2017; The Forgotten Wrap Up Edition

I can say I fell victim to a few things – (1) my wedding which happened at the end of January, (2) I started a new job back in June and moved (slightly up and lateral) to a new position in February, and due to other life events I have not been able to get in a serious read.

I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things, but also expanding topics to include food, museums, and a few other topics outside the world of books to keep me more interested in blogging on a regular basis.

because i’m behind and will never properly catch up i’ve included a star rating and a few thoughts on those that left an impression!

  • Mask of Shadows (Untitled, #1) by Lindsay Miller ★★
  • Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstances by Emmie Ruth Lang ★★★
  • The Book of Whispers by Kimberly Starr ★★★
  • The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov ★★★★
  • The Good Guide by Alison L. Grinder ★★★★

I finished off 2017 with a few NetGalley reads that were alright at best. Mask of Shadows failed to keep my attention and felt a little like every gender-centric YA novel I’ve read thus far. The cover is ultimately what drew me in but I definitely will not be picking up the second book in this series. Beasts of Extraordinary Cirmstances was interesting, the writing was strong and was definitely not the story I expected when I requested this on NetGalley. Book of Whispers had been on my account for a while and I finally made time to read this. Well written and the plot flowed well enough but again nothing truly standout-ish about this book. I finished up the year with another Russian masterpiece – The Master and Margarita. This might have been my favorite read for my Russian themed book club. For work I am sometimes required to read books and decide if they are useful tools for the students who teach in the gallery. If you are interested in Museum Education, The Good Guide is a worth while investigation into the field!

  • One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns, #2) by Kendare Blake ★★★
  • Alice (The Chronicles of Alice, #1) by Christina Henry ★★
  • New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson ★
  • Wild Card (Wild Cats, #3) by Rachel Vincent ★★
  • Bright Smoke, Cold Fire (Bright Smoke, Cold Fire, #1) by Rosamund Hodge ★★★

One Dark Throne was a surprise. I wasn’t as taken with Three Dark Crowns and debated not reading the remainder of the series but I am glad I gave this another shot. Blake’s writing improved between these first books, the story felt a little more fleshed out and the character development was a notch above the first book. I will be definitely tuning into to read Two Dark Reign when it is released in September 2018. Alice was a recommendation from a friend and it was strange and definitely not a series I will finish. New York 2140, my first DNF read of 2018. And that is about all I will say – the premise is interesting but I found the characters, plot and frankly the writing to be on the dull side. Wild Cats is a series that is 100% a guilty pleasure. It reads like needless romance fanfiction with very little “big plot” that would tie the series together but hey, it was fun! Bright Smoke, Cold Fire I read a while ago and it deserves a longer more thorough review. I went into it thinking I would hate it, but I ended up enjoying it more than I initially thought.

I devoured Flame in the Mist over the summer and loved it. Ahdieh is a masterful storyteller and I was hanging on every word of this Japanese fantasy duology. If you loved The Wrath and the Dawn you will be drawn in my the same luxurious storytelling and well crafted characters.

Look for the following three titles in upcoming posts!

  • The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive, #1) by Brandon Sanderson
  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
  • Gluttony Bay (Sin du Jour, #6) by Matt Wallace
  • A Throne for Sisters (A Throne for Sisters, #1) by Morgan Rice

I’ve been reading The Way of Kings for over a year now and I swear one day I will finish it! I’m 250-ish pages in and I’m definitely hooked. However, books over 1,000 pages are hard for me to keep reading when I can read 300-400 page YA series in a matter of days (or hours if its a weekend!). I tend to read a variety of things at the same time and find that if I only have a hardcover or paperback I’m much less likely to tote it around with me. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark is fucking fantastic and I’m only about 50 pages in. I’m pacing myself because I would literally just read it in one day given the chance but Michelle’s writing is just something to be slowly savored. Gluttony Bay is the sixth book in the Sin du Jour and I can’t wait to really get into (and a little sad the series is almost over!!). A Throne for Sisters is something I found on NetGalley that looked interesting, but I’m not totally loving it.

I’m taking a semi-break from looking at new releases. I have an ever growing “to-be-read” tag on my Goodreads that needs to be dealt with first! I’m also trying to read previously purchased books in my library and scale back on the amount of purchasing.

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