Currently Reading: Way Too Many Books

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I haven’t done a “Currently Reading” update in awhile! Right now I am a bit overwhelmed by the fact that I am in the middle of 5 books, but I think I’ve got it covered.  A 4 day weekend is a great time to spend reading (except I wasted yesterday by spending 5 hours watching season 2 of The Wire and 5 hours of HGTV’s Flip or Flop.  Hey, sometimes you just need to take a break!)

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

around 56% finished

I’m actually listening to this one. It is the second time I tried to read it.  The first time was a year ago and it was with a physical book, but I put it down and never went back to it.  Now, I really only listen when I’m in the car or doing stuff around the house.  The MC, Meghan is really annoying in this book, so it’s making it hard for me to really enjoy it.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

around 62% finished

This is my January pick for the classics challenge I am participating in. This month’s theme is “A classic you’ve always wanted to read” and while I can’t say it was at the top of my list, it was a book that I’ve always had interest in.  Mainly I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.  I’m switching between the new audiobook and actually reading, but I find it much easier to listen.  If I have to read it I get so bored.  It’s finally getting towards the end so I’m happy about that.

Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan

70% finished

I’m super sad to report that this is taking me a very long time to read.  The plot is very slow moving and I think a lot of relationship drama is also keeping me from enjoying it as much as I did the first two books.  We’ll see.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

25% finished

This is my “Series to Start” pick for January.  Again, I tried reading this book a few years ago, got pretty far and put it down.  I didn’t “DNF” it but I never went back to it.  So here I am, trying again.  I know it’s about to get interesting, but right now Elisa is pretty annoying.

Rebel Bully Geek Pariah by Erin Jade Lange

30% finished

This is an ARC I have.  I haven’t really been interested in reading any of my assigned ARCs this month, but this one is ok.  The characters make a lot of stupid choices, but apparently there is a twist coming up, so I’m going to keep on reading.  Hopefully it gets better.

What are you guys reading this weekend? 

Currently Reading: ? Reading Slumps are the Worst

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I’m in a bit of a reading slump.  I was doing really well with my reading schedule for the first week of December,  but after reading 2 books I own and 2 ARCs,  I kind of just fizzled out. I mean, 4 books in a week is really good! But I haven’t read a single word in 2 days.  I have listened to audiobooks in the car but it’s not exactly the same thing.   So right after I post this sad little update I am going to start my ARC of Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley.


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Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The Brontë siblings have always been inseparable. After all, nothing can bond four siblings quite like life in an isolated parsonage out on the moors. Their vivid imaginations lend them escape from their strict upbringing, actually transporting them into their created worlds: the glittering Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy Gondal. But at what price? As Branwell begins to slip into madness and the sisters feel their real lives slipping away, they must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations, even as their characters—the brooding Rogue and dashing Duke of Zamorna—refuse to let them go.


I haven’t read much of the Bronte’s work.  In fact, I’ve only ever read Jane Eyre.  But after I received this ARC I did a bunch of wikipedia research and I’m intrigued about how this book will go about fictionalizing their lives.

 

Currently Reading: Anne and Henry by Dawn Ius

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by Dawn Ius

71/289 pgs


Henry Tudor’s life has been mapped out since the day he was born: student body president, valedictorian, Harvard Law School, and a stunning political career just like his father’s. But ever since the death of his brother, the pressure for Henry to be perfect has doubled. And now he’s trapped: forbidden from pursuing a life as an artist or dating any girl who isn’t Tudor-approved.

Then Anne Boleyn crashes into his life.

Wild, brash, and outspoken, Anne is everything Henry isn’t allowed to be—or want. But soon Anne is all he can think about. His mother, his friends, and even his girlfriend warn him away, but his desire for Anne consumes him.

Henry is willing to do anything to be with her, but once they’re together, will their romance destroy them both?


My initial reaction to finding this book on Goodreads:

Um what is this? How does their romance make any sense outside of the context of Tudor England? and is his girlfriend supposed to be Catherine of Aragon? that poor girl. is he going to make himself the head of a new church??? is he going to chop off her head?? What are the modern equivalents these acts? This sounds soooooo strange and I NEED to know exactly when it will be released so I can read it.

