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October Mini-Review Recap

Heeeyyyy there October, you were pretty nice to me.

I read 11 books in October! First time this year in the double-digits, I believe. Were some of those books ridiculously short? Yes, but so what. Also managed 57 issues of comics because I finally finished my damn The Walking Dead: Compendium One re-read.

Alright, so let’s see what I thought of the books.

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Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed – Heartbreaking and wonderful and I need my own copy. Audiobook was pretty enjoyable, but let to tearing up while driving sometimes.

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When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James – Ha! Fun romance that toyed with the “beauty and the beast” mythology with a little bit of Dr. House mixed in. Will read more of Eloisa James.

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The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike #2) by JK Rowling (ahem Robert Galbraith, stupid alias…) – Such a fun and interesting series and I’m annoyed now because the third book is out and I’m number 60 on the waiting list at the library. And it’s not even available for me on Overdrive. The wait it driving me nuts.

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Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – Delightfully fun and ridiculous; I flew through the 500+ pages. Excited to read the sequel soon.

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Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – Good novel, sad since it’s about an abusive dad. I didn’t love the ending though.

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Under the Skin by Michel Faber – This is my second Faber, and if it had been my first I don’t think I would’ve sought out anything else by him. The more I reflect on it the more I appreciate it, but for a good chunk of the book I had no idea what the hell was going on. Creepy.

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Cybersexism by Laurie Penny – Lots of head-nodding in agreement, but would’ve liked it to be longer and more in-depth.

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor – LOVED this sci-fi novella. Go read it.

Hell-Heaven by Jhumpa Lahiri – A short story really, but it was good. I don’t know why I haven’t read more Lahiri.

A Leaf on the Wind of All-Hallows by Diana Gabaldon – This is an Outlander novella that I’ve read before, but re-read via audio thanks to Scribd. As you can guess, good for Halloween time. I can’t wait to re-read the whole series soon, I miss it.

Memories of My Melancholy Whores by Gabriel García Márquez – My “book translated to English” for the Book Riot “Read Harder” challenge. Kind of disturbing, but maybe a good intro to his work? Sadly, I haven’t read any others yet. I read this in about a day and forgot to take a picture of it before getting to back to the library. Whoops.

Stats time!

STATS – BOOKS

Books read: 11

Female authors: 8 (73%)

Non-white authors: 5 (45%)

Format breakdown: 3 print, 6 e-book, 2 audiobook

STATS – COMICS (including writers and illustrators)

Issues read: 57

Female authors/illustrators: 0 (OUCH)

Non-white authors/illustrators: 6

Format breakdown: 8 print, 49 e-book

Comics stats are not great this month. No ladies! And that’s an awful lot of digital, but again, that damn TWD Compendium. I had it on my Kindle Fire thanks to an old Humble Bundle purchase. I don’t think I could’ve read that giant thing if it hadn’t been in digital form.

Lots of good books this month! Have you read any of them?

~Sarah

 

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September Mini-Review Recap

Kudos September, you didn’t suck! Life in general has gotten less crazy, and I managed to read 7 books and 23 issues of comics. Woo-hoo!

The New Jim Crow

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander – Probably the most important book that you need to read right now. Seriously, you need to read it.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid – A man in Pakistan tells an American stranger about his time living in NYC, before and after 9/11. Definitely worth the read.

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You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day – Maaaaan… Felicia Day is great. She’s funny and smart and this look at her life and how she got to become a celebrity known for her geekdom was really fun.

Secondhand Souls

Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore – Wooooo, new Christopher Moore book! This is the sequel to A Dirty Job, and it was a fun, weird ride like all of his books are. I do kiiiinda feel like his newer books are a little heavy on the more crude humor than his older stuff – kind of like how The Hangover was a pretty good movie, but then The Hangover 2 was just too over the top and tried too hard. Moore will always have a special place in my heart though and I’ll probably read everything the dude writes, cause it’s always good for a laugh.

Shatter Me

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – I needed a “book written by someone when they were under 25” pick for Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge, and I had heard positive things about this and it was on Scribd, so I gave it a go. The main character can kill someone just by touching them, and she HATES that – and now someone wants to use her as a weapon. Fun stuff, will probably read the rest of the series for fun. I REALLY liked the writing, especially in the beginning.

