Book Wrap Up (April): Slow and Nostalgic Reading in Quarantine

Reading Nostalgic Books to Stay Sane

I don’t know about you but reading has been very different since the lock-down. Right now I have a short attention span, and I really just want to be sucked into whatever I’m reading. That’s why for April I let myself revisit some old reads. Nostalgia is the bored person’s entertainment, and Harry Potter is not the exception. Needless to say, take my rating of the series with some skepticism, as I can’t help but enjoy them.

Collage of nostalgic books read in April

Fused. by Jerry Gerold

2 out of 5 stars

This was just a short story I picked up for free on a whim. The concept was simple: guy dreams of a beautiful woman, and then when she becomes real, she’s not what she seems. Unfortunately I found this story to be pretty rough around the edges. I don’t know what the author was trying to make the message be, but any way I looked at it I just felt icky. Do you know when people try to do shock-value things just to throw people off and gross them out? Yeah, that’s basically what this one did. I almost wish it had been a full book, because there was no suspense due to its shortness. But that’s what I have to say about that.

Perchance to Dream by Lisa Mantchev

4 out of 5 stars

Honestly this book was better than the first one to me, which I read last month. This series makes me feel so warm and fuzzy, and even though the romance is pretty basic and not super in-depth, I think this is a great transition book for middle grade to young adult. For those who don’t know the series, Bertie is a human girl with magical powers who lives in a theater with every play character to ever be written. It’s cute. And there’s tons of Shakespeare references, which I love. This one in particular was much more coherent than the first one as well.

Sex God by Rob Bell

2 out of 5 stars

I wanted to like this book. I read Bell’s Love Wins last year, and it was my favorite nonfiction read of 2019. But this one felt like going to a purity conference, and I’ve had enough of that in my lifetime. There wasn’t really anything I hadn’t heard before. And as for the “shocking” title, he didn’t really talk about what sex actually can be for people who follow Christianity. It was disappointing and hard to get through, even with just under 200 pages.

RNWY by P.A. Lopez

4 out of 5 stars

I don’t usually read Sci-Fi, in part because I find it too complicated to keep up with a lot of times. But at the same time, I love watching the genre in movies or TV shows. So when I won a free copy of this book, I thought I would give it a try. The great news is that it read like I was watching a live-action or cartoon movie. There were fun pictures throughout, and I really felt like the world was a realistic evolution from our current society. Basically, the story involves a whole cast of character perspectives, which can seem daunting at first. But they’re all connected through a thread of events that involve fashion, social media, and intergalactic warfare. So it’s pretty sweet. Definitely check this one out.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

4 out of 5 stars

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

5 out of 5 stars

For my last two books, I’ve hit the nostalgia train. I can’t give pure ratings on these, because I’m totally blinded by my childhood love of these books. Although I do have to say that my partner and I are reading the fourth book together now and I’m picking up much more plot-issues than the previous ones. I love Harry, and I probably always will. In times like these, it’s nice to read the familiar and the comfortable. I do have to say that I think PoA pushed the series a lot farther than the first two. CoS was good, but the third book finally showed that Harry is a powerful, capable wizard.

TBR for Next Month

Right now I’m reading like five books including Goblet of Fire, Life of Pi, A Drop of Midnight, Children of Virtue and Vengeance, annnnnd…Twilight. Yes, the nostalgia landslide continues. But honestly, it’s so fun to go back and read books I haven’t read since middle school. They feel like completely new books, and yet I remember them like old friends.

Got any recommendations for me? I’m pretty much open to any genre. And You can probably tell by my current reading list that I read wildly and widely. What books did you read this month? Have you read any of the books I’ve listed?

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