Alphabet TBR Tag

Ok, so this whole posting every single day thing is HARD. You may or may not know that I’ve decided I will post every single day for the month of May. Should have probably chosen a month when I don’t have exams to do this, but I started now and I’ll be damned if I don’t see it through. This was just a really long winded way for me to say I have another tag today because I couldn’t think of anything more original to do. So I stole another tag from Kristin. I’m pretty sure I stole my last tag from here too. So check her blog out.

Anyway, I’m gonna try to use books on my physical TBR in an attempt to motivate me to read them. But I may not have one for each letter.


A: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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I actually have so many books starting with A on my TBR. But I chose this one cause I actually started reading it and then I stopped, I don’t remember why, I was enjoying it. But I never continued and I want to finish it.

B: Black Prism by Brent Weeks

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Another one that I started and never finish. I didn’t really like the MC, which is why I stopped, but I want to give this series another try because I wasn’t in the best headspace when I started it, so that may have contributed to my lack of enjoyment and everybody seems to love this series.

C: Cress by Marissa Meyer

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Yet another one that I started and set aside. I kind of have an excuse for this one. I took it with me when I was travelling for archery. I went to a competition. So I put it in my archery bag and didn’t get to read much during the competition. But I don’t unpack my archery bag, because it just has my archery stuff in it. And I forgot I’d put it there. I forgot that I had it, actually. Which says something about the amount of books I own, but that’s another story.

D: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

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Are you surprised? I started and haven’t finished this one was well. I don’t really have an excuse for this. I just wasn’t loving it. But I don’t want to DNF it because it’s not bad and I already read like more than half of it. But I just wasn’t loving it.

E: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

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I actually don’t own this one, but I didn’t have an E book on my owned TBR. But I’ve been wanting to pick this series up forever and I’m hoping to get to it soon.

F: The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis

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Another one that I started and almost finished, but now quite. I don’t even know why. I just haven’t been in the mood for philosophical reading I guess.

G: The Gift by Alison Croggon

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I’ve been eyeing this series for a while now and I spotted the first book in a thrift store and bought it.

H: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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One of my friends got it for me over a year ago and I still haven’t read it. So I need to get on with it.

I: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

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The same friend got me this at the same time and I haven’t read it.

J: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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I only have an electronic copy of this, but this is a classic that I’ve been interested in reading for a long time, so I need to get to it.

K: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

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It’s the finale! Why haven’t you read it Romana? Shame! SHAME! Just read it!

L: Looking for Alaska by John Green

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Remember that friend who got me those other two books? Yeah… he got me this one as well. Have I read it? Nope. Do I want to? Yes! Then why haven’t you read it Romana??? WHy? I don’t know, ok. I just don’t know.

M: Mark of the Thief by Jenniver A. Nielsen

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I loved her other series, The False Prince and I want to give this one a try.

N: Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

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This is a very complicated and confusing sci-fi. I started reading it and was like ?????????????? And I’m used to reading complicated and confusing SFF books. I do want to give this another try, because I hear that once you start understanding what’s going on, it’s pretty good.

O: Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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I’m about a third through this book. I wan’t to finish this series already. I’m not enjoying this book as much as the other two, but I still want to finish it.

P: The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang

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I didn’t have an owned P book that I wanted to share, so here’s one that I’m hoping to get to soon. I actually don’t know much about it, but I think it’s inspired by Chinese history and stuff and it sounds cool.

Q: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

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Another finale that I’ve yet to read.

R: Relativity: The Special and the General Theory by Albert Einstein

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I started reading this because I really love physics and I wanna know more. But I’ve yet to finish it. It’s not exactly bedtime reading at least for me, so I do need to concentrate. Which means that it’s slow going. But I do want to read it.

S: Surprised by Joy by C.S. Lewis

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If I read this and finish The Four Loves, I will have read every C. S. Lewis boo that I own. So I’m hoping to get to both of them this summer.

T: Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

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Second John Green book on this list. I just haven’t been in the mood for contemporaries in over a year. And they’re just sitting there, waiting for me to want to read a contemporary.

U: Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

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Another letter without an owned book. But I’m interested in this series. It sounds cool.

V: Viper by Bex Hogan

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I recently read one chapter of some of my TBR books  and this is one of the ones I decided to keep.

