After moving (and unpacking to SNL 2004-2009 – thanks Hulu+!) I ended up not reading too much in June. I got back on the horse in July with some of my ebook holds finally coming in from the library. Plus, with some air travel, I finally had some time in which about all I could do was sit and read (heaven!).
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (Discovery of Witches #2) (584 pages) ★★★★★
I finally managed to get my hands on a library copy of this book! Of the many trilogies that I have read, the second one often falls flat – it has to draw out the plot and leave all the true surprises for book 3. Shadow of Night avoids all of these pitfalls as it is set in the 16th century, such a momentary diversion from the initial narrative that the book almost stands of its own.
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (Discovery of Witches #3) (561 pages) ★★★★★
The third book in the trilogy returns to the present and answers all the issues. I felt like the last few chapters were a little rushed, given the narrative time allotted to lesser episodes, but the ending was satisfactory and I loved it.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (318 pages) ★★
Although I found this book to be well-written and sweet, it was somewhat predictable. Sorry…
Island 731 by Jeremy Robinson (343 pages) ★★★
Hailed as the next Jurassic Park, this book scared the crap out of me. We had just moved into a new, very rural, house, and now I was reading a book about an Island on which people kept showing up dead and mutilated! If you like that kind of suspense, it’s a good book (I was transfixed until I finished it), but I don’t think it’s really as good as Jurassic Park
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige (464 pages) ★★★★
Argh, another trilogy (?) which I started before all the books are out! Needless to say, I loved it. I’m a big Wicked fan, so convincing me that Oz was messed up and it was Dorothy’s fault somehow was a pretty simple sell. The only reason not to read this immediately is because you are waiting for the release of the other books.
No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige (196 pages) ★★★★
Thank goodness for the new trend of 0.5 books. This is a prequel to Dorothy Must Die from Dorothy’s point of view. And despite my skeptisism, there are a few events that both explain why she is the way she is and make me sympathetic to her. Can.not.wait.for.next.book!
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (352 pages) ★★★
Cute, weird, not too long, on waiting list for the next book. I could see this series turning out amazingly or not so much, so I guess I’ll wait to read book #2.
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (349 pages) ★★★
Why do I read these books? As you might guess, this book is creepy and dark, but once you start, you have to discover the truth about the night that the main character’s family was murdered. If you loved Gone Girl, you will most likely like this one – it’s a similar tone.
Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich (368 pages) ★
Click lit with no character development. I read it all, but it was somewhat predictable.
Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman (298 pages) ★★★★★
I really enjoyed this book and it’s made me want to watch the tv series (even if the series sounds like the plot goes in a completely different direction).
Progress on Challenge: (New points are bolded)
Any book(5 points): A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
- Book written before I was born (10 points)
- Book that I didn’t finish the first time (10 points)
Children’s book(10 points): The One by Kiera Cass A book from The New York Times’ Best Sellers List(15 points): Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- Non-European Historical Fiction (15 points)
A book that another blogger reads(15 points): Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, read by Megan @ Megan’s Hobby Corner A book with “child(ren)” in the title(20 points): Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs A book that will be a film in 2014(20 points): The Fault in Our Stars by John Green A book written by a blogger(25 points): When Audrey Met Alice by Rebecca Behrens A biography or memoir(25 points): Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman A pair of books with antonyms in the titles(30 points): Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige & The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
Previous Points: 60 (May)
June + July Points: 105
Current Total: 165
- Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown
- The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy
- All the Truth That’s in Me by Julie Berry
- Shopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella
- Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
- Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
- Island 731 by Jeremy Robinson
- Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich
What should I read next? What do you recommend?