Welcome to my Of The Months! Every month, I take a look at the books I have read during that time frame, and I choose the most outstanding parts to spotlight.
This month was a good one for reading, despite February being what everyone calls the short month. Really, it’s only shorter by three days… but three days is I lot, I suppose. I could have read another book! But falling sick and spending some time in bed helped me to get that book count up. This month, I read twelve books.
I don’t have reviews for all of them, either because I read them before I started my blog this month, or because I just finished reading them. However, you can check for them on my Reviews page, or visit my Goodreads here.
Let’s get started!
This OTM is for the character that I feel was most developed and interesting, the one I was drawn to the most.
Aunt Pooh from On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
In On the Come Up, Bri’s Aunt Pooh is portrayed in a very gray light. She is part of the Garden Disciples, a gang in her neighborhood, and takes part in drug dealing. On the other hand, she is one of the most supportive of Bri’s love of rapping, and she does care for her and her family.
I feel that morally gray characters like her can be hard to write, but Aunt Pooh was well developed, and in the end I just wanted her to find her way.
Not necessarily limited to romantic ships (could be siblings or partners working together), this OTM goes to my favorite pairing.
Scarlet and Julian from Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Or should I say, Crimson and Julian? I loved that he came up with that nickname for her.
Okay, I admit it.
I may have an itty little bit of bias towards those books where the romantic interests are pushed together and slowly grow to like and care for each other. They go from looking down at each other to this loyalty and dedication, and though the situation they are in complicates things quite a bit, I still love them.
In general, my favorite book I read this month.
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
This book was just really good, okay? Read it.
Pretty pretty please?
Angie Thomas does not disappoint.
For the most stunning cover!
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
I love this cover. Xiomara (the main character) is featured there, and I think it is really cool that she is in black and white, and slowly being layered over by colors and words.
I think she starts out black and white because she has not found the courage to speak out yet, but she is still surrounded by the colors and art in her mind. Then, the edges of her hair turn into what look like ink splatters, which is a nice detail. The words on the cover, if I remember correctly, are all pulled right from the book, and they show glimpses of her situation and words she cannot say. The bird is also a nice touch, peeking out there.
This OTM goes to my favorite quote!
Unfortunately, I did not take notes on many of my earlier books, so I can’t choose a quote for this month. I will be paying more attention next month, though!