I read most of my December books before my round of cold-strep-throat-not-flu began several days before Christmas. I kind of gave up on Amazon TBR#3 (14 books left) and PopSugar (2 books left unread as of 12/31/18), and went mostly for comfort/brain candy books.
Favorites: Three Mages and a Margarita, Cake, Cinderella and the Colonel, MBRC, The Hating Game, Delicious in Dungeon
Three Mages and a Margarita sounded like a fun urban fantasy, and it was. There is a bit of romance, but not a lot. The MC has a short temper for nonsense, and has no problem standing up for herself and placing herself in danger for others. I also liked that she’s not “special”. She’s a plain old human (though who knows, this could change at some point in the series). The sequel was fun as well, with a completely different setting/feel to it. Can’t wait for book #3. Cake was surprisingly entertaining. I didn’t have high hopes for it because of Forever My Girl (had to DNF that one – so, so horrible!), and was glad that there wasn’t a shady love triangle involved. I don’t think I’ll read the sequels, but I would read Cake again. The Hating Game was another entertaining romance sans love triangle. I loved the dynamic between Lucy and Joshua, and I enjoyed them as individuals. It was a book I wanted to read again as soon as I finished. I ended up buying the audiobook because I know I will listen to it again.
Cinderella and the Colonel is a wonderful retelling of Cinderella. She’s a duchess in a conquered country, trying to do right by her people, her step-family (though they don’t like each other), and her lands. A colonel from the conquering army won’t leave her alone, much to her annoyance. The M.B.R.C. books are so funny. I reread them when I need a bit of light humor in my life. A human teen girl gets swept into the realm of magic hiding beneath the surface of Chicago. I like her because she’s driven, innovative, and doesn’t take crap from any of the mythological creatures she deals with.
I read the rest of the available volumes of Delicious in Dungeon, and it really is a fun series. Doubly so because Bean likes them as well. It’s humorous and doesn’t take itself too seriously even though the characters have tragic motivations and face some serious obstacles. Monstress is just amazing. I am really excited to see where the story goes, especially as the ending of volume 3 was heart wrenching. Snotgirl – I could never read another volume and be fine with it. Totally not my cup of tea. Didn’t like the character, didn’t like the story.
I am actually on top of a post for once! September was a busy month as well, though the busy was different than in August – planning Girl Scout meetings and library storytimes/programming, and prepping for a Disney cruise (I take this stuff seriously).
Headway is being made on my Amazon TBR list (list #3, to be exact). I knocked the list down to 53 books! Note, however, that of those 41 books, almost half were DNFs. And somewhere my numbers aren’t adding up between my spreadsheet and bullet journal, so my count is more suggestion than reality.
Fav books from September: Radium Girls, Strange the Dreamer, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, and The Wicked Deep.