Friday, April 3, 2020

7 Things That Will Make Me Stop Reading Your Book Blog

I'll admit it -- I haven't been blogging for very long. I started Rambles from My Library in early 2019, and have only been seriously blogging since May of 2019. Since then, my blog and blogging style has gone through numerous changes, including a complete redesign and several different book review formats. I can't say I'm doing everything right. I can't say I'm an expert.

But I have noticed a few things during my time as a book blogger, working with my own blog and reading other book blogs across the internet. I've noticed several mistakes bloggers make in their blog design, writing, and quality that will make me, personally, stop reading. I'm sharing these mistakes, not to make anyone feel bad, but to help out new bloggers who may be making these mistakes (I know I made a few!)

But, just in case, a quick disclaimer: I am not trying to make any bloggers out there feel bad. I am not trying to call out any specific bloggers. I'm speaking about the book blogging community in general, not about any specific people or blogs. 
Okay! Without any further ado, let's get into it.

Blog headers are so important! When I first started my blog, I went for a very simple header, just my blog name typed in a plain font, with a description underneath. And while this header was fine, it wasn't attractive. And attractiveness is key when trying to stand out from the crowd. 
A simple line of text, or a small, easily overlooked header is not a good idea. Your header should reflect your brand, your niche, your unique style. 
On the other side of the spectrum are the blog headers that are just too much -- too many colours, too complicated a design, illegible fonts, or just too big. Try to strike a balance between plain and fancy. 
I used Canva, a free graphic design website, to create my blog header.

Yes, I know, we're all guilty of one or two typos. I know I am. But if your blog posts are riddled with glaring errors, or, worse, if your blog title or description have typos in them -- this is a huge turnoff for me. 
Remember, if you want to drive traffic to your blog, you have to treat it as a professional endeavor. Yes, one or two typos are fine on occasion, but please spell-and-grammar check your work before pressing "publish".

This goes right along with the blog header problem. No reader likes to try to decipher white text on a black background, or try to sort through a mess of colourful text in the post itself that clashes with the blog theme. 
Please, be nice to your readers and choose a few key, corresponding colours to use on your blog in your posts. Stick to the theme. Not only will it help to cement your brand, but it's much easier on the eyes. I went with an orange, white, and teal theme for my blog. 
And please, whatever you do, don't use a black background for your posts.

This is very book blog specific, but this always drives me crazy. I totally understand if you want to blog about your other interests -- by all means, go for it! But create a separate blog for those interests, and keep your book blog... book related.
I personally won't follow book blogs that have a lot of non-book related content, and I'm sure others who read book blogs are probably the same. It's nothing personal, I just don't want my Blogger reading list filled up with posts I have no personal interest in reading.

If the home page of a blog is cluttered with a million different posts, icons, and multiple sidebars, it's just too much for my eyes. I tend to prefer blogs with a single sidebar and a less jumbled home page. I also prefer if the graphics on the blog are clean and easy on the eyes, as opposed to dark, grainy, or cluttered graphics.

I totally get the fear that some bloggers get about using images (copyright law is a big deal). But there are loads of places to get free stock clip art and photos to spruce up your posts. And if you're making book lists or reviewing a book, please include images of the book(s) cover. It just makes the whole blog look more appealing.

This is probably one of the biggest turnoffs I have with book blogs and blogs in general. Yes, you can talk about your opinions. You don't have to sugarcoat your feelings. But at the same time, we don't need any more hate in the bookish community. We don't need bloggers who are very obviously rude or hateful towards a certain author or a certain group of readers (we're reviewing books, not people). While yes, we can be sarcastic, and yes, we don't have to like the same books, and yes, we can talk about our feelings about these books -- we can still be civil. After all, we are adults here, right?
Along the same lines, an excess of profanity will make me quit reading a blog. This might be just me, but profanity in blogs and reviews comes across as rude and angry. That may not be the tone the author of the blog is going for, but that's just how it comes off to me.

