What I’ve Been Reading Lately: September 2019

What I’ve Been Reading Lately: September 2019

I can’t believe that it’s already the middle of September! And luckily the books I’ve been picking up have been good. Don’t you love when you’re on a reading streak and every book you pick up is amazing? I wonder how long this will last because I know I’ll come across a dud soon enough.

It’s also coming onto Fall, which is every book reader’s favorite season. For me, I absolutely love reading Fantasy books in the Fall and this season has some of my most anticipated releases of the year! Yes, the entire year I’ve been waiting for this season. I’ve already shared a little on what to expect this season, so you’ll see more of that soon. For now, here’s what I read so far:

Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff

Probably the biggest book I read this month and it was an absolute trip. This is the final book in the Nevernight Chronicle and it’s a series that will definitely stay with me for a long time.

This series in general is about a young teenager named Mia who watched some pretty horrible things happen to her family and vowed revenge for them. But she’s just a teenager with no skills in revenge. That is until she meets Mercurio, an assassin for the Red Church. Mia grows and learns how to kill and finally enact her plans for revenge with her friends helping her along the way. The series follows her as she learns how to become an assassin until her final moments with the man who killed her father. It’s a pretty incredible dark fantasy with witty commentary and footnotes because the author is that extra.

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Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane

According to my Goodreads, I haven’t read a contemporary book in a minute, so I’m glad to have read this one after my huge hangover from Darkdawn.

This is the story of Georgina, a woman who recently lost her job, her boyfriend, and just ran into her first love who doesn’t even remember her. At first, I thought this was a romance novel, but it turns out to be much more than that. It’s more the story of a young woman coming of age at 30. I loved this book because it reminds me a lot of myself; a young person just trying to find that niche for herself while contending with the people who want to take her down (or really looking out for themselves).

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Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean

While I’m coming to terms with the historical romance genre (I’m learning I’m not a huge fan of balls and dukes and the same conversations of ruin), I still love Sarah MacLean’s Bareknuckle Bastards series.

This one in particular follows Hattie, a 29-year-old woman who is much to old to be married. Instead of becoming a spinster, Hattie has it to lose her virginity and take over her father’s business. But when her little brother gets into trouble with Whit aka Beast, she must go and fix this. Of course she didn’t expect to fall in love with Beast at the same time. Out of all the historical romance I’ve tried, this one gets me the most. I think it’s because it’s more interesting than another duke and another ruination making the story more complex and also sharing London’s underbelly than being about the ton.

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What have you been reading lately?

What I’ve Been Reading Lately

What I’ve Been Reading Lately

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Can you believe it’s already the middle of January? Sheesh! Since we’re at that point in the month, I wanted to check in and say “hi, how are you?” I also wanted to share what I’ve read so far and my thoughts on them.

While I’ve set myself for an ambitious reading year, my month has been moving at a glacial pace. I’m slightly behind in my TBR and it’s taking me a much longer time to read my books. Don’t know what that is about. Maybe it’s just the cold days or burnout or something.

Before I get into the books I read, I did want to mention that I started The Water Cure and ended up putting it on my DNF shelf. While the language was beautiful, I wasn’t a fan of the story. I feel like there was a golden opportunity to write a feminist dystopian novel, but what I got was a little cultish, a little boring, and a lot of beautiful language. Sorry, friends! Not in a place to read a novel like this.

The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin

So I started this book in 2018 and finished the book within the first day of 2019. I don’t know where this counts. Is it the last book I read in 2018 or is it the first book of 2019? Either way, I was a little disappointed in this one. While I’m still a huge fan of this series, I felt like this book moved slower than the first book. I almost feel like this book spends more time building the world than getting into the meat of the story. Second novels in series are meant to capture the audience and really start moving the plot, but this one felt like it was playing catch up. The ending did surprise me with how fast it was and it does set up the final book well. I just wish there was some more going on in this one.

