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Books Of The Month | April 2017

I wonder if I wrote more words or read more this month. Either way here’s how my April unfolded.


What I Finished:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

One phrase description:

It gets better.

Quote:

“We need hope, or else we cannot endure.”

My general thoughts:

I technically finished this in March a couple days after I published my book blog post. I think that’s a testament to how much I enjoyed ACOFTAR, especially the ending. It took me a few chapters to get acquainted with the new world and characters. I’m so used to the Throne of Glass books, and so I found myself comparing this novel to her other works. Personally I like her writing. It’s descriptive enough for me to get a sense of the world but not too descriptive that I get impatient, wishing something would happen already.


Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

One phrase description:

It got faster.

Quote:

“Sometimes justice was all about the small victories.”

My general thoughts:

I found it hard to get into at first. I needed some time to adjust to the world and all the characters. But the story picked up its pace. I was a bit confused at the beginning. Thankfully things made more sense as the novel went on.


Last Man Standing by David Baldacci

One phrase description:

It got crazier.

Quote:

“At some point you have to live your life the way you want to.”

My general thoughts:

I had a great time with this novel. I didn’t see many of the twists and turns coming. It had a good amount of action, mystery, and suspsense. I liked that the main character, Web, has many issues. He works through some of them throughout the novel. It made for a more realistic story.


What I’m Currently Reading:

Symbol of Treason by Natalya Orekhov

First impressions:

Aside from some formatting and grammatical errors, the writing isn’t that bad. Most of the characters seem to have their demons and a less than ideal past. It’d be interesting to see how they deal with their problems.


What I Want To Read Next Month:

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

Why: 

I had the hardest time deciding what to read next. I’m going with this one because why not. 


Next month I hope to start reviewing books individually. I’m announcing this on here because online accountability has worked in the past. Don’t fail me in the future.

Happy reading in May!

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Reading

Books Of The Month | March 2017

There goes another month. 2017 needs to slow down. Now that I’ve finished all my assigned English novels, I might take it easy for a few months reading wise. Or maybe I won’t. I don’t know what will happen. I’m not a fortune teller. But I can tell you all about my past. Starting with the books I read in March.


What I Finished:

Diary of a Bad Year by J.M. Coetzee

One phrase description:

An interestingly formatted novel.

Quote:

“Authority must be earned.”

My general thoughts:

I liked it. I didn’t love it. I found it hard to read at first, since the novel is broken up into three different sections on one page and sometimes they carry over onto the next. So I had no idea how to read the book. I still don’t. It was a different reading experience to say the least.


Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

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One phrase description:

It’s like going back to high school.

Quote:

“So many things become beautiful when you really look.”

My general thoughts:

I’m not sure if I read this book many years ago. Either my memory fails me or I didn’t read it at all. Regardless my mind just loves playing tricks on me. I’m pretty sure I borrowed Before I Fall from the library, however. I probably still have the receipt.

Anyhow, I felt like the concept had potential. Concept being the main character lives the same day over and over again. I didn’t like the main character much, although she does become a bit more likeable as the story progresses. Thank goodness.


Looking for Alaska by John Green

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One phrase description:

Unexpected questions.

Quote:

“You just use the future to escape the present.”

My general thoughts:

I had high expectations going in. And while I wasn’t disappointed, I found it hard to get into at first. It started somewhat slow in my opinion. The ending not so much.

For some reason, I kept seeing parallels between this and Norwegian Wood. They aren’t that alike. To be fair though I read both around the same time. Being an English student and a recreational reader at the same time isn’t easy. 


Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

One phrase description:

More than just a love story.

Quote:

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”

My general thoughts:

I love this novel. Love the characters. Love the writing. Love the story. It was relatable in many ways. And an easy read if you ask me. Then again no one asked me.


What I’m Currently Reading:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

First impressions:

I’m enjoying it thus far. I keep comparing this novel to Throne of Glass. I’m not sure which book I like more. I’ll try to get back to you on that when I finish ACoTaR. No promises.


What I Want To Read Next Month:

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Why: 

It seems like something I’d enjoy. I hope I’m right.


Alas, April is almost upon us…

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