Summer 2017 Wrap Up

It’s been an age and a half since I’ve done a wrap up. That’s because I’ve been reading very little. There has been so much going on this year that I’ve barely read. And I am seriously behind on my reviews. Anyway, here we go.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

the wrath and the dawn3.5/5 stars

I read this quite a while ago, back in June I believe. I enjoyed it, but I didn’t love it as much as I thought I would. I was disappointed by some things, particularly the lack of stories. Still, I do plan to continue with the series and see how the story ends. I’ve also read two of the short stories that came with this series: The Mirror and the Maze and The Crown and the Arrow.

I have a full review of it, if you are interested.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff

233956805/5 stars

I loved this book so much. It’s so freaking cool and gripping and beautiful and amazing. I adored it. I have a full review of this one as well and I urge you to read it. Seriously, it’s so cool! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one!

 

Attack on Titan vol. 1-3 by Hajime Isayama

131541504/5 stars

I enjoyed these, although I had already seen the anime twice, so they were a little bit boring, which is why I only gave them 4 stars. I also read them in e format, which I don’t like at all, especially for manga/graphic novels. So I’m just going to buy physical copies of the rest of the manga. I should probably do that soon. I really love the story!

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

162481134/5 stars

I enjoyed this book, but not as much as I thought I  would. I don’t know why, but there was just something that kept me from loving it as much as I know I could have, and I can’t put my finger on exactly what that it. Maybe the writing? Maybe just the general state of mind that I’ve been in recently, I don’t know. It’s weird, but I can’t really tell. In any case, I’m going to continue with the series at some later time. I don’t have a review of it yet, because as I said, I am desperately behind on reviews.

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

219562193.5/5 stars

This book was really slow to start. It took half the book for things to really start happening. However, it was very interesting once things did start happening and I get the impression that subsequent books will be more exciting, so I’m interested in continuing with the series.

 

Dreamland by Edgar Allan Poe

312088064/5 stars

This is sort of the “core” poem for Lord of Shadows, like Annabel Lee was for Lady Midnight. I really love Poe and I love that aspect of The Dark Artifices, so I obviously read the poem before reading Lord of Shadows and I liked it. Even though a lot of poetry leaves me cold, I always enjoy Poe’s poems.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

303128915/5 stars

This book was so freaking awesome. I keep forgetting how much I love the Shadowhunter books. Like, I’ll be excited about a new release, but no so excited that I’ll read it right away. But then I do read it and I’m like “Holy crap, this is so freaking awesome how did I forget I loved it so much?”. It’s really weird. But I’m always amazed by how good the books are. I guess it’s because urban fantasy doesn’t generally appeal to me, so I always have this weird mental thing. But yeah, anyway the point is this book was awesome. It was just awesome!

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

235921754/5 stars

This was a strange and interesting book. It was a bit slow to start, but it was a good mystery. Felt very Agatha Christie-y and I really enjoyed it once it got going. It had a very weird concept with the tree. It was a bit confusing, I’m not quite sure what was going on there, but that kept it interesting. I will try some other Hardinge books. I’m intrigued.

 

Sketchy, Doubtful, Incomplete Jottings by Johann Von Goethe

248742983/5 stars

This is a collection of thoughts and writings by Goethe’s. I found his ideas interesting and thought provoking, though I don’t necessarily agree with all of them. A great portion of the musings were on art and some of them were general and I could understand them, but then others were more specific and referred to the German art of the time, which I’m not familiar enough with to know what he’s talking about.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

122796165/5 stars

I just finished this books and I don’t know why I’ve waited so long to read it, because it was awesome. It was like sweet, sweet honey for my nerdy soul and it cheered me up and made me so happy. I was so excited reading it, I was so immersed into it. It’s one of those books that I just got completely lost in to the point where I would forget where I am and what I’m doing and just be completely immersed in the story. I recommend it for any and every geek out there. You will love it.

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May 2017 Wrap Up

May has been a busy, busy month for me. Loads of exams, very little time for reading. As such, I’ve only read 3 books and a poem in May. Here they are.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

108600474.5/5 stars

I really enjoyed this, I can see why it’s so beloved, but I can also see why some people just can’t get into it. It requires a patient reader and if you don’t like magical realism, which many people don’t, you will not like this. But it very well written, very atmospheric and if you do enjoy that genre, it’s definitely a must read. I have a full review of it if you want to know more of my thoughts.

