A-Z a survey for bookworms

Author you’ve read the most books from: Anne Rice, J.K Rowling, and Agatha Christie

Best Sequel Ever: Goodness, this will take some thinking. I guess I’d have to say the Fifth Harry Potter book.

Currently Reading: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, City of bones by Cassandra Clare, the Historian by Elizabeth Kostova, and Doctor Who The Unearthly Child by Terrance Dicks.

Drink of Choice While Reading: Tea or Coke.

E-reader or Physical Book? Both, but more often my Nook. It’s still shiny and new to me.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School: Well since that’s when I “met” him, I’d say Lestat, but I guess now I’d say….wait, no, I’d still say Lestat.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance: The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Hidden Gem Book: House Rules by Jodi Picoult. I really wasn’t expecting to like this book as much as I did.

Important Moment in your Reading Life: Junior year in High school. It was the year I started volunteering in my school library, and the year I was “accidentally” put in the wrong Lit class.

Just Finished: Until I die by Amy Plum.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read: Christian Fiction. Just not for me.

Longest Book You’ve Read: I started Gone with the wind. I still haven’t finished it.

Major book hangover because of: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. It’s been over two months and I’m still laughing over it.

Number of Bookcases You Own: Seven, but need more.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times: The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Preferred Place To Read: My reading chair upstairs in my office, but since I’m in the process of moving my office, I read mostly in the den now.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:

“The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places.
But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now
mingled with grief, it still grows, perhaps, the greater.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Reading Regret: There are so many books I still haven’t finished, that I really should.

Series You Started And Need To Finish (all books are out in series): Daughters of the moon series. I FINALLY get all 13 books, and they just sit on my shelf.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books: Memnoch the Devil by Anne Rice, Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie, and The Lion the witch and the wardrobe by C. S. Lewis.

Unapologetic Fangirl For: The Hollow Earth series by John Barrowman.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others: The inventor’s secret by Andrea Cremer.

Worst Bookish Habit: Buying a book with every intention of reading it, then it sits on my shelf forever. Or as a close second, buying a book, starting it, then starting another book and not finishing the first book. I swear I neet a TBF shelf in addition to my TBR shelf.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: Women in love by D. H. Lawrence.

Your latest book purchase: The Picture of Dorian Grey, and Frankenstein.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late): Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn.

Until I die by Amy Plum

Title: Until I die
Author: Amy Plum
Length: 353 pages
Genre: YA
Format: ePUB
Rating: 3/5
Why I read it: R.I.P. Challenge, sequel, on my TBR list
What it’s About: Kate and Vincent have been together for five months, and after Vincent has promised to resist his revenant nature and stop dying for other people, it proves to be just one of the obstacles in the way of his and Kate’s relationship. Kate soon realizes that no matter how much they love each other, the reality of their relationship is that she will eventually grow old and die. So Kate and Vincent, individually set out to find a solution to their romantic problem. Meanwhile, the Numa seem to be laying low, and that has all the Revenants on high alert.

The Good: Character development. Kate seemed more…badass in this book than she did in the first. She was a bit more confident at times, and took more initiative. Also, due to her training with Gaspard, she was tougher and it made her more ballsy. Georgia, too was better all around. Sh wasn’t in the book much, but when she was she was supportive, and just as pleasant as Kate was in the first book. I think some of the background characters, like Jules and Ambrose even had more depth to them. And I can’t forget Kate’s Papy. In the first book he seemed like a “go with the flow” kind of guy, almost to the point of being a push over, espscially when dealing with Kate and not wanting to upset her while she was grieving. But in this book, he showed that he can be just as ballsy and even a fierce defender.

The Bad: Revenant lore was just as confusing as ever. And there was the same problem of too much information at once. And the new characters were a little much. As for the story itself, it seemed a little disjointed. Like the NUma were put in just so the reader wouldn’t forget about them. Also, I guessed who the main baddie was almost immediatly, which is never fun. Another thing was that Vincent’s solution to his and Kate’s problem was not only confusing, but seemed like choppy logic.

Final Thoughts: I can’t wait to see where else the characters will develop, and what the outcome of the thrid book will be. I eagerly await reading the third book.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Title: Sharp Objects
Author: Gillian Flynn
Length: 272 pages
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, General fiction
Format: ePUB
Rating: 3/5
Why I read it: On my TBR shelf, R.I.P. Blog Challenge

What it’s About: Camille is sent to her home town to investigate, and report the murders of two girls. Being home brings back bad memories of her childhood, makes her face the demons of her past, and that history threatens to repeat itself.

The Good: This book was Gritty. It was dark and unpleasant from the first page to the last. Camille herself was a raw character, and you couldn’t help but love her. I was fascinated by her. From her strained relationship with her family, to her haunted past, this was a gripping novel. I like how honest it was. It showed the dark side of small towns. It’s fun to see small towns on tv, like on Gilmore Girls and everything it perfect, but it is just as fun to see their dark side. There were characters I loved to hate, like Amma, and there were ones who I wanted to slap, like Adora. Then there were the ones who served no real purpose, and those who downright Baffled me, Like Alan.

The Bad: The twist was relatively easy to figure out and left me unsurprised. While the relationship between Amma and Camille was honest in some places, in others it made no sense. It’s easy to understand that a woman in her 30s wouldn’t be all that close to her half sister who is 13, but keeping that in mind, why then, would said 30-ish year old sister take drugs, and go to a high school party with her 13 year old sister? That was just a confusing time in the book.

Final Thoughts: This was a stunning Debut from Flynn. The grittiness was palpable, and Flynn has a flair for imagery. I had told a friend that it sometimes read like it was written like a man, and it holds true. But in a good way. Don’t get me wrong, I like the cutesy, cookie-cutter mysteries of Joanne Fluke and Isis Crawford, but give me a lady who can write crime like a man and I’m putty. I really can’t wait to read more from Flynn, and I hope she works on getting a fourth novel out soon.