Why Not Me

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling – Another famous lady memoir! I adore Mindy Kaling. Just absolutely adore her. This collection of essays is more thoughtful and mature, with the same Kaling humor. It’s fabulous on audio, but I’ll definitely be picking up a print copy for myself to own.

Sorcerer to the Crown

Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho – Zacharias is the Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers in England, and the other magicians don’t think he’s fit for the role, given his color. But he has other things to worry about – mainly, figuring out why the magic in England is decreasing. Penelope is a feisty woman who also happens to be a naturally excellent magician – a shock to all because shock! gasp! women aren’t supposed to do magic. Together they tackle the problems at hand, and it’s DELIGHTFUL.

Alright, now let’s take a look at dem stats.

STATS – BOOKS

Books read: 7

Female authors: 5 (71%)

Non-white authors: 5 (71%)

Format breakdown: 5 print, 1 e-book, 1 audiobook

STATS – COMICS (including writers and illustrators)

Issues read: 23

Female authors/illustrators: 10

Non-white authors/illustrators: 6

Format breakdown: 18 print, 5 e-book

So that’s cool. I did quit one book, it was a novel about superheroes, the main character was a crazy strong, indestructible female and the book was written by a male… and it started to feel a little pervy. The main character’s shirt and pants kept getting torn to shreds, showing her bra or her ass…  And then the main character actually said something along the lines of “Sometimes I think I should just not even bother with clothes” and I threw my arms in the air and DNF-ed that shit.

Have you read any of these yet? Read anything you really enjoyed (or really hated) in September?

~Sarah

 

 

 

 

Reviewlettes: The Summer Prince, Missoula, Shadowshaper

I don’t have the focus for full-fledged reviews right now. And you probably don’t want to read them! So let’s just do some reviewlettes – smaller than normal individual reviews, possibly with bullet points, but slightly longer than mini-reviews. And I’m not going to summarize plots here- you can get that on Amazon or Goodreads or something.

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The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson – I picked this up because it seemed summer-y (summer is literally in the title) and fun, and lots of people on the internets liked it. They were right.

LOVED

  • Women primarily in power
  • Sexuality, masturbation, and sexual activity treated in a matter-of-fact, not taboo way
  • Interesting thinky bits about technology and how far it can or should be integrated into our lives
  • Characters I got attached to

DIDN’T LOVE

  • Took me a while to build the world in my head. I needed more clear-cut information. Sometimes info dumps are a good thing.
  • Not 100% how the election system works. Seems like a king is voted for every five years. After the first year, the queen publicly kills him. The king has something to do with choosing the next queen.
  • If the kings aren’t supposed to have much power, why let them choose the next queen? Why not just not have kings at all?

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Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer – I had been wanting to read this basically since it came out, and it finally because available on Overdrive. I think I’ll probably buy a copy eventually… there was a lot of meat.

LIKED

  • Krakauer’s delicate handling of the rape victims and cases
  • Lots of facts that can easily be looked up, especially about acquaintance rape
  • Engrossing – in that horrible, terrifying way that makes you never want to leave the house
  • Should be a must-read for everyone, men and women alike

DIDN’T LIKE

  • Sometimes Krakauer was blatantly a little less-objective in how we wrote about the lawyers defending the accused men. I have HUGE problems with the legal system and the way that lawyers try to attack the character of victims, witnesses, etc. But you know… it’s their job, and the system allows them to behave like that. No reason to try to paint an evil picture – the justice system does that on it’s own.

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Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older – Have been looking forward to this for months! Well worth the wait. Making my sisters read it next.

LOVED

  • Fantastic characters
  • Really well-written teenage FEMALE main character (seriously, kudos dude)
  • Fun and interesting concept for magic based in spirituality/ghosts
  • Self-contained story that doesn’t need a sequel… though I wouldn’t be opposed to one…

DIDN’T LOVE

  • I wish there had been more shadowshaping – seeing art literally come to life is such a fun idea!

There we go, all caught up! Maybe it’s because I’m just getting back into the swing of things with blogging… but that was a lot more fun than sitting and writing three separate long reviews. So whatcha think, have you read any of these? Any of them on your radar?

~Sarah

January Mini-Review Recap!

Total books read in January: 13!

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Yay me.

BTW, sorry this recap is a bit late. I ummm, kind of forgot about it. Oops.

