This is my first wrap up since June! I was on a blogging hiatus and during that time, I did some light reading. This month, however, I managed to return to blogging and read much more than I have recently. It felt good to finally have some time to read and this is mainly due to my new full-time position as a middle school librarian!
I’m so excited to be back in the blogosphere. So much has changed, but I’ll just continue reading and reviewing as I usually do and see what comes of it. Welcome back to The Uncharted Word! It’s so good to see you again ❤
READY PLAYER ONE | Ernest Cline | 3.5/5 stars
Enjoyable. Clever. A pop culture haven. Slow-paced. Lackluster characters.
INSURGENT | Veronica Roth | 4/5 stars
Good development for Tris. Not as engaging as the first. Strange arc for Caleb.
THE LAST NAMSARA | Kristen Ciccarelli | 4/5 stars
Intriguing concept. Dragons. Strong female protagonist. Weak love story.
THE CAGED QUEEN | Kristen Ciccarelli | 4/5 stars
Romantically dramatic. Odd but capable female protagonist. Politically intriguing.
ELEANOR & PARK | Rainbow Rowell | 3.5/5 stars
A collection of important topics. Somewhat problematic. Rushed romance.
THE QUEEN OF NOTHING | Holly Black | 4/5 stars
Entertaining. Darkly enchanting. Disappointing. Questionable character actions.
THE STARLESS SEA | Erin Morgenstern | 4.5/5 stars
Beautifully written. Magical. An ode to stories. A bit tedious to understand.
CALL DOWN THE HAWK | Maggie Stiefvater | 5/5 stars
One of my favorite books of 2019. Lyrical. Sympathetic characters. Evocative.
- Got a new job as a librarian at a middle school that’s much closer to home
- My new schedule allows me to read books after work so I’ve read so much more than I have in the past few months
- Returned from my hiatus to continue blogging
- Finally began playing Red Dead Redemption 2 and it’s amazing
- Spent thanksgiving at my grandma’s house with the family
- My grandmother came over for a classic movie marathon
- Finally went on a hike and had brunch with my good friend Lala
- Went apartment shopping with my brother (for my brother LOL) 😀
- Saw Knives Out and it was one of the best movies I’ve seen this year
I’ve started reading Ash Princess to take a break from all the extremely mystical/fantastical stories I’ve been diving into lately (i.e. The Starless Sea, Call Down the Hawk). Once I finish it up, though, I’ll be reading Ninth House and The Toll next. Both are books that are on my list of top 5 anticipated books of 2019 so I need a breather before delving into them.
I’ve been listening to the Divergent series via audiobook and I’ve finally made it to Allegiant. I know it’s the least favorite of the series, so I’m keeping my expectations low.
I’ve also undertaken the project of reading Little Women before the movie is released on Christmas. Twenty pages a day would help me to finish up the book the day before Christmas. I’m so happy to finally be reading this classic favorite.
I’m currently six books behind schedule and the guide tells me that I need to read 3 books per week in order to complete my challenge. Now, I don’t think I’ll manage this. I really don’t. But that’s okay! I might adjust the challenge to 75 and be perfectly happy with that.
My TBR is basically any book that I have not read in my library. At the start of this year, I had nearly 50 unread books in my library. I now have 26 unread books. It would have been less if I hadn’t bought any books this year, but we all know that’s impossible. So I think I did all right, all things considered! I won’t be able to read all 26 but there are definitely some books that I want to try to get to this month:
I know I won’t get to all of these, but a girl can dream. I just hope the ones I manage to read are wildly entertaining and smart.
That’s all for now! Thanks so much for stopping by! What do you think of my TBR? Read any of them? Love any of them? Would love to hear your thoughts!
Goodbye November and hello December! Happy reading y’all.