Books I Read This Month (October)

(Ranked)
  1. 5.
    Attempted read: Highly Illogical Behavior
    👎 did not dig this. It had such potential, but ultimately it wasn't really well-written (the dialogue especially.) I gave it the appropriate 50-60 ish page try, but I just couldn't handle it. It's about an agoraphobic boy who hasn't left the house in 3 years and the determined girl who, hoping that by "fixing" him she can write a killer essay for her psychology school applications, befriends him. And the dialogue is disastrously written.
  2. 4.
    The Final Solution
    Mehhhh honestly I think this was kind of a waste of time. It was okay, but I wasn't really that into it and it just sort of kept me from reading actually good books that I actually want to read. I did finish it though. It's about an old man who, you get the impression, was a Sherlock Holmes type in his prime: a famous consulting detective. Now he's old and keeps bees. That is until a young boy and his intriguing parrot pull him out of retirement for one last case.
  3. 3.
    The Crucible
    We read this for English and I think it deserves to be considered a classic. It has an important message that's still relevant today; to not let fear drive out reason. (I won't put a summary, assuming most of you know what it's about.)
  4. 2.
    The Great American Whatever
    Ok I loved this. There was a review on the copy I had that was like "Holden Caulfield for a new generation!" And I thought HA that is incredibly ambitious. But I loved this so much, it totally could be a Holden Caulfield for a new generation, (but gayer.) It follows Quinn, a high school cinephile who hasn't left the house in the six months, as he re-enters the world and comes to terms with a family tragedy.
  5. 1.
    Challenger Deep
    EVERYONE should read this. I picked it up because I'd seen/read a few books that were runners up for the National Book Award and I wanted to know what won. It was this one. And it's definitely a well deserved title. It follows a boy named Caden and it switches between him being on a pirate ship and him in normal life. That's all I'm going to tell you. Just read it. (But don't finish it in public if you're susceptible to crying over books, ok? I learned the hard way.)