Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Books Lately

So as everyone knows, I got a proper library card for the first time in years and I went a little nutty. 


This was a ridiculously abnormal month for me - for one, I spent more time reading and less time watching TV, sleeping or being social trying to get through that library pile. I didn't mean to get 50 books, but I did, and what could I do? Also, I just got back from a trip with my mum, so lots of reading time because of airports and hotels. But like Steph said last month:

The Butterfly Garden - Dot Hutchison - 5 Stars

This book gave me nightmares. It is absolutely not perfect, it has its flaws, a few 'now, wait just a minute' moments but I could not put it down. It left me with the weirdest feelings afterwards, I thought about it for days. It is a bit graphic, effed up, at times I laughed, at times I cried. Very outside my comfort zone.

If you like books that are pretty messed up, I highly recommend (Kristen, Steph, Jana & Erin, talking to you).
Parasol Protectorate series - Gail Carriger - 4/5 Stars

After I read and loved Beauty & the Clockwork Beast last month, I wanted more of this 'steampunk' genre. This series was quite different to anything I've ever read before, and for the most part I adored it. Definitely one of those that I wouldn't recommend unless it sounds like your jam. Alexia, the main character, was one of the most fun characters I've ever encountered.
Valley of the Moon - Melanie Gideon - 4 Stars
I  received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book was so much better than I was expecting it to be and that always makes me so happy. Lots of feels. It starts slow, but then all of a sudden you're in it. It's so good, and sad. But good sad. Happy sad. I really enjoyed it. Don't be put off by the cover, or the title or even the synopsis. If you like feeling the feels, and have no issue suspending disbelief, you should read this.
The Wrath and The Dawn series - Renee Ahdieh - 5 Stars

Loved them both. All the feels. If you like books like these, I highly recommend. It's YA, but a bit older and, in my opinion, different to most of the other YA books out there. I spent the whole first book thinking okay okay tell me I want to know why the thing is happening telllll meeeee why I like this person who is awful and the second book thinking okay fix it please tell me how to fix it and give me happy endings kthanksbye.

Wayward Pines series - Blake Crouch - 4 Stars

This series is so weird! The first one is so confusing and I said 'WTF' so many times and it wasn't scary like boogeyman scary, but like a bad feeling in the pit of your stomach scary. I read them all back to back in a few days, and I definitely think they should be read like that because some parts are stronger than others. The first book is, well, not the best on its own, but the other two add enough to it so that it ends up as one big happy family of WTF in the end. That being said, the last page opens up a whole new ball of WTF, so why was it only 3 books?!

A Matter of Class - Mary Balogh - 5 Stars

This was such a quick, easy read, and I absolutely adored it. I don't recommend it though, unless you like regency type romances.
Penryn & the End of Days series - Susan Ee - 4 Stars

Another series I just plain liked, but don't recommend unless you like books like these (YA/dystopian). It was kind of light compared to other similar books I've read, and then darker in other parts. I liked the characters, the story, the ending. I laughed quite a few times and felt all the feelings. Yep, good.


I wouldn't say this was a 'couldn't put it down' but it was definitely enjoyable and interesting. I am not a hardcore fan by any means and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I HIGHLY recommend if you have ever watched and liked The Princess Bride. 
Birthmarked series  - Caragh M. O'Brien - 4 Stars

I really enjoyed reading this series. Is it perfect? Absolutely not. I can see the issues that have some people up in arms, but I choose to ignore them. Sure I rolled my eyes a few times, and couldn't care less about a character that I think the author wanted us to care about, BUT - if a book makes me want to stay home instead of going out, or stay up instead of going to bed, and reading them back to back doesn't seriously burn me out - that's a good book/series to me, and that is what matters.
Who Do You Love - Jennifer Weiner - 4 Stars

This book was enjoyable, I liked the way it all unfolded. I thought it was pretty realistic... I didn't love the ending, I always want more with stories like this. Passed the time just fine though.
Curious Minds - Janet Evanovich & Phoef Sutton - 4 Stars
I  received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I enjoyed this exactly as much as I expected to. It was fun, silly and entertaining. If you like Stephanie Plum, I definitely recommend this.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs - 4 Stars

This book has been on my TBR for years, but it never really screamed 'pick me up' until I saw the movie trailer. Honestly, this book was not bad by any means and I did not hate it, I just wasn't super into it. It was a great idea and parts were interesting, but not enough for me to continue on with the series.

