The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz | The Blacksmith Queen by GA Aiken | Open Your Eyes by Paula Daly
Man, it feels like forever since I’ve given you guys a reading update. Last week, I meant to at least have a couple of things to post but I didn’t intend to post them in one day! *facepalm* Anyway, things have not quite settle down at work so I’ve been a little behind. Today (Sunday), I decided to just sit down and do a few scheduling.
I started The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz yesterday and have been enjoying it, so I want to finish it this week. I also aim to start The Blacksmith Queen because even if I’m not a fan of fantasy, I have heard some good things, least of all is how funny this book is. I started listening to Open Your Eyes by Paula Day. I’ve got to be honest and say that I don’t know anything about this book. It feels like a suspense/mystery, but I could be wrong. I’ve only read one book by this author in the past and have enjoyed it. So hopefully, I’ll feel the same way about this one.
R E A D L A S T W E E K
I didn’t think it was possible, but I actually read 9 books last week. A couple were re-reads, and a couple are instant favourite reads — for this year, at least.
- Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta is a re-read. I always have a compunction to read Ms. Marchetta’s books no matter the season. In the summer, I managed to re-read her Lumatere Chronicles at least three times. This one is just as wonderful as I remember.
- Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta is the first book to her Lumatere Chronicles – a fantasy that I could read and re-read for a number of times and I will never not cry, nor laugh, nor give it any less than 5 stars. It is so freaking good.
- Lie With Me by Philippe Benson was a book translated from French by Molly Ringwald. Yes, of the Sixteen Candles and Breakfast Club fame. Unfortunately, this book did not meet my expectations. It was very dry and very minimalist in terms of the story telling.
- Hold My Hand by Michael Barakiva. This book made me so mad. The second book to the One Man Guy duology, Hold My Hand continues the story of Alek and Ethan. I have no idea why Barakiva decided to ruin Alek and Ethan to their fans, but that’s exactly what he did. As much as I like to check back on previous characters, the way the author went about it completely ruined the experience for me. I wish I never read it.
- Savage Appetites by Rachel Monroe. This book was fantastic. It’s a non-fiction true crime novel about women’s fascination with gruesome, well, crime novels. This was completely fascinating and while I’m not a part of that statistics, it was interesting to see why. She theorizes that it’s a way for us to arm ourselves with knowledge if we do find ourselves in any unfortunate situations where we may become victims.
- The Grace Year by Kim Liggett was one of my favourite reads this year. At times unsettling, this is the story of a society where girls — at a ripe age of 16 are released into the wild (outskirts) in an attempt to discover their magic powers. The story is a pulse-pounding read most of the time but there were tender moments as well aim to help the readers cope with the disturbing scenarios unfolding before their eyes.
- The Mothers by Brit Bennett. This book has been on my wishlist forever. When I saw it on Book Outlet, I couldn’t miss the chance. This is about a romance between a white pastor’s son and a black teen girl who ended up with a pregnancy out of wedlock. The story spans for years that shows the effect of their decision to have an abortion. I loved this one as well. It shows religion in all its hypocritical glory, the lives of people in small towns, and how a girl’s reputation follows her for years no matter her status in life.
- Birthday by Meredith Russo. Yet another instant favourite. This is the story of two boys were friends since they were small children. They were born on the same day, and over the years, they were each other’s haven and shoulders they can depend on. At times heartbreaking, Morgan and Eric remained true friends even when Morgan decides to embrace the truth that she was born in the wrong body. I loved this one.
- Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli. Sigh. I unfortunately didn’t quite enjoy Ms. Albertalli’s follow up to Simon vs. The Universe. I found Leah condescending most of the time and her inner lamentations just drove me batty. I did love seeing Simon and Brahms again, though.
I hope you’re all having a great reading month so far. October is coming to a close and before we know it, it’s 2020. God. One more year of the orange terror. Let this nightmare end soon. Lol.