Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Bio Girl's Reading Corner

Man, I am not at all consistent with when I post these reading posts, am I? This one is actually sparked by a post referencing one of my older reading corner posts that Mel discusses today over at Stirrup Queens. (Thanks Mel!) Her post reminded me that I had once again forgotten to blog about my reading addiction, so here you go! Here's what I have been reading:

 The Martian by Andy Weir: This book is so great.  Like, it is one of the few books I have ever read that actually made me tear up out of excitement/emotions/pride? I don't know. What's the emotion that causes you to cry during the Olympics? Do other people do that? Well, if you DO, then THAT. THAT is the feeling I had at one point during this book.  The movie comes out in October and I CANNOT WAIT.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Maas: Man, I have a thing for fractured fairy tales, and I have a thing for Sarah Maas, so this book was perfect for me!  I wouldn't rank it as high as I rank her Throne of Glass series, but this is definitely worth reading if you like fantasy/fairy tale/distopian type stories with strong female leads.
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven: This is one of those books I heard great things about, and that I sorta really liked as a read it, but as it wrapped up I decided this is NOT the type of book for me. I know life is real and life is hard and not everything can be magically fixed, but I don't really need to read an entire book that reminds me that sometimes life sucks.

The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister: I liked this story. I didn't love it, but it was worth reading.  For some reason the title bothers me but I can't even tell you why because it would give away too much of the story.

The Angelfall series b Susan Ee: So this series was something I read because it kept popping up on Amazon as a "Since you liked this, we KNOW you will like Angelfall!" and I did.  I liked it just fine. I don't think it's the best of this type of trilogy/fantasy/Angel stories (It's no Daughter of Smoke and Bone !) but it was good enough to keep me entertained throughout the series.  I didn't love how it all wrapped up, which always sorta messes up my final feelings on a series like this.
Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier: I heard great things about this book, and I can see why people really like it, but it wasn't my cup of tea.  It was fine, but it took me a long time to get through it because I was just never hooked. Once it wrapped up I regretted even starting it.  Just meh.

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult: So this was the first Jodi Picoult book I have ever read and I liked her writing style, and parts of the story were REALLY interesting to me, but I can't bring myself to say I loved or highly recommend the book.  It was interesting, that's for sure. And it made me think, but there were components that were key to the story that made it hard for me to love.  It isn't really the story's fault.  The story is the story, and it's a compelling one, just not one I could ever say I loved.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins: So as I am putting this post together I am realizing how many books I have read over the last several months that I am just "meh" on.  This is another one.  I heard great things, and for me it was just okay. I had it all figured out extremely early in the book so there was no big shocking reveal.  Plus I didn't really care for any of the characters.  It's a bad combination. 
The Assassin's Blade by Sarah Maas: This is actually more of a place holder where I can mention that I decided to reread the entire Throne of Glass series in preparation for the 4th book coming out on September 1st.  Damn, this series is amazing.  You should ALLL read it.

Along with that, I have also been rereading some other favorites.  It's been awhile since I went on a rereading binge, but it's been AMAZING.  I started with the Sea of Tranquility, which... ALL THE FEELINGS. Then I began Throne of Glass. I also listened to the audio books for the first two Red Rising books (AMAZING!) and now I am listening to the Outlander series. I am at book four and IT IS SO INTENSE.  I also decided it's time for yet another rereading/listening to Harry Potter because... well... 

So that's it!  What have you read recently? anything you highly recommend??


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