One of my reading goals for 2022 is to reread from my own shelves, with the intention of pruning some books (making room for more, of course!). I want my home library to be filled with books I absolutely love and would read again, so if there's a book there that would be a better fit with another reader, it's better for me to donate it. Here are the results from my first two rereads!
Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills (2017)
My first reread of 2022! I first picked up this book in 2018 and looking back at my review, I see that I really enjoyed it. In this story, Claudia finds herself reluctantly working with Iris, a fellow classmate, on the school play, and they end up growing really close as friends. Claudia also gets to know Gideon, who is one of the play leads. I liked Mills' books because they felt so relatable, but I've found myself moving away from YA books in recent years because I just can't connect as much to the characters anymore. While I still enjoyed the story, I found myself relating more to Claudia's older sister, who is expecting her first baby and anxious about what type of mother she'll be.
Verdict: Although I like this story and contemplated keeping this just for the beautiful cover alone, this book should find a new home. Donate!
The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman (2014)
I shelved this book on Goodreads back in late 2015, before I was giving a star rating to pretty much every book I read, so, given that I don't remember anything about this book, I can't even tell you if I enjoyed it! I guess I must have, because it's been on my shelves for almost 7 years? I think it's a bit love story, a bit mystery, and a bit magical. I tried reading it again recently, but couldn't get into the writing; I DNFed it pretty quickly.
Verdict: I don't remember anything about this book and couldn't get through a reread - donate!
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