Have you ever experienced book commitmentophobia? For me this is often the first symptom of an impending reading slump. I also experience this when the book is hella big. You feel me?
The last week has been pretty much the worst as far as reading goes. I haven’t really read anything since I finished Storm Front by Jim Butcher, and I finished that on the 17th. I’ve tried to read. But nothing has really captured my attention. I’ve started like seven different books, but I wasn’t in the mood to read any of them! I think I’m reading The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly right now, but I’m less than fifty pages in so I might change my mind again. Le sigh.
So, since my last post, here are things I’ve read!
As I expected, Deceptions was awesome (5/5). It did not disappoint. The only disappointing thing is that now I have to wait forever for the next one to come out! And I WANT IT NOW. From there I moved on to Felicia Day’s memoir, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost). Again, another winner! I loved it (5/5). Felicia is hilarious and wonderful and her memoir is definitely worth a read! It reflects on her time growing up, her anxiety, her addiction to World of Warcraft, and the rise of her career. What a lady! After that I read Storm Front by Jim Butcher, the first book in the Dresden Files (3.5/5). This series is about Harry Dresden, the Wizard/P.I. I enjoyed the world building and the fantasy and stuff, but I’m not the biggest detective novel reader. And that’s basically what this is. Just with urban fantasy stuff thrown in. I did enjoy it and will likely continue the series, though (for a few books anyway at least. There are like a million). I’ve given up on Armada for now. I had been listening to the audiobook, but I just haven’t been feeling it for a while now. I only listen to audiobooks in the car, and lately I’ve just wanted to jam to some sweet tunes. It’s nothing against Armada–I still plan on reading/listening to it! At some point. Now is just not that point.
Also with my weird reading mood, I have no idea what I want to read next. I don’t even know if I want to read what I am reading! And, like I said, at the moment I’m pretty sure that’s The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes. The first few pages really drew me in, and it hasn’t lost my attention yet. I’m still not really in a read-y mood (boo) but I think I can bust outta this slump with this book! Hopefully. Blerg.
Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke A. Allen
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1) William Shakespeare
I’ve read 10 of Kinsella’s books, and that number will increase shortly! I’m going to read more of the Shopaholic books soon 😀 Kinsella is one of my favourite authors—I’m going to read anything that lady writes.
3) Philippa Gregory
I’ve read 10 of Gregory’s books so far. It’s been a while since I’ve picked one of her’s up, but I’ve been craving some historical fiction so maybe I’ll read some more soon!
4) Louise Rennison
I’ve read 10 of Rennison’s books—The complete Georgia Nicholson series! This was one of my absolute faves in junior high! So hysterical!
5) Sarah Dessen
As a teen, Dessen’s books were my favourite. In high school I read every one of her books that were published then! I’ve read 9 of her books so far, and have 3 more on my shelves!
6) Jodi Picoult
It’s been a while since I read one of Picoult’s book, but I have 4 waiting for me, and I have already read 8!
7) Jane Austen
I’ve read all of Austen’s novels and juvenilia! So, I think that’s 7? Austen’s my fave. My favourite of hers is a tie between Emma and Pride & Prejudice!
9) Stephen King
I think I’ve read 6 Stephen King books. I’m not 100% sure. But something like that! I’ve got a ton more than that and I am definitely going to read them in the not too distant future!
I haven’t read a ton since my last Monday post, but what I have read has been amazing! Here’s the lowdown! I’ve been pretty busy since my lat update, and the weather has been pretty fickle. I haven’t read as much as I would have liked, but as I said, I’ve read some really great stuff.
After I finished Shopaholic Ties the Knot, I had picked Red Dragon by Thomas Harris. Unfortunately, however, it just wasn’t really doing it for me. I don’t know if it was the book itself or just my reading mood, but I decided to put it down. Maybe I’ll pick it back up another time? I don’t know. I really had OD’d on YA though, so I went with some more adult picks. First I read Chimamada Ngozi Adiche’s amazing We Should All Be Feminists (5/5). So well written, so many insights. If you haven’t read this short book (adapted from a speech, so, really short), you need to! From that gem I moved on to The Invisibles by Cecila Galante (5/5). I received a copy of this book for a blog tour, and boy am I glad I signed up for that one! Read my review here and win a copy (ends 8/8/15)! Next I moved on to Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (5/5). What a beautiful story. I can’t believe I waited so long to read it! It’s been on my TBR since its release! So good. I then enjoyed the lovely first volume of Thor: Goddess of Thunder (5/5). Frost giants, dark elves, lady heroes…What more can you ask for? Finally, yesterday I finished The Martian (5/5) by Andy Weir! I picked this one up with some birthday money and am I glad I did. I wanted to make sure I read it before the movie comes out and now I just can’t wait. COME ON OCTOBER 2ND!
All of my latest reads have been 5 stars for me on Goodreads! I highly recommend all of them.
Right now I’m currently reading two books. I’m still making my way through the audiobook of Armada by Ernest Cline. I’ve been listening to music in the car lately rather than the book—not sure why. So I’m still not too to far into it. However, what I have listened to I’ve really enjoyed! The other thing I’m reading is Deceptions by Kelley Armstrong! I received a copy of this one from Random House Canada and I am SO EXCITED. This is the third book in Armstrong’s Cainsville series. I adored the first two books and I can’t wait to get more into Deceptions. I’ve only read the first few pages but I’m loving it already! If you haven’t started this series yet, it’s a must. Want to know more? check out my review of the first book in the series, Omens.
One I finish these two, I have no idea what I’ll feel like reading next. I’m enjoying this foray back into adult fiction so I think I will continue that for the time being. Other than that, who knows! I’ll let you know next time what I picked up!
Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 4th, 2015 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Note: I was provided with a copy of the book for my participation in this TLC book tour and my honest review. All opinions expressed here are completely honest and completely my own.
I loved The Invisibles—both the characters and the novel as a whole. As these quirky women each try to move on and live their lives, they realize there’s an unbreakable bond tying them together that they can’t shake: history. And try as they might, they can’t out run it. They have to face it. Over a decade after their time together, when one of them is hurting, they band together around her. This dredges up the past and so many old memories—some good, some… not so much. We see all this through the eyes of Nora. Out of the four women, she is the most quiet, the most subdued. She’s closed herself off to the world—and this includes even the Invisibles.
When they come together again, it’s a strange feeling. These women feel both like strangers, and like coming home. There are so many layers to these women and their lives. As the story goes on, another peels back. This unraveling goes on right until the end, and this pacing fits the story just right.
I loved the characters in this book. They are each so unique, and so fleshed out. Each has baggage that, try as they might, they can’t seem to get rid of. They are fun, funny, and flawed.
I sped through this book, always needing to know more, never wanting to leave the gang behind. I loved getting to know these women and learn about their lives and their pasts. Not going to lie, I even shed a few tears at the end! I hesitate to describe this book as Women’s Fiction because I think that might unjustly pigeonhole it. However, it could be described as such. But it’s also much more than that.
Content warning: Scenes of, and allusions to, abuse and abortion. There is also some mild to explicit language.
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