I read Marisha Pessl’s book, Night Film, in 2014. It was weird. Review here. I remember thinking I liked it though. Or at least I liked the ending, according to my review. So when I saw this one come up and my co-worker endorsed it, I decided to read it.
It was also weird. Shocking, I know. I was trying to explain it to someone and even saying what it was about out loud sounded weird. One of those books where you keep reading just because you need to know what’s happening. Constantly in a state of, what the hell is going on. Sometimes I like this so it caught me at just the right time. If you like weird unexplained supernatural things and unlikable characters, I suggest this book. Or if you liked Everything I Never Told You and that kind of back and forth, you’ll probably like this.
“A mysterious man knocks on the door. Blithely, he announces the impossible: time for them has become stuck, snagged on a splinter that can only be removed if the former friends make the harshest of decisions. Now Beatrice has one last shot at answers… and at life. And so begins the Neverworld Wake.”
Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge : a book you borrowed or that was give to you as a gift (borrowed from YA librarian who received it at ALA)
Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge : a book recommended by a librarian or indie bookseller (recommended by previously mentioned YA librarian)
I’m reading so many things right now. I wish I had a photo of my TBR pile. You’d faint. Most of them I haven’t even opened. But, the ones I’m currently 100+ pages into are..
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel. I thought I was going to use this book for BookRiot 2018 Read Harder Challenge science fiction book by a female author with a female lead but alas, Sylvain is a man. Damn him! It is a trilogy, and the third book just came out so I feel good about starting it. I hate starting trilogies that aren’t complete and then having to wait. Like Scythe. WHY?!
My Lady Jane is written by lots of people. I’m listening to this on audio and it is hi-lar-ious. The reader is so funny and really goes all out with her dramatic reading. I think I would like this less if I wasn’t listening to it, it needs the voices. I find the story to be hilarious and I can’t wait to read more about Jane Grey afterwards to see what’s really true. Because (shocker) I’m not aware of this part of England’s history. I picked this up because I want to read the second in this series, although not really a series because they stories don’t continue with the same characters. I have a feeling I’ll like the second one even more, My Plain Jane, because it’s about Jane Eyre. And I actually know that story. Very well actually.
These last two I haven’t started yet. But I heard about them on Tuesday’s All the Books. They came out this past Tuesday. And they sound great. Visible Empire is about a real historical event in Georgia where 100 prominent individuals died and that aftermath. We are Gathered is about a wedding from the perspective of the guests. I love weddings and multiple POVs so I think that’s a guaranteed win.
Last, I have The President is Missing. I’m not sure there’s ever been a James Patterson book where the second author’s name is the same size as his. That’s all I’m saying.
Honestly. Harry Potter has been out for 20 years? How is this possible? I love these books. People always say, oh well you probably love them because you read them when you were a kid. Which is true, sort of. I was in my mid teens actually. I started reading them when the first movie came out, which was about the time the fourth book was released (2001 ish). And the fourth book is my favorite, by the way. Anyway, Brian Selznick, of Hugo Cabret, Wonderstruck and the Marvels was asked to illustrate the 20th anniversary covers. He’s known for his black and white pencil drawings so I wasn’t super surprised by how they look. They are typical Selznick. But also beautiful. When you lay them all out the make a mural type illustration. Which is cool.
But I also like the paperback copies that when put together make a picture of Hogwarts on the spines. Since this is usually how they’ll be displayed (spine out) on a shelf I find that to be more practical than the way Selznick did it which is an image that’s put together when the covers facing up. But hey, it’s still cool.
Related post. Harry Potter is scary. Some kids aren’t ready. Don’t force them if you think they’re too young. They have all their lives to read them.
Scythe, the first book in the Neal Shusterman trilogy, Arc of the Scythe, first came out in November of 2016. The second book, Thunderhead, just came out in January of 2018. I first heard about Scythe when it came out, it was a PW Best Book of 2016 and a SLJ Best Book of 2016 for teens. Exciting, right? I checked it out when I saw this and posted about the Best Books lists but didn’t read it. Then, an old friend from when I lived in Tennessee messaged me on Goodreads and said, read this book. So I did. Interestingly, she also said that she teaches Unwind (also a Shusterman book) to her high schoolers. So maybe I’ll investigate that too.
In my mind I had kept Scythe on the back burner for the same reason I avoided reading The Hunger Games. Now, I don’t want to compare these books to The Hunger Games, other than to say there’s violence and that’s why I avoided them. They are nothing like The Hunger Games. At all. I enjoyed Scythe and Thunderhead SO.MUCH.MORE than The Hunger Games. So much. They are so good.
Possible spoilers ahead. Quick setting explination. The cloud (yes, like Apple) has become something called the Thunderhead. It knows everything and has basically figured out how to run the world and keep people from dying. Therefore, a new occupation was formed called Scythes, people whose job it is to kill people in order to control the population etc. In book 1, Citra and Rowen are chosen to be Scythe apprentices. You quickly learn that this has apparently never been done before, having two apprentices, and it is decided that only one will survive. Moving on to book 2. I have inner feelings about the middle book in trilogies. That is not the case with this book. Book 2 might even be BETTER than book 1. No joke. I won’t tell you much about it other than to say, Citra has won the fight to be a Scythe, Rowen has turned into a semi-bad guy to everyone but Citra, and the real bad guy has taken over the world. It is the best.