I am super psyched that I read over a dozen books in January, even if they were a lot of graphic novels, but it’s depressing to me that we’re now a little over a week in February and I’ve only finished 1 book and 2 short graphic novels. Le sigh.

Anyways. Let’s see the teeny tiny thoughts on what I read!

Kinslayer

Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff – This is the sequel to Stormdancer, and it was really intense and there were some parts that made me crack up, and some really exciting new characters. I can’t wait for the third book (which is due out in September, I believe).

A Matter of Life, Jeffrey Brown

A Matter of Life by Jeffrey Brown – Short and well drawn, and I related to the author’s shift away from religion and more towards science as a thing to believe in. This was a tad disorganized though.

Buck

Buck by M.K. Asante – Absolutely brilliant memoir about the author growing up in Philadelphia. It was disturbing and beautiful, and I HIGHLY recommend it.

Boxers and Saints

Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang – I loved the concept of this companion graphic novel set, and really liked the art, but I was underwhelmed by the books in general.

Chew

Chew: Volume 1 by John Layman and Rob Guillory – I LOVED THIS. It’s about a guy who gets physic impressions from things he eats, and it’s set in a world where chicken is outlawed and there’s a chicken black market, and it was just so weird and fun. Can’t wait to read the entire series.

Smarter Than You Think

Smarter Than You Think by Clive Thompson – Really intelligent and thought-provoking about how humanity has dealt with new developments in communication and technology in the past, and how we can continue to use the new tools at our disposal in effective ways. VERY awesome book, I even bought my own copy.

Anya's Ghost

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol – Adorable and yet slightly creepy graphic novel about a girl’s struggle to fit in, and her befriending a ghost. Liked it.

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Virgins by Diana Gabaldon – This is a short story in a new anthology out called Dangerous Women, and it’s based on Gabaldon’s Outlander series, which is of course why I read it. Love seeing young Jamie and Ian get into trouble together.

The Humans

The Humans by Matt Haig – An alien comes to Earth disguised as one of us, and learns what it means to be human. This was quirky and hilarious and touching. Looooved it.

Packing for Mars Mary Roach

Packing for Mars by Mary Roach – Really weird, learned lots of gross stuff, but overall I found it to be not exactly what I was hoping for.

The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison – Brilliant. Just go read it.

Fool by Christopher Moore

Fool by Christopher Moore – Funny, strange, and endearing. I am SO excited that there’s a sequel coming out in April.

Whew! I am really happy with the mix of books in January – Classics, humor, graphic novels, non-fiction, fantasy, etc. Awesome.

Also, some stats! Because I’m trying that whole “read more ladies and non-white folks” thing:

Books by female authors: 4 out of 13. Not so great.

Books by non-white authors: 6 out of 13.  That’s roughly half, so yay.

Let’s hope that February picks up the pace and that I can work more lady authors into my mix.

Have you read any of these? Any on your TBR?

~Sarah

October Mini-Review Recap!

Alright so overall, I wasn’t too pleased with my October reading.

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I read 11 books in October, plus 1 e-book novella. So let’s see my teeny tiny thoughts about them…

You Suck Christopher Moore

You Suck: A Love Story by Christopher Moore – This is the sequel to Bloodsucking Fiends, and a reread for me, because it’s fun and awesome.

 

The Returned Jason Mott

The Returned by Jason Mott – Cool premise of dead people no longer being dead, but poorly executed and too much focus on religion. Disappointing.

 

The Stranger Albert Camus

The Stranger by Albert Camus – A classic, really thought-provoking and interesting account of one man being on trial for murder and being judged more by his personality than any evidence. I liked it.

 

Six Easy Pieces

Six Easy Pieces by Richard Feynman – Short science book that takes excerpts from The Feynman Lectures on Physics as a way to dip your toes into the subject matter. I really like Feynman and his way of explaining things.

 

My Brief History Hawking

My Brief History by Stephen Hawking – A short and concise little autobiography by Hawking himself. I really liked learning more about him, and now I’m really looking forward to reading his other non-fiction books.

The Sigh by Marjane Satrapi – This was a tiny little fairy tale kind of book by the author of Persepolis. It was okay, nothing to write home (blog?) about.

 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – Quick, creepy, and entertaining. Really cool that the author built a novel around a bunch of weird, disturbing photographs.

 

Red Seas Under Red Skies

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch – This is the sequel to The Lies of Locke Lamora. I LOVE THESE BOOKS SO MUCH.

