Hi there. Long time no talk.
I’ll spare you all my excuses but basically I got a little overwhelmed between trying to keep up with a weekly blog and daily Bookstagram. Writing is not my strong point. I think that’s why I like Instagram so much is because of the small captions. A picture says a thousand words an all that. I really want to push myself to get better at writing so I’m going to give this another shot. I’ll probably only post biweekly but my love of talking about books may allow me to post more.
On the subject of books, when you read someone’s review or post about a book what do you like to see? Do you like to actually see the blurb/synopsis or a general overview? Do you like spoilers (with given warning of course) or just a vague outline of what to expect?
Since I’ve last been on here I have gotten some good reading done. Some highlights:
- Berserker by Emmy Laybourne
This story revolves around Hanne who is a descendent of the Viking Gods and has been given a curse/gift (depending on how you look at it) of Viking raiding powers, the Nytte. Traveling from their home in Norway to the Wild West of America, Hanne and her siblings look to find their uncle for help on controlling their unique powers.
I had never heard of the Nytte before and loved the concept of the different Viking raiding gifts being passed down throughout the bloodlines. While this could have technically been ended with one book I am thrilled there will be two more books. I’d really love to see the different Nytte and how they use or accept their gifts. In the beginning I do wish there had been a little more explanation on the consequences of using other Nytte besides Berserker. I ended up rereading some to see if I missed it but it wasn’t really explained until later in the story. The story takes you on a grand adventure and the sweet romance was enjoyable. Not exactly insta romance but it was a fated romance, neither types would have deterred me from the story though. The siblings have complicated and loving relationships that is realistic and familiar to anyone with siblings. I highly enjoyed the whole book. I think other readers who enjoy action, adventure, and mythology will fall in love with this story as I have.
I am already dying to get my hands on book two, Ransacker!
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
If you’re even considering reading this book, stop what your doing and go read it right now. This was a fun and sweet read about coming of age and finding your own path. I can’t believe how long it took me to pick it up but I absolutely loved listening to the audiobook. The narrator does a great job and really makes this enjoyable. I loved it so much I want a physical copy as well for my collection.
- Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
Why did I wait so long to read this?! It was fantastic! I’ll admit I totally thought I had it figured out early on but turned out I was wrong! I think that’s one of the best praises for a mystery novel, being surprised at the murderers identity. Audrey Rose was a lovely little spit fire and great role model for girls. Thomas is a swoon worthy Sherlock type that I can’t get enough off! I can not wait to see what they get up to in the next book!
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Why yes I did just read this book within 24 hours and yes I am kicking myself for not reading it sooner. On the plus side I can now binge read the whole series! This really was an enchanting read. I could barely put the book down. The story follows Alina Starkov as she goes from being an orphan to a map maker in the Second Army and then on to Os Alta to learn more about herself. While the plot could be said to be generic ya fantasy I believe the world and magic building gives this tale its uniqueness that really sets it apart. I am thrilled to continue on with the series!
- Come Sundown by Nora Roberts
** spoiler alert ** New favorite. Hands down. I thought I loved The Obsession but this book surpassed it. How is it that Nora can write all these books and they just keep getting better?!? This story revolves around the disappearance of Alice, how the family moved on, and the chaos of her return. Bodine (yes that is the main females name and yes it took me forever to get use to it) is the type of character I’d love to be but in all honesty not realistic, too perfect. Callen is a sexy cowboy that’s adds the perfect amount of romance through the story. Be prepared with tissues throughout the book though, it stirred up a lot of emotions for me but that’s usually a sign of a good book in my opinion. The mystery was pretty decent but not completely surprising. There was a good red herring where it could have gone a couple ways and still been believable.
Overall I loved this book and even though I checked it out from the library I plan to buy it to add to my collection.
Basically if you didn’t catch on I’ve read a good handful of books that I’m kicking myself for not reading sooner. Good news is now I have a plethora of books I’m excited to read!
For the month of November my goal is to try and read more books that I own compared to library books and to work on finishing up some series that I’m in the middle of. My book clubs theme is historical fiction which works out perfectly since there are a few books on my self that fit the theme and my personal goals.
Any goals for your November reads? Any books you kicked yourself for not reading sooner? Chat with me! I’d love to hear your thoughts!