I cannot wait for book 3. According to his timeline of release for books 1 & 2 it apparently takes him about 1 year and 2 months. Which means I have one more year to wait.
Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge : a book about death or grief (Scythe)
Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge : a book by an author of a different race, ethnicity, or religion other than your own (Thunderhead)
I finished the Precious Stone trilogy. I had no idea it was called that until two seconds ago but I wrote about book one, Ruby Red, last week and I finished books two and three this week! I actually read Ruby Red in 2011 but went back to read it recently because all 3 books are out now. They weren’t back then and I don’t like waiting.
Aren’t these covers divine? I adore them. Sapphire Blue is book 2 and Emerald Green is book 3. I read them both within a few days so I can’t remember what happens in each individually but basically, Gwyneth has found out she’s a time traveler in book 1. In book 2 she starts traveling with her cohort, Gideon, the male time traveler with the gene. Their alliance is run by a man named Count Saint-German, someone Gwyn has been told not to trust. She soon finds out why, with the help of her time traveling cousin (or is she) and her best friend. I won’t get into specifics of what their goal is because it’s too complicated to explain but eventually Gideon and Gwyneth work together to sabotage the Count’s plan, and they also fall in love. Of course. Because it’s a YA novel. Thankfully, there is not a love triangle. I highly recommend these books to anyone who likes YA and wants a good time travel / historical feel. I listened to them on audio, one from Audible and the others from Libby / Overdrive / Hoopla. The reader is great.
Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge : the next book in a series you started (Sapphire Blue)
Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge : a book about time travel (Emerald Green)
I just finished Ruby Red, again. It was on sale on Audible for $4.99 a few weeks ago when they were having a sale for first books in a series. I had previously read it in 2011 (post here about how I was excited for book 2) and I received the advanced reader copy at ALA that year so I even own book 2!
Ruby Red is a German translation about Gwyneth, a sixteen year old in London who finds out she’s a time traveler! Her cousin, Charlotte, was the supposed ‘chosen one’ for the time traveling gene in her family but it turns out that was a mistake. Gwyneth knows nothing about time travel or the circle of time travelers she’s meant to meet in the past with the help of her traveling companion, Gideon. Everything in this story happens within the span of 2-5 days and book 2, Sapphire Blue, picks up exactly where book 1 ends, which I like. Because it’s so quick in time it also reads very quickly. I’m shoving on to book 2 right now, immediately so I don’t stall and crash like I did in 2011. I’m listening and have the print book at my house as a back up if I become enthralled. On a positive note, book 3, Emerald Green, has already been released whereas if I read them in 2011 I would have had to wait.
Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018 Reading Challenge : a in translation
Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge : a book with alliteration in the title
I have lots of posts about travel reading. Airplane reading circa 2017. Books for flying 1 and 2 circa 2015. Apparently I didn’t travel in 2016. Which isn’t true, I went to Mexico and I read the Selection series but anyway.. I don’t travel a ton, probably once a year, but when I do I use it as a time to read as much as possible. When I’m on a plane I am not watching TV, I am reading. The whole time. Walking down the aisle, waiting in line, flying over states. It is the best. Even when I’m with my husband. He watches movies on his tablet and I read and we basically pretend like we’re traveling solo. There’s very limited talking and I’m pretty sure he likes it that way. Sometimes I think I get as excited for the uninterrupted reading as I do for the trip I’m taking.
So, this is my process. I check out dozens of books, typically paperbacks because they travel the best and because they’re my preferred format. Then, before I leave, I read the first 20 or so pages to see if I’m into it. I have to be hooked right off or I just want to put it down and then it’s wasted space in my travel bags. I also like to binge read series’ when I travel which means I have to have them all lined up and ready to go. I have a Kindle Paperwhite, which I love and I fill that sucker up too. Here are the books I have waiting for me for my 4 day trip, which includes 3 planes and a 4 hour car ride.
The End we Start From by Megan Hunter. I don’t even think I’ll take this with me. From what I’ve heard it’s a one sitting read so when I go to read the first 20 pages I might just finish the whole thing and then I won’t have to pack it. However, it’s very thin and would fit nicely without taking up much room.
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. My Goodreads tells me I tried to read this and never finished. I don’t remember that so I must not have gotten very far and it obviously didn’t scar me. So I’m considering taking it.
Any Human Heart by William Boyd. This book has 4.26 stars on Goodreads. What a great review! This cover is also very familiar looking, I may have checked it out before but never opened it. It is a wonderful paperback. The kind I love. The thick paper and hefty feel. I can’t wait. This one is definitely coming with me.
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien. I checked this out a few months ago after I read (and loved) Pachinko. which is a great multi-generational novel. This book has a family tree at the beginning. Love! I think it was just too much to go from one slow burn to another slow burn novel. But I think I’m ready now. I’ll definitely read the first 20-50 pages to make sure I’m interested before I pack this one since it is a long paperback.
Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O’Nan. A few years ago I randomly picked up The Good Wife by O’Nan. A very simple book about a good woman’s life. A co-worker suggested this to me and since I know about his writing I think I’ll probably like it. It’s slim, perfect for traveling.
I have so many things on my Kindle that I’m going to (possibly) dive into that I decided to make a separate post.. I will probably only finish 2 or 3 of these books but a girl needs options. Am I right??!