October TBR

Better late than never. Things should pick up reading-wise and for the blog as my personal life evens out.  I have been into more classical books so a good chunk will be older books.

1. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

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2. In the Penal Colony by Franz Kafka

3. Paradox Bound by Peter Clines

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4. King Dork by Frank Portman

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September Wrap-Up

After a busy month, things should return back to normal. I was able to read 4 books, but most of them were fairly short. October should be a much more active month for me. Also, I reached 1,000 total views! So that’s pretty cool.

Total Books Read: 4

Highlights:

  1. The Massacre of Mankind by Stephen Baxter

Summary:

     “It has been 14 years since the Martians invaded England. The world has moved on, always watching the skies but content that we know how to defeat the Martian menace. Machinery looted from the abandoned capsules and war-machines has led to technological leaps forward. The Martians are vulnerable to earth germs. The Army is prepared.
So when the signs of launches on Mars are seen, there seems little reason to worry. Unless you listen to one man, Walter Jenkins, the narrator of Wells’ book. He is sure that the Martians have learned, adapted, understood their defeat.
He is right.
Thrust into the chaos of a new invasion, a journalist – sister-in-law to Walter Jenkins – must survive, escape and report on the war.
The Massacre of Mankind has begun”

My Thoughts:

“So this is a perspective from a newcomer to the series. I thought it was a fairly solid sci-fi book with a great world and solid characters. The plot took some time to get going and I found the writing style a bit weird, but I really liked it.”

2. Billy Budd by Herman Melville

Summary:

Stung by the critical reception and lack of commercial success of his previous two works, Moby-Dick and Pierre, Herman Melville became obsessed with the difficulties of communicating his vision to readers. His sense of isolation lies at the heart of these later works. “Billy Budd, Sailor,” a classic confrontation between good and evil, is the story of an innocent young man unable to defend himself against a wrongful accusation

My Thoughts:

“At the surface, it’s a bunch of complicated words and sentences that will definitely confuse you. However, when you read it slowly and digest it, it becomes a thing of beauty. It can come of as but show off-ish, and it kinda is, but it is a great piece of writing.”

Unfortunately, I only reviewed two books. There will definitely be more coming. Here’s to a good October.

 

 

August Wrap-Up

I’m pretty late on this one, but I felt I needed to close August out and what better way than to review the books I read which was little. It was the first month in a while that I did not read 5 books, reaching just one shy of it.

Total Books Read; 4

Books from TBR: 4/5

Highlights:

1. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Abertalli

Official Summary:

“Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?“

My Thoughts:

“I am a dude who likes video games, action movies, etc., but I will admit this is probably the cutest book I have read. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli is a cute, emotional, and great young adult novel without being depressing or bleak which was a bit refreshing.”

2. Who Let The Gods Out by Maz Evans

Official Summary:

Elliot’s mum is ill and his home is under threat, but a shooting star crashes to earth and changes his life forever. The star is Virgo – a young Zodiac goddess on a mission. But the pair accidentally release Thanatos, a wicked death daemon imprisoned beneath Stonehenge, and must then turn to the old Olympian gods for help. After centuries of cushy retirement on earth, are Zeus and his crew up to the task of saving the world – and solving Elliot’s problems too?

My Thoughts:

Who Let The Gods Out? was a funny and entertaining novel that kept me laughing throughout and engaged with its likeable characters and modernized take on the Greek gods. It was genuinely a blast to read.”

Tags/Award:

  1. The Unique Blogger Award
  2. The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

 

September will be busy as some of you might know, but I’m going to try my best to post and read. Hopefully I can get some audiobooks that should help this reading drought.

 

A Bit of An Update

This will be a quick post, but I just wanted you guys to know what is going to happen with the blog for the next month or so. With August nearly done, vacation is finished.  My personal life will be full for the next month or so as work begins and as a result, the amount of posts on this blog will decrease. I will definitely still be posting, but not as frequent (maybe once or twice a week). It also sucks as my reading time is cut a considerable amount and I won’t be able to read as much as I had hoped. But by end of September or October, I should settle in and things should go back to normal.  Just wanted to give you guys the heads up of what will happen going forward. Thank you for being such awesome people and being an awesome community! 🙂

The Unique Blogger Award

Thanks to Noriko/Diary of a Bookfiend for nominating me for this! It is always fun to do tags and take part in the community. It also awesome to be nominated for awards such as this. Always grateful for it. 🙂

   

The Rules

  1. Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  2. Answer the questions.
  3. In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  4. Ask them 3 questions

Questions:

1. What book got you into reading?

I have always liked to read, but it was something that I would never do in my free time until I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline or more so, listened to an audiobook (which is fantastically narrated by Wil Wheaton). I just had so much fun listening to the book that after I finished it, I began looking for other books. After that I started to read more and more, genuinely enjoying my time reading.