W: What If? Serious Scientific Questions to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

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I’m almost done with this. I think I have less than 100 pages left. So I’m hoping to finish it soon. But it’s one of those books that I’m never really actively reading. More like a chapter or two every now and again, just because of the nature of the book. I am however enjoying it a lot.

X: No luck 😦

Y: Y: The Last Man Vol 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

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I don’t yet own this, but it’s probably going to be the next graphic novel series I read. I actually do have it on Kindle, but I don’t like reading graphic novels on Kindle.

Z: Better luck next time :-/

My TBR Shelf

I’ve never had a designated TBR shelf before. I usually kept read and unread books together. But I recently moved to a new flat and I have this little shelf right next to my bed, so I decided to put my unread books on it. These aren’t all of my unread owned books, because they wouldn’t all fit, so I kept my unread non-fiction books separately.

A great photographer, I am not, but this is what the shelf looks like at the moment.


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The books on here aren’t actually sorted in any particular way except that the hardbacks are at one end and I kind of grouped the white books, but other than that I just shoved them on in whatever order. The little shelf at the top holds the books that I’ve already started but have yet to finish.

In case you are for whatever reason curious as to what books are on my TBR shelf, they are as follows:

Top shelf (started but not yet finished)

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas – I’ve legit been reading this for a year now. Since it came out last year. I’m just really not enjoying it, mainly because I cannot stand Chaol. I just want to get through it so I can get to Kingdom of Ash. I’m almost halfway through it (I know, I hate Chaol that much).

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks – This is another one that I just couldn’t really get into. I was actually expecting to enjoy this book and series as I’ve heard great things about it from people I trust. And I am intrigued by the plot and the world, but again, I dislike the main character and it just puts me off reading it. Every time I pick it up, I read a few pages and I put it back down. I’m 135 pages into this one.

Looking for Alaska by John Green – I started reading this at the start of September, but then I just really haven’t been in a contemp kind of mood, so I haven’t been picking it up much.

The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis – This is the non-fiction that I’m currently reading and as usual with Lewis’ books, I’m really enjoying it. Though I have to say at least so far, this one is my least favourite of his books that I have read.

What If? Serious Scientific Answersto Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe – This is another non-fiction that I’m reading, though not as actively as The Four Loves. Because of the nature of this book, this is what I pick up when I have only 5 minutes and want a quick pick me up as each chapter is very entertaining and usually quite short.

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch – You can’t actually see the spine of this one, but it’s the one with green pages. This is my meh book of the moment. Am I the only one who has a book that’s just kind of mediocre that you read when you’re too tired for anything that requires more than a quarter of a brain and you don’t want to read a book you love because you won’t be able to focus, but you want to read? Or when you just finished an awesome book and you know you won’t be able to focus on a new one, but you also want to keep reading? No? Just me? Anyway, this is my second Sara Raasch book and I didn’t really like the first one either.

The Bat by Jo Nesbo – Final book on the little shelf. I’ve been reading this book even longer than ToD. I’m debating just admitting that I’m never going to finish it. But… it was recommended to me by someone special and I just really wanted to like it.

Bottom shelf

I haven’t actually read any of these, so I don’t have much to say about each one. I’ll just list them, from left to right:

Hardbacks

Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas | Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton | Turtles All the Way Down by John Green | The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett | State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury | Vengeful by V. E. Schwab

Paperbacks

The Crow Girl by Erik Axl Sund | Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pincola Estes | Elantris by Brandon Sanderson |A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by G. R. R. Martin | Origin by Dan Brown | Down River by John Hart

Wild Embers by Nikita Gill | The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood | City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab | The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett | Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu | Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen | A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas | Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel | American Gods by Neil Gaiman

July 2018 Wrap Up

Somehow August has arrived. I always am taken by surprise by the end of the month. I read 6 books this month and I loved most of them.


