I genuinely can’t remember where I heard of A Field Guide to Now but I am so glad I did because it’s magnificent.
It’s real, raw, subtle, quietly beautiful, deep, moving and just truly wonderful.
I enjoyed it so much. I read it slowly, savored every page and then felt like starting all over again. I really really recommend this one.
I absolutely love this book.
I knew I was going to read Days of Blood and Starlight the minute it came out. I loved the first one so very much and couldn’t wait for this one.
But this was much much different.
Heavier, bloodier, harder to swallow.
I stuck with it and I am glad I did. The last third of the book is great and as far as I am concerned she redeemed herself and I can’t wait for #3 now. I loved it.
Now only if she could write faster.
Since the Shiver trilogy was one of my favorite books of the year, I knew I was going to tackle The Raven Boys as soon as it came out. And I could not stop reading it.
There’s something magical in the way she creates characters that speaks to me. I love love love her novels. And I cannot wait to get to the second one (and I have no idea when it’s coming out!)
In the meantime, I’ll have to read the Scorpio Races which has been sitting in my reader for a while.
Loved this one.
I read The Eden Trilogy pretty much in one sitting. I read the first book and since the other two were out, too, I got to just continue. I read them while on vacation so I had the excuse to keep at it.
I really enjoyed it even if it’s not the most intellectual thing I’ve ever read.
Again, if this is your type of genre, it’s recommended.
I read Swamplandia! for book club. And if it weren’t for book club I would have never slogged through it. I understand that many people like this book.
But I hated it.
I don’t want to give away anything, but I’ll warn that there are sensitive subjects in the book. It’s disturbing in many parts (at least for me) and neither the plot, nor the storytelling were interesting/wonderful enough to compensate for it.
If you read this and liked it, I’d love to know why. If you haven’t, it’s skippable in my opinion.
I have no idea why I picked up Pyxis. I didn’t know what it was about but I was looking for something light and quick to read.
It was light and quick.
But also kind of stupid. Not sure it was worth the time. Not sure what I wanted. Not sure what I got.
I almost didn’t write about it, but then again, I did read it. So here were are.
I read Gone Girl cause it kept popping up everywhere. I felt the first half was super-boring. I didn’t get into the story. I didn’t like either character.
And then there’s a big twist.
But then I still didn’t like either character. I kept reading just to see how it would turn out. and I hated the ending. HATEd. I mean really, really despised it.
So in the end, for me, it was a terrible waste of time.
I am sad I read it.
I read Haven and Mirage when I was looking for something fun to read. I had no idea what the topic was. And I don’t want to ruin it just in case you want to read.
But I will say I wouldn’t have read it if I knew. In the end it was a fun read and I don’t regret it. (Clearly since I read the second book, too.) but I can’t say it’s an excellent book. If you’re looking for a fun, easy read, go for it.
If not, there are many other better books.
But when the third comes out, I will likely read that, too.
Says a lot about me, I guess
I listened to State of Wonder on audio. I hadn’t read an Ann Patchett before so it was my first. This was a fun book to listen to while I sketched and did art.
There were several twists in the book and I liked them all ok. In the end, I didn’t think it was super-amazing and I hear Bel Canto is much better. But it was an okay read.
If you’re a fan of Patchett, it’s worth a read.
Then again, if you are, you’ve read by now I’m sure.
Ethereal is another supernatural young adult book. paranormal? I don’t even know what to call them. It’s just another one of those. It’s fast paced. It’s fun. Its characters are enjoyable.
It’s a quick read.
If you’re not sick of the genre and like to read something quick and fun, it’s a good one to pick up.
And there are a few more where that came from so you can enjoy the characters and plot for quite a few books.
And I read them all:
I will admit they sort of get progressively worse and also more explicit. So while the first was ok, the rest, eh.
I picked up Imagine cause I heard Noelle tweet about it and it sounded interesting. I rarely ever enjoy nonfiction novels. But this was a lovely exception.
Even though it took me a while to get through it, I enjoyed every bit of it and found it very fascinating. If you’re interested in how creativity works, I cannot recommend it enough.
And it’s not just about artistic creativity. It’s about creative thinking. It’s about out of the box ideas. It’s about how we come up with unique ways of looking at the world.