Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Books Lately

I can't believe I almost missed this link up. My head is so not screwed on right lately.  I read quite a few books because of all the travelling, but I don't feel like I have that much to talk about either. I haven't read a book since we got back, too sick, too jet lagged, too blah. Anyway. I did read some good books, shall we?
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet - Becky Chambers - 5 Stars
sci-fi firefly-ish

I LOVED this book. Loved it. Definitely an acquired taste but I just thought it was so good. Loved the characters, the story, everything. I cried a little. I have the second one from the library so hopefully it is as good. This is definitely a character based book, they are all delightful. I want to be part of their crew.
Into the Water - Paula Hawkins - 4 Stars
women keep dying in the water

I did not hate The Girl on the Train like most people seemed to, so I didn't really have any expectations for this one. I didn't feel like I was on the edge of my seat or anything, but I was definitely curious and kept thinking about it. I liked how the story unfolded.
The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden - 4 Stars
russian fairytale

Not gonna lie, the bear in the title totally got me. Honestly, I'm not sure what to think of this one. I liked it, but it was weird and slow, and.. odd. I don't know. I did enjoy it, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it. It's going to be a series and I am intrigued enough to continue - whether I actually do is a different matter because of course the next one isn't out yet.

Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver - 3 Stars
mean girls mixed with groundhog day, girl keeps dying

This one should probably be in the above category purely because I read it in one sitting. That being said, I am super disappointed in this book because I feel like it could have been so much better. I have been disappointed in this author before so I feel like I should stay away. I get what she was trying to do, the point she was trying to get across, but the main character was everything I hate about teenagers and people in general and it took her way too long to grow up/do the right thing. It did make me think and there were some good parts, so overall I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either.
Tangled Up - Robyn Neeley - 3 Stars
fluffy romance

This is the sequel to Batter Up which I read last year and thought was cute. I had no real desire to keep going with the series, but this was free so I figured why not. Then I got the third one - Kiss and make up - for free as well. It was just as cute and fluffy.
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley - Hannah Tinti - 3 Stars
single dad, tells the stories of each of his 12 bullet wounds, coming of age

I am bummed I didn't love this book. I really liked some parts but overall I just didn't connect to the story or the characters at all. I still recommend it though because I thought it was very unique and I can see the appeal.

Seduction and Snacks - Tara Sivec - 2 Stars
one night stand makes a baby, crude humour and sex toys

I didn't hate this one but I didn't like it much either. The author relied very heavily on crude humour that got old after the first 100 times. This is a very light book with no real substance, would pass the time just fine if you don't mind lots of crude humour.
nothing really! I know, right?


Linking up with Steph & Jana.

Life According to Steph
ps. I'm ignoring all the photobucket errors and hoping they'll come to their senses.

Read anything decently lately?

45 comments:

  1. cliche or whatever, I don't care... I can't wait to read into the water!

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  2. My daughter and I saw the movie Before I Fall, but I haven't read the book. I haven't read Into The Water because of the mixed reviews.

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  3. I am reading Into the Water right now! I'm liking it a lot so far. I liked The Girl on the Train but I didn't love it, so far Into the Water is exceeding my exceptions!

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  4. i am SO sick of the photobucket thing!! what IS that?

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  5. I read Before I fall a while ago and I can't even remember what I thought of it. I did then read another Lauren Oliver book though so I can't have hated it!

    I really want to read The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, which is odd because I'm not usually interested in space books (except The Hitchhiker's Guide ones).

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  6. I am scared to read Samuel Hawley. Some people seem to love it so much, and some don't, and I want to love it, so I'm scared.

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  7. Ugh, authors and using crude humor to get the point across all the time. Drives me bonkers!

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  8. Yay! I'm glad you remembered to do this post! Into the Water is on my list so I'm glad to know it was worth your time since reviews are so mixed. Before I Fall was on my list, then off...I think I'll keep it off thanks to your plot summary!

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  9. I enjoyed Girl on the Train so Into the Water has been on my list ... just haven't gotten to it yet. I'll check out some of the others on your list - thanks!

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  10. i'm slowly getting up to spot #1 for Into the Water so i should be able to read that book sometime next year LOL.

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  11. I totally agree with with you about Samuel Hawley. I had such high hopes bc everyone seemed to be raving, but it was just kind of whatever.

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  12. I just didnt like the ending to Before I Fall... really liked the story though & still need to see the movie

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  13. Thanks for sharing! Sounds like you had a fairly good reading month. I didn't hate The Girl on the Train but it's not a favorite; I found it way too obvious.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  14. I've never heard of Chambers, and admittedly don't know what Firefly means, lol, I'm guessing something to do with sci-fi?? It's the best when you come across a book that you love everything about! Twelve Lives is on my list, but I'm not in a rush to read it.

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  15. I really liked The Girl on the Train but was not a fan of Into the Water. I read Before I Fall this past month and enjoyed it.

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  16. Into the Water and Samuel Hawley are on my TBR list. I have a freebie book to select still for the challenge and it might be Morning Star so I will have finished up the Red Rising trilogy.

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  17. I LOVED The Girl on the Train so I was really excited about Into the Water but I didn't find it as intriguing - still a good read though!

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  18. It's weird because I did not like a single character in The Girl on the Train but raced through the book. And now I'm somewhat ambivalent about Into the Water with all the mixed reviews. I'm sure I'll get to it eventually. :D I've noticed with Samuel Hawley that people seem to love or hate it.