 

Amped

Amped by Daniel H. Wilson – This is a sci-fi book that was a quick read, but not fun or enjoyable. Poorly written.

 

The Corrections

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen – Worst book I’ve read in a LONG time. TERRIBLE. If someone tries to hand you this book, shove them and run in the opposite direction.

 

Horns by Joe Hill

Horns by Joe Hill – Captivating, well-written story with a supernatural sheen to it. One of my favorites this month.

Countdown: A Newsflesh Novella by Mira Grant – This was a short e-book that I read on my phone, and it’s a GREAT prequel to the Newsflesh trilogy. It shows exactly how the virus came about and how it spread. Very cool.

 

So there we have it. It seems like a lot I guess, but so many of these were short little reads so I guess that’s why I feel like it wasn’t much? I don’t know. But you know, I’ve had worse months so I’m not gonna sweat it. Have you read any of these? Are any on your TBR?

~Sarah

 

 

 

 

September Mini-Review Recap!

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Basically me in September.

Ugh, you guys. September was a big bowl of suck, reading-wise. I had a LOT of distractions – moving, being sick, the honeyman being home more because of job changes, starting at my part-time job again… OY. So this is going to be pretty short, because I only managed to read 6 freaking books.

Empire Falls

Empire Falls by Richard Russo – Literary fiction that’s gotten great reviews, but REALLY wasn’t my jam. I had some big, personal issues with the characters, and I kind of dragged myself through it.

The Lies of Locke Lamora

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – By far the best book of the month, and one of the best fantasy novels I’ve ever read! I’m really excited to start the sequel soon, Red Seas Over Red Skies.

Stiff

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach – Some really interesting non-fiction about human cadavers, by the famous Mary Roach. I enjoyed this, but I’m really looking forward to reading some of her other books, which I think I’ll like even more. (Also, this was one of my R.I.P. VIII selections!)

Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Quick, engaging, and charming, so I liked it a lot. But out of Rainbow’s Rowell’s three books out so far, this one has been my least favorite.

Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, Birute Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks – This was yet another non-fiction graphic novel, and it was about women primatologists who made big advances in studying monkeys. It was informative and a pretty quick read, but doesn’t hold a candle to Jim Ottaviani’s book about Richard Feynman.

 

Beloved

Beloved by Toni Morrison – This was another R.I.P. VIII pick, as well as a Classics Club pick. And it’s my first Morrison novel! It was really good, though I can’t say it was enjoyable – rather, it was striking and disturbing and wretchedly sad, which I guess was kind of the point.

And though I wouldn’t count it was a book because it was more like a short story or novella that I read in about an hour or two, I also read San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats, which was a Newsflesh novella by Mira Grant that I reluctantly read on the Kindle app on my phone. It was good, although I can’t say it added much to the larger story. It was just cool to see the zombie apocalypse hit Comic Con.

And that’s all I managed! I had also started reading The Passage by Justin Cronin, but I’m about 300 pages in and haven’t picked it up in over a week, so it’s not likely that I’ll finish it. And I’m pretty sure there are a few more that I started and put down again after only a few pages. My attention span lately has been so crappy.

How was your reading in September? Fit any good books in?

~Sarah

April Mini-Review Recap!

Alrighty then! It’s time for the itty-bitty flash reviews for the books I read in April. I read 13 books last month! Well, 13.5 if you count the book I DNF’ed. Crazy good reading month.

 

Fabricated 3D printing

Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing by Hod Lipson & Melba Kurman – Fascinating brand new book about a really cool, exciting technology. Very readable (not a lot of technical jargon). If I had extra thousands of dollars laying around, I’d totally invest in 3D printing.

Peter Clines

Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines – Unique take on the zombie apocalypse, as it involves superheroes trying to keep the remains of humanity safe. I’m eager to read the sequel.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling – Love it, obviously. Finished this for the readalong, and you can see all my HP readalong posts here.

the wednesday letters

The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright – Horrible and preachy. Worst book I read in April. And possibly for the whole year.

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (DNF) – I think I made it about 130 pages into this book, and I just couldn’t bring myself to finish. Characters were all really whiny and annoying.

shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare – Fun, short classic play that I’m kind of surprised I enjoyed. Highly recommend the “Shakespeare Made Easy” or “No Fear Shakespeare” books.

