Books I’ve Read Recently and A Buddy Read!

Even though I haven’t been posting much these past few weeks, I have been reading. In my last reading update I mentioned I was reading Scythe! That was back in October, but you know

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Since then I’ve finished Scythe (it was fudgin’ amazing!!!!!!)Β and read quite a few more books. I’m actually amazed by how many books I’ve managed to squeeze into my schedule. Also, I’ve reached my Goodreads goal!!! πŸ˜€ *Throws confetti and dances around the itty bitty pile of books I’ve kicked off my TBR*

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I knew I’d get there and now that I have, I guess I’ll just keep reading. Why? Because it’s what I love to do. BOOKWORMS UNITE!!!

Before I get sidetracked, here are the books I’ve managed to finish in the past couple of weeks.

Finished

The Darkest Part of the Forest | Holly Black

Initial Thoughts: I love Holly Black but this wasn’t her strongest work. It could have been MUCH better. Thin and unlikable characters, slow pacing, and an undefined plot brought the story down. Way down. It’s not bad, just really not all that good.


Scythe | Neal Shusterman

Initial Thoughts: VERY political and chock-full of social commentary and philosophical discussion. Excellent story structure, engaging characters, well-balanced narratives, potent themes, and novel concepts concerning death make this a new favorite.


The Dark Intercept | Julia Keller | Full Review

Thoughts: Hollow characters. Indeterminate plot. Lazy writing. Vague details. Severe lack of world-building. No pressing conflict to incite suspense. Near absence of character development. A unique concept completely failed by its execution.


Frankie | Shivaun Plozza | Full Review

Thoughts: A well-balanced dark comedy with a fantastic MC who has just the right amount of sass and charisma to be extremely likable and relatable. Very evocative, especially towards the end. A bit mediocre in the romance department, though.


The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic | Leigh Bardugo

Initial Thoughts: A brilliant ode to the dark fairytales of old. Creative and original, and yet strikingly familiar. Well-crafted fables and tales that convey lessons clearly and compellingly. Immensely entertaining, masterfully written, and beautifully illustrated. Hands-down a new favorite of mine.


Hunting Prince Dracula | Kerri Maniscalco

Initial Thoughts:Β Very cleverly plotted. Audrey Rose is a proto-feminist goddess. Thomas Cresswell is basically a young Mr. Darcy, but much more daring and cheeky. A compelling murder mystery coupled with Transylvanian myth and history is a recipe for complete success. Ending is a bit predictable and anticlimactic but the build-up is extremely engrossing.


The Shadow Throne | Jennifer A. Nelson

Thoughts: Fun and dramatic. Well-balanced in humor, action, suspense, and romance. A great ending to a simple yet enjoyable swashbuckling, olden-times adventure.


Buddy Read

My first buddy read! Yay!!!!! LET US REJOICE.

I’ve always wanted to do one of these. I keep saying I’d do a buddy read with someone, but most times I forget to ask, and sometimes I do ask, but then I completely forget about it the next day. Who’s bad at keeping bookish promises? *This gal, right here. Standing proud. But not really. Because it’s sad. I’m a sad little bookworm.*

BUT NOT THIS TIME. My good buddy, Daan @ A Library Monster has reminded me that we will be doing a buddy read of…. *drumroll please*

The Mortal Instruments!

I read this series back in high school, but I finally remembered that I never finished the last book and I’ve been wanting to reread the series over again anyways to remind myself of some things that went down (and to kill some time while I wait *painfully* for the last book in The Dark Artifices trilogy). And luckily enough, Daan wanted to read them too!

BOOM! A match made in heaven. So here we are.

We’ll start reading City of Bones today and once we finish (hopefully by the end of this week?), we’ll cobble together a post about how we felt about the book. Of course, this isn’t set in stone and we’re just kinda winging it, so just be on the lookout for some Daan and Azia posts somewhere in the blogosphere for the next couple of weeks πŸ˜‰

Books to Read

For this week, while I’m reading City of Bones, I’ll also be reading:

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Sorry for that slightly long post. I had much to share. I’m trying so hard to become more active in the blogosphere and I think a buddy read is just what I need. I can’t wait to read all TMI again. My childhood is rushing back to me. So much nostaliga. I’m also really excited for Warcross. I’ve heard so many great things!

