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It feels like just yesterday I was writing Update #1- this summer is going by so quickly!! In a great twist of events, I was able to register for a non-resident library card for the town I'm currently in, so I've gotten through some of my TBR Challenge! (Bookstores around here don't have a very extensive YA section, so a library card is crucial.)
As of now, I've read 6/12 of my summer TBR wipeout challenge. In my last update, I had read Nobody's Princess, Runebinder, and Merrett's Chase. This round I read some really popular, and current, YA books. It was great to finally understand (or not understand) the hype around these books I've been hearing and seeing all about.
Stalking Jack the Ripper: 3/5 stars
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue: 4/5 stars
The Hate U Give: 5/5 stars
Final Draft: currently reading
I really enjoyed this library haul! All for books were thanks to my new library card and I enjoyed all of them! Stalking Jack the Ripper was a bit slow for me but I loved the reveal of Jack's identity and I feel that a lot of the things I disliked will be fixed with character growth between books 1 and 2. I'll definitely be giving Dracula a try.
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue contains 3 amazing central characters which I would totally read more of. It sounds like book 2 will focus on Felicity's separate adventures and will not include Monty or Percy, but I hope they're happy where they ended up because I love them so much. This was great bisexual representation, and death with the heavy topic of child abuse. Stalking Jack the Ripper actually gave me great context as they are on similar timelines and a lot of the locations briefly mentioned in Gentleman's were described in detail in Jack- it really prepared me for maximum Monty enjoyment!
The Hate U Give is my favorite of my TBR challenge so far. I can't believe I took so long to read it! (Yeah, academics were a heavy factor in that delay but still). If you haven't read it yet, stop what you're doing and go get yourself a copy! There's a reason why it's spent 74 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list, and is STILL in the number one spot. It was such a powerful and inspiring story.
The challenge ends next week, but my summer doesn't end until early September. I hope to read Final Draft and 806 before the challenge is officially over, and I hope to completely finish my challenge
(which you can view on this goodreads shelf) before school starts back up for me!