2. If you’d ever write a short story, what would it be about?

Oooooh. I love to write and have written numerous short stories, but if I had to create a new one, it would definitely be a mystery. There’s nothing like truly tricking the reader and created a damn good mystery. It would probably be about a young, hot-shot detective who is way too sarcastic for his own good. Maybe even in high school or college. Hmm… I got to start writing this.

3. Can you read more than one book at a time?  If so, how many can you read at one time?

I can read more than one book at a time. I can read two books at a time, haha. I have definitely read more than one book, but more often that not the second book is an audiobook which I find easier to make time to finish.

My Questions:

1. What is one book that you would recommend everyone to read?

2. Has there ever been a book that just made you extremely angry and want to throw it against the wall?

3. Describe your perfect character.

Tags:

I’m not going to be tagging anyone specifically, but I encourage those who read this post to try this blog out. Every blogger is unique in their own way whether in writing style, personality, etc. Plus, I am a bit lazy.

 

I had fun answering the three questions and I just want to thank Noriko for the nomination once again!

 

The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag

Hello, I hope everyone is having a good day so far. I was tagged by Noriko for the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag. Let’s get started!

Questions

1.) A popular book or book series that you didn’t like

It has to be the Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth. It is possibly due to the overabundance of this genre at the time I read it, but I felt it was too generic for it to really stand out amongst others.

2.) A popular book or book series that everyone else seems to hate but you love

I honestly cannot think of one as of this moment. It is fairly hard to determine a book’s popularity.

3.) An otp that you don’t like

I don’t really read too many books with otp’s and when I do, I usually am fine with.

4.) A popular book genre that you hardly reach for

Non-fiction. I will read biographies from time to time, in fact one of my favorite books from last year was a autobiography (Born A Crime by Trevor Noah). But other than that, I stay away from this genre unless I need research or it’s on someone I admire.

5.) A popular/beloved character that you do not like

Probably someone from the Twilight series. Honestly, I have only read the first book and I just did not like any of the characters. I know it’s quite common to hate on this book now, but It’s the truth. The movies did not help at all.

6.) A popular author that you can’t seem to get into

Sarah J. Mass. While I do think her covers look cool, I just cannot get into her books. They do not seem to be that different from fantasy novels. Also, the massive hype around her books is not something I do not really like as I constantly see her and hear about her from friends. It might not even have to do the book, it’s the massive hype that surrounds her books that drive me a bit crazy. I find it weird that I did not feel this way about the Hunger Games series as it was insanely popular, but I feel it is due to the huge presence of social media now and the lack there of during the Hunger Games release.

7.) A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing

The classic “Boy hates girl, girl hates boy, then slowly fall in love with one another.” It’s just been one to death and while it is fine, there are many other and more creative ways to get two characters together

8.) A popular series that you have no interest in reading

The Mortal Instruments series. Like Sarah J. Mass books, there was a big amount of attention around these books. I have seen the movie and I felt it was pretty generic. Although movies are almost always worst than the books, I just have no motivation to read this series.

9.) The saying goes “the book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or tv show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

I really liked Me and Earl and The Dying Girl novel, but I felt the movie made Greg more likeable and did a great job to translating the book material to the big screen. The cast was phenomenal and it’s awesome to see them go onto bigger things. It just has a unique charm about it that I felt was more prominent in the movie.

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and whoever wants to do it!

Thanks to Noriko once again, I had a good time. 🙂

August TBR

1. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Abertalli

  

With some luck, I can get this book in my library. I really hope I do.

2. The Assault by Various Authors

I found the first book, Invitation, to be a fairly entertaining sci-fi novel. I hope this can continue to improve on the foundation.

3. Who Let The Gods Out by Maz Evans

This book gives off some Percy Jackson vibes and I found the premise to be certainly interesting.

4. Off To Be The Wizard by Scott Meyer

I purchased the first two novels of this series on an audible sale after hearing some good things about it. Hopefully, my money was well spent.

5. The Boomerang Effect by Gordon Jack

I heard some good things about this novel and read the first several pages at my library. Time to go back and check it out.