In the After Light by Alexandra Bracken

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I finally finished this series. I wish I hadn’t taken so long with it because I have certainly outgrown the series a little and I know I would have enjoyed it much more had I read all of it 3 years ago when I first picked it up. That isn’t to say I didn’t like the book. There was more unnecessary, teenagey angst than I strictly speaking look for in my books these days, but all in all, it was a solid 3/5 stars.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

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This was my audiobook for July and it is a fantastic book and a fantastic audiobook. It’s narrated by Richard Armitage! It’s a true story and it’s both heartbreaking and fascinating. I love World War II stories. I think they’re fascinating and also important. So much went on during that time that we still don’t know and I think that it’s important as more and more stories come out, for people to hear them. 5/5 stars

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

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Listen, I don’t know how to explain to you my love for this book. I really enjoyed the anime, so I had this on my amazon wish-list and my friend got it for me and I love him for it because it is beautiful. It made me happy. It’s just the kind of story that is the right combination of whimsy and magic and absurdity. It makes me happy. 5/5 stars

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

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I was wary of this book. I was interested, but I was also a little bit unsure for some reason. I was wrong. It was awesome. The characters are so freaking good that nothing else matters to me. Not that the story and the world aren’t good, they are, but I wouldn’t say they’re mind-blowing. At least not in this first one. There’s not actually as much going on in this one besides introducing us to the characters and setting up the story. You can tell there’s a storm brewing, but it doesn’t actually break out into it in this book. But it’s done so well and the characters are so great, I don’t care. 5/5 stars

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

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This one was just meh. It was tropey and cliche. The characters were boring. The story was boring and predictable. It just fell flat in every way possible. I appreciate the gender equality, feminist message it’s trying to convey. But it’s done poorly. And as with any kind of ‘diverse’ books, diversity and a good message is not enough to make it a good book. 2/5 stars

The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis

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As with every C. S. Lewis book I’ve ever read, I loved this. So simple and yet so thought provoking. It just pokes holes in the illusion of “Oh, I’m a pretty good person.” and it points out all the ways in which we suck on a day to day basis. All the little hypocrisies and absurd behaviours that if we’re honest, we’re all guilty of. Wonderful satire. 5/5 stars

Mini Reviews: A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor; The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis & Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley

So… I can’t really stick to my previous format of writing out the titles of all the books getting a mini review cause that would just be a ridiculously long title. So… you’re getting well… you’re reading this so you’ve probably seen the title already. Let’s move on.


A Symphony of Echoes by Jodi Taylor

25876967Rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: sci-fi, humour, adult

First published: 2013

Author: Jodi Taylor

This is the second book in the Chronicles of St. Mary’s series which I love. It’s like Doctor Who in book format minus the aliens. It’s awesome, it’s hilarious. These books are so much fun to read. Highly recommend for lovers of… well Doctor Who and self deprecating humour. And history. It’s about time traveling historians… really all you need to know to be honest.

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The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis

10148176Rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: Non-fiction, christian, philosophy

First published: 1940

Author: C. S. Lewis

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As per usual, I loved this book. I love C.S. Lewis. I say the same thing every time I talk about one of his books, but I don’t care. Because he’s one of my favourite thinkers and people should read his books because they’ll make you think. And I realise that they’re not for everyone, but if you like being challenged to think, read C. S. Lewis’ books.


Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Rating: 4/5

Genre: Contemporary, YA, graphic novel

First published: 2003

Author: Bryan Lee O’Malley

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This was a very angsty, very weird graphic novel, but it worked. It just captured adolescence and the weirdness and angst of going through that and figuring out who you are very well. I didn’t love it, it didn’t quite captivate me. Either because I’m too old or simply because a lot of the struggles of the characters were not ones that I myself had as a teenager. And while I recognise that there are people who went through similar situations, I was not one of them and it’s not really relatable for me. Also, I read it at 2 am, in a questionable state of sobriety… still, I can see what it was doing and I give it credit for it.

Yet Another Book Haul

Are you even surprised anymore?

The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin | Scarlet by Marissa Meyer | Everless by Sara Holland | Destroyer Dawn by Scott Beatty | Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu | The Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence | The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner | This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab | Our dark Duet by V. E. Schwab

Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer | The Arctic Incident: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer | The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black | Red Rising by Pierce Brown | A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis

In the After Light by Alexandra Bracken | Can You Solve My Problems? by Alex Bellos

 

Mini Reviews: Miracles by C.S. Lewis; The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins & Harry Potter

Sometimes, I don’t really have enough to say about a book to write a full review on it, but that doesn’t meant I don’t still want to talk about it. So here are some mini reviews for books I’ve read recently.



