June In Review

I considered doing Ramadan this year along with my Muslim coworkers in order to lose some weight, but then I remembered how much my body relies on food and water to live and said, eff that. Instead, I took a sadistic sort of pleasure drinking and eating in front of them.

On the other hand, I think it’s amazing they’re able to go without water and food from sunup to sundown. I do not possess that sort of willpower.

“I don’t need it. I don’t need it. Definitely don’t need it.”

The Golden Son – Pierce Brown

Piss on my face, that ending! Goryhell, what a ride.

If you haven’t started this trilogy yet, you should definitely stop reading this filler of a blog post and go grab a copy. You won’t be sorry. Especially if you look at the back cover at Brown’s picture. What a doll.

 

 

 

 

 

Siege and Storm – Leigh Bardugo

I’m sorry, Mal. You’re cute and all, but you’re competing with a roguish prince and a dark lord. I do not want you dead, but find some other girl. Alina has other suitors I am much more interested in vicariously experiencing through her.

Is it terrible of me to want the Darkling to win? I mean, even after all the people he’s murdered, women he’s maimed…I still want him to pull through. He can totally be redeemed.

 

 

 

 

Ruin and Rising – Leigh Bardugo

Curses.

This was a good series. Not I’m-going-to-shake-you-violently-until-you-read-this good. But it was entertaining enough.

 

 

 

 

 

Down with the Shine – Kate Karyus Quinn

This book was surprisingly funny. There’s a great combination of humor and grit.

I had no idea how it was going to end–rare, because I usually see things coming a mile away. And when it did, I was immensely satisfied with how Quinn tied it all together.

 

 

 

 

 

Coraline – Neil Gaiman

Meh.

I still have yet to find a story of Gaiman’s that I love. They’re all well written, of course, but they just don’t leave me with that special fuzzy feeling.

I  do look forward to reading this with any children I may have. It is thoroughly creepy. Can’t wait to give the little gremlins nightmares and threaten them their Other Mother is going to come for them when they misbehave.

 

 

 

We’ll Never Be Apart – Emiko Jean

For the record, Alice, Back to the Future is not a “God-awful movie.” You ignorant slut.

We’ll Never Be Apart kept me entertained, but halfway through I started to suspect things. Then it turned out that I was right, though there was one twist I wasn’t expecting. I don’t dislike this book, but I’m not going to rave about it. It’s along the lines of Nic Sheff’s Schizo, which was equally predictable. 

 

 

 

Willful Machines – Tim Floreen

I enjoyed Nico and Lee’s relationship–I just think gay couples are the cutest, especially when one is a Walk-In–but the plot itself didn’t interest me all that much and the ending…well it kind of pissed me off, truth be told. It didn’t feel finished.

 

 

 

 

This Month’s Haul:

I recently started trying to curb my booking buying habits. It hasn’t worked as well as I planned (willpower eludes me again and again), but I HAVE cut down on the amount of my own money I spend on books (no, I didn’t make off with my boyfriend’s bank card or anything *shifty eyes*). This month, I only spent around $30 as opposed to the usual $100-$150. The rest were purchased with gift cards. Don’t you love loopholes?

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Aren’t they beeeeautiful?

What books did you read/buy this month? 

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  • oh look at that last picture! 🙂 My daughter stole my copy so she’s been coloring like crazy.

    I got the paperback proof of Alaric yesterday! (I think there’s a good chance I’m never going to refer to it by it’s given title…) It’s completely surreal. I love it and am a little intimidated by it. I keep throwing it sidelong glances to make sure it’s really there and that it isn’t…alive or something. Really weird.

    And my husband finally gets to read it. He read the first few original chapters EIGHT years ago, but all this time I’ve told him he’s not allowed to read it until it’s DONE. So he started it last night. Which is fun and weird too. Writing books is weird.

    I started Bardugo’s books a while ago. Read the first, grabbed the second and got interrupted while they were on a flying boat and never picked it up again. Should I? I don’t know that I loved it enough to go back. It was long enough ago I’d be lost. I’m terrible at remembering stuff from books.

    OH! Speaking of. I FINALLY got my copy of The Raven King. (yay!) WHO IS JIMI??? I do not remember that person at all. Every night when I pick up the book I almost get back up and email you to find out. Everything else I remember, but not Jimi.

    • Ohh that is mighty pretty!! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of A Threat of– you know, that is weird. I’ll stick with calling it Alaric. 😉

      That’s probably best to make your husband wait. I make my boyfriend read all my horrible drafts. I think I’ve turned him off of reading.

      I enjoyed the series, but I don’t think you’re missing out on too much if you don’t go back to it. There are many more books I would recommend before I’d recommend that series.

      FINALLY! Jimi…Jimi…hmm. I think she must be an aunt? Perhaps the mother of Orla, Blue’s cousin. Yes, that sounds right.

  • Also – Neil Gaiman – I haven’t read any of his except Stardust. I liked the movie Stardust but didn’t like the book. Which is absurdly unusual for me. So I can’t bring myself to read more. But everyone (except you and I) loves him. So I don’t know. If you ever find a good one of his, let me know.

    • I totally agree. I thought the movie was better than the book, though I only watched it once and probably wouldn’t watch it again. Same with Princess Bride. Movie is far better than the book. I liked The Graveyard Book, but I wouldn’t add it to my favorites list.