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.

January 2018 Wrap Up

I read 6 books in the month of January, which considering how busy I’ve been, is a decent start to the year. I’m still desperately behind on my book reviews, but alas, there’s only so much I have energy for. I’ll get there in the end. Anyway, on to the wrap up.


The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

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I’d like to say this was a good book to start the year with, but unfortunately this is probably my least favourite Rick Riordan book that I’ve read to date. I still enjoyed it, and if it were any other author, I’d have given it a much higher rating, but I’ve come to expect a certain level of awesome from Rick Riordan and this one wasn’t on par. I ended up giving it 3/5 stars.

The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis

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C.S. Lewis never disappoints. He had a gift for explaining complex ideas simply and lucidly and relatable-y. 5/5 stars

Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley

A friend lent me this graphic novel and I read it in one sitting. I enjoyed it, it’s kind of weird but it works. It conveys its point well. It’s very angsty, but ultimately very relatable because I feel like everyone has those kinds of moments of just… feeling lost at sea and wondering whether they’re going insane. 4/5 stars.

Destroyer Down by Scott Beatty

I got this in a LootCrate and I was in the mood for a quick read, so I flew through this. I still have to see the newest Star Wars film and this just whetted my appetite for it even more. Even though I’ve heard a lot of people were disappointed by it, so I’m a bit worried. Anyway, I enjoyed the graphic novel. I gave it 4/5 stars.

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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I finally continued with this series. And I loved this one even more than i loved the first one. I really should have read this ages ago, but at least I have now. I’ll hopefully get to the rest of the series soon. 5/5 stars.

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

I love Brian Selznick’s books. I bought this for a friend’s birthday and couldn’t help but read it before actually giving it to her (I made sure it was pristine). His books are just so unique and cool and beautiful. They’re also very educational and just all around great to experience. I can’t wait to read the rest of his works. 5/5 stars