Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Books Lately

The majority of the books I read since the last link up were either kindle unlimited or netgalley. I was trying to clear both lists, and I think I broke my brain again. Heigh ho, heigh ho, it's off to talk about books we go:



Take Me with You - Catherine Ryan Hyde - 5 Stars

This book. I was not expecting this. It is simple, honest, nothing amazing or knock-your-socks-off but I fell in love with it. It's an emotional book. Makes you think and feel.
Beauty and the Clockwork Beast - Nancy Campbell Allen - 5 Stars
I  received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I expected to like this book well enough, I did not expect to absolutely adore it. It is apparently 'steampunk' not that I have any idea what that is, but it was like regency with a dash of sci-fi/fantasy all wrapped up in a Beauty & the Beast retelling! It was far from perfect but I got such joy from reading it which is all reading is about, ya know? Loved it.


Rescue Me, Maybe - Jackie Bouchard - 4 Stars

I remember Kerry reading and recommending this one way back when, and I finally got to it. It was a really sweet story with lots of feels, and I did like it very much. I think I just wanted a bit more. It involves sick and dying dogs, so tread carefully.
Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet - HP Wood 4 Stars
I  received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was nothing like I expected. It is NOT a childs or YA book. Trust. It's quite sad actually - it's about a plague in NYC, and as we know, diseases don't discriminate. I don't think I've ever read a book like this, in this setting - the 'carney', freakshow or circus setting. I absolutely loved all the characters, and the story was interesting and fast paced (well, the beginning was just a wee bit slow). It was funny and sad, which doesn't sound like it would work but totally does.
A Robot In The Garden - Deborah Install 3 Stars
I  received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was very cutesy, light and fluffy. I saw someone else describe it as eat, pray, robot which I thought was fitting. Unfortunately it was a bit boring at times, though overall it was cute and I enjoyed the end.
The Invisible Library - Genevieve Cogman - 3 Stars
I  received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I liked this book, and I also did not like this book. I loved the idea of it, but at times it was boring and others it was super captivating. I find myself wanting to say it was chaotic, I don't know if that was on purpose since 'chaos' was a big part of the book? It felt disorganised, underdeveloped, and some things would jolt me out of the book, like they were out of place. I sound like I hated it, not at all, it was fine and fun for the most part. Overall, I enjoyed it,  but not enough to continue with the series.

When I'm Gone - Emily Bleeker - 2 Stars

This was clearly a case of I read a different book than everyone else, because everyone else seems to love it. I thought it was awful. I was really expecting to love it- I'm a sucker for emotional sappy books. This book was like the author was driving along a road with conflict, issues and characters and she just reached out and grabbed as many as she could hold, and then decided to jump out of the car before it went over a cliff, without resolving a damn thing. It's not just that though, I just didn't like the style of writing, the story, the characters, nothing. Not a fan.

The Last Star - Rick Yancey - 1 Star

I am honestly a little bit perplexed and cranky at myself for reading this when I so disliked #2. Unfortunately, this is the kind of series that leaves lots of questions unanswered, and my curiosity got the better of me. Plus I held hope that the 3rd book would be better.. It wasn't. It was awful. Boring, predictable and insufferable. Stay away from this series for sure.

Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet - Charlie N. Holmberg  2 Stars
I  received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was nothing like I expected based on the synopsis. I don't mind books where the main character has lost her memory, but I do mind when nothing makes sense to the reader until the last 10% or so. I spent the entire book confused, and just when I started to understand and enjoy it, it ended.  When it ended and I understood the whole story, I was so disappointed because it really had so much potential. Such a bummer.  The last 15% or so was the most interesting and could have been a book on its own. Overall, I just wish this book spent less time on what it did, and more time on what it skimmed.


The A to Z of You and Me - James Hannah 2 Stars 
I  received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Another book that was nothing like I expected based on the synopsis. It's about a 40 year old junkie dying in a hospice, he had diabetes and didn't take care of himself and is suffering the consequences. This sounds like a recipe for Kristen sobbing on the couch, but instead, I hated all the characters (except for Amber and Sheila) and found the book terribly boring. I also expected a story about friendship, but I would not want to be friends with any of those people. I just didn't like it which makes me cranky because the cover is so pretty. 


