You may have noticed the absence of a wrap up last week. I am, as I have been trying to communicate, going through a tough time. It’s hard in an era of oversharing to not overindulge myself in sympathy. It is something I am quite used to. But, I preface this wrap up of weeks 2 and 3 of July 2018, with a reminder to be gentle with yourself.
Week 2 and 3 Books Read
New Series I Love:
Brandon Mull’s Fablehaven was such a hit. I regret not having picked up the sequel when I was hauling the books. The main characters are young yet charming, clever, curious, and flawed. Humorous creatures and endlessly beautiful world building in this story, too. Connor mentions this series often. I am glad to have taken the plunge.
What Was That?–Books I Disliked/Didn’t Like As Much as I Thought I Would
Garth Nix’s Mister Monday was strange. The number of absurd things going on was overwhelming for me. Sometimes, I feel like authors focus on creating a world with incredible creatures way too much. Arthur was not memorable in any way.
I honestly would have loved a story following Suzy Turquoise Blue.
A Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman had potential but ultimately brought a lot of anxiety to me. Changing points of view, a handful of characters that I could not tell apart, led me to DNF the book at the 60% mark. The pacing was too slow for me to enjoy the plot.
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin was not as exciting as I thought it’d be. It was dry and distant. However, I did get some ideas on how to direct my life with projects and goals.
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi is engaging and interesting. It’s not the most well-developed world building (or even character development). Nevertheless, there is a charm to the story that I am not even going to try and deny.
The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson was the most beautiful book I have read up until this point in July. It’s easily a contender for topping my list for the whole year, in fact. (More posts to come).