Book Haul: February 2018

This past month was a bit hectic, to say the least. To prove my point, I read eight books in January but only four in February. Hopefully, March will be better.

I’ve had interviews all this week, and today I believe I got a job as a front desk receptionist at a local hotel. The manager who interviewed me said that as long as my background check comes up fine–which I know it will–she has no problem hiring me. Some good news, finally! I do have one more interview today, but while I’m waiting for it, I decided I should get my book haul out of the way (somewhat late due to hecticness-sorry).

Let’s get started!

For February, I didn’t buy many books because I was trying to save some money, so I will include the books I got from the library in the list also.

Books Bought/Borrowed, February:

  • Consider Phlebas by Ian M. Banks
  • American Gods by Neil Geiman
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  • The Girl Before by J.P Delaney
  • Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  • Weave a Circle Round by Kari Maaren

Such a small list. Unfortunately, as said before, the ‘read’ list is even smaller.

Books Read, February:

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (5/5) — This book was amazing, but that word alone does not do it justice. A beautiful lyrical fairy tale with dark elements, vampires, river and wood spirits, a beautiful god of frost, and feminism to tide it all over, The Bear and the Nightingale is a beautiful look at the tales we grow up with and how they shape us. Vasya as a main character reminded me so much of Natsume from Natsume Yuujinchou, not in personality but in spirit–they both have to hide their gifts, they both have that fiery passion about them, and they both care so deeply. This was a main character I could relate to, and I cannot wait to read the second book.

Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings (5/5) — A classic favorite of mine and the beginning of The Belgariad, I started re-reading this book due to a burning need for some good high fantasy and a want for something comforting after getting struck by a horrible stomach virus. I haven’t read this series since I was 14 or so, and I was worried it wouldn’t live up to my expectations the way a lot of old series don’t, but I had no reason to worry. It was just as good this time around, and I can’t wait to reread the whole series now.

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (5/5) — Another five-star rating, but this book was just so good! Amazing, believable characters; a plot unlike anything I’ve ever read; different worlds and magic that’s beautiful and dark; terrible creatures and evil and kings and queens; cutthroats with a heart of gold, dreaming of other worlds; and all of it wrapped into this perfection of a book. I love Kell and Delilah and Holland. I love the side characters like Beloc and Barron and Rhy. I want to read the next one so badly. The only negative thing I have to say about this book is that V.E. Schwab does not have a talent for writing action. The fight scenes were a bit stunted. Aside from that, however, I love everything about this book.

Consider Phlebas by Ian M. Banks (1/5) — yes, my only less-than-five-star rating of the month. Honestly, I don’t even know if I should count this one. It was a DNF at 11%. I got a couple chapters in, and it was to the point that I was having to force myself to try and read it. I wasn’t looking forward to sitting down with this book any time I got the chance, and I actually didn’t read for a couple days because of it. The prose was bogged down with unnecessary modifiers and adverbs, silly asides that were trying to seem philosophical but weren’t, and characters I just did not care about.  Disappointing, really, because I was really looking forward to this book and I’d heard such great things. Oh, well. Moving on, I suppose.

That’s it for February! Hopefully, March will be better. If I get that job as a receptionist, I’ll probably get stuck with the graveyard shift, and that will definitely give me a lot of reading time. I’ve got some great books in my TBR pile for March, and I’m currently reading Neil Geiman’s American Gods and J.P Delaney’s The Girl Before (which is surprisingly good so far for a random mystery I found at Wal-Mart.) We’ll see, but I’m excited for what is to come.

See you in March!

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