Lindsey from Bring My Books tagged me on this Coffee Book Tag and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect! I’ve fallen way behind on blog posts (I seriously have at least eight book reviews to write right now and I’m constantly trying to catch up) so a quick and fun blog post is just what I need!
THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS by Cassandra Clare | I don’t really know if this is tough for other people to get into since the fan base is so huge but I had a hard time with CITY OF BONES. It felt like there were way too many Harry Potter parallels (yes, I know it started out as fanfic) and I just couldn’t get past it. There were other things too, of course, but I never got into this series.
THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater | Okay, so this isn’t really a “festive” book but it’s MY read-it-at-a-certain-time-of-the-year book. I don’t really read Christmas-y books and I do like to read scary (well, scariER. I don’t really do horror) books at Halloween… But I am guaranteed to read THE SCORPIO RACES at the end of October into November. I’ve been able to get my timing down pretty darn well to have my audiobook end on November 1st or right around there the past two years 😀
WALK TWO MOONS by Sharon Creech | This book really made an impression on me as a kid. I re-read it as an adult and I still ugly cried at the end!
ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff | Oh gosh, I could pick so many books for this topic but I’m reading GEMINA right now and this series is just SO GOOD. The books are massive but they go by so quickly and I don’t want to put them down!
PREP by Curtis Sittenfeld | I LITERALLY see this in every used books store I have ever set foot in and I didn’t know anyone who’s read it until I grabbed the cover image from Goodreads and saw that people reviewed it. Is it so good that there are so many copies in the world or so bad that no one wants to keep theirs…? It’s honestly become a joke now to find PREP whenever we go to the bookstore.
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT by Dahlia Adler | Dahlia Adler’s new adult books are self-published and while I need to read the other two companions in this series, I can vouch that LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT (the first) is amazing!
GLASS SWORD by Victoria Aveyard | I enjoyed RED QUEEN but I wasn’t IN LOVE with it. I still wanted to continue the series and since I enjoyed the ending of RQ so much, I had high hopes for GLASS SWORD. The book started off with a lot of action — which is okay — but the characters just felt soooo flat, the action felt boring, and I just really didn’t feel like anything was happening. I ended up marking it as DNF and surprisingly a lot of people agreed!
QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J. Maas | QUEEN OF SHADOWS was such an amazing read for me. It felt like coming home and like I just belonged in this world but it was also full of friendship, love, messy emotions, heartbreak, strength, vengeance, redemption… You name it, this book had it all. I absolutely loved it.
ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins | I truly did not give a second thought to France before I read ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS (the first time) and now it’s a place I HAVE to visit someday so I can see all of Anna’s favorite places!
A STUDY IN SCARLET by Arthur Conan Doyle | I’m not big on classics but I do love Sherlock Holmes. And by love I mean I’ve read one book. A STUDY IN SCARLET was my very first book review on my blog and I haven’t read another Holmes novel since then… But I want to! We just watched the movies (*cue everyone’s groan that I’ve watched movies and not read books*) on TV the other day and I’m getting the itch again.
DEVOTED by Jennifer Mathieu | This book has religious context and it’s totally not one I would have picked up for myself. Thanks to the publisher’s recommendation, I read it and really, really enjoyed it. It’s more than religion or pushing a message one way or another — it’s really just about Rachel figuring out who she is for herself, apart from what her family believes. It’s not over the top rebellion, it’s not crazy cult. It’s a normal, believable, and realistic story about a girl figuring out her own way in the world. It was very good! A quiet read but one I couldn’t put down.
Thanks to Lindsey for tagging me for this! It was just what I needed.
Tagging Andi (Andi’s ABCs) any anyone else who would like to do it!