Well, I hope that this post was helpful and/or informative! Please comment down below with your thoughts (please keep it civil). And if you have any questions, feel free to ask! I'm not an expert by any means, but I'd love to be able to help if you need it! <3

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

March Wrap-Up + April TBR

This month was wild. 
I can't believe how much the world has changed in such a short amount of time. In my province, everything non-essential has been shut down. Schools are closed. And most of us are now trapped at home, with nothing to do. 
Except us readers. We have the advantage of being able to go places without leaving the comfort of our living room couch. Or our beds.
I hope you all have been staying safe and practicing social distancing! And washing your hands. *shakes finger* That is very important.

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Alright, but enough about that. I'm sure you've heard more than enough on the news and social media to keep you occupied and anxious for a good long while. So instead, let's talk about books! Get our minds off of the craziness of the world right now for a minute. 

~ Read of the Month ~

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer 

I have so many feelings about this book. It's a beautiful, heartbreaking, and hopeful book that deals with grief, guilt, and not judging people by their appearances. I highly, highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great read!

~ Other March Reads ~

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson 

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro 

Because You Love to Hate Me by Various Authors, edited by Amerie 

April TBR

I only managed to read two of my five March TBR books. I am disappointed in myself. I'm currently reading both Throne of Glass and Thirteen Reasons Why (both on my March TBR) but I highly doubt I'll be able to finish them before the end of the month, and so they'll be included in next month's wrap-up.

What am I planning to read this April? Let's get into it.

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

I'm so excited to read this book. Partially because it's written by Victoria Schwab, and partly because it looks so delightfully creepy.
I don't know a lot about it, but I do know that it has something to do with a library... where human bodies are cataloged and stored on shelves. So yeah. Very creepy, but I have a feeling it's going to be good!

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

I've been meaning to read this book for a while, and I'm putting it on my TBR to give me a much needed prod to actually get around to it.
This is the first in a YA fantasy series that I believe is loosely based on the Roman Empire. 

There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

I totally cover bought this one. It's beautiful, and I really hope that the inside lives up to the outside. It's another YA fantasy series (a duology, I believe?) that has something to do with the end of the world.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodie Meadows, and Brodi Ashton

This book looks funny, and funny is what I need right now. Though since this is a reimagining of the history of Lady Jane Grey, maybe it won't be quite as funny as I was anticipating.

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

A creepy looking book by one of my favourite middle grade authors! Jonathan Auxier has a way with words, and I'm looking forward to reading another one of his books. 

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

If you've been following my blog for a while, it's probably pretty obvious why I have this book on my list. I'm a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson's work, especially the Cosmere, and so I'm trying to read every Cosmere book that is currently released. Elantris is next on my list!

And that about wraps it up! What have you read this March? Any recommendations? And what are you planning to read in April? Let me know in the comments!

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Signs That You Might be More Obsessed With Books Than You Think

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme originally created by The Broke and The Bookish and currently run by That Artsy Reader Girl.

It's Tuesday again! Wow, that week passed quickly. It's been a little bit crazy the last little bit, what with everything that's been going on. But I've finally started to settle down into a new kind of routine, which is nice. Normalcy is nice.

Onto this week's Top Ten Tuesday topic! Today, the prompt is ten signs that you're a book lover. I had a lot of fun coming up with my answers for this prompt (I got to use the beautiful gift of humor. Though I may or may not be that funny.)

Sign #1 - You spend good portions of your weekends reorganizing your bookshelf.

Yeah, totally not guilty of this one. But seriously, have you seen all the incredible ways you can organize your books?! If only I had more shelf space.

Sign #2 - If you accidentally tear a page in your book, your heart does a mini freak out. 

Please. Tell me I'm not the only one. 

Sign #3 - You use anything and everything at hand that might work as a bookmark. 

Sticky note? Sure. Receipt? Go for it. Pen? Oh yeah.
Because heaven forbid you have to search around for an actual bookmark. 

Sign #4 - Your current read distracts you from other tasks (oh look at that, you burned the spaghetti sauce. Again.)

Raise your hand if you've ever done this. *silently raises both hands* I'm notorious in my household for the fact that I cannot keep track of things that are cooking. It usually has something to do with books. Or, you know, Pinterest. 

