I'm taking part in a challenge on Goodreads to read more "real" books this year instead of just reading ebooks.
In January I read 8!
October, AKA the month of me somewhat trying to actually read like an adult! So, some updates.
First, the YA portion: I had to read Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare for a challenge on Goodreads. I hate Cassandra Clare so this was a bit painful but I actually was able to do it! I also read Magic Steps by Tamora Pierce (meh, she's written better) and Spy Glass (Glass #3) by Maria V. Snyder which was definitely better than the other two books but still a 3-star read.
OK, adult books now! I read Dime Store Magic (Women of the Otherworld #3) by Kelley Armstrong. I like Kelley Armstrong and I like witches so I thought for sure that I would like DSM but again, just ok. While it was as interesting as a supernatural custody battle could be, could still have been a lot better and the main character was a bit irritating. Industrial Magic (book #4) was a lot better and had a more interesting plot and cast of characters. 4 stars!
For class I had to read Lame Deer, Seeker of Visions by John (Fire) Lame Deer, as well as Sundiatta, An Epic of Old Mali by D.T. Niane. Both are a bit unfair to rate because while I liked the stories and found them both really interesting, I ALSO had to read them for class which always brings down the enjoyment a bit because you know you have to analyze it in a specific way while reading it and have to keep a paper topic or test questions in mind. But I still definitely enjoyed reading them.
I also FINALLY read Gillian Flynn novels for the first time. I've been hearing about her for ages and have definitely been curious, but also a bit of a wimp because when it comes to reading, I feel things like fear super easily. Reading Gone Girl was a personal challenge, but what surprised me was that a few days later I read Dark Places too. After putting her off for a couple years, I read 2 in under a week. So, Gone Girl! It was interesting once I got past the bit boring first half, but once I got to the twist it picked up. Still didn't really like it much. And the ending left me really dissatisfied which actually made me worried about reading Dark Places. I gave GG 3 stars.
I liked Dark Places more. I read it at night only intending to read a few chapters, but ended up reading the whole thing in one sitting, which is always a good sign. I find it absolutely fascinating how Gillian Flynn really doesn't try to make her characters likable. Still, Libby did grow on me throughout the book. I'm also not usually a fan of multiple perspective but strangely didn't mind it here. Overall, I gave the book 3.5-4 stars.
I will try to post another update soon :)
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Trying to actually be a bit of an adult this month and try out some adult books and classics since I'm a bit tired of YA currently.
Hoping to read:
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (my first novel by her! I've heard good things)
Villette by Charlotte Bronte
Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood
Child of the Prophecy by Juliet Marillier
And then I'm also a bit behind on some books that came out recently that I've been meaning to read!
YA books to catch up on:
The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
Once We Were by Kat Zhang
The Bride Wore Size 12 by Meg Cabot
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
I might add more later but am trying (and failing!) to take it a bit slow since classes have recently started again.
Has anyone figured out how to edit entries? I've had some issues transferring my reviews over, including the fact that there are no longer spoiler tags so I want to give a spoiler warning at the top. I can't seem to figure it out.
Storm Born in a nutshell:
1. Some prophecy involving a son which makes it so that every magical creature wants to have sex with the main character in order to be the father of that son, making it so Eugenie has to constantly fight off various rape attempts. She's not the only one, though. Lots of mentions of humans being kidnapped and forced to become mistresses of the magical creatures.
2. A love triangle. I will say this, though. Most love triangles I don't care much about but I did feel this one more as I loathed her with one of the characters (and I have a feeling that they're going to be endgame) and liked her more with the other.
3. An identity crisis and some magic lessons, mostly to promote said love triangle.
4. SEX, SEX, AND MORE SEX!
5. Not much in the way of actual plot.