I have one question though - who on earth names their child Ransom? Honestly.
Precious Stone series - Kerstin Gier - 4 Stars

I really did enjoy this series for what it was - light, fluffy, ridiculous, immature and more than a little bit silly. If you expect something deep or complicated, you'll be disappointed. 
Don't You Cry - Mary Kubica - 3 Stars
I  received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I'd heard this one was super slow so I was prepared when I started it, but still, it really is very slow and takes a long time to get anywhere, and then everything happens all at once. I really felt like 80% of the action was in the last 20%. I kept changing my mind and guessing things, I was right about some, completely wrong about others. Thriller-y type books aren't normally my jam, but this wasn't a bad book at all. I do recommend it, you just have to stick with it till it gets good.
Remember Me? - Sophie Kinsella 3 Stars

I feel bad only giving it a 3, but at most it was a 3.5. I enjoyed it way more than Don't You Cry though, which is why stars are stupid. It was exactly what I needed at the time, it was light and silly. This book reminded me of a fluffy version of What Alice Forgot though of course this was written first. It was fine. Enjoyable. Really. 
When I Found You - Catherine Ryan Hyde - 2 Stars

What a bummer! I adored Take Me With You so perhaps I had high expectations, but I just didn't care for this book at all. I understood and appreciated the point she was trying to make, but not the in between - you know, the actual story part. Gosh. What a bummer.




Linking up with Steph and Jana.

Life According to Steph

TL;DR - I wouldn't recommend one book to everyone. Basically I recommend all of the books (except When I Found You), and if they sound like your jam, there you go. 


Read anything decent lately?

54 comments:

  1. Are you for real 50 books!!? I'm not worthy. I'm
    Not worthy!!!

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  2. Yay to Darker Shade of Magic! I can't wait to see what you think of that one…I love Victoria's work…she's incredible!

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  3. you HAVE to read The One Man. If you think The Nightingale was good, this was equally as amazing!!!! also, Pines was an incredible trilogy; so glad you read it (and mostly liked it) LOL

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  4. I'm curious about the wayward pines series but not sure if it's for me. Definitely adding a matter of class to my tbr because that's one of my favourite genres! ;) Glad you enjoyed As you wish! Did you listen to it or read it? Valley of the moon sounds good too! Yay for such a good reading month! And for the library too :D. I always find I read much more when travelling!

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    1. There is a Steampunk readathon going on right now too...might get some good recommendations for more similar books from that (although you might not need more recommendations TODAY on SUYB day, LOL)... I am enjoying that genre too so wanted to share!!!

      http://wholelattebooks.blogspot.ca/2016/08/announcing-steampunk-readathon.html?m=1

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  5. I didn't know steampunk was a genre of books too (thought it was just fashion-I'm totally out of the loop)! I'm very intrigued and can't wait to give Souless a try!

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  6. I haven't read a book in almost a month because I've been busy, and also mad at the library for making me pay a fine for a book that was FINE when I dropped it off. So I'm boycotting. I'm sure it won't last much longer, but still.

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  7. Um, girl, you read SO MANY books! & I feel like you had a really big pile of books that you loved this month, too. Steampunk? No idea what that is but I feel like I need to do a little researching now.

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  8. I'm way too amused by the fact that you *accidentally* took out 50 books. Hahaha. How long do you get to keep them for?

    I sooo need to read As You Wish! I love The Princess Bride!

    Lol, indeed... who does name their kind Ransom?! I totally thought that when I read that book. Ahaha.

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  9. Added so many of these to my to-red list. I really need to check out Net Galley!

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  10. Curious Minds was everything I wanted it to be from Evanovich like you said. The Wayward Pine series and Who Do You Love have been on my TBR for awhile now. Remember Me? sounds interesting and I will have to check it out!

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  11. I cant wait to see Miss Peregrine at the move though!!!
    I just put in for the Princess Bride book!!! LOVE that movie

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  12. I'm heading to the library today and already know I will leave with WAY too many books, but I just can't help myself.

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  13. Omg, look at that pile! You should take over Steph and Jana's instagram for Armchair Librarians. You'll have great pictures for it. I am also making use of the library and I am quite proud of myself for all the free books I've been reading. (Though I still want to buy The Happiness Project. I NEED to own it.) I was so vicariously happy for you when I saw that you found a steampunk series! I added it to my own TBR so I can compare with you in a month or two when I get to it.

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  14. Okay, The Butterfly Garden was on my want to read list, and with your review I bought it for $1.99 for the kindle.

    Loved Valley of the Moon and also found it much better than I expected it to be.

    I loved Wayward Pines, read them all so quickly. I wish there were more of them.

    I'm sad to hear you didn't like a book by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Like you I loved Take Me With You. Bummer!!