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

5/5 stars

I don’t read poetry very often, but I always love Poe’s poetry and my reading this was long overdue.

 

 

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

acowar4/5 stars

A bit disappointing for me, I was expecting a lot more from it after ACOMAF. Still loved it, but I did have some problems with the execution, I think it was a bit rushed in places. I also felt like a bit of ToG was bleeding into it, especially in Feyre’s character. I talk more about these things in my review, if you’re interested.

 

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

228194494/5 stars

I really enjoyed this, though it’s not nearly as good as Six of Crows. Which makes sense, since she’s had time to grow as an author between the two. I did still really like it, I loved learning more about Ravka (I love how Russian it was, I wasn’t expecting that) and the Grisha, which is something that Six of Crows wasn’t as focused on. Wasn’t a fan of the love triangle and I thought the “romance” between Alina and The Darking was unnecessary and unbelievable. But all in all, I did really enjoy it and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. Review to come soon.

 

February -April 2017 Wrap Up

It’s been an age since I’ve done a wrap up. I think probably the last one was in January. That’s because I didn’t read much in February. Or March. Even April has been only okay. *sigh* Life just kept getting in the way. Anyway, here are the books I’ve read since January. I have reviews for most of them, so I’ll link those if you are interested.


 Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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5/5 stars

I think this is the only book that I read in February. At least it was a good book. I loved everything about it and I cannot wait for the second one to come out. This book was just badass. I have a spoilerfree review of it, if you would like to know more.

A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab

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5/5 stars

The conclusion to her Shades of Magic series. It was SO. FREAKING. GOOD! I love this series so much and Victoria has been announced as a guest at YALC this summer and I just can’t wait to meet her! It was such a good conclusion to such an awesome series. It made me feel feelings, okay? I also have a review of this, if you would like to know more of my thoughts.

 

The Waste Land by T. S. Elliot

3/5 stars

This is not so much a book. It’s just a long poem. I don’t read a lot of poetry, and when I do, I often don’t enjoy it. This was the case with this. I felt that there was too much background reading that was necessary to understand this poem and I didn’t get it. I feel like everyone should be able to take something out of a good poem, regardless of whether they’ve read as extensively as the poet has.

 

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

neanderthal seeks human5/5 stars

This was a re-read for me. I was deeply into a reading slump and I wanted something light and easy to read, but also kind of clever and engaging. I read this book last year and was surprised by how much I loved it. I really enjoyed it the second time around as well, and it actually helped pull me out of my reading slump, at least a little. I have a full review of it if you’re interested.

 

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

173706184.5/5 stars

This is the second book in The Raven Cycle series. I liked it a lot more than I liked the first one. I’s not that I didn’t like the first one, it’s just that this one cleared up a lot of the things that had me confused in the first book.  It was a little bit slow in terms of the plot progression, but there was plenty of character development, so I didn’t really mind. I also have a review of this one.

 

Replica by Lauren Oliver

284482874.5/5 stars

The first Lauren Oliver book I’ve read. I enjoyed it quite a lot, I read it in one day. I thought the way it was written was very engaging and I really liked the themes it explored. It’s almost entirely character driven, so it may not be for everyone. The plot really wasn’t that good. It wasn’t bad, it was just meh. But I got the impression that the plot was more of a backdrop for exploring the themes the author wanted to explore, so it didn’t bother me. Check out my full review if you want to know more.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

caraval1/5 stars

UGH. THIS DAMN BOOK FRUSTRATED ME SO MUCH! I was so disappointed by absolutely everything about this book (except for the cover). I had to skim the final 150 pages. It was just boring and badly written and ugh! I have both a spoiler free review of it and a spoilerific rant, so check those out if you want to know all the reasons for which I hated this book.

 

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

65472585/5 stars

My newest obsession. This is the first book that I read this year that kept me up until 3 am. I just could not put it down. I loved it so much, I need to read the rest of them ASAP! I don’t know why I haven’t read Brandon Sanderson until now, but I have now joined the fanclub. Give me all the Brandon Sanderson. I have a spoiler free review of it and a spoilerific rave as well.

 

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

stealing snow1/5 stars

I hated the guts out of this book. I haven’t reviewed it yet, but you can be sure I will have one hell of a rant about it! It’s coming. I requested this book from NetGalley in September 2016. I started reading it in September 2016. I finished it in March 2017. You can imagine how much I hated it. I almost never DNF books. I push through even when they suck. But I very nearly gave up on this one. It was horrible. I hate it. I HATE it. Stay tuned for my review.