Linking up with Steph and Jana.

Life According to Steph

I love when a book makes me reread a line or paragraph, or make me think about something, even if it's obvious and I should already know it.. you know? This is a bit from Take Me With You that I loved.


TL;DR - Honestly, the only book I'd really recommend to everyone is Take Me with You. I adored Beauty and the Clockwork Beast but it's the kind of book that isn't for everyone.

Read anything decent lately?

55 comments:

  1. So many books it's no wonder your brain is broken!

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  2. dammit. take me with you isn't available at my library!! RAGE.

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  3. Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet is sitting on my Kindle and keeps getting bumped up the TBR pile as I keep hearing lots of good things about it!

    Oh The Invisible Library... it's a weird book. I liked it (I just finished reading the second book in the series), I did like it, I like the premise and the world, but didn't you just feel like every now and then there was a paragraph missing or something? I would be reading and then poof! it felt like we'd moved into a completely different building/conversation topic/or anything and I would flip back and think "well, when did that happen...".

    Also the weird romantic tension/comments between Irene and Kai, that was weird, and threw me off all the time. Luckily that's a lot less in the second book! I did like Vale as a character though, but even he goes downhill in the second book. They all get a little weird, and feel like whole new characters in book 2. But the story is better and less disjointed so that's a good thing!

    I'll still read the third book when it comes out though :) I like to finish the series as long as it's not terrible!

    I want to read the 5th wave, but I have heard negative things about that series, so I'm curious to see if I will like it.

    Here's to a good reading month in August!

    ~ K

    www.lifeasunusuals.com

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  4. Looking forward to hearing about you and me, always! I'm thinking I'll pick that up as my first book back to reading for fun! Thanks for sharing!! Xo

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  5. I added Take Me With You immediately to my list after reading what you said! I heard some other bad reviews of A to Z and Magic Bitter so I am glad I am not missing anything.

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  6. Jill Mansell = one of my very favorite authors! I haven't read that book though so you'll have to let me know if it is worth picking up!

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  7. I really love the way you organize your reviews! And your TL;DR ending always cracks me up. I haven't read any of these (not surprising) but will add your suggestion of TMWY to my list! I'm currently reading Vanishing Girls and it's too soon to say how I feel about it!

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  8. Then it sounds like that is the one I will add to my ever-growing list!

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  9. My attention span is getting so short with books because I feel there are so many I want to read (and so many podcasts to listen to and TV to watch...) that I'm awful with sticking through the ones that start slow. Good for you for getting through so many and ending up liking them - I appreciate the warnings!

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  10. Well, I'm obviously going to add Take Me With You to my reading list! I need to read some of these Jill Mansell books that you've shared the past few months - the covers of her books are so cute!

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  11. I only recently joined netgalley since I wanna start reviewing more books and requested (and got) a couple of those books. Now Im excited!

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  12. I totally intrigued by macgruder's curiosity cabinet. Totally adding that to my to-read list!

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  13. That's too many bad books! Beauty and the Clockwork Beast is right up my alley. Added it. So Steampunk is typically a weird mix of Victorian (or sometimes Wild West) with technology. But not super modern technology, more like wood and metal, steam power and gears everywhere. I find it oddly fascinating, to the point where I was trying to convince Ryan to do a steampunk wedding before we settled on just eloping.

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  14. I cannot handle a book with sick/dying dogs, so I'll pass on that one... but dang girl, once again, you crushed it on the amount of reading! I always admire you for that! So great! :)

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  15. I'm 99% sure I saw the Beauty and the Clockwork Beast in a bookstore and my friend pointed it out and asked if I had heard of it. But then she said it was steampunk and I was like...I'm sorry what? No clue what that means and she explained it...kinda so I'm still in the dark as to what it is.

