WWW Wednesday – October 18th

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WWW Wednesday is weekly book event hosted by Taking on A World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Current Read: Tempest By Julie Cross. 

I have a lot of books that I’m reading right now, but to make it easy I decided to just post about the one I know I’ll finish soon. This book has been both boring and interesting, and has an awful main character.  I’ll have a review up for this one some point in the month.

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Finished Read: All The Things I’ve Done By Gabrielle Zevin.

I finished this book on Monday. I started off really liking the story, but the ending was fairly cliche. That said I think the cover is kinda cool, or maybe I’m just a fan of chocolate. 😉 I’ll be reviving it on the blog soon.

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Next Read: A Touch Morbid By Leah Clifford.

I’ve had this one on my TBR for years and years and finally decided to just get it from the library. It’ll be due in a couple days so I plan on reading this book probably tomorrow or the day after. We’ll see how it goes. 🙂

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That’s all for this week! What are you currently reading? Have you finished any good books this week?

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September Reading Wrap-Up

Here we are, the end of another month which means it’s time to write a wrap-up post! September’s total was 15 books, so better than last month but still not as good as I usually read. I also read a lot of books that I didn’t like. I’m really hoping to read more 4-5 star books this month!

1 Star: 5 books. I’ve reviewed all of these now, Nemesis and Cin were for NetGalley, One Dark Throne was for Edelweiss.  The other two were from my 2012 TBR.

2 Stars: 3 books. These books were alright, I’ve reviewed both Under the Never Sky and Eight Grade Bites. The third book I’m not planning on reviewing as it is nonfiction. But I will say that I mostly didn’t like the writing style and decided to stop reading it because of that.

3 stars: 3 books. These were interesting books, but ones that had a few things I didn’t like. My review for Three Dark Crowns can be found here. Prince of Foxes will be reviewed soon, I can say though that I enjoyed the writing style a lot! The third book is again nonfiction and so I probably wont be reviewing it.

4 Stars: 2 books. Ugh I wish I had read more 4-5 star books this month! But as it is these two have my full recommendation. Poison Study is a fantastic book. Celebrating the Seasons of Life is a nonfiction book, but it looks into the pagan roots for holidays and it was really interesting.

5 Stars: 2 books. Tomorrow I will be reviewing A Storm of Swords, it was so good! And the ending had me needing the next book asap.  The Hate U Give I reviewed earlier this month, and it was amazing, I cried.

So there you have it! What books did you read this month? Are you going to make your yearly reading goal? 

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten LGBTQA+ Characters

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog event hosted by The Broke and Bookish. 

Today I’m going to a mixture of my favorite LGBTQA+ characters, and some characters that I desperately want to read about. Hope you all enjoy!

1. Of course on this list has to be Monty from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. It’s so hard to find books with bisexual males, but you guys this book is fucking amazing. Funny, well written, fantastic!

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2. This list would be dismal without at least one mentioning of Saga by Brian K. Vaughan. The last few issues have been focusing more closely on the trans character Petrichor, and she’s quickly becoming one of my favorites.  She’s smart, badass and super sarcastic.

3. This book didn’t have a have a huge LGBTQA+ plot, it was more subplot, but I still loved it.  It’s about grief and moving on and friendships, and it’s really well written.

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4. Weird Girl and What’s His Face was not only a great book about figuring out your attractions, but also was a great book for X-File lovers. 😀

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5. I wrote a review of this book earlier this year, you can check it out here.  Despite not liking some of the religious themes, I still recommend this book and did enjoy reading it a lot.

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6. This is a book I have not read yet, but I’d really like to! It has a bisexual main character so what more could I want? 😉

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7. This book has an asexual main character! Plus also I’m a huge fan of Tolstoy.

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8. If I Was Your Girl is a book I’ve been wanting to read for ages, but haven’t been able to get my hands on it yet. The main character is trans, and it sounds like a really well written story.

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9. I enjoyed Adam’s first book, so when I heard he was publishing a second one I immediately put it on my list!

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10.  And last but not least, I’ve been dying to read the to  read The Inexplicable Logic of My Life. I’ve enjoyed Saenz’s first book and I think this one will be just as great!

