U.S. on May 3, 2018.

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