Nexus

Nexus by Ramez Naam – Good sci-fi premise and I liked it more than I thought I would. Got really action-packed in the second half. Looking forward to the sequel, Crux.

the disaster diaries

The Disaster Diaries: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apocalypse by Sam Sheridan – All the prepping! Very informative book about learning the skills to be prepared in emergency and disaster situations.

the hero's guide to saving your kingdom

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy – Fun, campy kid’s book that puts a very different twist on the fairy tale genre. Goofy, quick read. Probably going to wait until my nephews are 9 or 10 to share it with them.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling – Once again, of course I love it. HP readalong posts here. With so many GIFs!

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My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road With Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs by Brian Switek – Really enjoyable, knowledge-packed, and funny non-fiction book about dinosaurs. I definitely recommend it, even if you think you aren’t into dinosaurs. 

the song of achilles madeline miller

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – Really sweet love story about Patroclus and Achilles. A bit tragic of course, ’cause it’s the ancient Greeks.

Holes Louis Sachar

Holes by Louis Sachar – So good and awesome and all the cool kids should read it. Also, the movie is perfect in that it is almost word-for-word exactly like the book.

Thursday Next

Something Rotten (Thursday Next #4) by Jasper Fforde – Another fantastically bizarre addition to the Thursday Next series. Fforde knows how to bring the smart and quirky.

 

BAM. There it is. All the April books and my tiny thoughts about them. Have you read any, or are any of these on your TBR list?

~Sarah

March Mini-Review Recap!

March ended up being pretty awesome! I read 11.5 books in March, so this might be a bit lengthy. But that’s okay, because the reviews are so teeny!

 

Warm Bodies

 

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion – Surprisingly wonderful zombie story that’s also kind of a love story. Fantastic writing, can’t wait for a sequel from the author. Also, the movie was different but also pretty great.

 

eleanor and park

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – SUPER awesome book set in the 80’s about two teens awkwardly and beautifully experiencing first love. Rainbow Rowell is a genius.

 

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray – Really fun classic about how much people suck, particularly in high society. It’s rare that a classic actually makes me laugh out loud, but this one did. And I love how crazy and mean Becky Sharp is.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling – For the HP readalong. This is one of the best of the series, so I obviously still love it. I don’t feel like linking to the individual blog posts, but you can check out all my awesome HP readalong posts here.

 

diana gabaldon

The Space Between by Diana Gabaldon – This is actually an 80+ page short story that was recently released in an anthology, but it was SO interesting and I really cannot wait for the newest Outlander book.

 

the iron jackal

The Iron Jackal by Chris Wooding (Tales of the Ketty Jay #3) – This series is awesome, and the third book is no exception. READ THEM NOW PLEASE. Action and wit and endearing moments galore.

 

molokai

Moloka’i by Alan Brennert – A touching historical fiction story about a girl diagnosed with leprosy and sent to live at the leper settlement on the island of Moloka’i. Interesting and I read it quickly and even teared up at one part, but honestly it’s not a book I’d rave about.

 

The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma (DNF) – I read about half of this book (300 pages!) before I called it quits. For a book about time travel and H.G. Wells and other cool things, it just couldn’t hold my interest. Womp womp.

 

hell to pay

Hell to Pay by Matthew Hughes (To Hell and Back #3) – Fun but weird ending to the series, about wanna-be crime-fighter Chesney and his demon sidekick Xaphan. Xaphan is really the best thing about this book. Kind of felt like the ending was a cop-out and didn’t make a ton of sense, but whatevs.

 

the return man

The Return Man by V.M. Zito – For a story about a guy who “delivers peace” to zombified loved ones, this was a disappointment. There were some plot things that I got a little nit-picky about, and I never really fell in love with the characters. Shrug.

Just Six Numbers by Martin Rees (review to come) – I just finished this on Saturday, so I haven’t written the actual review yet. It’s a non-fiction book about the 6 numbers or values that seem to make life in our universe perfect for allowing life to exist – if any of those numbers were even just a little different, our universe couldn’t exist as it does today. Really interesting, but a glossary in it would have helped.

The Unnatural Inquirer by Simon R. Green (Nightside series #8) – I’ve only reviewed the first book of the Nightside series here, because there’s 12 of them and there seemed no point in reviewing each one. This one was still fun and quick and weird, although certain catchphrases are starting to become overused. Only 4 more books to go though, so I don’t mind so much.

