Out of the 10 books I wanted to read, I managed to get 7 finished. The minimum goal is about 8 books per month, so I’ll have to kick it into gear in February. As reviews of these books go up, I’ll put links in this post.
Heartbreaking, interesting. I didn’t know much about Hurricane Katrina and the state of New Orleans in 2005. I’d heard about how mishandled the disaster and clean-up had been, but I never knew any details. This book made me sad and angry.
Hilarious, surprising. Told as a series of diary entries, Oelke’s debut novel has a sarcastic and endearing voice. Jane Sinner is a character you root for. Has deep themes of dealing with depression and losing religious belief with a ridiculous great plot of a college reality tv show.
Epic, breathtaking. The conclusion to the His Dark Materials trilogy. This book puts all the puzzle pieces of the previous books together. Characters find redemption or show their heartlessness. Deals with love and religion in interesting ways.
Moving, but underwhelming. Several of the poems in the collection said something important and made me feel moved by their message and beauty. But most of the poems left me with the feeling I usually get reading poetry, which is: What? I think I expected more from this collection because I heard Meg Day read some of the poems.
The Son of Neptune – Rick Riordan – YA/MG Fantasy
Insane, epic. The second book in the Heroes of Olympus series. I could not put this book down. The diversity is amazing, the plot is fast paced, funny, and twisty enough that you don’t know what’s coming next. The beginning was a smidge slow for me, but when it picked up it REALLY picked up. As fast as Hazel’s mystical horse.
Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy – Classic Literature
Detailed, annoying. Sometimes cited as Leo Tolstoy’s opus, the dual story of Anna and Vronksy’s love affair and Levin’s search for belief. The interesting thing about this book is that society seems to be positioned as the bad guy, but all of the characters (except for Kitty and Dolly) lose my empathy at some point. By the time I finally reached the end of this bloated book I was glad it was over.
Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo – YA Fantasy
Dark, epic. The first in a duology, this fantasy story was darker than I expected, but was a bit underwhelming compared to the hype. The characters and their histories were interesting and engrossing, but by the end I didn’t have super strong squee feelings over any of the characters the way I expected to. It’s possible I read it too fast.