One Line Book Reviews: May & June

oneline 6I’m behind on my goodreads goal like I’m behind on my blog posts and since I can’t write a blog post and read at the same time, I can at least check one thing off my to-do list.

Persuasion – Jane Austen
Why there aren’t more romantic comedies based on this, I’ll never know.

The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
I found myself really annoyed with Esther during a good portion of the book, but only because she was so easy to relate to.

Etiquette & Espionage/Curtsies & Conspiracies – The Finishing School Series – Gail Carriger
I am annoyed with myself for starting this series before Carriger has finished writing it because I want to binge-read the entire thing the way I did with the Soulless series. I thought the first book was a bit slow and clunky with setting up a new series, but it picked up pace with the second book and now I can’t wait for the third! I am always here for ladies kicking butt and looking fabulous. And having tea afterwards.

A Fault in Our Stars – John Green
The only reason I read this was because it was the only book Nieceling #2 read and I promised her I’d take her to see the movie. I read it on the plane back from Ottawa and I don’t really get all the hype. I mean, sure, even I, with my dead emotions and black heart, can feel something for kids with cancer, but it was kind of like every character in the book was a slight variation on a Manic Pixie Dream Human. Blah, blah, blah, it’s a metaphor. *eye roll*

Ruin & Rising – Leigh Bardugo
I waited over a year for this book and it did not let me down! Of all the YA trilogies I’ve read lately, the Grisha series is one of my favourites. And, honestly, it’s so nice to get an ending that doesn’t rip out your heart for once (no matter how black that heart may be.) I just want to read all three books over again and cry a little about the fact that Nikolai Lantsov isn’t my boyfriend a real person.

And with that I’m still 14 books behind on my goodreads goal for the year (of 100 books) so I better get off the internet and pick up my latest book.

 

One Line Book Reviews: March

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March was spent trying to catch up with my book goal for the year and making up for the time I lost reading in February.

Changeless, Blameless, Heartless & Timeless – The Parasol Protectorate Series – Gail Carriger
I started the series in February with Soulless, but I finished off the series in March and I LOVED IT. The entire series is just fun and hilarious. The last book in the series was a little slower for me, but over all I love this series. It’s full of sass and snark, strong lady characters, strong gay and bisexual characters, immaculate dresses and crazy hats. So perfect! #teamAkeldama

Anansi Boys – Neil Gaiman
I found I liked this more once I had a few days of separation from it, and that’s not to say I didn’t like it after I put it down; I just liked it much more afterwards. It’s really beautifully written, in that classic Gaiman way; a wonderful telling of American folklore.

Cinder, Scarlet & Cress – The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer
Having been brought up reading fairy tales, I am a sucker for retellings and I absolutely LOVE this series. It has so far introduced us to Meyer’s version of Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, and Rapunzel, respectively. I mean, I love so many elements of this series: the POC characters, the futuristic setting, and a lead character who is a cyborg with a prosthetic hand that can shoot tranquilizer darts. Who the hell wouldn’t love that? My only complaint is that I started it thinking it was a trilogy, when, in fact, the last book in the series (titled Winter, based on Snow White) won’t be released until next year. It’s the Grisha series all over again.

One Line Book Reviews: February 2014

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So, February was an exceptionally slow reading month for me because I spent most of my reading time being sick, helping with my cousin’s wedding and battling with books that I couldn’t finish.

NW-Zadie Smith
I read this on my e-reader, but I think it would be much better read in actual book format. I think I’d have liked this more if I read it in book form because it was frustrating not being able to go back when I wanted to.

Wedding Night-Sophie Kinsella
This is the first Kinsella book I did not enjoy; it was not fun and the characters weren’t very likeable.

Soulless-Gail Carriger
LOVE. This was so fun and hilarious. I wish the audiobooks were narrated by Emma Thompson because it was her voice I heard while I was reading this. I’m currently reading Changeless, the second book in the series.

I started reading Wicked, but I could not, for the life of me, get into it. The premise was interesting and all of my goodreads friends gave it 4 or 5 stars, so I was initially excited to start it, but I found it cumbersome and boring, frankly. I did find out that I was not alone in that assessment, and a lot of my friends (the ones who happen to not be on goodreads, natch) hated it as much as I did.

Anyway, that’s it for this round of One Line Book Reviews. This blog has been more book blog than what it’s supposed to be (a blog about things that are fabulous) so my next post is going to be about one of my favourite things: lipstick!