Sabriel by Garth Nix

25688174/5 stars

This is a pretty old book. It feels like the ancestor of YA. It was really interesting, it follows a necromancer, which was really cool. I really liked the world and the magic and the atmosphere of the book. Unfortunately, I had a problem with the writing style. I couldn’t connect to it, and that made me not really connect to the characters. Still, I will be continuing with the series, as it seems cool. I haven’t got a review of this one yet, but it should come soon.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K Rowling

5/5 stars

I’ve been re-reading the HP series. I audiobooked this one this time around and found I really enjoyed it. I listened to the Stephen fry audiobook, and it’s good. I’m currently listening to Order of the Phoenix. I wouldn’t recommend audiobooking it if this is your first time reading the books. But as a re-read, the audiobook is great.

 

January 2017 Wrap Up

Another month has flown by. A decent reading month for me, I read 7 books in January. So this is going to be a long-ish post. Best to get on with it.

Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh

239243553/5 stars

First book I read this year. It was a bit of a disappointment for me, a bit too insta-lovey and way too lacking in sea monsters. Plus, I didn’t really like any of the characters and I was downright annoyed by the MC. The setting was really cool though, so it’s got that going for it. You can read my full review of it here if you are interested.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

254803425/5 stars

This is one of those books for which the hype is entirely justified. It was incredibly powerful and emotional. This book terrified me, to be honest. I really do recommend this to everyone because I feel like it’s relevant to every single person. I have a review of this one as well, which you can read here.

Pale Highway by Nicholas Conley

256711522/5 stars

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a review. Based on the synopsis, I really thought I would enjoy it, but it was just so… weird. It made me kind of uncomfortable to read. The writing was good, and there were ideas that had merit, but just… no. It was too bizarre. And that, coming from me is saying something. But I think I just draw the line at talking slugs and evil sperm monsters. Full review here.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K Rowling

55/5 stars

I started rereading the HP series. Read the first two last year. Of course, I loved it.  It’s strange, I enjoyed this book now more than I did the first time I read it. For some reason, this was my least favourite HP book when I first read the series.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah. J. Maas

acomaf-cover-35/5 stars

Another reread. And finally, FINALLY, after the third reread, I actually reviewed this book. I cannot wait until the last one comes out (especially now that we have the cover!!!). My love for this series, and particularly ACOMAF knows no bounds. You can find the tardy review here, but it has spoilers. So be warned.

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Promise Part One

124138363/5 stars

A bit disappointing. Not much happened, so it was kind of boring. I enjoyed the art though. Still, I am hoping that the subsequent parts are more interesting and full of… stuff going on. Haven’t written a review of this on account of not really having much to say about it. Maybe I should write one nonetheless.

A Toaster on Mars by Darell Pitt

282375383/5 stars

The last book I read in January was sadly not a very memorable one. I honestly don’t remember much about this book. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t good either. It was just… mediocre. I mean, I enjoyed it while I was reading it, but it didn’t leave much of an impression. You can read my full review of it here.

November & December Wrap up

For some reason, I didn’t do a November wrap up (probably because I didn’t really read in November), so I’m doing a combined wrap up. Which shouldn’t be too long, because I’ve been reading very little.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

an-ember-in-the-ashes-by-sabaa-tahirThis is the first book that I read probably back in November. I really loved it, it lived up to all the hype around it for sure. I have a review of it if you’d like to read all of my thoughts on it, but all around, I would say it’s a good fantasy, has an amazing setting and an interesting story. The characters weren’t my favourite, I feel like they were a bit too trope-y for my taste, but I still gave it 5/5 stars and I’m still looking forward to reading the next one.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

17399160This one was a bit of a disappointment for me. I was expecting more from it. It had a lot of potential; it had a brilliant setting and a decent plot to begin with, but the characters were insipid and the story was all over the place, as if Raasch wasn’t really sure what she wanted to do with it. I also have a review of it, if you’re interested to know more of my thoughts. I don’t think I will be continuing with this series. It was just too meh for me to be interested in the rest of it. 3/5 stars

The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid

26836910This was a surprisingly good sci-fi, considering it’s a standalone. So kudos to Kincaid. I’d never read one of her books before, but I might do just that now. I really enjoyed the story and the characters and overall, I just really enjoyed reading this book. It was very well balanced in terms of plot vs worldbuilding, which is something I really appreciate, especially that it wasn’t a particularly long book. I have a review of this one as well, so check that out for more details. 5/5 stars.

