Got some surprise bookmail over the weekend ☺️
Last day of vacation book haul!
Just posted my full review of this. An interesting read, but ended up dragging out a little too much for my tastes.
Picked up one of my most anticipated reads of the year while out with book pals!
Trying to use my love of reading to learn some new stuff at work. Good idea, yes?
I am back!!! And recently finished what I‘m sure will be my favorite book of 2018. 😍
I‘ve loved everything I‘ve read by Stiefvater, so I was really looking forward to this. The writing was magnificent, as usual, but I just didn‘t feel very invested in the story until the last third of the book. Definitely worth a shot, but not quite my thing! ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5
I went into this hoping it would be good, but not expecting a lot and it blew me away. This is one of those books that I couldn't even stop to take notes during because I was so enthralled. I had to put it down a few times just to breathe. I adored this story every step of the way, but the end wrecked me. I had predicted half of the twist, but didn't see the other half coming. I'm really intrigued to see how Lu continues this series! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I didn't know what to expect in picking up this book, but Patricia Lockwood's writing blew me away from the start. She manages to tackle a variety of difficult topics with grace and humor. As an aspiring writer, I found myself inspired by Lockwood, who carries a notebook with her everywhere she goes, jotting down the oddities that escape from her parents' mouths. Definitely a good read, I'm glad I got my hands on it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
There's not much I can say about this that hasn't already been said. Leigh Bardugo builds an incredible world and introduces us to a (mostly) lovable cast of characters. I have not felt this immersed in a book in ages. I cannot wait to read the sequel and you better believe I'm adding the rest of Bardugo's books to my TBR. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is a beautifully written story about two middle school girls who develop a deep friendship with each other while learning lessons about life, interpersonal relationships, and writing. The characters are complex and relatable, the story is soft and heartwarming (although some deep issues are mentioned), and the lessons are applicable to everyone. I cannot recommend this book enough! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
(cw for alcoholism & domestic abuse)
This just didn't push the right buttons for me. I think my problem with it was that the plot moved too quickly and I was just extremely confused. I would probably enjoy it a lot more as a reread, maybe I'l pick it up again around Halloween. I'll definitely keep my eye out for Volume 2. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Overall somewhat interesting, but the subject of the book makes a lot of sexist comments and a handful of racist comments as well. It began to drag on after a bit and felt voyeuristic, using the real names of the deceased and revealing intimate information about them and their families. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Hopefully this is a typo 😂
Did the author say "hmm, do you think I can find the most sexist, fat-shamey, racist thing to include in this book?" and then proceed to do it?? This is horrifying and an unnecessary inclusion.
This is the final book in the Queen of the Tearling trilogy and I really enjoyed it! I didn't like the first very much, but loved the second, and really liked the third! I thought the plot progression was interesting, although I got confused at times, and I love the characters. I thought it was really nice to see more of the background of the Tearling. I'd definitely recommend this trilogy to fans of fantasy stories.
As of July 10th, I have already read as many books in 2017 as I read in the entirety of 2016! It's been so nice to start to prioritize reading again, and it's been wonderful having the bookish community at large supporting me 💕
One of the only classics I've actually read!!
Read the second book in the trilogy back in January and I can't wait to see how it all comes together!!
The three star rating is based on my personal enjoyment of the read, not an objective scale. I would 100% recommend this book to anyone who has read The Stranger by Camus. It provides a fascinating contrast and goes to show that there are many sides to every story. I struggled a bit with the meandering, rambling way it was written, but it served a purpose and it was well-done overall. Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
"Oh to be a pear tree--any tree in bloom. With kissing bees singing of the beginning of the world! She was sixteen. She had glossy leaves and bursting buds and she wanted to struggle with her life, but it seemed to elude her. Where were the singing bees for her?"
So true!! 😂😂😂 Currently bringing The Book Thief with me everywhere
So, uhhhhh, this is my TBR stack of owned-but-unread books 😅😅 What should I dig into next??
This was my second read and I didn't like it nearly as much as I did the first time.
The main character, Talia, was kind of a Mary Sue the main romance felt forced and random; the pacing of the story itself was weird. On the plus side, the world-building was good, the concept was really interesting, and there were several women loving women!!! It wasn't completely without its merits, but just wasn't really an enjoyable read for me.
Here are my June 2017 books! My favorite of the month was Everything, Everything. I'll post my tentative July TBR later. You can find my full June wrap-up post and my review at http://samesfoley.wordpress.com (wrap-up post to be published at 11am EST, y'all are getting a sneak peak!!)