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

Order of the Phoenix93124I’ve been making my way through the series as audiobooks this time and I’m quite enjoying them. Most books don’t work really well on audio for me, but these ones are really good. They’re narrated by Stephen Fry and he’s doing a very good job of bringing this beloved world to life. His kids must have had some great bedtime story experiences.

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

27827627Another brilliant book. I seem to have only read amazing, 5 star books these past few months. Which is a good thing, because I didn’t get to read that many. So at least they were good. This book was so beautiful, it even made me cry at some point. It was just so lovely and magical and just all around good. I was a bit skeptical about it to be honest, but I loved it and I can’t wait to read more Naomi Novik.

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

Burn, Rewrite or Reread Book Tag

I wanted to do a book tag today because I love doing book tags, so I was looking for a cool one to do and I saw this one over at Thrice Read and I decided to do this. So here it goes.

The Rules:

-Randomly choose 3 books.(You can use the ‘Random’ option on your Goodreads read shelf.)

-For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread.

-Repeat until you’ve completed three four rounds.


Round one

 

Burn: The Captive by L.J Smith. I didn’t really like this book. Or this series, in fact. It’s actually part of my latest addition to my “Series I won’t finish” list.

Rewrite: The Gold Bug by Edgar Allan Poe. It’s not that I think this needs rewriting, it’s just that I would rather reread the other one.

Reread: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. I used to love Jules Verne’s books and it’s been forever since I last read or reread one of them. So I would like to reread this.

Round two:

 

Burn: The Fall of Five by Pirracus Lore. I don’t care much about this book or this series. It’s another one of those series I won’t be finishing.

Rewrite: The Seventh Dwarf by Eoin Colfer. I would rewrite this to be longer because Much Diggums. I want more of this gross kleptomaniac. I just… please. Actually, I want more in the Aretmis Fowl series. Please.

Reread: This was obviously going to be Order of the Phoenix. Not only is this a HP book, but it’s my second favourite HP book. Of course I want to reread it.

Round three:

 

Burn: Slither by Joseph Delaney. It seems I consistently get one book in a series I don’t care about very much so it’s so easy to pick the burns. That isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy this book. It’s actually one of my favourites in the series. I just don’t care about the series that much.

RewriteBitterblue by Kristin Cashore. I would just rewrite this to include more details about King Leck and his rule. Because he may have been a crazy, delusional sadist, but he was hella interesting.

Reread:  Paper Towns by John Green. I loved this book, I loved the mystery and the themes and the black Santas and all.

Round four:

 

Burn: Adrift in the Pacific: Two Years Holiday by Jules Verne. Sorry, Jules. I love you and all, but you can’t compare to time travel and parallel universes and certainly not to my Queen.

Rewrite: The Very First Damned Thing by Jodi Taylor. I would rewrite this to be less confusing. I am still confused about when and where exactly this takes place. And if it’s in a parallel universe, why is it relevant to the series and how does it work?

Reread: It was obviously going to be Queen of Shadows. This book was just awesome and why wouldn’t I want to reread it?

 

I did an extra round because I enjoyed doing it so much. I’m going to tag my 5 newest followers to do this because thank you for following me and let’s get to know each other. If  you’ve already done this and don’t want to do it again or simply don’t like this kind of posts, that’s fine! But if you do decide to do it, leave a link to your post in the comments below.

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