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    1. I felt the same way about Girl on the Train. The characters were awful people that I didn't sympathize with, but the plot was mysterious enough to make me keep reading

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  19. I just got Into the Water from the library, so we will see. I loved Girl on the Train, so I'm hoping this doesn't disappoint (even though they're two separate stories).

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  20. Soo many good recs. Glad to hear your review of into the water, I have that on hold.

    I didn't link up because I read prob two books last month (soooooooo not like me) but Im finally back to my old reading habits and need the recs. Also - hoping you feel better now friend.

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  21. I am STILL on the dang wait list for Into the Water -- I will probably never get off it. But I'm adding that sci-fi book, because if you liked it, then I know it's good. :)

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  22. I am 100 pages into Samuel Hawley and it has grabbed me so far - Not sure if I will finish or not which is a little disappointing because I heard so many good reviews and wanted to love it. Oh well - Can't win 'em all.

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  23. I must be in the minority that didn't hate Girl On The Train either! I'm hoping that I'll get Into The Water from the library soon so that I can read it! And I totally agree that the main character and her friends were totally annoying in Before The Fall, but I did think that it was an interesting idea to have her continue to replay the same day over and over again. And I think that I'm going to give A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet a chance. I like some sci-fi, so this might be right up my alley!

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  24. I'm currently reading Into the Water. Started off with a bang and then life happened. A kayaking trip, a dying refrigerator, migraine, etc, etc.... As of The Girl on the Train, I really liked it. It was my favorite of 2015 until I read The Kind Worth Killing. I read Before I Fall several summers ago and I liked it form what I remember. That's the thing with time and reading numerous books, after a while, the details get fuzzy. I wasn't participating in the SUYB link up yet, so I'm not even sure if I reviewed it anywhere.

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  25. How interesting you didn't connect to Samuel Hawley either. Haha. I think I will try Into the Water even though The Girl on the Train was a meh for me.

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  26. I definitely want to read into the water - I believe I have a request in on that at the library. Hopefully it comes soon!

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  27. Into the Water is on my list but it's not a priority right now.

    I LOVED Samuel Hawley but I can see how it wasn't for everyone. S

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  28. I'm SO glad you liked A Long Way! I was thinking it would be your kinda book but I was not sure. I loved it, as well! The characters were so sweet. I want to read the next in the series. The Bear and the Nightingale is coming up soon on my list. I might read it once I get done with the couple books I have checked out now. I finished Samuel Hawley and I didn't LOVE LOVE it but it was good. I liked his story, less so the daughter portions.

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  29. I really enjoyed Into the Water as well even though it was confusing at first. I read reviews from some people who just couldn't get into...Adding the first book (title too long) to my list! Love finding new books from my blogger ladies :-) Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis

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  30. So many people raved about Twelve Lives so I find in interesting you were just meh about it. You are very similar to me...so i guess that is how I will probably feel too. I will still read it....but lowering my expectations. Which to be honest...doesnt surprise me. Most things that are hyped I am just meh about.

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  31. I have decided come the start of school that I'm going to be reading more. Instead of redecorating the house like I did last year.... my wishlist is going strong!

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  32. I didn't dislike The Girl on the Train, but I definitely thought it was weird! I will give Into the Water a try, though :)

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  33. I'm currently listening to Into the Water and having trouble getting into it.
    I had Bear and Nightingale checked out from the library and it was my next book to read but since you said it's a series, I'm going to return. I'm tired of starting series and never finishing them because not all the books have come out.

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  34. I recently read Into The Water and I thought it was pretty good but took me a little while to get into it. I loved The Girl on the Train so I didn't expect this book to be better. I really need to read The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet, I've heard pretty good things about it!

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  35. I adore weird books based on myth/fairy tales like The Bear and the Nightingale! A similar one I read recently is Deathless by Catherynne Valente.

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  36. Hadn't heard of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, but sounds interesting! I might have to add it to the TBR list. I always love reading these posts from people - helps me decide what to read next :)

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Looking forward to more of yours too!

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  37. I'm really excited to read Into the Water! Hoping to set aside some time next weekend to dive into it!

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  38. Hmm... you don't exactly have me convinced that I need to read any of these...

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  39. I loved Into the Water. I liked Girl on the Train too, and I actually think a lot of people did before it became cool to piss on it.

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  40. Hah can I just say "women keep dying in the water" is the best synopsis i've ever heard.

    I'm bummed you didn't like Samuel Hawley too! i haven't read it yet, but I was getting the impression it would be like A.J. Fikry, but I know if it was like it at all you probably would have loved it. Torn.

    PS, screw photobucket, I deleted my account so there are going to be some nice big image errors on my old posts. Color me not giving AF.

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  41. I'm currently reading a book that is DEFINITELY a romance novel... as in, I couldn't read it on the train because I was worried people looking over my shoulder would think I was reading a porno, hahahahaha.

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  42. I quite enjoyed Into the Water too. It was suspenseful enough to keep me guessing. Looking into that first book because I loved Firefly! Bear and the nightingale is on my nightstand from the library but I might not get to it before it's due...

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  43. Looking into The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (? I think I got that title right... lol)... I LOVED The Bear and the Nightingale, however, I can see how it could be a bit slow. I think I was just super caught up in the imagery. I'd like to see where she goes with things, I loved how unique it was in terms of fantasy novels. I have Before I fall.. but I haven't gotten to it yet. I've not been reading at all recently.. ugh.. XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  44. I liked (not loved) Girl on the Train, so I am definitly trying to get my hands on Into the Water!

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