1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
2. I very rarely listen to podcasts. I think the Eclectic Readers podcast was the most recent, but it‘s been quite a while, so I‘m not sure.
3. Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
Bf: Have you started reading American Gods yet?
Me: No, I‘m waiting on my hold. Still three weeks left.
Bf: Oh... Well, it‘s a good book. Let‘s just buy it.
Me: Okay 😂👌🏽
This was a tough read but a good one. I really felt for Sadie and I liked the way the podcast was used in the story. I‘ve seen a lot of complaints about the ending, but I personally thought it was perfect.
#booked2019 #relatedtoapodcast #catsoflitsy #Phoenix
I‘ve finished half the prompts for #booked2019 and have exceeded my Goodreads reading goal, but I have yet to start any of the books for my #friendrecchallenge. 😱 It is only three books though, so I‘ve got time at least. 😂 I do have one on hold at the library and I just downloaded this one, so I think I‘ll be starting one of them soon. 😁👍🏽
This wasn‘t really what I expected. I thought it would focus more on the murder than it actually did. I enjoyed the parts about the murder and trial and some of the parts that weren‘t directly related to that were entertaining/interesting. But I did find myself losing interest and skimming at times, and honestly, I can‘t really say I cared about any of the people in this book. 🤷🏽♀️
#booked2019 #nightorientedtitle #catsoflitsy #Phoenix
I haven‘t been on Litsy much over the past week or so because I was out of town for my little sister‘s college graduation! I am a very proud sister! 😄👏🏽❤️
On the book related side of things, despite being out of town for a week, I‘ve actually managed to get some reading done. I finished Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and have gotten about 25% into Sadie. I usually don‘t get any reading done on trips, so I‘m quite pleased with this.
I think I would have liked this a lot when I was a kid. Reading it as an adult, I did like it, but it didn‘t blow me away. It was cute. I loved the introduction to Willow during the flashback section at the beginning, but it lost me a bit after that. I knew some suspension of disbelief would be required, but I found some things just bugged my adult brain a little too much. 😅
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This was a bizarre read and it took me half the book to really get into it, but when I got to that point, I ended up liking it. I think this is one of those books that could benefit from a reread at some point now that I know what to expect from it.
#booked2019 #soldiersstory #catsoflitsy #Ember
I totally get why there are mixed reviews for this book. It is a challenge to read, requiring a lot of concentration. I had to really pace myself with it to avoid getting overwhelmed. But in spite of this, I really enjoyed it.
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This is one #unpopularopinion I truly did not expect to have. 🙁 I really enjoyed TNotW, so when I started this, I was fully convinced I would like it, but I didn‘t really. There were parts that I genuinely enjoyed, but then there was just so much that I didn‘t. I mostly liked the first part, but then it started to drag and things just went downhill. I can‘t really go into much else without spoilers, but I will say, Kvothe started getting ⬇️
After reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle last year and loving it, I really wanted to love this book too. I did enjoy the haunting aspect of the story. I wasn‘t expecting to be scared by it, and I wasn‘t, but I did enjoy its creepiness. On the downside however, I spent most of the book feeling irritated because the characters and their interactions with each other really grated on my nerves. 😩
I really like how easy it was for me to get sucked into this series. I had some issues with this one, but I still had fun with it, and I think it‘s a solid conclusion to the series.
#seriesread #booked2019 #NewIn2019 #catsoflitsy #Phoenix
Thank you so much again, @TheSpineView! I ended up getting these three books and preordering the tagged one. Her Body and Other Parties was one of my favorite books I read last year, and I‘d been wanting to add it to my personal library. The others I haven‘t read yet and I‘m really looking forward to them. 😄📚💕
I just... hmm... I have mixed feelings about this book. I did like parts of it, but the entire novel I vacillated between intrigue and boredom. During those moments of piqued interest, I would think maybe this is when I‘ll really get drawn into the story. But unfortunately, I never really did.
And Evicted has become the first (and hopefully only) casualty of the #holdalanche. I had four holds come in within two days of each other and I officially can‘t keep up. I was looking forward to reading Evicted, but since (unlike the other three) it has a short wait list and I‘m not sure if the #SABC group I was reading it for is even a thing anymore, I‘ve decided to return it for now and check it out again another time.
And to think I almost returned this to the library without reading it. 😱 I am so glad I went ahead and read it because this book was fantastic! I really enjoyed the relationship between Korede and Ayoola, as frustrating and twisted as it was, and I really like that while this book is fun and engaging on the surface, it‘s also got more substance to it and things to think about. I‘d highly recommend it. 😄👍🏽
The #holdalanche continues. 😬 I finished My Sister, the Serial Killer yesterday (review coming soon) and just started The Water Cure tonight, so once I‘ve put a good dent in that one, I‘ll move on to this. Thank goodness these first two have been fairly short. 😅
To be honest, all the negative reviews I saw for this book had me intrigued. 😂 I wasn‘t really sure what to expect going in in terms of liking or disliking this, but I was pleasantly surprised when the writing grabbed me right off the bat. That ended up being one of my favorite aspects of the book, although some descriptions were a little too crude for my taste. This story is very bleak, the characters flawed and ⬇️
1. Nay. I haven‘t actually tried it, but I‘m not really interested.
2. Seeing a toddler and blurting out, “I need a child,” in front of my boyfriend of only a month without any context. It made sense in my mind since I needed to collect a language sample from one for a class project, but I forgot he didn‘t know about that...
3. The tagged book has a few times.
4. Hopefully New York to see my sister graduate. 🤞🏽
Since I let my boyfriend change his pick, I gave the opportunity to my other two friends as well. One changed, the other didn‘t. I‘m not allowing anymore changes, so here are my finalized #friendrecchallenge books. Not sure which will be first, but I think I‘ll be starting on them soon.
It has arrived! Yesterday, actually. I‘m a little late posting. I love the bookmark and the pin! (I also like purple and that quote, so that was a lovely surprise. 😊) Thank you so so much, @TheSpineView! I will definitely be getting lots of reading pleasure from my prize! 💕 I‘ll post soon about the books I decide on. 😄 Thank you so much!
Yay! I actually got six prompts read this quarter for #booked2019! 😄
#FairyTaleRetelling: The Bear and the Nightingale
#NewToYouAuthor: Fox 8
#CliFi: The End We Start From
#Genrebusting: Friday Black
#BookGiftedToYou: The Fall of Hyperion
I must have jinxed myself with my last post. 😂 Oh, well. This wasn‘t bad or anything, it was just okay. I like the style it was written in and the juxtaposition of new motherhood and catastrophe. Unfortunately, I just felt like the story held me too much at a distance which kept me from really feeling for the characters.