Sign #5 - You watch far too much Booktube

I got sucked into the wonderful realm of Booktube a few months ago. And I'm well and truly addicted. It makes me kind of want to start my own Booktube channel even though I know I don't have time for that. *sigh*

Sign #6 - You spend an inordinate amount of time looking for books to add to your already overwhelming TBR. 

Because you can never have too many books to read. Right? Right? *glances at overflowing Goodreads TBR* 

Sign #7 - You read multiple books at the same time. 

This is a given. Who reads just one book at a time? Why not two or three or four or ten?

Sign #8 - Going to the bookstore is your idea of a great outing.

My mom took me book shopping for my nineteenth birthday, and you can bet I loved it! Used bookstores are amazing, magical places. <3

Sign #9 - You love the smell of books

I love the smell of new books. That's why I love Chapters so much. There's a coffee shop in my local Chapters store, and the smell of coffee combined with the smell of books is heavenly.

Sign #10 - 90% of your conversations revolve around books

Tell me I'm not the weirdest, geekiest young adult who's ever existed.

That about wraps it up! Can you relate to any of this? What are some nerdy bookworm things you do? Let me know in the comments!

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer [Spoiler-Free Review]

Letters to the Lost 
by Brigid Kemmerer 

Genre: YA contemporary romance

My Rating: ★★★★★


Ever since her mother, a famous photographer, died, Juliet Young has left letters on her grave. They're personal, private. 
That is, until Declan Murphy, working in the cemetery for court-ordered community service, finds one of Juliet's letters. And writes back. 
What happens next will change both their lives. 

Overall Thoughts

This book is beautiful and heartwrenching and hopeful all at the same time. I loved every minute of it. I loved the characterization and the writing style and the plot. I've always had mixed feelings about the young adult contemporary genre -- I either love the books, or there's something that takes away from my overall enjoyment of an otherwise good book. That was not the case with Letters to the Lost. 
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read.

The Characters

I love the cast of this book so much. You have Juliet, who's mourning the loss of her mother and dealing with that grief as she struggles with school and relationships. She makes a lot of mistakes, like judging people on face value, but I loved how much growth she experienced over the course of the book.
Then there's Declan, who is working in the cemetery for his court ordered community service. His struggles with guilt and depression felt genuine and honest, and I loved his personal growth as well.
The secondary characters were excellent. I want to thank Brigid Kemmerer for creating some excellent parental figures in a YA book -- Juliet's dad, Rev's parents, and Frank all felt very genuine and real and human, which is more than I can say for a lot of YA parental figures.
I can't really get into a discussion about every single character in this book, but just know that they're all amazing.
(And sidenote, I loved the portrayal of a Christian character in a piece of secular media in a way that doesn't make me angry. In fact, I would say that Rev is one of my favorite portrayals of a Christian character in media.)


Something I found very interesting about this book was the fact that although it's a first person, dual perspective book, the chapter headings don't tell you who's narrating the chapter. A few times early in the story, I had to do a doubletake when I realized that it wasn't Juliet's POV that I was reading (or vice versa.) But once I was into the story, it wasn't confusing at all.
I liked how every chapter starts with one of Juliet's or Declan's letters to each other, and I loved seeing the way their relationship develops through those messages.
The plot was well-paced and compelling. This book is definitely character driven, but the plot events hold up well and helped to structure the book.


Recommended for ages 15 and up.

TRIGGER WARNINGS: References to physical abuse. References to a suicide attempt.
There is some swearing. Not too much as I can recall, though.
A few sexual references. At one point in the story, a character finds a photo of two people in bed (with the implication of sex.) An instance of nudity.
There isn't any horribly violent content that I can recall.
A character smokes. 

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Because You Love to Hate Me [Spoiler-Free Review]

Because You Love to Hate Me 
By Amerie (editor), Renee Ahdieh, Soman Chainai, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tulcholke, Nicola Yoon

My Rating: ★★★


13 stories of villainy from 13 well-known YA authors. 