682778Rating: 5/5

Genre: Non-fiction, philosophy, christian

First published: 1947

Author: C.S. Lewis

Synopsis: “Do miracles really happen?” is a question that has dogged philosophers and researchers for centuries. In this moving and inspirational book, C.S. Lewis sets out with his characteristic warmth, lucidity and wit to demonstrate that miracles really are occurring all around us in our everyday lives. 

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C.S. Lewis is one of my favourite thinkers and writers of the 20th century. He has such a gift for explaining complex things very simply, very eloquently and very clearly. I’ve read several of his non-fiction books (and Narnia, of course) and I can honestly say they’re a joy to read. I would recommend his books to anyone who likes to be challenged to think. Whether or not you end up agreeing with him, he will make you think.

It’s very hard to review a non-fiction for me. Especially this type of non-fiction. Doesn’t have characters, or a plot, really. I don’t really know what to say about it besides that it’s good and you should read it.



Rating: 4/5 stars

Genre: Dystopia, YA, sci-fi

First published: 2008-2010

Author: Suzanne Collins

Synopsis: Set in a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called The Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed. When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her younger sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.


I recently audiobooked these and the rating is for the audiobooks. I didn’t really enjoy the narration, which took away from my enjoyment of the story. Of course, I’ve read THG at least twice before and I love it, it’s one of my favourite series and definitely my favourite YA dystopia.

But the Audible narrator just really annoyed me. She made most, if not all the female characters sound like simpering morons and all the male characters sound like… I don’t even know how to describe it. She just sounded stupid and it annoyed me so much.

Also, she could not sing to save her life and she invented this stupid tune for The Hanging Tree song and it was just horribly off key.



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Rating: 5/5 stars

Genre: fantasy, children’s,

First published: 1997-2007

Author: J.K. Rowling


I’ve also been listening to these on audio this year and I’ve been really enjoying them. I’ve been listening to the Stephen Fry narration and it’s really good. He does an amazing job of bringing the characters and magical world of Harry Potter to life.

Books That I’m Currently Reading

Over the past few months, I’ve been in this weird place where I keep starting books and then not finishing them and starting new ones. And it’s not that I’m not enjoying the books that I’m reading, it’s just that I can’t focus. I have started so many books these past few months, I am now running out of bookmarks because they’re all trapped in some book. So I’ve decided to put together a list of the books that I’m ‘currently reading’ in the hopes that it’ll motivate me to actually finish them.


Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

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I started this book way back in September or early October, whenever it came out. I had pre-ordered it and I started reading it as soon as I got it. I got to page 93 before stopping and I just want to finish it. Even though Chaol isn’t really my favourite character, I want to learn more about the Southern Continent and all the stuff going on there.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catheynne M. Valente

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I heard so many great things about this book and I was so excited to read it. And I think I started it one evening right after finishing another book, but I was tired, so I only got a couple chapters in before going to sleep and then I just never continued. I’m currently on page 28 of this one.

Classical Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum by Leonard Susskind and George Hrabovsky

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I’m on page 29 of this one, but I’m not super bothered about this one, since it is a pretty heavy book and it requires a lot of concentration. You sort of need to study and understand what you’re reading, because it’s ultimately trying to teach you physics. The 28 pages that I have read are full of notes and stuff like that, so I’m quite pleased with this and I always anticipated it would take a long time to finish because I don’t have that much time to dedicate to teaching myself physics. But I do want to continue reading.

The Physics of Christianity by Frank J. Tipler

I started reading this book years ago. And I mean… years. Maybe 5-6 years ago, but I’m including it because I do want to move on with this book. I haven’t made it very far. I am currently 77 pages in, but as with the previous book, this is a pretty dense read, you really need to understand what he’s talking about and that can take a lot of trying to visualise and sometimes make diagrams, take notes and so on. And I don’t have a ton of time and when I do have time for reading, I’m usually too tired to be able to concentrate as much as I need to. So again, not too bothered, but I do want to keep chipping at this book.

Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey

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I started reading this book back in September I think and I flew through the first half or so of it. I really enjoyed it, it’s really well written and poignant and sensible and full of compassion. I’m currently on page 105 of it and I don’t know why I stopped. I just got distracted. I feel like that’s what I’ve been trying to do lately, distract myself. And once I got ‘used’ to a book, its setting or tone or rhythm, it would somehow engage less of my mind. Kind of like when you first learn how to drive or ride a bike or something, you’re very conscious of what you’re doing and you’re very focused, but once you learn it, you don’t think about it as much and your mind is free for other things. It’s been kind of like that, where if I didn’t finish a book quickly enough for that novelty to still hold my mind focused, I would start craving something that would engage my mind fully.

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch

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This is probably the one that I want to finish most, or that I want to get to first because I’m farthest into it. I’m currently on page 370 and I flew through those nearly 400 pages in like 2 days and then it just got to a point where… I don’t want to say I didn’t like what was happening, because that’s not it. It just didn’t resonate well with the mood and place I was at mentally, so I stopped. But I loved the first book and I really enjoyed this one so far, so I want to finish it.

The Problem of Pain by C.S. Lewis

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I’ve actually been reading this today, I’m currently on page 48, it’s quite a short book though, it only has about 160 pages. I love C.S. Lewis and I’m loving this book so far, it’s as lucid and poignant and well constructed, thought provoking as ever and I’m having such a good time reading it.

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

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I’ve been reading this over the past couple of days. So far, I’ve read 3 of the stories, I’m on page 117 and I really enjoyed them. The art in it is so beautiful, I cannot get enough of it. I want to get to the other stories soon.

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

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I started this I think last week and I’ve been wanting to read this book ever since I read the first one last spring. I only got to page 28 though (I have something about stopping at page 28), because I’m just too tired to read it. It’s quite political, even more so than the first book and by the time I get home from work, I’m too tired to keep up with that. But hopefully over the holidays, I’ll be rested enough to read it because I’ve only read 28 pages and already there was a fight scene. So it promises to be pretty action packed and epic.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This is another one that I started reading one evening and then stopped because I was too tired and never continued. I loved what I read of it so far, I’m on page 30 of this one. And I really want to continue with it, especially that this was lent to me by a friend a couple months ago, so I should probably return it soon.

All Fall Down by Ally Carter

I won a whole bundle of Ally Carter books in a giveaway, so I thought I’d give it a go. I’m on page 26 at the moment and already, the MC is kind of getting on my nerves, so I’m not sure about this one. But I think I would like to at least read this first book in the series and then decide whether I want to keep them or not. I might end up actually enjoying it once the story gets going because it’s a mystery novel, so we’ll see.

The Bat by Jo Nesbo

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I started reading this book quite a while ago, but I still haven’t finished it. I want to though because it was recommended to me by a friend and I want to be able to tell him what I thought about it, since he really likes this series. I am enjoying it, but there is something that doesn’t agree with me about it and I think it’s the translation. The original is in Norwegian and the translation just fells a bit… awkward to me. Anyway, I’m on page 157 of this one. Hopefully I’ll get to it soon.

So, those are the many books that I’m currently reading. You can imagine what my night stand looks like. Hopefully, I’ll be finishing some of these in the following days and weeks and not adding to the pile. This post was very long and a bit rambly, but writing it has been pretty cathartic, so whatever.

Autumn 2017 Wrap Up

Since I haven’t really been reading much, I’ll stick to doing seasonal wrap-ups. I’ve read 9 books since September and I haven’t got reviews for most of them because I am sooooo behind with my reviews.


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phenix & Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling

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5/5 stars of course.

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

godsgraveAnother delightful book by Jay Kristoff. I can’t get enough of this series and I can’t get enough of Kristoff. I really need to read the next of his books while I wait for the next installment of this series to come out. I actually do have a review of this one, and I believe this is the only book in this list I have currently reviewed (I know, I’m very behind). You can check that review out here if you are interested. Also, look how beautiful that cover is!

5/5 stars

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

127455I kept putting this book off for ages, thinking that I wouldn’t enjoy it that much (I don’t even know why), but it quickly became one of my favourites ever. It’s so much fun to read and I love the characters so much. I’m currently reading the second book in the series and I can’t wait to finish it and finish the whole series (if it comes out anytime in my life time, that is). There are so many things that I’m super curious about and I can’t wait to learn about them.