So when I saw it in the library I got it right away. And then had to renew it because it sat on my bathroom floor for 2 weeks without me even touching it.  So I finally decided to pick it up yesterday and I’m a bit…confused.

I’m only 70 pages in but I’m just not really feeling it. This is a weird story to make the transition to modern times because so much of it is extremely based in the context of history.  Yeah, you can make Henry president of the student council and is now  dating his dead brother’s girlfriend (because she is worthy of the Tudor family), but it doesn’t really mean the same thing, especially when he has a controlling mother who is forcing him to do these things.  I mean, I don’t know that much about the British monarchy (especially the Tudors) but I think the King of England can overrule his mother.  Also, there is way too much trying to make me sympathize with him, who is in fact, the “bad guy” in history.

I am liking Anne so far, but I think Ius has destroyed Catherine.  Again, I’m not a Tudor scholar (everything I know comes from wikipedia, Philippa Gregory books and The Tudors tv show) but I always had the impression that Catherine was extremely religious.  I always felt bad for her, but I hate her in this book.  She is your typical blond, bitchy cheerleader.  And for her to go from dating Arthur to Henry doesn’t really make me like her any more when you remove the  arranged marriage part of the equation.  Did she have to prove she never slept with Arthur in order for Henry’s mommy to approve of the swap?

I’m going to stick with it because I really want to see how Ius modernizes decapitation.

Currently Reading: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Illuminae 

by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Current page: 89/599

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Thoughts:

It’s pretty early into the book so I haven’t really formed that many opinions yet, but I wanted to get a post up before I completely wrap myself in this book and spend the next 8 hours reading.

Some people might not like the way this story is told but I actually enjoy itIt is told through a series of emails, chat transcripts, memos, etc.  It is an interesting way to tell a story but for the most part it is succeeding.   I’m only on page 89 but so far it’s been pretty good.  It’s all been setting the stage for what I’m sure is going to be an exciting novel.

Last night I went to see Titus Andronicus and watching that play reminds me of reading this book. There are times where I am completely lost about what is happening but I’m usually able to pick it up through surrounding documents and context.

I don’t really feel connected to the characters although that’s probably the narration and because I’m still really early in the book.  I hope I do form a connection with them because they seem like interesting characters.  At least neither are annoying me.

I’ve never read any of Jay Kristoff’s novels but I looooooveeee Amie Kaufman’s (With Megan Spooner) Starbound trilogy so I’m hoping for good things.

Ok! I’m going to go back to reading!  Happy Saturday everyone!

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The Assassin’s Blade

by Sarah J. Maas

I originally read the first two books of the “Throne of Glass” series in 2014.  I actually liked them a lot but as we all know I am terrible with finishing series especially series in progress.  So I decided that I would reread the series since there are now two more books out.  This time I decided to start with the prequel novellas that have been brought together in The Assassin’s Blade.  

And I have to admit, I am having a bit of a hard time reading this right now. Maybe it’s because there are five different novellas and that is stopping me from getting fully invested in the story  But I, unfortunately, believe that it has to do with my changing perception of Celaena.  When I originally read the first two books, I totally thought Celaena was some amazing bad ass assassin.  Now as I am reading the prequel novellas she is just annoying me.  It has gotten really bad in the 3rd story, “The Assassin and the Dessert”.

She is just so whiney and full of herself.  I expect assassins to be cocky;  I mean if they aren’t sure of themselves they probably wouldn’t make very good assassins.  But at the same time, we haven’t really been shown any real evidence that she is as good as she claims to be.  She says she is the land’s best assassin but I haven’t seen her kill anyone.  All the killing has taken place off page and/or told from someone else’s perspective.

And because of this I am getting really annoyed with her during this story where she is sent to train with another leader of assassins.  She is extremely annoyed that she has to prove herself to the Mute Master in order for him to train her himself.  She just expects him to basically be honored for a chance to train her; that as if at 17 years old she has mastered everything there is to know about killing people (even though I haven’t even seen her kill anyone).  She is coming off as extremely entitled as well as whiney.

I do think that this does add to her character development; it does show she has flaws and flaws help build well-rounded characters.  In this one story, however, it is never ending and is getting on my nerves.