hello again, reader friends!
the past few weeks i have been MIA on the blog due to being at camp and for more reasons explained here, which means that i haven’t been constantly updating my goodreads profile every single minute of every day. the day i came back, i did rate all the books i read while i was on hiatus, but i didn’t end up writing reviews because #lazy. so i thought i would update you guys with “micro-reviews” of everything i’ve read in the past month. basically, i’ll write a couple of sentences with likes and dislikes instead of writing a full blown 80 page thesis on every one of the books. let’s get going!
01. The Secret History
oh. my. goodness. this book has officially made it onto my “very favorites of all time list.” i absolutely loved the telling of the story, the characters, and everything else about this book. especially the pretentiousness. i promised myself these reviews would be short for this post, but a full review and discussion should be coming soon on my goodreads account (hopefully).
02. Our Dark Duet
another book that completely blew it out of the park for me and made it onto my favorites list. Our Dark Duet focuses more on Kate’s story than August’s (or at least i found this to be the case). i went into the story loving August about 10x more than Kate, but i came out honestly loving both of them equally. i think that Schwab did an amazing job with Kate’s character in particular, but with the whole book was superbly written.
03. Flame in the Mist
going into Flame in the Mist, i told myself i would give Renee Ahdieh another chance after disliking The Wrath and the Dawn. many people in the book community said that they liked the book, and i hoped that i would too. to a certain extent i enjoyed it, but just like Ahdieh’s other books, it fell flat for me. i thought the writing of the book was fine and the idea of the world was an excellent idea, but the characters and execution of the plot fell flat for me. just like The Wrath and the Dawn, i felt that the plot was very forced and the main character’s end goal of revenge didn’t make too much sense.
04. Shiny Broken Pieces
this was more like a 3.5 star book for me. boy was it entertaining with all the drama, and you know how i love my ballet books and t.v. shows, but the plot of the story felt a little forced to me, like the authors were trying to squeeze the absolute max amount of juice out of the story world. put simply, i just didn’t enjoy Shiny Broken Pieces as much as the first book in the series. i will say that i was secretly rooting for Bette (aka the ultimate mean girl in book 1) the whole book which surprises me.
05. Ink and Bone
another “meh” read. there will be a full review coming up in the next couple days though, so i won’t say too much. i didn’t really see anything special in the characters, and you know that characters are what make or break the book for me. although some of the world building concepts were interesting, the fact that the book was technically a dystopia threw me off. i think that a younger madeline maybe a few years ago would have enjoyed this more.
06. Always and Forever, Lara Jean
4.5 stars. if you’re looking for a plot -driven and intense finale, this definitely is not it. Always and Forever is one of the cutest books i have ever read, and the fact that this is Lara Jean’s last book is so nostalgic for me. i still remember reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before for the first time, and loving it. it’s fairly hard to see myself represented in books being half-Korean, but this series did it perfectly. ahh i love these books. one thing: i did find some of the writing/some scenes to be rather choppy, but that’s my only gripe.
07. The Scorpio Races
another addition to my favorites of all time list. everything about this book is done so flawlessly. my favorite aspect of the book though has to be the world building. Stiefvater created an island so easily pictured and well-developed. the whole aura of Sean and Puck’s world exudes the aura that defines Maggie Stiefvater’s writing and makes her books so special.
08. A Brief History of Time
for some strange reason, nonfiction books such as this one and books i read for school are the hardest for me to rate because i’m not sure that all of them are supposed to be read for enjoyment. however, i loved reading A Brief History of Time. it was a book i borrowed from a friend almost desperately, but i actually ended up finding it extremely interesting. the most impressive part of the book was how easy Stephen Hawking made it to understand even the most complex of concepts by making parallels between these concepts and everyday life.
hope you enjoyed seeing my recent reads! if you ask me, the past month was a pretty amazing reading month! i mean, three books put on my favorites of all time list? that’s pretty good if i do say so myself!
what books have you read recently? anything spectacularly good or bad? have you read any of these books? what are your thoughts? talk with me in the comments! (hmu with discussions about the origins of the universe/ABHoT in general if you want!)