Adolescent Literature

It’s Monday! What are you Reading?

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Happy Monday! This week I read three YA books.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan


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This is a book I got for Christmas. It is a fantasy/horror novel so I counted it as my fantasy on my book bingo card! The setting is a small village that is run by the “sisters” and is in the center of the forest.. The sisters keep order to the community and help to keep the unconsecrated. Just to clear up some confusion, these are basically zombies and they live in the forest. Mary is the main character and she is quickly thrown into the sisters after her mother is turned into an unconserated and not being asked for to be married. So much happens but eventually there is a breach in the village and it is taken over by the unconserated. Mary and the other survivors must decide what to do next.

I enjoyed this book overall because it has the horror aspect as well as some love triangles. However, I did not like the main character Mary. This did not effect my reading because I was so invested in the other characters but I did find Mary to be annoying and selfish at times. I do love this book and would highly recommend!

Meet Cute by Various Authors

Screen Shot 2019-01-24 at 12.28.17 AM.pngMeet Cute is a collection of short stories that are all romantic and based off people meeting for the first time. I have not read very many collections of short stories so maybe that is why I did not like this book that much. Don’t get me wrong, I loved some of the stories but with others, I always felt myself wanting more of the characters. Some stories, I felt, were not finished. I expect some sort of conclusion and when I got that, those were the stories I enjoyed.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes short stories and romance. This is the PERFECT book for that! It just wasn’t my cup of tea.

Keeping the Night Watch by Hope Anita Smith

Screen Shot 2019-01-24 at 12.32.21 AM.pngThis was a very short collection of poems that I found in the library. The poems all tie together to tell the story about how a young man is dealing with his father coming back into his family’s life after leaving them. Along with the poems, there are beautiful illustrations that go along with it.

I recommend this book. It is a very quick read but a very beautiful story. It is less than 100 pages but I really related to the characters.


For this coming week, I want to finish Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield, and Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann.

Happy Reading!


2 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What are you Reading?”

  1. I will have to keep Meet Cute in mind. I like to read short stories because sometimes with my busy schedule it is hard to have the time to read. I like to be able to pick up a book and read a story here and there whenever time allows.


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