Thanks so much for stopping by you guys and I’ll see you soon ❀

Azia Sig

21 thoughts on “Books I’ve Read Recently and A Buddy Read!

  1. OMG this is, like, my first buddy read too πŸ˜‚ High five for the winging part XD I was actually a little scared to start this morning because SO MUCH HYPE around that series and FINALLY I’m diving in. I’m loving it so far ! Simon is precious XD πŸ’™

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  2. Oh I am so glad to see you enjoyed The Language of Thorns Azia, it’s such a beautiful book isn’t it? Also I really need to get around to both Scythe and the Stalking Jack the Ripper books, hearing your initial thoughts on Scythe and Hunting Prince Dracula just makes me want to start both that little bit sooner. πŸ™‚
    It seems like you got through some amazing books recently, and that you have plenty more amazing books still to come. Warcross is incredible, it’s probably my favourite book by Marie Lu to date so I really hope you love it as well, I’ll be very interested to see your thoughts on that one. Also I hope you enjoy re-reading The Mortal Instruments books, what I have read so far has been really good and I can’t wait to jump back into the series and finally catch up once the last book in The Dark Artifices series is released. πŸ™‚
    Great post Azia, and happy reading! πŸ˜€ ❀

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    1. Thanks Beth! I’m really looking forward to revisiting one of my favorite series! TMI holds a lot of great memories for me, so it’ll be great to read through them again and rekindle those memories πŸ˜€ I really hope you managed to get to Scythe and Stalking Jack the Ripper soon! They’re both so fresh and original ❀

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      1. That’s all right, and oh that’s the best part about re-reading books isn’t it? Getting to go back to the stories and worlds you loved so much the first time! πŸ™‚
        Thanks, I hope so too but I’ve heard good things about both so part of me is certain I’ll love them as well! πŸ™‚ ❀️

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  3. Congrats on completing your Goodreads challenge! 64 is an impressive number of books ❀
    And about the buddy read: communication is key! My first time doing a buddy read was with my best friend and she ended up finishing the book without telling me, while I was waiting for her to get to the page we had agreed on. So, if you don't want something similar to happen, keep talking haha Winging it should be fine, though.

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    1. Yay! Thank you! ❀
      Thankfully, we're doing okay on the communication part. It'd probably be beneficial to drop in a bit more with each other and go over details, though. Still winging it, but at least we know where each other is at for the moment! We'll do better the next time, though. Thanks for the advice! ❀

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  4. How did you read so many books?? HOW?? Seriously you’ve got superpowers that you should teach me just sayin’.
    I’ve got to read Language of Thorns asap (I ORDERED IT!! IN HARDCOVER!! LET US REJOICE!!) beacuse 1. QUEEN LEIGH and 2. Fairytales (which I am keen on).
    Yeey good luck on your buddy read (*if it’s still ongoing)

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    1. Hahaha, I honestly don’t know. Sometimes, you just gotta pick up a book and see where it goes!
      And, YES you do!! YAY! That book will be one of the prettiest things on your shelves, I can guarantee that *REJOICING*
      Thanks! We’ve gotten through the first book, now we just gotta find a way to post about it haha. Then on to the next one! πŸ˜€

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  5. Congrats on completing your Goodreads reading challenge! πŸ˜€
    I just got The Language of Thorns in the mail and I can’t wait to read it! I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed it. I have loved everything that I have read by Leigh Bardugo so far and I’m sure this won’t be an exception!
    Buddy reads are always sooo much fun! I definitely need to do more of those in the future, but I tend to forget to ask as well! πŸ˜‚

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    1. Thanks, Anna! πŸ˜€
      You definitely won’t be disappointed with Language of Thorns. It’s a beautiful book with some really compelling tales and fables. The illustrations were beautiful, too!
      Maybe we can try one some time!! I’ve got a huge TBR, so there might be something we both have to read one day haha

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