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July 2017 – Reading Wrap Up

July was the month I went on holiday and that meant I got a lot of reading done. I’m going to talk about all the books I read in the order I read them in…

Let’s go!

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Strange The Dreamer – Laini Taylor *****

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My favorite out of all the books I read. This was such an amazing book! The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy is on its way over to me and I CANNOT WAIT!!!

Full review here.

Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier **

This book was very ‘meh’ for me. The start was promising but it just didn’t do it for me. I had heard that this book is hit or miss and that there are a lot of people who don’t like it at all. I turned out to be one of them…

Full review here.

Trigger Warning – Neil Gaiman ****

Have I done a full review for this book? I can’t remember. If I haven’t already, I’ll write one soon(ish). I read most of this book on the drive back home (which took us 11 hours, so lots of time to read) and I loved it.

It’s a short story collection and of course there were books that I liked better than others. I might have shrieked when I reached the Doctor Who one.

Lock and Mori – Heather W. Petty ***

I read this on a whim. It was fast and fun but not a lot happened really. I mean a lot happened but it didn’t feel like a lot happened. I’m not explaining this very well… am I?

I liked that there were some very heavy topics because some people lead hard lives. I liked that Heather W. Petty managed to maintain the core of Sherlock and Moriarty and didn’t change them completely.

I’m not sure if I want to pick up that other books in the series.. Maybe one day.

The Burial – Courtney Collins ***

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My first BookTubeAThon read. I got up a little earlier every morning to read this and finished it in three days. It was super interesting. I had never read anything set in Australia before and the main-character was great.

There were also some things I didn’t like but I’ll get into those when I do a full review.

Artemis – Andy Weir ***

I got an arc for Artemis from Netgalley and I was so excited because I LOVED The Martian. This was so much fun! It wasn’t as thrilling as The Martian (which stressed me out… a lot…djezes.) but it was funny and interesting and really, really fun.

There were some moments where it was very obvious that this was a man writing a female main character but hey.. I’m not complaining (too much).

Once again, full review coming soon.

And that’s it! Those are the books I read in July. Not bad, not bad at all. Let’s see if I can keep this tempo up in August as well.

Wish me luck!

Love

Ellen

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Top 5 Wednesday: Authors You Want to Read More From

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey and is hosted by Samantha.

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This week we talk a little about the authors we want to read more from. I don’t really have favorite authors and I always look at their work one book at a time but there are some that I’d be more inclined to read more from.

Let’s go!

Naomi Novik

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I’ve read Uprooted and really liked it. I’m considering picking up the Temeraire series but I’m a bit reluctant because it’s already a big series. This is a good thing because it means once I start and love it, I can just keep reading and reading and reading but it’s also a bad thing because I’m reading at a slow pace right now so I just don’t have the time to take on a series like that.. I’d get no other reading done whatsoever…

Ernest Hemingway

Author Ernest Hemingway

I’ve only read The Old Man and The Sea (and loved it) but I had For Whom The Bell Tolls on my shelf, so I should read that one soon.

Jane Austen

Author Jane Austen

I read Pride and Prejudice a while ago and I want to something else by her but I’m not sure what exactly. Any recommendations?

Neil Gaiman

Author Neil Gaiman

American Gods is now a TV series but when I tried to read it, I could not get into it. It’s also a massive book so I need some real reading time if I ever want to get through it. I’ve loved Neverwhere and The Ocean at the end of the Lane and I have Trigger Warning sitting on my shelf, so it’s only a matter of time before I pick something else up by him.

Ian McEwan

Author Ian McEwan

If you’ve read my review for Nutshell yesterday, you’ll know that I have a soft spot for Ian McEwan. Although I don’t enjoy all of his work, I’m always in awe of his writing style. I’ll just have to find the stories that really appeal to me.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Would Make Good Video Games

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The Passage - Justin Cronin

The Passage – Justin Cronin

North America is unrecognizable, a wasteland. Forty million infected humans, known as virals, stalk the continent. In a fortified mountain compound in Southern California, a handful of human survivors—descendants of children evacuated from the city of Philadelphia in the last days of the epidemic—somehow carry on. It has been years since the citizens of First Colony have seen anyone from the outside world; as far as they know, they are the last people alive on the continent. But time is running out for them. The life-saving lights that protect the Colony are dimming as the batteries that power them lose their charge. Despair has taken hold; many have given up. Some, gripped by terrifying dreams, have resorted to taking their own lives.