    I can pretty safely say I will not have any interest in steampunk things. LOL

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  15. I'm the same with Peculiar Children - I had never really thought about it but I saw the movie trailer and it looks right up my alley :)

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  16. The only ones I've read are Who Do You Love (agree that the ending was disappointing), Miss Peregrine (UGH, Could not stand this one, and yet for some reason read the sequel as well), and Remember Me (light & fun, I like all Kinsella's non-Shopaholic books). I'd like the read The Princess Bride one, I love that move (and the original book too)!

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  17. I hate how much I love Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series.

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  18. You know my reading list always grows like crazy after these posts of yours. I added A Matter of Class to my list since you know that regency-era romances are my jam.

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  19. Several of these books are already on my TBR, so it was great to see your thoughts. The Parasol Protectorate series is one that I've been wanting to read and need to bump it up. I enjoyed the Pines trilogy and you're right - better read all together and WTF to the final epilogue! Such a damn tease! LOL! I'm adding The Butterfly Garden and the Birthmarked series to my TBR. And kudos to you for traveling with physical books. I read a lot of physical books but don't like traveling with them. Too heavy! And my muscles are wimpy. LOL!

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  20. I just looked up The Butterfly Garden, and it sounds so crazy, it's definitely going on my list. The Wrath & the Dawn also sounds good. I love the Wayward Pines series. Although if you ever watch the TV show, you should watch only the first season and ignore the second. I started watching with my mom when she was here, and the first season was good and then she left and I watched the second one on my own and it was terrible. I remember the books being so scary and the show was not!

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  21. I felt the same way about Miss Peregrine... Didn't hate it but didn't love it.
    Now I have to go look at all the ones you loved on Goodreads!
    I love the cover art on the one you're reading now! It's intriguing!

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  22. good to know about Dont You Cry -- i just finished The Good Girl so I was going to get that one, but I think i'll pass. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  23. The fact that you just read Wayward Pines makes me feel so much better because remember how you sent them to me like a year ago? Yeah. Well, I still haven't read them.

    I loved As You Wish and the Jennifer Weiner. But she's always a reliable read.

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  24. Valley of the Moon sounds interesting, and I know it's somewhere on that long NetGalley list of mine.
    As You Wish sounds like such a fun read!
    I read The Good Girl, and I'm not sure I'm willing to try another Mary Kubica. There are just better thriller writers out there, you know?
    I've had Miss Peregrine's on my list forever too. One of these days I might try it. Maybe. ;)

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  25. Can't wait to read As You Wish- I think I am going to get the Audible version so I can listen to the cast again :)

    I loved Miss Peregrine's! And the name Ransom, haha. I'm a weirdo.

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  26. Added a few to my TBR list! I have always wanted to read the Peculiar Children as well, and did not know there was a movie coming out on it!

    http://www.thesaltlifewife.blogspot.com

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  27. Girl, you're a machine! But I absolutely condone going crazy with a library card. I downloaded a heap of books from my library's ebooks section before I went away, only to find they hadn't transferred to my nook properly and then I was short of reading material for my holiday and I had to read a Marian Keyes book instead... SO annoying. Anyway, Valley of the Moon sounds oddly captivating so I might give that one a try.

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  28. I love how wild you went at the library! I know the feeling, although I kept my limit the first time to 4 - I was so overwhelmed, haha.

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  29. I'm still so amazed by how fast and how many you read!

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  30. I borrow all my audiobooks from the library, and I try to stick to maybe 1-2 borrowed at a time. If a did actual books, I'd probably be getting 50 books at a time too.

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  31. Wow! BIG month for you! Looks like you read some overall great books. Several of them look promising to me.

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  32. I recently read "Friends with Partial Benefits" by Luke B. Young, it is currently free for Amazon Kindle. It was funny at times, but some of the sex scenes were a bit "tacky".

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  33. SO many great books! August and September so far have both been awesome reading months for me as I can't get enough!

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  34. I have to read the Wayward Pines series. It's been on my to read list for awhile. I thought A Matter of Class and Don't You Cry were both just okay but enjoyed Remember Me? You have me curious about the Butterfly Garden and I added it to my to read list. I can't imagine having 50 books out from the library ALL for me. We do that between me and the kids counting movies and such. But that would be way too much pressure for me! LOL!!

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  35. I am in serious awe of the amount you read this month! I also LOVE the Parasol Protectorate series. They are just so fun, and you are right, Alexia might be one of the best characters out there.

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  36. I love steam punk! I will have to check that book out!

    The Butterfly Garden is going on my list right now as well as The Princess Bride book!

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  37. So many good books. So many good ratings. So many books already on my tbr. AND, I hear you talkin' to me. I added The Butterfly Garden without even reading the goodreads synopsis. :)

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  38. Yeah!! Book reviews!! I agree with the parallels between Remember Me and What Alice Forgot! Both of those authors have a similar style to me so I guess it's not surprising they'd have a similar book. I had no idea there was a "behind the scenes" on the Princess Bride! Def adding that to my list!

