Today I’m sharing 4 books you should read in March (because I read and loved them in February).
1. The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. by David Levithan (Middle Grades)
Summary: Aidan disappeared for six days. Six agonizing days of searches and police and questions and constant vigils. Then, just as suddenly as he vanished, Aidan reappears. Where has he been? The story he tells is simply. . . impossible. But it’s the story Aidan is sticking to.
His brother, Lucas, wants to believe him. But Lucas is aware of what other people, including their parents, are saying: that Aidan is making it all up to disguise the fact that he ran away.
When the kids in school hear Aidan’s story, they taunt him. But still Aidan clings to his story. And as he becomes more of an outcast, Lucas becomes more and more concerned. Being on Aidan’s side would mean believing in the impossible. But how can you believe in the impossible when everything and everybody is telling you not to?
My Thoughts: David Levithan is one of my favorite authors. Every Day is probably the book I have re-read a greater number of times than any other. Though I may be slightly biased because of that, I went in with fairly low expectations, probably due to its average Goodreads rating (currently hanging at 3.16). I should know better than to judge a book by its stars, because this was the best book I read in February.
This book had so much of what I adored about Every Day. It had magic that it didn’t need to explain, because the real story was about the relationships – between two brothers, between parents and children, between a community and its citizens. The real magic was truth and belief and trust, just like it should be.
2. Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant (Contemporary Young Adult)
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Tessa Johnson has never felt like the protagonist in her own life. She’s rarely seen herself reflected in the pages of the romance novels she loves. The only place she’s a true leading lady is in her own writing—in the swoony love stories she shares only with Caroline, her best friend and #1 devoted reader.
When Tessa is accepted into the creative writing program of a prestigious art school, she’s excited to finally let her stories shine. But when she goes to her first workshop, the words are just…gone. Fortunately, Caroline has a solution: Tessa just needs to find some inspiration in a real-life love story of her own. And she’s ready with a list of romance novel-inspired steps to a happily ever after. Nico, the brooding artist who looks like he walked out of one of Tessa’s stories, is cast as the perfect Prince Charming.
But as Tessa checks off each item off Caroline’s list, she gets further and further away from herself. She risks losing everything she cares about—including the surprising bond she develops with sweet Sam, who lives across the street. She’s well on her way to having her own real-life love story, but is it the one she wants, after all?
My Thoughts: I loved this book! It was so much fun. It’s a love story about love stories and features a heroine who has not been a typical heroine for way too long. For fans of contemporary YA and YA romance, this book will be everything you hope for!
3. The 4% Fix by Karma Brown (Nonfiction/Self help)
Summary: Do you feel like you’re always busy, even as your to-do list continues to grow? Do you think you can’t keep up as it is, let alone add another thing to your plate?
An award-winning journalist, avid reader and new mom, Karma Brown dreamed of writing her first novel. But between diapers and tight deadlines, how could she? Like so many of us, she felt stretched taut and hyper-scheduled, her time a commodity over which she had lost control. For Brown, the answer to this problem was to rise earlier every day and use that time to write. Although she experienced missteps along the way, after committing to her alarm clock and an online community of early risers, she completed a debut novel that became a national bestseller.
In The 4% Fix, Karma Brown reveals the latest research about time management and goal-setting and shares strategies that have worked for her as well as for others. Refreshingly, her jargon-free approach doesn’t include time-tracking spreadsheets, tips on how to squeeze in yoga exercises while cooking dinner, or methods that add bulk to those never-ending lists.
How will you use this one hour—only 4% of your day—to change your life?
My Thoughts: Karma is a fabulous author who has proven that you can take 4% of your day (just 1 hour!), go after your goals, and crush them. If you want to squeeze more out of your days or have ever wondered about the #5amwritersclub that I tweet about most days, this is definitely one of the books you should read in March.
4. One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite (Contemporary Young Adult)
Summary: When teen social activist and history buff Kezi Smith is killed under mysterious circumstances after attending a social justice rally, her devastated sister Happi and their family are left reeling in the aftermath. As Kezi becomes another immortalized victim in the fight against police brutality, Happi begins to question the idealized way her sister is remembered. Perfect. Angelic.
One of the good ones.
Even as the phrase rings wrong in her mind—why are only certain people deemed worthy to be missed?—Happi and her sister Genny embark on a journey to honor Kezi in their own way, using an heirloom copy of The Negro Motorist Green Book as their guide. But there’s a twist to Kezi’s story that no one could’ve ever expected—one that will change everything all over again.
My Thoughts: This book was beautiful and important even though it was sometimes painful. I finished it early on in the month, but I still remember the feeling of being punched in the gut after one particular scene. I cared about the characters that much. Also, it was completely unputdownable during the last 100 pages!
Have you read any of these books? What was the best book you read in February? Let me know in the comments below!