September 2018 Wrap Up

TBR (1)

September was a bit of a slower month for me, I spent a lot of time reading the Fellowship of the Ring, even though I was loving everything about it, the amount of detail and background was really slowing my reading down.

City of Ghosts
by Victoria Schwab
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I loved this so much! It was just so much fun to read. I loved the characters, the setting, and the story was just great.

All The Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I am happy that I finally read this, this was a book goal back in 2016. While it didn’t fully live up to its hype, I do understand where the hype came from. I loved seeing how these two lives came together and how they were connected so early on. The writing is lovely and the characters are so endearing, I fell in love with them almost immediately.

The Fellowship of the Ring
by J.R.R Tolkien
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I finally started the Lord of the Rings! And I loved this so much, it was delightful to read despite my reading at a slow pace. There are so much detail and background, I am forever in awe and inspired by Tolkien’s writing and his worldbuilding. I just love how much history has been built into the story, and this man created constellations in middle earth and formed legends around them. Who does that? Tolkien does and I think that helps make Middle Earth’s setting so rich and vivid.

Frost Like Night
by Sarah Raasch
my rating: 2 out of 5 stars

I was so ready for this trilogy to be over. I was so done with these characters as they were so annoying and there were spots where obvious answers were just staring them in the face and they refused to acknowledge it. Super frustrating to deal with.

In The Afterlight
by Alexandra Bracken
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Not a bad ending to the trilogy, but I was pretty ready for it to be over.
It did drag on a bit at points but I like how it everything came together in the end.

Two Dark Reigns
by Kendare Blake
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I found this to be so addicting! I was so invested in the story that I would sit down and read 80 pages like it was nothing, I was in this constant state of “I need to know what happens next” and now that I’ve finished it…I NEED to know what happens next!

Lord of the Flies
by William Golding
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I didn’t love this, I was annoyed with the characters a lot, I know that’s kinda the point. None of these characters are meant to be well-liked, but what annoyed me was the repetitiveness that they would go through. For example, the way Piggy would repeat himself 3 or 4 times was just annoying to listen to and there the way the boys remained in denial when the conch lost all symbolism.
Also, watching the descent into madness and savagery was both interesting and scary to see. I think the accelerated pace is horrendously accurate.

To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I can’t believe that I left this on my TBR for the past 3 years! What is wrong with me? It was so good, I loved all these characters especially Atticus, I just fell in love with him almost immediately. I really admire the way he saw the world and I love how he raised his children. I really want to watch the movie now because Gregory Peck plays Atticus and that is something that I just need to see.

Cats Cradle
by Kurt Vonnegut
my rating: 3 out of 5 stars

So I did not care for Slaughterhouse 5 and because of that, the bar was admittedly a little low, so imagine my surprise to discover that I liked this more than Slaughterhouse 5. It was hard to get into and I was 50 pages in and not 100% sure what the story was even going to be about. Now that I finished I understand why it wasn’t clear but I enjoyed the writing and the humor. Trying to keep up with the Bokononism terms took some time. I don’t know who I would recommend this too and I don’t think I’m going to check out more of Vonnegut’s work, maybe one day I’ll reread Slaughterhouse 5 and see if my opinion changes.

The Bell Jar
by Sylvia Plath
my rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I enjoyed the first half of this book a lot more than the second half, I’m not sure why but it just didn’t feel like the same story, it was a little more jumbled up and the story didn’t flow the same way it did at the beginning. That said I did really like this story.


Favorite of the Month- The Fellowship of the Ring
Least Favorite of the Month- Frost Like Night

 

 

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