My Review

The problem with a short story anthology, honestly, is that everyone is going to find at least one story that they don't like. The opposite is also true, of course, but I feel like the mixed ratings for this book on Goodreads may have something to do with the fact that everyone has different opinions on every single short story in the book. So rating the whole book is hard because, well, I had different opinions about every single short story in this book. It was a mixed bag for me, honestly. 
But without further ado, let's just get into it.

The Blood of Imuriv by Renee Ahdieh 
My Rating: ★★

This story started out strong, but the rest of it never really lived up to its killer opening. While the concept itself was intriguing, the execution was lacking, and I wish the author had spent more time on the parts of the story I was actually interested in (the main character can see nightmares?? Gimme more.)
CW: Descriptions of blood, violence. Minor swearing? 

Jack by Amerie 
My Rating: ★★

This was just a story. Nothing really stood out to me as special, and the end twist was shocking (not in a good way) because there was little to no foreshadowing for it. 
It wasn't the worst story in the anthology, but it definitely wasn't my favorite. 
CW: Violence, references to cannibalism. Reference to kissing. 

Gwen and Art and Lance by Soman Chainai 
My Rating: ★★

The idea of a story being told entirely through text messages (or IMs, or whatever it was) was very interesting to me. 
But it quickly grew confusing, and the storyline, while halfway interesting, never really had a proper arc, and so lacked meaning. Gwen's character was interesting (in a twisted sort of way). She's manipulative and will do anything to get what she wants. However, overall, this story didn't really stick with me. 
CW: Sexual references. Some language. 

Shirley and Jim by Susan Dennard 
My Rating: ★★★★

At this point in the anthology, I was starting to worry that I'd be reading 300+ pages of 2-star stories. And then came along this gem. 
I loved it! A Sherlock Holmes retelling, with both Sherlock and Watson being recast as female, it was well-written, engaging, and had an excellent story arc. The character of Moriarty was fascinating as well, and I love what the author did with his character in her retelling. 
CW: Kissing. Potential minor swearing?

The Blessings of Little Wants by Sarah Enni 
My Rating: ★★★

This story was fairly solid. Though that said, I keep forgetting that I even read this story... my thoughts keep blanking when I see this title, and then there's the moment of realization: oh, that story. So it wasn't very memorable. 
But the characters were interesting, and the plot and writing were both solid. I wish the end had had a little more foreshadowing, but it was a fairly good twist. 
CW: Violence, descriptions of blood. 

The Sea Witch by Marissa Meyer 
My Rating: ★★★★

I loved the concept of this story! It's a sort-of Little Mermaid retelling, focusing on the backstory for the Sea Witch. The writing was good, and the characterization and character arc (descent into villainy) was actually very well done. 
CW: Nudity, kissing, descriptions of blood. 

Beautiful Venom by Cindy Pon 
My Rating: ★★★

I liked this story. It casts the character of Medusa in a new light and shows her backstory and what caused her to become the way she is. 
I found it very interesting, and at the same time very sad. 
There were a few places where I felt that I needed more explanation, which is why this is only rated 3 stars. But it was well-written and Mei's character was excellent. 
CW: See trigger warning. Sexual jokes. References to sex. Some violence. 

Death Knell by Victoria Schwab 
My Rating: ★★★★★

So... *guilty face* I may have picked this book up just because I knew Victoria Schwab had written a story for it. 
Yeah. I know. Sorry not sorry. 
But this story was everything I wanted it to be and more! I knew going in that I was going to love it (because I have loved every book I've read by Victoria Schwab.) The writing was beautiful, simple and elegant. Third person, present tense for the win! I also loved the characters and the character arcs and ahh just everything about this story. 
CW: A flashback to a kiss. 

Marigold by Samantha Shannon 
My Rating: ★★★

This is another story that suffers a bit from the lack of foreshadowing. It's about faeries, and a girl who has been traded to the faeries in exchange for the queen's daughter. Her brother and her lover go in search of her. 
The writing style didn't appeal to me hugely, and like I said before, lack of foreshadowing took away from my enjoyment of the end. But it was still a decent story, just not the best.  
CW: Implied off-page sex and a few references to sex. Some swearing? Gun use. 

