I was such a good little reader this month! I can’t remember the last time I read six books in a single month. I mean don’t get me wrong I realize that is nothing compared to some, but I am half way through my second to last semester at university, so that is pretty damn good.
I’ve decided that I won’t be posting full book reviews to this blog. Instead I am going to make a habit of doing these reading wrap ups, where I will briefly give my thoughts on each of the books, and then link to my full reviews on Goodreads. Here we go!
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert 5/5
This book is not included in the picture because I borrowed it from the bookstore I work at, and therefore had to give it back after I finished it, which is a shame because it has a very photogenic cover. I do think I will eventually buy myself a copy though, because I absolutely adored the book. It is an inspirational read for anyone determined to live a creative life, writing or otherwise. Gilbert shares a number of personal and often hilarious stories that are both entertaining, encouraging, and sometime downright astounding. There were a few pieces here and there that I did not necessarily agree with, but nonetheless every time I sat down with it I found myself wanting to write something, create something, do something. I think the most important thing I took away from the book was that defining creative success by whether or not it pays the bills is a death sentence for your creativity. Ever since I stopped worrying about whether or not I would be able to make a living as a writer, I’ve been so much more inspired and excited about writing. I wish I’d had this book to read a few years ago.
A Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson 4/5
A friend of mine (@ashelybbooks) kept pestering me about reading this book, and when the ebook went on sale for less than $2 I ran out of excuses not to buy it. It tells the story of Elisa, the unwilling bearer of the godstone, meaning she was chosen by the God of her people to complete some act of service, though she has no idea what that service might be. After being married off to the king of a foreign country, she finds herself at the center of a war the may well present her act of service, if she survives long enough to claim it.
I really enjoyed this book. Elisa is not your typical YA heroine- she is overweight and woefully unprepared for the danger she finds herself in- but she is brilliant and determined, and she knows how to use her strengths to her advantage. The pacing of the plot is spot on, Elisa is far from the only fab female character, and the ending promises a very interesting starting point for the second book, which I look forward to reading in the near future.
The Selection Series 2/5
These books were an interesting trip. I can now confidently say that I have a very intimate understanding of the feeling of having a love/hate relationship with a book series. The books follow the American Singer’s participation in The Selection, in which 35 girls compete for the heart of the prince, who will eventually propose to one of them.
The first book was good, nothing special, but a quick read that was kinda cute. I fell in love with Prince Maxon immediately, and wanting to see his happily ever after is what convinced me to keep reading even after America proved herself to be one of the most infuriating characters I have ever read. By the end of the second book, I pretty much wanted to strangle her. I also just really felt that the plot was unnecessarily drawn out. The entire conflict is America going back and forth between Maxon and her old boyfriend Aspen, and every time she made a choice something else would conveniently happen to make her start questioning again. Once or twice, sure, but over and over again for three books? That’s just too much.
Nightfall by Jake Halpern 3/5
Nightfall has an exceedingly interesting premise. It takes place on an island where the sun sets every 28 years instead of every 24 hours. When the sun sets the people of the island sail south to live in the desert to escape the 14 years of darkness, but first they follow a very strict set of traditions that imply they are preparing the island for someone else, though no one is left alive who remembers why the do it. When three teens miss the boats and get left behind, they have the misfortune of meeting the creatures that take the island after nightfall.
Mostly I feel like this book is the victim of bad marketing. It was marketed as a creepy thriller, but it is really just more of a survival story than anything. The premise is still awesome, but I went in hoping for something different, so I ended up a bit disappointed. Nonetheless the plot is interesting, albeit a tad predictable, and it offers a good bit of suspense as you wonder if and how they could possibly escape the island. Definitely worth reading, and even better if you don’t go in expecting it to creep you out.
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That does it for this month’s wrap up. If you’ve read any of these books, or if you’re thinking about reading them, I’d love to chat with you about them in the comments! If you want to keep up with what I’m reading this month follow me on Goodreads and/or Instagram for updates! Show some love to the share clickies below, if you are so inclined, and if you want more from me please follow my little corner of the internet via the bloglovin button to the right!
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