Hey guys! Sorry for being MIA for SO long, I’ve literally just been caught up in college and studies, and yes, I have been neglecting the blog. I’ve been reading but blogging has pretty much taken a back seat for me, and I don’t know how to feel about it. On one side, I hate that I can’t blog as much as I used to before, but on the other hand, I don’t want to force myself to blog when I don’t have much time for it anymore???? So I guess it’s okay?
So anyway, I’m here today with my second wrap up post of the year. If you’re new to my page, hi there, I do wrap-ups every 10 books that I read, instead of the conventional monthly wrap-ups which most people tend to do. Anyway, this is what works for me, and let’s get into the books!
The Wicked King by Holly Black:
THIS WAS GOOD. Damn, I’m so glad I started this series. The Wicked King is the sequel to The Cruel Prince which is a YA fantasy novel that came out last year. It’s about Jude, our main character who has to live in the Fae world (because her dad is a Fae) and the inner, hidden intricacies about life in this world. It’s so readable, it’s exciting and it’s easily one of the best YA series I’ve read in quite a while. I think the biggest thing I love about this book is the political intrigue and the main character and her handling different scenarios in different ways. I know she’s not very likable and makes some wrong decisions but I still loved reading about her. Another thing I’d like to talk about is the romance: A lot of people are really crazy about the angsty romance in the book, but then again I know that a lot of people really don’t like it. I’m kind of in the middle here because I’m super indifferent to the romance – I feel like I’d feel exactly the same way about this book with or without the romance. The angst is fun but then again I’m not that interested in their romance and wish to see less of it in the next book!
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff:
First off, I DNFd this book. Didn’t work for me at all. I enjoyed it initially but then slowly I started disliking it; I kept forcing my way through it for a while but then finally I decided to give it up. This is a YA sci-fi series about a planet (or some other celestial body which houses humans???) under attack for some illegal activity, and how its people flee and save their lives. Like I said, this book was interesting in the beginning. The format is cool (written in the form of interviews, reports, emails, etc.) and the premise is pretty cool. But the execution goes wrong somewhere. I slowly lost interest. But the biggest problem with the book? The awful characters. The main characters are a couple of teenagers ‘in love’ and their interactions with each other and their actions are SO ANNOYING. I was so pissed at them and they’re half the reason I gave up on the book. I might give this book a try again but honestly, doesn’t seem like it.
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff:
Okay, this book got some issues. So out of all the reviews I’ve read of this book, there are people who absolutely love it and then others who simply hate it. But the one thing that stands out no matter whether you hated or loved this book: the writing. Everyone seems to love the writing of the book. Me? Hated it. I just could not deal with the writing style. It was awful and I get that it’s flowery and metaphorical and what not but it just didn’t fit well with me. Surprising, since I usually enjoy that style of writing but something about Lauren Groff’s writing just had me sighing and skipping major chunks of the book while reading it. I was actually pretty interested in the story but by the end, I was so done with the writing that I gave the book up. It’s about this couple who meet and fall in love and get married – and then the (kinda) downfall of their marriage. The story was quite interesting but the writing just did not work for me AT ALL.
In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire:
This is the fourth book in The Wayward Children series and I was quite anticipating it. It’s a very innovative series about a school for all those children who travel to different fantasy worlds, come back to the real world and have troubles fitting into it. Each installment in this series follows a different main character who goes to a different world, so the books can be read out of order. This book follows Katherine Lundy, who’s the daughter of her school’s principal. She’s an excellent student but is extremely lonely until one day, she stumbles into a giant tree and there begins her adventure. It’s super fun and a very light, easy, quick read!
Little Men by Louisa May Alcott:
If you’ve heard of this author, you probably know her for her work Little Women. It’s one of the staples of children’s classics/fiction and it’s one of my all-time favorite books. I decided to give her other books a try, and went ahead with Little Men! And this book is so cute! I’m not the hugest fan of children’s books but this one was delightfully heartwarming and I enjoyed reading it so much. It’s about a school for boys run by Jo March (from Little Women) and their lives and what all they do. It’s extremely cheerful and a great book to read as a kid.
Golden Son by Pierce Brown:
This book was good. It’s the second book in the Red Rising trilogy which is a YA sci-fi about a society divided into various strata (colors – like Reds, Browns, Grays, Golds, etc.) and the lowest colors rising up in rebellion against the highest ones. I love the story and the overall atmosphere of the book but the one thing I noticed while reading both the books was that it is a bit difficult to read and get through. It’s a great story but something about the writing makes it a very slow read for me. I enjoy the books, it’s intriguing but it’s just a little difficult to read.
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail:
Okay, so I picked this book up on a complete whim. I found out what this is about and randomly started reading it one day because it sounded pretty interesting. It’s a memoir about the author’s journey trekking the Pacific Crest Trail and the kind of self-discoveries and realizations she goes through during her journey. I usually enjoy such journey/adventure type books and I thought I’d really like this book. I’d say this was a pretty mediocre book to read – I think watching the movie would be a lot more fun. I really enjoyed parts of the book where she’s actually trekking and discovering new things and putting up with all challenges, but the parts of the book where she goes into flashback and keeps talking about her past life gets a little boring, honestly. There are bits in the book which really drag and overall, they took away from my enjoyment of the book.
My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite:
Wohoo this book had a crazy, interesting premise. It’s about a girl, Ayoola, who is a serial killer and keeps murdering her boyfriends, and then calling up her sister Korede to clean the mess and take care of the body. Until one day, Ayoola meets the man Korede likes and the possibilities of a romance (and future murder) spark up. It’s written in a very unique style and is a very engaging, well-written story. The last few pages (the ending) was not very fulfilling but the rest of the book is really, really good. I’d highly recommend this book to you guys!
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng:
This was a reread! I read this book for the first time last year and it was one of my favorite books of the year! I absolutely, absolutely love this book and I really wanted to reread it this year to annotate it. It’s an adult literary fiction (kinda?) about a Chinese-American family whose eldest daughter dies, and the book takes you back into the history and the lives of the characters to trace out exactly what it had to happen. It’s a beautiful book, it’s exquisitely written and has some of the most amazing characterizations I’ve ever, ever read. It’s very well done, intriguing and a must read for everyone.
Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid:
This book was good. This is Taylor Jenkins Reid’s (author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo) newest release and it’s SO GOOD! It’s an adult historical fiction about a band and Daisy Jones (a solo singer) and their individual and joint career journey in the 70s. It’s a great portrait of the life of rock’n’roll back in the 70s and the characterization, the plot, everything was amazingly done and worth a read. The book is written in the form of interviews by the various people involved in the story, and in spite of the format of the book, it portrays character relationships beautifully. I would highly recommend this book!
And that’s it! I feel like I did read some pretty good books, but I had a couple of major disappointments in there too. Overall, I’m happy with the books I picked up!