    But as always I've found a few that I might have to read from your post. And as always I'm jealous that you read so many. You're a reading machine my friend and I love it. :)

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  16. The dog one looks interesting but I know that I just can't so I simple won't. Instead I'm going to look into the carney one :)

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  17. I know the feels when you read a book that everyone loved & you're like umm, did I accidentally get the wrong book? I always feel like I was cheated, or like I missed a big section of pages that would have made me love it.

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  18. Well poo... I just bought the book The A to Z of You & me... maybe I'll read it at the right time where its not that bad.

    OK - You know I want the B&tB related book!!!

    OK - help a girl out - on Netgalley - do they only send kindle books? I'm reading my first one & the format is all jacked up on my Kindle. Are they all like that? Do you ever get a real book? Just curious & still learning about that site.

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  19. I wish I could find the time to read as many books as you do.

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  20. You've read so much! As always.... I'm about to finish The Ocean at the End of the Lane and it's my first Neil Gaiman book. It's so odd and creepy. Have you read any of his books?

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  21. I have never heard of any of these, but take me with you is now on my must read list. Thanks for sharing

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  22. I have never heard of any of these, but take me with you is now on my must read list. Thanks for sharing

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  23. The Beauty & the Beast retelling sounds really cool. The little I know about steampunk seems cool...although I don't really know that much, haha.

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  24. I loved Take Me With You so hard. I was not expecting that either. Such great writing, characters, and just a lot of wisdom in that book.

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  25. I am definitely adding Take Me With You and Beauty and the Clockwork Beast because even if it's not for everyone, I feel like it's for me :)
    Bummer about some of those Netgalley books...I know I saw those on there and am now not so sad that I didn't request them/read them. How do you like the Jill Mansell book so far? I haven't read any of hers yet.

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  26. That little snippet completely sold me on Take Me with You. Beautiful! I'm not a huge steampunk fan, but I like the idea of a Beauty and the Beast retelling, so adding it to my ever-growing TBR. :) And can I say, I imagine going to your home is like book heaven. Tons of books to immerse myself in for hours, days, months and years. And cats. Nirvana.

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  27. I'll have to check out the first two! i started reading A Man Called Ove but I'm not feeling it.... ah well. on to the next one! xo jillian

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  28. You read so many interesting books! I've definitely never heard of steampunk either, but I definitely just googled it, haha. I'm kind of starting to like fantasy a bit more lately and want to branch out and read more of it (not just the YA dystopia type stuff I've read in the past). Also, so impressed you got through so many on your netgalley list! I keep saying one month I'm going to tackle some of mine finally!

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  29. SO many books! And I have only heard of the Robot one. Which does sound cute. I'm very intrigued by the Magruder's one though! I've never read steampunk, but I'd like to try it one day. Take Me With You - added to my list!!

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  30. Immediately added Take Me With You to my list! Funny story but we almost selected The Invisible Library and Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet for our book club a couple of months ago. I'll definitely have to check it out since now there's quite a few people that seem to like them! And I feel so incredibly behind on all of my Netgalley books, and I need to catch up!

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  31. I love these book posts -- gives me more books to add to my to-read pile ... that I'll never hope to complete, but still I'm glad for the variety in case I do get a chance to pare it down. Haven't heard of any of these before! Currently reading The Martian. Someone suggested listening to it instead -- but as I still haven't gotten comfortable with audiobooks, I'm reading it with Matt Damon's voice in my mind. ;)

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  32. Putting it on my list!

    Yeah, it can be hard to recommend books you love, personally, to everyone. I know people aren't likely to pick up my favorites, but I still keep talking about them!

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  33. Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet sounds like an excellent book! I had to let go of NetGalley. I am terrible about reading ebooks from them.

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  34. I am not sure if I would like Beauty and the Clockwork Beast. I love the idea of steampunk, but every time I try reading it, I can't get into it. I love looking at steampunk stuff, though. Haha I love your description of When I'm Gone. I've never read it, but I have seen it popping up everywhere. Somehow I haven't added it to my TBR, because it didn't seem like my kind of book. That stinks that A to Z was not good - you're right the cover is really pretty.