Then, from out the wilderness, someone new appears, a teenage girl. Dirty, traumatized, dressed in rags and apparently unable to speak, she is befriended by a group of four young people—Peter, Alicia, Michael, and Sara—who attempt to unravel the mystery of her origins. A computer chip embedded in her neck reveals part of the story: Her name is Amy, and she is almost a hundred years old.

Wouldn’t this be great? You set out to find a cure for this virus that is terrorizing the world. There’s danger around every corner, Virals are hunting you down.
Wait.. maybe this would be too creepy for me…

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Uprooted – Naomi Novik

“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”

I see this as a linear storyline. You get the story as you go along. I chose this one for the atmosphere. It would be beauuuutiful!

Also, did you know that Warner Bros bought the rights and Ellen Degeneres is producing the movie?

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Six of Crows/ Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

Choose which character you want to be and get updates of what the other characters are doing while you do your part. Once again I image beautiful scenery and stunning graphics. I’d compare it to an Assassin’s Creed sort of thing.

The Martian - Andy Weir

The Martian – Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

Find your way across the endless Martian plains or die of starvation. Use parts to build yourself a way off the planet. I’d play that game… 🙂

Neverwhere Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but demanding fiancee. Then one night he stumbles across a girl bleeding on the sidewalk. He stops to help her–and the life he knows vanishes like smoke.

Several hours later, the girl is gone too. And by the following morning Richard Mayhew has been erased from his world. His bank cards no longer work, taxi drivers won’t stop for him, his landlord rents his apartment out to strangers. He has become invisible, and inexplicably consigned to a London of shadows and darkness a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations. He has fallen through the cracks of reality and has landed somewhere different, somewhere that is Neverwhere.

For this is the home of Door, the mysterious girl whom Richard rescued in the London Above. A personage of great power and nobility in this murky, candlelit realm, she is on a mission to discover the cause of her family’s slaughter, and in doing so preserve this strange underworld kingdom from the malevolence that means to destroy it. And with nowhere else to turn, Richard Mayhew must now join the Lady Door’s entourage in their determined–and possibly fatal–quest.

That last word.. ‘quest’ that’s exactly why this would make a great game. London Below would make a great world and just think about how amazing it would be if you could just walk around in London and go through a door which takes you to Neverwhere.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey and is hosted by Samantha.

This week’s topic asks for favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books.
I left out Harry Potter because… well Harry Potter’s my favorite everything…

The Martian - Andy Weir

The Martian

One of the few Science Fiction books I read and liked. I think what I loved best was the sarcasm of the main character. I was hooked from the first page. In case you don’t know, this book is about a man stranded on Mars and his struggle to make it back to earth. It was clever, it was fun and it kept me guessing until the last page.

The Passage - Justin Cronin

The Passage – Justin Cronin

A sort of zombie book. I read this a couple of years ago but haven’t continued on with the series yet. (I got them from the library a couple of days ago so I’m going to try and read those next) I remember it creeped me out at times but I was so invested that I couldn’t help but keep reading. When I got to the end I just wanted more.

Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

Slaughter-house 5 – Kurt Vonnegut

My favorite book from 2016. It has aliens in it so it must qualify, right? I loved this book so, so much. The language is so beautiful, there are so many lines that I read over and over again, trying to remember them. I’ll never be able to recommend this one enough.

High-Rise JG Ballard

High-rise – JG Ballard

While I don’t think this exactly falls under the category of Science Fiction, it certainly gave me that vibe. A feeling of unease. This one’s about people going wild. Wild as in survival mode, wild animals.. I loved it and I still think about it. The movie was a bit too long so I’m not sure if I’d recommend it. You really have to read the book though.

Neverwhere Neil Gaiman

Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman

Even though I thought the ending was a bit easy, I still think about this book every once in a while. When I was reading it, it swept me away. It’s very clever and I love how it plays with the idea of a city under a city, a mirror London that the boring normal people don’t get to see.

What are some of your favorite Science Fiction or Fantasy books?