Has anyone noticed that Goodreads isn’t updating the reading challenges correctly anymore on their app? I think it started in February for me, but I’ve finished (drum roll) five books this week and only two of them are actually visible on the challenge page in the app. I’m not sure why that is, but let me just say it’s been kind of annoying as I prepare to write this post.
Alright, so, updates!
The first is that, as I’ve mentioned before, I’m hosting a readalong for A Court of Thorns and Roses where we all basically read the book together and I feature any reviews written by you guys if you read along with me (just let me know in the comments of any Readalong posts!) here on my blog. Anyone reading along should be just over a fourth of the way through right now if they’re following the timeline, but this is by no means a requirement.
In addition to that, I announced a few days ago that I’m also going to be giving away one free paperback copy of the book. This is unfortunately for those in the U.S. only. Anyone entering internationally has the chance to win a Nook/Kindle/iBook copy, whichever you prefer. For updates and links to previous posts regarding the Readalong, please visit the Read With Me! page at the top of my blog.
Books I’ve read:
I bought a copy of Wires and Nerve: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer, so naturally I finished it the very day I got it, which was not an easy feat considering the fact that I had familial obligations to attend to with my boyfriend’s family that night. Wires and Nerve was wonderful, as I love all things related to The Lunar Chronicles and you can read my full review here.
Next up was Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, which I enjoyed though I’ll admit it didn’t leave me feeling very emotionally invested in the characters. I guess this was just one of those books, for me, that had amazing writing and a great plot but I just was never really feeling it. And I can’t pinpoint anything in particular because the book was very good. I think it’s the sort of thing that happens when I read a genre that I’m not typically very fond of. I’m impressed with the writing, the characters were beautifully developed, but it didn’t inspire any zest or deep desire in me to immediately pick up the next book. I’m not sure why.
Following, I read L.I.F.E. in the 23rd Century by Jason R. Richter and a review will be coming just as soon as it’s officially published on the book club review site I originally wrote it for. I really enjoyed this book, though the ending was a bit weird. I’ll be exceedingly happy when I no longer have to talk about it, though, because typing out the title has been rather annoying if only because of the word L.I.F.E. A period after every letter every time you type the title can be exhausting. This book is definitely worth reading, though, if you have the time. It’s science fiction and admittedly has a few flaws, but it was pretty imaginative and captivating. (Not a YA book.)
I think by this point anyone who has been following this blog knows I read Brave by Rose McGowan. I haven’t written a review just yet, but I’ve definitely been pretty open about my views on the matter and every time I discuss the book, either because I bought it or because it arrived in the mail, I’ve added a bit of commentary about the situation, the author, and the book itself. A review will be coming shortly, though I imagine it will have a lot of the things I’ve already said before in it. Even so, I couldn’t not write an official review in the end.
Finally, I finished reading Roomies by Christina Lauren last night! This book was honestly such a pleasant surprise for me, finished in just under 24 hours and much better than I had imagined it would be. It’s definitely a guilty pleasure book, but the thing is that it plays with a theme that has been somewhat cliched at this point and it plays with it well. I was impressed. I generally dislike romance novels on account of the simple easy to read writing style they typically have and the excessive sex that I’m just not particularly interested in reading, but Roomies was well written and interesting enough to keep me thoroughly engaged. Definitely a book deserving of a recommendation, at least. A review will be coming in the next few days for this one as well.
Last minute thoughts:
I haven’t done much else this week other than work, though if you’ve been reading my posts lately (on Monday, to be specific), you’ll know all about When We First Met and my fears about it. This is a made for Netflix movie that came out yesterday and I’m going to have a sit down with my boyfriend and watch it tonight(!) so we’ll see if my worries have any merit. Fingers crossed it’s not terrible and toxic. I’ll update you all on Monday about how it went.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about or are just interested in hearing tabout my worries regarding When We First Met and the toxic disgusting idea of the Friendzone, feel free to read my post about it all here.
That’s all for now! Happy reading, everyone!