 

There we have it! Have you read any of these? Any of them on your TBR list?

~Sarah

February Mini-Review Recap!

Well, I didn’t get as much read in February as I wanted to, so this will be short. Also, for the Harry Potter readalong and the Vanity Fair readalong I’m halfway through the books – so really I did more reading than it looks like, but those won’t count until I finish them in March.

retribution falls

Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding – Awesome, fantastic book about the crew of the airship Ketty Jay, with some steampunk elements. There’s adventure, piracy, gun fights, daemonism, golems, and a fun interesting cast of characters. LOVED it! Totally gave me book hangover because I wanted to read the second book ASAP.

one good earl deserves a lover

One Good Earl Deserves A Lover by Sarah MacLean – Historical romance with a scientist heroine. It wasn’t great, but it was a good quick fluffy read with some sexy-times.

the black lung captain

The Black Lung Captain by Chris Wooding – Sequel to Retribution Falls, and further cementing my affection for this series. It was just as fun and bad-ass as the first book, and more backstory on some of the characters. And no second-book syndrome, meaning it was entertaining and interesting and didn’t suck AT ALL. Can’t wait to read the third one!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling – Continuing in the readalong fun! Still love it. It’s magic, siriusly. My readalong posts are here and here. (We’re halfway through Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire now.)

the martian chronicles

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury – Really good classic sci-fi literature in the form of loosely-connected short stories, in which Bradbury imagines humans going to Mars in a really bleak and depressing, but cautionary, way. Read it with Rebecca from Love At First Book, and it was fun to email each other back and forth about it!

And that was it! I tried to squeeze another book into these last couple of days but that just didn’t happen.

So, thoughts? Have you read any of these? Or do you want to now?

~Sarah

January Mini-Review Recap!

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at mini-reviews for a while, and the easiest way seemed to be to do a monthly recap of what I’ve read for the month, with links to the complete reviews. Let me know what you guys think? Please? 🙂

Jam by Yahtzee Croshaw

Jam by Yahtzee Croshaw – Fun premise of flesh-eating jampocalypse, but too erratic and not great characters. Had its funny moments but I was kind of disappointed.

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores

Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores by Jen Campbell – Funny and really brings back the good old days of working in a bookstore.

mr penumbras 24 hour bookstore

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan – EPIC, AWESOME, FUN. Wonderful writing. Definitely my favorite read of January.

Hyperspace, Michio Kaku

Hyperspace by Michio Kaku – Interesting and fascinating theoretical physics, but still not sold on string theory. Maybe he can write a revised edition to include any new developments since 1994? Still, Kaku is always fun to read.

Between Shades of Gray book review

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys – Lousy historical fiction YA. Boring and definitely not worth the hype. 

The Age of Miracles

The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker – The Earth’s rotation slows down and throws the world off-balance, but this gets overshadowed by a young girl’s “coming of age” story. Made me snore just a teeny bit.

Jules Verne

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne – Quick, fun romp around the world with Phileas Fogg. Includes elephants, but no balloons.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – Obviously I still love it, even though it’s SO written for children. It’s a re-read, readalong style. You can see my thoughts here and here. Enjoy the GIFs.

The Stand by Stephen King

The Stand by Stephen King – Interesting apocalyptic fiction with a dose of paranormal, but really really long. Overall enjoyable, fun to discuss with people as you read it.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling – Book two for the re-read readalong, you can see my thoughts here and here. Still love it, even though the first half is monstrously slow.

childless, non-fiction

The Baby Boon: How Family-Friendly America Cheats the Childless by Elinor Burkett – Raises a lot of great points about how the childless are discriminated against, but it was written 13 years ago so some of the politics are outdated. All the points she made are still relevant today though, perhaps even more so.

Blackberry Winter, Sarah Jio

Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio – Quick, cozy story with mystery thrown into the mix, but probably forgettable. Not as good as The Bungalow by the same author. (Review for this is coming, but since I finished it on 1/31 I feel like it needs to be counted in with the rest of the January reads.)

So there we have it! What do you guys think of the mini-review format? Anything I should change? Is it helpful to just read a quick snippet, and then click on the actual review if it sounds interesting enough? Should I include my star rating? TELL ME THINGS.

~Sarah