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So there you go! That’s my list, let me know if you’ve read any of these books and enjoyed them. Also be sure to leave a link to your TTT and I’ll stop by your blog! 🙂

Under The Never Sky – By Veronica Rossi

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Goodreads Synopsis: Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she’s never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He’s searching for someone too. He’s also wild – a savage – but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other’s best hope for finding answers. 

Find on Goodreads and Amazon.

The cover is pretty, what can I say? I sometimes pick up books just because of the cover. 😀

Reading Under The Never Sky went about as well as you’d expect from the synopsis. It was a quick read, though I did end up skimming the last quarter of the book.  It’s the type of book that could have been pretty interesting, if the cliches hadn’t been used.
I enjoyed the world of this book, though I admit I was very confused by it as well. I never quite understood what had happened to the world, some sort of an apocalypse changed our world, but why or how? I’m not sure. Also now people have special abilities, but how that was possible I didn’t understand either.  There’s also a lot of unexplained technology used by the people in the domes.

As for the characters, they were pretty forgettable. Aria is a self-righteous brat as well as being super boring. I never cared for her, I didn’t care if she found her mother or not. Everything had to be about her and that got boring real fast. Perry has a lot of macho fights for power with his brother that were boring as hell. Then he got a little better once he was away from his brother and found Aria. He wasn’t as much of a dick as he could have been.

Overall the best thing about this book is the cover.  I ended up giving the book 2 stars on Goodreads.

 

Reading Wrap-Up August 2017

Wow this month was not a good month for me reading-wise. I guess I was a little distracted this month. I’ve been doing more editing, and working on my poetry. But also my birthday was this month and Grant and I went to the coast for it. Anyway, I read 13 books this month. Unfortunately no 5 star reads, but not as many low stars either. Also I’m still ahead of my reading goal, I’m currently at 194 books of 250. Once I reach 200 I’m considering moving my goal up to 300, but I haven’t decided if that’s a good idea or not. What do you think?

1 Star Reads: The Treatment and The Reader I both DNF. The Reader was too cliche and predictable, The Treatment all about a stupid love triangle. Full reviews to come.

 

2 Star Reads: I’ve already reviewed this book on the blog. You can check that out here. 

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3 Star Reads: I’ve reviewed some of these books already. The Valiant was the last book I read this month, and it was pretty good. Parts of it were better than I thought they would be, other parts were a bit too coincidental.

4 Star Reads: I really enjoyed reading all of these books.  The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is every bit as good as people say it is. Bitch Planet interesting comic, as ever. I will be doing reviews for these books in the next few weeks. I reviewed Maud: The Life of L.M. Montgomery last week.


And there you go! So what did you read this month? Are you happy with your reading goals? 

The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson – By Jerome Charyn

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Goodreads Synopsis: What if the old maid of Amherst wasn’t an old maid at all? Her older brother, Austin, spoke of Emily as his “wild sister.” Jerome Charyn, continuing his exploration of American history through fiction, has written a startling novel about Emily Dickinson in her own voice, with all its characteristic modulations that he learned from her letters and poems. The poet dons a hundred veils, alternately playing wounded lover, penitent, and female devil. We meet the significant characters of her life, including her tempestuous sister-in-law, Susan Gilbert; her brooding father, Edward; and the Reverend Charles Wadsworth, who may have inspired some of her greatest letters and poems. 

Find on Goodreads and Amazon.

Every time I go to the Sylvia Beach Hotel I try to read a book from the room I’m staying in. For my birthday Grant and I stayed in the Emily Dickinson room and there I found this book. I didn’t have many hopes for the book, but I liked the cover.

The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson read much like a bad fanfiction. It’s like Charyn had a crush on Dickinson and then decided to write a romance between her and several characters that he based all on himself.

This book barely focuses on the fact that Emily was a poet, and a brilliant one at that. She hardly ever spends time writing, but instead goes around falling in love with any half decent man. She goes from one romance to the next and it gets boring rather quickly. On top of that it’s not even well written. There are too many coincidences. Too many cliches. Sure the prose is good, but it wasn’t enough to make up for the rest of the book.

In the end I gave this book two stars on Goodreads.