Reading Wrap Up (Jan.-March 2018)

My reading goal for 2018 is fifty books, and I’m currently sitting at THIRTEEN which, um, yes. Wasn’t expecting to do this well so early, but GO ME. So here are all the books I’ve read since the beginning of the year. This post will be a little longer than normal, and I’ll be linking all the full reviews of the books I’ve read if I have one.

LET’S GIT IT. 

JANURARY: 

The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis

This is a reread because I’ve actually read this book 4 million times. (Highly recommend the audio book by Alex Jennings for this because its A MASTERPIECE) 5 stars because Narnia is. my favorite ever. I don’t have a full review for this, however, because I know there are some problematic aspects to this book, and to fully review all that I’d have to read it for that purpose. And I literally read this for fun and to help me sleep. But Shasta is precious. This book is precious. And so highly underrated. #idon’tknowwhy

Salt To the Sea by Ruta Sepetys 

I gave this book 4 stars because I didn’t really connect with the characters, but it made me sob. Gallons. Anyone whose read The Book Thief (aka my favorite book OF EVER) or All The Light We Cannot See (aka my other favorite book OF EVER) will probably really enjoy this story. I loved it because it brought to my attention aspects of WWII that I didn’t know were a thing. Why? I’ll leave my review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2104001990?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

So therefore I feel indebted to Ruta. Also, I like a book that can make me cry and am a sucker for a solid YA WWII novel.

milk and honey by rupi kaur 

I’ve been meaning to read more poetry since I’m in the middle of writing my own collection. (You can read some of them on this blog. *wink wink*) So I thought I’d start with Rupi since she’s self-published as I intend to be. And wow. This book was great but also a little graphic for my taste. I gave it 3 stars.

Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman 

Technically this was a reread, but it was so long ago that I read it that I forgot 98% of it. I throughly enjoyed reading it again and gave it 4 stars. The main character is the sassiest ever. This is one of the most hilarious books I’ve ever read. But since almost none of you will know what this is about I’ll leave my review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1818303194?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

The Odyssey by Homer

I read this for school, and although I am glad that I read it, I rated it 3 stars because the middle DRAGGED SO FREAKING MUCH. The beginning was promising and the end epic but everything in between left me snooooooozing. But a definite favorite compared to the Iliad.

 

FEBRUARY

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis 

I refrained from reading this years ago because I knew I’d eventually read it in school, and I finally did. This book is solid, but I gave it 4 stars because I felt as though some of the issues could have been handled better. Lewis is still like my favorite ever though.

the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur 

4 stars! This book was a lot more my speed than milk and honey. I loved the art and the longer poems and all the writing about womanhood and femininity.

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss 

Now, THIS BOOK, is the reason I didn’t read as many books as I could have. This book is A MONSTER clocking in at 993 pages. It took my like two months to read it. But it was well worth it, because I gave it 4 stars. My reasons for the rating are numerous, so I’ll leave my review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2196826925?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

Annnnd also my review for the first book The Name of the Wind here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2147645773?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab 

AHHH 5 stars to this book, because, SURPRISE, it was actually written for me. Oh you didn’t know that? Now you do! This book is as sassy as it is stabby, and my full review hereeeee: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1914603141?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

The Secret of Shadow Ranch by Carolynn Keen

This was both a reread and an epic throwback to the five years between ages 8 and 13 when literally all I read was Nancy Drew because she is my hero. I gave this book the same rating I give all he Nancy Drew books which is 4 stars because although I love them, there is 0% character development. It’s all plot and world, and honestly all the characters are shallow af lol.

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab 

I also have a full review for this:  https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2313370690?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

I gave it 4 stars, but it was still magical, shiny, stabby, and brimming with sass. I literally love these characters more than a sane person can. (does that mean i am insane. probably.) But, seriously, ya’ll should read this series because I CAN’T. As in I can and I did and I loved it.

 

MARCH:

Although I did (began to) read a lot of books in March, most of them are #huge so most those titles will appear in my next quarterly wrap up. So for March, all I read was…

The Aeneid by Virgil

lol no. just nope. This book was a snooze fest and quite problematic. Basically this is Virgil writing Homer fanfiction but its set in Rome. Not my cup of tea. Read for school. 2 stars. Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2249207310?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

 

 

What have you read so far this year? I’d love to know!

-Lyds

 

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