Hello, everybody! Spring is in full swing, and there’s nothing I love more than enjoying a good book in the sunshine. This month I’m talking about a book that truly encapsulates spring for me: blooming gardens, sunshine, music, and of course–shameless romantic that I am–falling in love. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson took me on a whirlwind journey through grief, love, and growth this month and I couldn’t wait to share what I thought with you guys!
If there is one reason to read this book, for me it’s got to be Nelson’s writing style. She writes with such imagery the characters come right off the page, and she manages to blend poetry seamlessly into her prose. I honestly can’t wait to read her other work. The novel follows Lennie, a teenager who has just lost her older sister, and her journey to find who she is through her grief. She finds herself caught between Joe, who is new to her town and shares her passion for music, allowing her an escape from her grief, and Toby, her sister’s boyfriend, who helps her remember it. Nelson explores pain and how it controls the bereft, but more importantly, how to continue to live despite it.
Grab yourself a copy and let me know what you thought in the comments below! Happy reading!
❤ Taylor ❤
Hello, everybody! Today, I’m talking about my favorite book this month: Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider. If you haven’t read her first book, The Beginning of Everything, go pick that one up too, because it also great. Schneider, who happens to be a bioethicist, really brings something different to each of her books: the medical narrative.
In Extraordinary Means, we follow Lane and Sadie during their time in a tuberculosis sanatorium. No, this novel is not set in 1850. Schneider dreams up a world in which a new, drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis is sweeping the United States, creating the need to reopen housing for the sick. It is Lane and Sadie’s love story, but it’s also so much more. Schneider gives her reader’s an in-depth experience of what it’s like to be lock away from the world all whilst battling all the normal nightmares of coming of age. I was hooked from the first chapter and couldn’t put this book down. It’s a must read in my opinion. Go grab a copy for yourself!
What have you been reading this month? Leave your recommendations for me in the comments below so I can check them out for myself! Happy reading!
❤ Taylor ❤
For this month’s book, I thought it would be rather appropriate to choose a book about fate, and of course, love. This, however, is not your typical love story. I absolutely LOVE Nicola Yoon’s books–she is such a talented writer and she puts so much research into each of her books–and The Sun is Also a Star is no exception.
The book follows two characters–Daniel, the son of Korean immigrants and Natasha, whose family has immigrated from Jamaica to the US. The two meet in New York City and spend one day together. Daniel is a poet, and Natasha dreams of being a scientist, and each have their own ideas about love.
I honestly could not put this book down. Yoon draws you in from the first page, and leaves you thinking about the characters long after you close the book. It’s a love story, yes, but also a story about chance and how science plays a part in fate. Go grab a copy and share what you thought in the comments! Happy reading, everyone!
What books are you reading this month? Let me know in the comments!
❤ Taylor ❤