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The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

This is the first novel in a new series by Roshani Chokshi. I was super excited when I first got the book, but then I sat down and almost finished the entire book in one day. It’s almost like a historical fantasy taking place in the 1880s in Paris and having some magical elements in it. It’s definitely on the fantasy end, but if you’re a fan of adventure-style stories like Six of Crows or even movies like National Treasure, then this one is for you. Also, let me talk about the representation in this book. Every person  is unique in their own way, brings something to the table, and it’s just a good old friendship times. Haha. I really loved this novel and I can’t wait to see what’s next!

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Sadie by Courtney Summers

This winter, I wanted to read a little more thrillers. I think everyone gets in the mood for something based on the seasons. For me, it’s thrillers in the winter. This book takes the popularity of serialized true crime podcasts and puts it into a story. What if you had special privilege and can read into their minds? We follow Sadie on her journey to oust her sister’s murderer, but also get backstory on what happened through the podcast. It’s a really intriguing book that unfolds all its secrets slowly. When you finally get to the end, you end up asking yourself “did Sadie finally get to him or did she die fighting for what she believed?” It’ll definitely warm your blood on those long winter nights.

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If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim

I just finished reading this book and it’s my first five-star review of the year. We follow Haemi, a young teenage girl, who is in love with her childhood best friend. However, that love is cut short when Jisoo comes courting her during the years before the Korean War. It’s a complex story about one family living in post-war Korea, but it’s representative of its time and beyond.

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What have you been reading this month?

 

What I’m Reading Wednesday/Author Spotlight – Octavia Butler

What I’m Reading Wednesday/Author Spotlight – Octavia Butler

Today is a very special Wednesday because not only is it the day I share my current reads with you, but this read is also an author spotlight of mine for November.

Octavia Butler has been on my reading list since I bought this Mind of My Mind t-shirt from Out of Print Clothing. I recall feeling a little sheepish buying a t-shirt of a book I’ve never heard of. However, I told myself that I would eventually read Octavia Butler and that time has finally come. I’m a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy especially when they’re written by women and women of color. Science fiction still feels like that one of those genres that’s dominated by white men and so I try my best to mix it up and include other authors of the genre.

However, what I’m learning about Octavia Butler has been blowing my mind.

I like to think of Octavia Butler as one of the earliest African American and female author of science fiction and fantasy. She’s been herald as ahead of her time writing about being a woman, being African American, being infringed, and being working class. She used her experiences growing up to help fuel the fire of her stories and the science fiction genre because it’s just so vast and the imagination is endless. She’s the first science fiction writer to be given the MacArthur Fellowship and a huge influence in the Black science fiction genre.

For my What I’m Reading Wednesdays, I’ll be exploring this genre and how that works with one of Octavia Butler’s iconic works, Kindred. I honestly feel like I’m learning so much just by picking up her novel. Here’s more on Kindred:

60931The first science fiction written by a black woman, Kindred has become a cornerstone of black American literature. This combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction is a novel of rich literary complexity.

Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life.

During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes the challenge she’s been given: to protect this young slaveholder until he can father her own great-grandmother.

So this book is hitting all my science fiction needs. It’s got time travel, which in and of itself is paradoxical. It’s got a young African-American woman as the main character. It has her traveling back in time to a very poignant time in African-American history.

I think I’m about to have my mind blown. Will you be reading along with me?

You can find KINDRED on Amazon.

 

 

 

 

What I’m Reading Wednesday – Spooktober Edition!

What I’m Reading Wednesday – Spooktober Edition!

Alright, folks. This weekend is the #8inBoo Read-a-thon over on Bookstagram. It’ll be hosted by the ladies of 25inFive and it’s going to be so fun!

What is a read-a-thon?

A read-a-thon is just a challenge to read as much as you can over the course of a few days. For example, 25inFive stands for “25 hours of reading over the course of 5 days.”

