July 2017 Wrap-up + Thoughts

I started reading again. I’m not sure if I was experiencing a slump or I just let college life overwhelm me. However, I’m craving books again. I’m ready for an adventure!! These are the books I finished this month.

  1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline [DISCUSSION *spoilers included]
  2. Vicious by V.E. Schwab [DISCUSSION * spoilers included]
  3. YOU by Caroline Kepnes
  4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  5. Dark Lord: the Early Years by Jamie Thomson
  6. Prophecy by Ellen Oh
  7. Hexed by Michelle Krys
  8. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
  9. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

I was actually quite proud of myself for reading this many books as well as participating in the 2017 Booktubeathon minus the video challenges. (I do wonder how long this streak will last because reading hibernations are a common occurrence.)

On to the mini-review.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Besides the 80s reference I found the plot to be very compelling. While the book started off strong I felt a little lost until the latter half of the book. There was much more happening then. I could definitely tell that Ernest Cline was passionate about all the references (comics, games, consoles, etc.). I was looking forward to what would be mentioned throughout the entire book. I have to admit that I did not know much of the 80s reference, but the ones that I did fascinated me.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab
I found myself torn throughout the book. V.E. Schwab knows how to create characters that I felt some empathy for them (even though the characters are anti-heroes). This book jumps from past to future and from character to character, but each chapter was labeled making the reading experience easier. This book ended too quick probably because the pace throughout the book was also fast.

YOU by Caroline Kepnes
Well, reading this book was a bit creepy since the book is told from the perspective Joe, a stalker. I found the premise to be interesting since I don’t read much of this genre (adult thriller), but I found myself just in limbo the entire time like I was just reading to see how everything would end. There were moments where I questioned my morality when I felt empathy for him (but we’re all human).

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I wanted to like this book so much. I purchased this book at a library sale for 50 cents so many years ago (probably not that many) and I finally read it now. While this book takes place in a circus I was really surprised by the magic element. I did have a harder time reading this book mainly because I completely ignored the headings of the chapter (it’s a bad habit). If I had read the headings then I would realize that the book jumps from certain points in time to another.

Regardless, this was one of the books where I enjoyed reading about the secondary characters than the main characters. I found myself annoyed at the main characters often. The interactions between the main characters were limited, but they communicated with each other through their craft. I guess there could be something said of learning about one person through their art, but I felt there was not enough focus on it for me to get invested.

Dark Lord: the Early Years by Jamie Thomson
I guess I should have done more research before I read it, but I also got this book at a library sale for 50 cents. I thought this book would be middle grade but looking on Barnes and Noble I would agree that the book is more chilren’s fiction.

Basically Dirk somehow came to the human world from his where he was Dark Lord. He still retains all his memories and is trying to survive in the human world he is stuck in. This book explores the idea of embracing one’s identity and the adults in the world are “know it alls” who think they have all the answers. This book just wasn’t for me, but the plot is very interesting and imaginative.

Prophecy by Ellen Oh
Again another book that has been on my shelf for a long time (also a book that I have seen on the library shelves in the past). Unfortunately, I also could not get into the story. This book is a good introductory into Korean mythical fantasy such as dragons, demons, animal spirits, etc.). I was often reminded of all those historical Korean dramas (especially ‘Faith’ starring Kim Hee Sun and Lee Min Ho) that I watched in the past. There are Korean words throughout the book but Ellen Oh explained every word accordingly.

Hexed by Michelle Krys
I was not sure what to expect from the book. I know it dealt with witches in the modern world (so I guess it’s urban fantasy?). While the romance between Indie and Leo felt kind of insta-lovely all other aspects of the story made the entire ride worthwhile. What made everything worthwhile was the plot, the character conversations between the characters, and I was interested in learning about Paige, Indie’s friend. (This was a book where I was interested in the secondary characters more than the main characters. Mostly because there is usually a lot of relationship drama.) I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
I finished this book the Friday before Booktubeathon 2017 started because I did not want any unfinished books before starting a readathon. (I usually do not like reading more than one book at a time.) This would be my second Brandon Sanderson book which doesn’t make any sense since I do not own all the books to the series. I mean, I could have started with Mistborn series where I do own all three books in the series. My priorities are jumbled.

This book surprised me. There were a lot of twists and revelations that I did not see coming at all. Brandon Sanderson did leave small hints here and there but I did not pick up on it because I just continued reading on. (I should read more slowly, but I got caught up in action and adventure.) I did not have a firm grasp on what the book was about until I actually read it. I was rooting for David, the main character, the whole time because I found him to be a likable character. I do like David’s character growth through the story though. I was so close in purchasing the next book off of BookOutlet right away, but I decided against it since I have to read other books. (I can always check the book out from the library.)

Landline by Rainbow Rowell
I loved the idea of the book, it sounded very Il Mare aka Lake House except with a rotary phone. The story is Adult Contemporary. I did enjoy learning more of the romance between Georgie and Neal; however, I felt as if the story was too short for me to really get into it. The pacing of the story did make sense because there was a deadline for Georgie. I do have to mention that this book could have been read during the winter (if you’re into that whole seasonal thing) since the finale leads up to Christmas. I loved the plot and the message the book portrays, but I just didn’t have the connection that I wanted with the book.

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Whew. Now we’ll see how next month will look like.



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