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  35. Take Me With You has been on my to read list so I must read it sooner than later! I also added Rescue Me, Maybe after Kerry's recommendation in one of the link ups! Still haven't read that yet either though!

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  36. I haven't heard of any of these. Your lists though always make me want to jus sit the hell down and read, because reading your reviews makes me think of all the books I have waiting to be read, and the only reason they're not being read is that I'm being lazy and choosing TV or the internet instead. So I'm going to go read for like 10 minutes now because that's all the time I have before I have to go meet someone but still, it counts, right?

    Also, is Take Me With You going to make me cry? If so I should probably wait a little while, hah.

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  37. I am always on the hunt for new reads and I've never heard of any of these! Thank you for the tips on them. The Rescue Me, Maybe book sounds like it would make me cry if it involves sick and dying dogs. =( Take Me With You sounds very intriguing, will definitely add to my list!

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  38. Beauty and the Clockwork Beast sounds super interesting! I will have to check that out :)

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  39. I love your honesty in the "not worth your time" section ;) will have to check out take me with you!!

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  40. Ahhh! I love Jill Mansell. I always read her books if I can get my hands on them. They are fluff, but I'm totally fine with that. I haven't read any of the others, but a couple look intriguing!

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  41. Added both of the books you recommended to my list :)

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  42. We've talked a little about Take Me With You already, but I'm looking forward to picking it up when I'm looking for an emotional and thoughtful read. :-)

    I'm adding Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet. That sounds like something I would absolutely love, so I'm really excited about this recommendation!

    That Emily Bleeker book didn't really interest me based on the summary alone. I was (mostly) pleasantly surprised by Wreckage, but I think she'll probably be an author I read only when a book sounds particularly interesting.

    The A to Z of You and Me seems to mostly get really bad reviews. I actually like the cover, but I've just read so many bad things about it. No thanks. Haha.

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  43. Ah! I'm so glad to hear that you liked Beauty and the Clockwork Beast so much. It sounds so interesting to me so I'm even more excited to read it now. :)

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  44. So Blogger hates me today, and I literally refreshed your page 30 times to finally get a comment box! And now I forgot what I was going to say about each book! Haha. I really want to read Take Me With You, though, and I have The Invisible Library on that massive NetGalley list of mine!

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  45. I spy with my little eye three books to check off your Book Challenge by Erin list!
    I've never heard of the Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet, and now, I really want to read it.
    Take Me With You is on my tbr.
    I don't/can't read about sick and dying dogs.

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  46. Take Me With You has been added to my list. So glad you told me about this link up!

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  47. Take Me With You is probably not something I would normally look at but since you gave it a really good review, I'm adding it to my list. Also the Curiosity Cabinet. Did you read Night Circus? I loved it.

    I too hated all the characters in A to Z and you're right, it was boring! Ivo made so many stupid decisions and I feel like his friends were assholes.

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  48. Magruder's Curiosity Cabinet sounds like an interesting book I'd like to read.

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  49. SO many great reads! I just got a new eReader and that's ignited my bookworm bug so I am definitely going to add some of these to my list!

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  50. I'm adding Take Me With You to my reading list... but for the future. I can't handle emotional things right now with all of these hormones, lol!

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  51. Beauty and the clockwork the beast is going on my list immediately! I was intrigued when you first started reading it and now that I know you loved it I'm going to have to pick it up!

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  52. I added Take Me With You. And I just love your picture of the cat and the books!

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  53. Um... totally excited about Steampunk Beauty and the beast... awesome. Also, I am in a total reading slump and forgot to schedule my reading post for Monday... boo. Guess it'll have to go up next week. Bleh. XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  54. Definitely checking out Take Me With You!!

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  55. I actually started reading Rescue Me, Maybe a few months back and enjoyed it but ended up stopping because I'm not much of a fan of non-physical books so it was hard for me to focus on it. I might have to try to start it over again based on your high rating!

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