You, You, It's All About You by Adam Silvera 
My Rating: ★★★

This is one of the few pieces of writing that I've read that's written in second person (you did this, you did that.) It was an interesting narrative choice, and I feel it worked very well. 
The foreshadowing for the end was done very well. 
The reason that this isn't a four star is because there was one thing that kept getting brought up, but that stretched my suspension of disbelief. 
CW: Drug use, kissing. 

Julian Breaks All the Rules by Andrew Smith 
My Rating: 

This story was not enjoyable for me at all. The writing style really grated on me (I hate it when the POV character talks to the reader, especially if they're trying too hard to be quirky). It was also just a little bit too disturbing for me.
CW: Violence, drug and alcohol abuse, nudity, a brief mention of a couple having sex, sexual references. The main character is a psychopath, and his thoughts are disturbing to read. Profanity. 

Indigo and Shade by April Genevieve Tulcholke 
My Rating: ★★★★

This was a very interesting take on Beauty and the Beast. The end was shocking, and also really emotional. I liked it a lot. There's not really much else I can say without spoilers. 
CW: Kissing, sexual references, violence. Maybe some profanity? 

Sera by Nicola Yoon 
My Rating: ★★★★

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this story. I found it really interesting and original. 
CW: Violence. There might have been profanity?

Overall, I'm giving this anthology 3 out of 5 stars. But if you liked Victoria Schwab's writing, you should read it just for Death Knell. Because Death Knell made the whole book worthwhile. 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

I've seen this tag everywhere in the online book community, so even though it's a few years old, I'm going to give it a try anyway. :) This tag and the tag questions were created by The Book Archer on YouTube.

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1) A popular book or series you don't like

The Maze Runner by James Dashner and The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. Both of these books get a ton of hype in the bookish community, but I just... didn't connect with either story? You can read my reviews to get a better idea of why I didn't like them, but basically... The Maze Runner was juvenile. The characters changed to fit the plot, and there were multiple (very bad) plot holes. The Cruel Prince was slow, and I never rooted for any of the characters. I also hate that the fandom ships Jude and Cardan, since it's such a toxic relationship.

2) A popular book or series everyone else seems to hate but you love

I honestly could not think of one. Books that are hated... oh man, this is going to sound mean... but books that are hated are generally hated for a good reason. The only series that comes close is The Safe Lands Trilogy, which seems to get a lot of hate for the way it included tough topics and was marketed as Christian Fiction. I haven't read these books in years, so I have no idea if I'd still like them if I read the series again, but I guess I'll go with that.

3) A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with OR an OTP that you don't like

Oof. Will I name names? I know I'm going to offend somebody no matter what I pick. 'Cause I do have a few, unfortunately. To keep things civil, I'm going to go with a less well known YA series, Inkworld. I won't give too much information about the third book, Inkdeath, but Meggie did not end up with who I wanted her to end up with. It confused and disappointed me when I read it (granted, I read the book a long time ago, so my opinions might have changed, but... I don't think it's likely.)

4) A popular book genre you hardly ever reach for

Romance. I like a good romance subplot as much as the next person, but straight-up romance is something I hardly ever reach for.

5) A popular or beloved character you don't like

Tobias from Divergent. I hate him, honestly. Sorry. He's just... really not likeable? I don't know what else to say.

6) A popular author you can't seem to get into

Veronica Roth. I've tried a few of her books now, and I've always come away unsatisfied. Divergent had a good plot, but I didn't like the main characters, and while I liked the main characters in Carve the Mark, the plot never really started. So I guess maybe her books just aren't for me.

7) A popular book trope you're tired of seeing

The "everyone's a couple" YA trope. You know, where literally every major character is in a relationship by the end of the story? Yeah, I'm tired of seeing it. More platonic friendships, please!

8) A popular series you have no interest in reading

The A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. I am planning on reading Throne of Glass, but I've heard that ACOTAR has a lot of sexual scenes in it that are... quite graphic. I know that I don't like reading these scenes, so I'll just avoid the series entirely. (Disclaimer: I have nothing against people who are fine with reading these books and scenes. They're just not something I, personally, like reading.)