5/5 stars

Miracles by C.S. Lewis

682778C.S. Lewis is one of my favourite authors ever. His non-fiction books are so poignant and lucid and well written, it’s just a joy to read them. Miracles is no exception, I honestly and wholeheartedly recommend C.S. Lewis to anyone who likes being challenged to think and be critical.

5/5 stars

 

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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5/5 stars

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer

29847078This is probably my favourite Rick Riordan book that I’ve read so far. Norse mythology is even better than Greek mythology for many reasons, but one of them (and the one that was most distinctly felt in this book) is that it’s just so much weirder. And that gives so much more opportunity for the humour that, let’s be honest, is a huge part of why Rick Riordan’s books are so popular. This series is also a lot darker than Percy Jackson, which I really enjoyed as well.

55 stars

Duplicity by Sibel Hodge

30848589This book was awful. That 5 star streak was lovely, but it couldn’t last. I audiobooked this and I got it for free, so I’m not too bummed about it. But it was just so bad. It was one, giant ridiculous, predictable cliche. I either hated all the characters or just didn’t care about them, because they were bland, one dimensional. The plot was predictable and had some gaping chasms in it and the narration was mediocre at best and what’s sad is that it’s because it was an audiobook that it even got 1.5 stars. It just made it bearable.

1.5/5 stars

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

hunger gamesI audiobooked this one as well. I’ve been on an audio kick. Unfortunately, I’m not really loving the narration. I love The Hunger Games, so I can move past it and just enjoy the story, but the narrator is so annoying. She makes Katniss (and almost everyone else) sound like a simpering moron. I don’t know why, but I just hate her narration. So because of that, I’m only giving it 4 stars, even though the story deserves 5 and I have rated it 5 stars on my previous reads.

4/5 stars

October & November 2017 Book Haul

October is my birthday month, so I kinda went crazy with the books I bought… I think only one of these was actually bought in November.


Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch | Letters From a Skeptic by C.S. Lewis | Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis | The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis |The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis

Miracles by C. S. Lewis | The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis | Surprised by Joy by C. S. Lewis | The Four Loves by C. S. Lewis | Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss | Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes | Uprooted by Naomi Novik | Relativity: The Special  and General Theory by Albert Einstein | Classical Mechanics: The Theoretical Minimum by Leonard Susskind and George Hrabovsky

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green | Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Down the TBR Hole #10

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Last week’s final number: 353 | Current number: 355 | This week’s final number: 352 | Total books removed so far: 37 | Total books kept so far: 59 | Books added since I began: 56 | Books read from my TBR: 8


Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

I love mythology and I love Percy Jackson, so of course it stays.

Throne of Glass 7 by Sarah J. Maas

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We don’t have a title or a cover for this yet, but of course I’m going to read it. Just got Tower of Dawn the other day. I have to get on to reading that.

Verdict: Stays

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

This actually sounds very interesting. I’d forgotten what it was about, if I’d ever known in the first place, but I want to read it!

Verdict: Stays

The Field Guide by Holly Black

I’ve been meaning to read Spiderwick for so long! It appeals to me so much, and I think I saw a film once that I really enjoyed. So I do want to read this.

Verdict: Stays

The Son of Sobek by Rick Riordan

This is a Kane Chronicles and Percy Jackson crossover. And while it does sound fun, I have yet to read The Kane Chronicles and I do want to read it, but I don’t know when I’ll get to it. So for the time being, there’s no point in me cluttering my TBR with this.

Verdict: Goes

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

This is a YA dystopia that I’ve heard mixed things about and the premise doesn’t appeal to me that much anymore. So I’m getting rid of this one.

Verdict: Goes

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

The author’s name may be Arwen, but I don’t think that’s quite enough to convince me to read this book. The synopsis is very vague and generic, so I went to read some of the reviews and they weren’t great. Plus I found out it’s urban fantasy, which… not really my favourite. So yeah… no.

Verdict: Goes

The Cosmic Trilogy by C. S. Lewis

Sci-fi series written by C.S. Lewis? I’m so down, why haven’t I read this yet?

Verdict: Stays