I finished the first 50 books on my Amazon TBR list! And I still managed to come out ahead because I only added around 30 new books to it. My goal is to get at least a 100 read before the end of the year, and when the 2018 reading challenge lists start coming out, try to choose books from my TBR instead of finding new ones.
Note: The Night Circus was the last book read for the 2017 PopSugar Reading Challenge.
Flying by Carrie Jones
This book came across my Amazon recommendations and the premise seemed interesting – a cheerleader fighting aliens while trying to save her mother. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad either. The humor the author was going for fell short, and because of this the story fell short as well.
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
While this book is nonfiction, it read like a fast-paced and interesting novel. It was definitely hard to listen to at times because human error, hubris, and an astonishingly negligent lack of communication caused an otherwise preventable disaster. I liked that Larson switched between the perspectives of the various players – British intelligence, the US government, the German U-boat captain, and the Lusitania’s crew and passengers.
True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
I liked Charlotte Doyle, but I kept waiting for something more to happen. It was well-plotted and fast-paced, but from when it was published until now, it seems like there is more action jammed into more recently published middle grade adventure books.
Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin
I liked the concept of the book – the cross-continent motorcycle race, Jael’s abilities and how she gained them, and how the Victor’s Ball scene plays out. However, I wasn’t really sucked into the book and didn’t really care about the characters. I know I won’t read the sequel.
Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
Midnight Riot and all of the subsequent books are now one of my favorite series. I have no interest in crime novels, but the fact that it was recommended on two different sites I peruse for books to read, and the fact that it was urban fantasy, had me wanting to give it a try – and I’m glad I did. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith was a fantastic narrator and brought life to personality to the characters. The sarcastic and sardonic humor, and the geek references made me swoon.
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
I enjoy Sherlock Holmes books/adaptations, and thought to give this one a go because the main character was a girl. I was curious as to how she would be written given some of the darker aspects of Sherlock. Cavallaro did a good job creating Charlotte, and a decent job of creating Jamie. However, the plot didn’t hold my attention. Things happened, but it wasn’t very interesting.
My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch
I have read several of Suzanne Enoch’s romances, and while they haven’t knocked me off my feet, I enjoy listening to them. I liked the set up, I liked Graham’s younger brothers, but there wasn’t necessarily a lot of anything happening other than bickering. I like bickering when it’s done well, but this was only decent.
The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
I probably should have DNF’d this book, but was mildly curious to know how it ended. If I had the hardcopy instead of the audio version, I would have flipped to the end and skipped the rest. Nix is boring. The story is boring, incredibly slow-paced, and it doesn’t feel like anything actually happens. The love triangle is contrived and even more annoying than love triangles normally are.
All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
I started this book, then stopped because the main character, Tom. sounded like a teenager and not a 32 yr old man. He was emotionally stunted and lacked any kind of ambition or focus whatsoever. The book read like a lesser quality YA book, feeling somewhat juvenile. However, I decided to give it another go via audiobook, and once Tom started to adjust his alternate life, and once he found Goettreider, the plot picked up. I liked the exploration of the different realities and the different Toms. The book would have been better if less time had been spent on Whiny Tom, and more on the latter part of the novel. It was a paler cousin of Dark Matter.
The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm
This is a good book based upon content and message, but I had a really hard time enjoying it because of the narrator. She sounded like an adult trying to sound like a kid, and it didn’t work. My daughter is the same age as Ellie, and she does not talk like that or inflect her words that way. I read a review that mentioned Ellie coming off as simple-minded, and I have to agree with her. I have a hard time believing my daughter or her friends behaving/reacting in the way Ellie did in various situations. There was also a lack of character growth.
Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
Stolen Songbird started out alright. It was interesting if a bit clunky. I made the mistake of reading reviews about the two other books in the trilogy and saw that the flaws in both Cecile and Tristan increased to incredibly annoying and idiotic proportions, so I gave up. I didn’t want to potentially become invested in something that would make me want to throw my phone across the room.
What We Found in the Sofa and How it Save the World by Henry Clark
This might have been a good story, but I couldn’t get past the narrator. I didn’t like the voices he used, and he had a weird way of inflecting the last words in sentences. I can’t comment on the plot because I don’t know how much of the plot itself was boring or how much of it was my dislike of the narrator.
The Atrocity Files by Charles Stross
I have seen The Atrocity Files pop up on must read sci-fi lists, but I have no interest in the technical details of magic/computers being explained ad nauseam. I am not a computer person, and there was too much time spent describing the magical rules and not enough on the plot.
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight
This has the same basic premise as The Subtle Art of Not giving a F*ck by Mark Manson, but I didn’t connect with her tone. It was too keyed into the “I’m a mom and drink wine” subculture, which is not my scene. I prefer a less mom-ish, jokey, and socially alcoholic approach to my self-help. I found myself getting annoyed with it before the first chapter ended.