I don’t even know what to say about this month.
Obviously, there is a lot going on in the world right now that is making things kind of uncomfortable for a lot of people. I hope anyone reading this is healthy and safe and keeping their minds occupied. I know some people are really not interested in some of the more frivolous topics at the moment, which I definitely understand. I personally think a certain amount of distraction and escape is a very welcome thing right now, so things like reading and video games and creating art are even closer to my heart at the moment.
This month I have actually been very inspired and have been doing a lot of work writing a story I’ve been working on, so I did a bit less reading than I would have liked to. I did still read a decent amount, by my standards, but about a week or so before the end of the month I really just spent most of my focus on other things.
But let’s just get to the books.
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The Books I Finished (and my thoughts on them):
Origin by Jessica Khoury
This is another book that has been on my shelf for years and that I attempted to read a couple times but never got all the way through for some reason or another. It’s a pretty decent story. Not the best I’ve ever read but I enjoyed it for the most part, although I will also say I have no desire to read any of the other stories in this series. The concept of this book is very interesting in my opinion; it basically revolves around a girl named Pia who has been created in a lab in the rainforest to be the start of an immortal race of humans. She’s basically been made to be perfect and live forever and has spent her life training to become a scientist who can carry on the job to create more immortal humans like herself. Of course then there’s a boy, and secrets and shocking reveals of the truth behind her existence, blah blah blah. All that stuff these kinds of books have to include of course. A lot of the actual story failed to be as interesting as the premise though and some of it, particularly the development of the love story aspect was extremely cheesy and forced. But a fairly entertaining read over all.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Ok so, I loved this book so much more than the first one. I definitely enjoyed the first one but there were some things I didn’t really care for. In particular some characters *cough*Tamlin*cough* I know we were supposed to love that I just kind of repulsed by from the very beginning. But oh my goodness the characters in this one, I just love them. I loved Rhys from the first second his character was introduced in the first book and I was honestly a little surprised at where the story ended up going. Pleasantly surprised, definitely, but still surprised.
One thing about this book that kind of bugs me a bit, which is actually a similar issue that I had with the first one, is that at one point in the story a character will all of a sudden need to reveal a MASSIVE AMOUNT OF INFORMATION to Feyre all at once and something about the way it’s done really pulls me out of the story and kinda makes me start to eye roll a bit. I mean, I understand there are things that need to be revealed I just find it a little awkward when a character is all of a sudden like; “Ok now let me monologue for 30 minutes and explain the entire history of everything and why all these things that happened throughout the story were justifiable.”
This time it was particularly frustrating because, without giving too much away, the character doing the info dumping in this book has other options to fill Feyre in on things. They use these other methods OVER AND OVER AGAIN throughout the story. But instead when it’s time to reveal things to her he basically talks for TWELVE PAGES.
Oh, I also was not expecting these books to be quite so…sexually explicit. Not that I have an issue with it personally, but damn. Sarah J. Maas gets descriptive.
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
I loved this book but it also frustrated me a fair amount. For one thing, it was very long. Which is not a bad thing of course. Let’s be real, if you’re loving a story why would you want it to end, right? The problem is that, I think partially due to its length, it occasionally lost steam throughout and definitely got repetitive at certain points. I felt like the characters were kind of going in circles sometimes, with talk of needing a plan and having an idea for a plan but talking themselves out of said plan only to come back around to it because they needed a plan… you get what I mean I hope. I felt like they kept having the same conversations over and over and nothing ever felt like it would ever be resolved. I felt like they were stuck in a loop.
There were some really great surprises though. Definitely some parts made me laugh and others made me cry. I enjoyed a lot of the characters that were introduced, and a lot of the character development was really interesting. I just feel like maybe the book could have been about 2/3 of the length and gotten to the point a lot sooner.
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
What can I say about A Court of Frost and Starlight, or shall I call it A Court of Frost and SEXUAL FRUSTRATION?
At this point, due to reading this series basically back to back, I’m kind of fond of some of these characters. Some of the scenes where they’re bantering back and forth actually made me laugh out loud.
But I have to admit, I felt quite exasperated with this story in some ways. I thought by the end of the previous book that Nesta had started to come around, and I actually grew to kind of like her character – which is impressive because I hated her in the beginning of the series. Then this book just, undid everything I think. I’ve seen some reviews that said this book was kind of pointless because nothing really happens, nothing seemed to move forward or be resolved, and I do kind of agree with that to a point. It was still entertaining and I feel like more than anything it served to just wrap up the love story that was unfolding over the previous 3 books, and it definitely did that well. I just was hoping for more I guess.
Total Books Read This Month: 4
Total Books Read Overall: 11
Total Height Read This Month: 6 inches
Total Height Read So Far: 1’3.5”
(Please do not judge me for these not being in the right order, when I went to take the pictures I was lazy. That’s my only excuse)
Once again I also started a book that I thought would end up on this list, but didn’t because I never finished because I got distracted by other things. Bad habit.
Leave me a comment and let me know what you’ve read so far this year, and what you’ve loved.