I know I have not been posting more than my weekly wrap ups. Life happens, and it takes priority over hobbies such as this blog. I appreciate everyone who keeps stopping by and reading.
I feel like I have been sick all month. Not enough to stop life - because as a single parent of three kids it does not matter how sick I am that does not get to happen. However, I have felt just cruddy enough to be slowed down.
My reading has picked up a bit. Of the eleven books on my TBR I have now finished six of them. I am near the end of one. That leaves me four full books, and one partial book to finish before the end of the month. I think I will be able to pull it off even at my slow pace.
This week I finished Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. I have yet to write the review, but this book was so good! It was ironic that I finished the book on valentines day, as it was probably the best love story science fiction book I have ever read. If you have not picked up this book, and like science fiction at all, then I recommend you read it. It will most defiantly be on my best books at the end of the year.
I also finished The Rose Society by Marie Lu. I like this book better than the first in the series, but it is still not my favorite by her. I am not much for dark fantasy. I also finished the last two graphic novels by Lu - Prodigy and Champion. They were fun reads, but I like the books better. I can't imagine I would even have liked the graphic novels without the context of the books. Although, I still go teary eyed at the end of Champion.
The best part of the graphic novels is that my children will read them. My oldest daughter is on the second book and my youngest is starting the first. It is nice being able to share my books with my children. I read so much YA you think I could do it more often, but my girls just are not readers.
I am currently reading Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. It is the first book of my bing reading for her. I loved the start of the book, but the more I read the less I love it. She changed characters who are narrating the book. The characters at the start of the book are all strong and intelligent. The characters right now are childlike. It put extra distance in the narration that I am not enjoying. I think this will have to be one of those books that I finish before I decide what I really think of it.
How has your reading week gone?
Like everyone else, I spent this last week sick. It was not the type of sick that let my lounge in bed reading. Instead, it was the function to get everything done to let my household run and then pass out.
I did not end up reading all that much more this week. I finished reading The Bird & The Blade early this week. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Historical fiction is not usually my go to, but this book was interesting and well written.
I also started two books this week. I am nearly finished with The Rose Society, the second book in the Young Elite's series by Marie Lu. I also started Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. This book is pretty epic.
On a side note, did you know that the Amazon Echo will read your Kindle books via Text to Speech? I found this out thanks to Twitter. It was great for my sick day when I could barely move. If you do not mind Text to Speech, then this is an amazing feature.
I finished my January wrap-up (read about it here). While my reading month was good, last week was not. I think I needed a reading break.
I had started Six of Crows on last Monday. I figured I had plenty of time to finish it, as well as finish reading Amber & Dusk. I did neither. That is until Thursday - that last day of January - where I stayed up until I had Amber & Dusk finished. I am relieved that book is done. Those of you who can put a book down and walk away - I admire you! It would haunt me. Well unless the book was horribly bad. Amber & Dusk was not horribly bad - I just did not find it good.
I did also finish an audio book I was reading, Mirror Gate. I always have an audiobook going even if it is not part of my TBR. My current book is Becoming by Michelle Obama.
I think the reading break was good. On the First of February I picked up Legend: The Graphic Novel and finished it. I am not normally a graphic novel reader, so the change was nice. Even better, my children actually wanted to read my book! My oldest daughter already finished the first book. The other two are in line for it.
I also picked up The Bird and the Blade. I had no idea what this book was about, just that it was on my shelf and I was not too excited about it when I got it in a book box. It is another book that is not a normal read. It is a YA book set in the historical middle east. It is based loosely on history, with fictional liberty. I have been picking it up when I have free time and enjoying it.
I doubt I will get more than my reading list read this month. I have a lot of books that I want to read, but I need a bit of a break. If that changes then great. Otherwise, I think reading my 11 books on my monthly TBR is still pretty awesome. It does help that three of the books are graphic novels.
How is your reading going this month?
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