For 8inBoo, the challenge will be reading for 8 hours over the course of two days. The “boo” in this reference is because it’s freaking Halloween time and we’re going to read something scary. This weekend (October 19 – October 20) will be the weekend to die for.

Of course, you don’t have to read something scary, but I will. I don’t normally read horror or thriller fiction because I’m a huge baby and I can’t stand the scares. However, it’s a very important time of year where the folks of America scare the ever-living daylights out of each other in good cheer. I don’t get into that, but I do get into reading.

Here’s what I’ll be reading this year for #8inBoo

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What I’m Reading This Weekend – August 10, 2018

What I’m Reading This Weekend – August 10, 2018

Welcome to the weekend, folks!

I’m sorry for not responding to comments and posting as frequently. I have reasons for all of that and that includes moving! That’s right, I’LL BE MOVING AT THE END OF THE MONTH!

My husband and I decided to make the trek from New York to Los Angeles and we’ll be residing there soon. I cannot wait!

However, this means there will be a slight slowdown on the blog. I know you all love coming here and reading what’s up in my bookish world, so I’ll try to update as much as I can. For now, it’ll be a little bit slower until we’ve moved to our new place (and set up Internet).

For now, let’s take a look at what I’ll be reading this weekend!

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What I’m Reading This Weekend – July 27, 2018

What I’m Reading This Weekend – July 27, 2018

Happy Friday, everyone!

I know this week has been wrought with a ton of reviews, but I feel like I’ve picked up my reading game recently. I honestly think it’s also to do with the readathon I did over the weekend. I’m just in the mood to read. I’ve got some blog posts unrelated to book reviews coming up. I just need to take the time to write them. Lol.

And this weekend is no exception. I’ve put together a great list of books to read throughout the weekend and into next week. Are any of these on your list? Will you be reading along with me?

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What I’m Reading This Weekend – July 20, 2018

What I’m Reading This Weekend – July 20, 2018

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you’re all ready for another weekend filled with reading and possibly other things, but mostly reading. Here’s what I’ll be reading this weekend!

All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

I’m such a CoHort, so I need to pay homage to my favorite romance writer. I think to date, I’ve read four Colleen Hoover books (Ugly Love, Confess, November 9, and It Ends With Us), so this will make it book number five. Here’s what it’s about:

38926487Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

It’s finally time for me to read this book instead of telling everyone that I had. I wanted to really catch up on my Fantasy series this summer and I need to finally bite the bullet and do it. So I’m starting with an oldie that already has a movie (that failed) and a TV show (that did well, but ultimately got canceled). I’ll probably watch both after I finish it, but I need to read the first one first! Here’s some more about what’s it about:

256683When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

It’s also finally time for me to read some thrillers in the summer. While I definitely loved reading Carolines Kepnes’s Providence, I decided to take the advice of Abby from @crimebythebook and read The Snowman. While this is more crime fiction than thriller, I’m willing to try out anything that might be interesting and a good read. I think the last time I read crime fiction possibly was 2002 and I read one of Patricia Cornwall’s books for Forensics class. I hope this isn’t like those mass markets from over 10 years ago. Also, please don’t do the math on how old I am. Here’s more about the book:

9572203One night, after the first snowfall of the year, a boy named Jonas wakes up and discovers that his mother has disappeared. Only one trace of her remains: a pink scarf, his Christmas gift to her, now worn by the snowman that inexplicably appeared in their yard earlier that day.  Inspector Harry Hole suspects a link between the missing woman and a suspicious letter he’s received. The case deepens when a pattern emerges: over the past decade, eleven women have vanished—all on the day of the first snow. But this is a killer who makes his own rules . . . and he’ll break his pattern just to keep the game interesting, as he draws Harry ever closer into his twisted web. With brilliantly realized characters and hair-raising suspense, international bestselling author Jo Nesbø presents his most chilling case yet—one that will test Harry Hole to the very limits of his sanity.