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  39. I am so glad that you liked the Parasol books so much! I found a copy of the first one and am looking forward to reading it. It just taunts me from my shelves as I read other things lol. :P Looking into the Butterfly Garden and Valley of the Moon. Glad you liked The Precious Stone series. I thought it was cute, but yes very fluffy. I also read Miss Peregrine (will review next month) but it wasn't really my jam. I wanted to love it.. but I found it pretty darn slow. XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  40. I don't think I'll ever read as many books in ONE year as you do in ONE month. YOU ROCK!! ;)

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  41. Haha so how many of those 50 books did you get through?! I've owned, and had on my shelf for years now, Miss Peregrine's but still haven't read it. It was even a book club pick like 3 years ago, but I couldn't make the meeting so I didn't read it. I am feeling more motivated to pick it up finally now that the movie is coming out. (Or is it already out? I can't keep track!). That's too bad it wasn't enjoyable enough to want to finish off the series.

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  42. So impressed with how many books you got through- that takes dedication! And so excited because that means you reviewed so many books in this post, haha. I don't even know what The Wrath & Dawn series (?) is about but for some reason I'm obsessed with the cover, which makes me want to read it even more.

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  43. I know you gave it 5 stars, but honestly, your review of the Butterfly Garden convinced me to never even think about reading it. I get nightmares enough as it is! So I guess thanks for the warning ;)

    Everyone's been talking about the Wayward Pines series but I think I'm going to be one of the weird hold-outs. In fact I don't think I've read a book series at all since I finished Harry Potter a few years ago. I guess I'm not much of a series person?

    I just saw a movie poster for Miss Peregrine's yesterday and it prompted me to remember this book, and I think I want to read it! Well, we'll see if I actually get to it.

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  44. Yay!! So many good books! You should read Etiquette and Espionage (after you finish the parasol protectorate) it is sooo much fun!

    And I love The Wrath and the Dawn! I talked my book group into doing it this month :D

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  45. I liked Pines, but haven't read the whole series.
    I quit Who Do You Love this month because it had to go back to the library and I didn't care that much.
    I didn't *love* What Alice Forgot, but I loved the adorableness of Remember Me.

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  46. Wowzers, that's a lot of books! I've had Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children on my TBR for a while too. I've heard mixed reviews about it. I may finally read it just to satisfy my curiosity.

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  47. Stars ARE stupid (only in the Goodreads ratings game, of course). I added The Butterfly Garden - you had me at "if you like messed up books." I felt the same about Who Do You Love. I enjoyed it, but wanted more out of the ending. Give me an epilogue!

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  48. Miss Peregrine's has been a book I've considered for years but never actually broken down and read it. With the movie coming out, I might change my tune, but maybe not. We'll see. Same applies for The Light Between Oceans.. movie is out, book still not read and everyone has said "it's pretty good." I'm just a holdout. Better than sellout?

    I'm not sure I'm committed to reading Pines since you have to read the entire series to get max pleasure from it, but again, this is probably just me holding out and being wrong.

    Valley of the Moon, Wrath and Dawn, Matter of Class, Angelfall (with skepticism), and Ruby Red (yay an actual German series!) added to the TBR list. Thanks/I hate you/JK I just need more reading time.

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  49. OMG girl guess what?!?! I picked up a book for the first time in over a year and I'm halfway through! It's part of my new bedtime routine. TV is not only making me stupid, it's making my sleep terrible. So the new plan is reading nightly, and I just had to tell you because I feel like you'd be proud when everyone else is all "that's great Paige..."

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  50. I just finished a book I really liked - The Theory of Opposites and I just started a new one today woo hoo! I have that Jennifer weiner one on my list!!

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  51. The Parasol Protectorate series is so fun! Right now I'm reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children because I want to see the movie. It's good, but I don't think I'll continue the series either...

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  52. The Butterfly Garden sounds right up my street. I'm gonna look for it immediately. The Miss Peregrine's series... meh. The first book, like you said... great concept (and I love the photos), but it got so slow at times that I just couldn't really get on board. AND I was more than a little creeped by the "grandson falls for his grandpa's old gf" thing... Hmmm. Love The Princess Bride, so that one sounds like a good pick for me, too. As always, love your book reviews!

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  53. Your ability to read a zillion books in such a short time period never fails to amaze me! 50 books?! I'm 3/4 through The Woman in Cabin 10! Hoping once my class ends next week I'll be able to do a little more reading, especially with lots of travels coming up!

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