9) The saying goes: "the book is always better than the movie", but what movie or TV show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

The Lord of the Rings. I did like the books, but the movies are so much more enjoyable and magical for me. The characters feel so much more real in the movies than in the books, too.

I'm not going to tag anyone in particular, but if you're reading this and haven't done this tag already, consider yourself tagged! <3

And that's all for my unpopular opinions! What are some unpopular opinions you have? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Top Ten Tuesday: Fantasy Books That Give Me All the Feels

I'm so excited to do this week's Top Ten Tuesday! I honestly had a hard time picking what to do for today's topic -- genre freebie, which means a lot more thinking on my part, and then narrowing down the millions of options I now have. But in the end, I decided to go with a topic I know really well -- fantasy books. And more specifically, fantasy books that give me all the feels, whether those be happy feels or sad feels or any other kind of feels.

Basically, the fantasy books that have stayed with me.

For the sake of ease, I'm not including Harry Potter on this list. First, because I include Harry Potter on pretty much all of my lists, and it's starting to get embarrassing. (Am I that obsessed?) And two, because I want to talk about some fantasy books that at least some people haven't heard of. And I'm pretty sure the entire Internet knows who Harry Potter is.

So, without further ado, let's get started!

1. Mistborn: The Final Empire and The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

Okay, The Well of Ascension did give me some serious feels as well. But the first, and especially the last books in the trilogy were an emotional rollercoaster, and I am not ashamed to say that I cried (actual tears) at the end of The Hero of Ages. 

2. This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Victoria Schwab's writing in these books was. So. Beautiful. Every time I think about these books, I want to re-read them to experience them all over again. The emotions I felt while reading these books are just more than words can express. The characters and the character arcs and the hope despite the darkness just hit me right in the feels.

3. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Oh, look, it's my newest, latest, and greatest obsession! But this series also hits you in the feels. Repeatedly. With a sledgehammer.
The end of The Raven King, especially, was amazing and beautiful and also a freaking gut-punch.

4. The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

I know, I know, I can't stop talking about these books. I'm sorry. Not sorry. But these books are so, so good! I can't stop recommending them to anyone and everyone who will listen.
The characters are so lifelike and real, and some of the scenes (in all three books) gave me chills. Or made me tear up. Or made me outright laugh.
Which I consider to be an amazing thing.

5. Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier

My mom actually read this aloud to me and my brothers a few years ago, and I remember distinctly the part where I was actually starting to tear up listening and had to turn away so no one would see me crying over a kid's book. :P
Auxier has a gift for writing children's stories that are timeless, and his books are criminally underrated. Sweep is my favorite of his stories, though I have yet to read The Night Gardener. 

6. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

I still can't get over the ending. It was so perfect. I'm going to start getting into spoilers if I say any more, but suffice it to say that Maggie Stiefvater knows how to end her stories well. And with tears. I won't say whether they're the happy variety or the sad variety. You can find out for yourself when you go read this book. *gentle push towards Overdrive because you shouldn't break quarantine for a book*

7. The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

It was the movie that made me cry first. Then the book. Well. Technically they only both made me tear up, but it still counts. The ending, though! You know those endings that are... not sad exactly... but still make you cry so hard? Like the end of the Les Miserables movie? That's what the ending for this is like, too. And so even though I like the movies better, this book still makes it onto my list.

8. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Does this even count as fantasy? *quickly Googles* Well, Wikipedia says it is, so I guess I'm rolling with it. I love this book. It's a really quick read, but it stays with you. And yes, it nearly made me cry. Most of these books nearly made me cry. If I read it again, I probably will cry.
This is a book about a boy whose Mom has terminal cancer. There's a monster, and fairy-tale like stories, but at its core, this is a story about grief. And it handles it beautifully.

And that about wraps it up! Bookworms, now it's your turn! What are some fantasy books that you cried over (or laughed over)? Have you read any of the books on this list? Let me know in the comments!

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