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Lost Adventures

10450750This was probably the best thing I read recently in terms of pure entertainment value. It’s a great graphic novel with awesome artwork and I really do recommend it for any fans of The Last Airbender. It’s one of my favourite shows and somehow, this managed to capture the essence of the show so well I could hardly tell the difference. I have a full review of this one as well, so check that out. 5/5 stars

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

2913377This book was a masterpiece. Like honestly, I hardly feel qualified to judge this book. It was just SO. GOOD! So masterfully written, so rich and powerful and just beautiful. I just want to have it scrubbed from my brain just so I can read it for the first time all over again. It’s that kind of book. I have a full review of this one as well, so be sure to have a look. 5/5 stars. But of a completely different caliber than the other 5/5 stars in this post. This series is in a league of its own, really.

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

2495562And finally, the last book I read in 2016. And what a book! Of course I had to immediately read the sequel to The Name of the Wind. And now I of course have to wait forever for the next one. As if ASOIAF wasn’t enough frustration for me. Anyway, I read this mammoth of a book and I loved it every bit as much as its predecessor and I want the next one yesterday. I haven’t had the time to review it yet on account of it being huge and I want to do it justice. But I’ll have a review of it coming up soon, so keep an eye out. 5/5 stars.

 

 

October Wrap Up

A very belated wrap up for October. Four seems to be the number of books that I’m able to read in a month of late. Which is kind of a shock for me. I mean, one book a week? That’s so little. Anyway, I read four books in October and here they are:

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas**

empire-of-storms4.5/5 stars

This was one of my most anticipated 2016 releases! I loved it. It obviously ended in the biggest cliffhanger ever. And now I have to wait another year for the next one. It’s like they design book series to torture me. And it’s a really special book for me because I got to see Sarah on tour and get it signed. You can read more about that experience here. I also have a review of it if you’re interested.

**I just realised that this was actually also in my September wrap-up, so I actually read it in September it would seem. Ooops. Oh well.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

222997635/5 stars

Another amazing book that I read this October. This series guys, is amazing! If you haven’t read it, I don’t know what you’re waiting for. Seriously, go pick up Six of Crows! (by the way, I have a review of that here). Of course, also have a review of Crooked Kingdom which you can find here. Seriously. Go read it. It’s awesome. Also, it’s gorgeous. Look at it.

 

1984 by George Orwell

5470 4.5/5 stars

I finally finished this book. I think I started it at the beginning of August and only finished it in October. But I did enjoy it though. It was really thought-provoking. But it was more of an essay than it was a novel. It did bring forth some fairly disturbing ideas about human nature and while I don’t agree entirely with those ideas, they’re interesting to read about and I really enjoyed it. I also have a review of this one if you want to read more of my thoughts on it.

 

The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

314426134.5/5

This is the last book I read in October and I’m really happy about it because I managed to finish one of the series on my unfinished series list! Yay! I also have a review of this one. I think this is the first wrap up in which I have review links for all the books I read. Yay for that as well!

September Wrap-Up

This has been another slow month for me. I’ve only read four books and I know exactly who is to blame! Glass Sword. That book just drained the life out of me. Anyway, let’s get into it.

Surviving the Angel of Death: The Story of a Mengele Twin in Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor

66483915/5  stars

This is the first book I read in September and it was a very educative read. I got it via NetGalley and I am so glad I requested it. It’s one of those books that people should read and be aware of. I have a more thorough review of it, if you are interested in hearing my thoughts.

 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Caroll

79299315/5 stars

This was a re-read, of course. It was due. I hadn’t read it in a long time. Such amazing nonsense, it’s genius. If you have not read this book at least once in your life, I feel sorry for you. I do not have a review of this one since it was a re-read, but it’s only like 100 pages. Just read it.

 

 

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

231742741/5 stars

This book sucked the life and joy out of me. It took me over a month to finish and I almost gave up on it. But I don’t like not finishing books, so I pushed through it. I have a full review of it if you want to know why exactly this book made me so angry and why I hated it so much.

 

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

empire-of-storms4.5/5 stars

Probably my favourite book this month! I also – you guessed it – have a review of it. It has left me wanting more, like SJM books usually do and also, I am so excited about meeting Sarah next week! *squeeeeeeeee* I can’t wait! There will probably be a post about that later this week, so stay tuned for that.