As I mentioned in my January wrap up, I’m going to start doing a weekly wrap up instead because of how much I read each month. I’m personally not a fan of really big/long blog posts and I don’t want to repeatedly be making them myself. My posts should be something that I would actually want to read fully if it were on someone else’s blog. Also, I might actually be better at giving more of a review on the books than I have been because of not spending so much time on everything involved in a big post.
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WHAT I READ
A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi. I hadn’t read anything before with a Persian main character or of a female wearing a hijab. I know that after 9/11 many Middle Eastern people began to be treated poorly in America but I didn’t realize how blind I was to their experience and life during this time. It really does a lot to a person’s psych. I am so thankful for Tahereh Mafi making this novel and helping me open my eyes to some of what happens and making it not only and education experience, but also an enjoyable one.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I don’t even know where to begin with this book. I’ve never read a book in multimedia format and I haven’t read much in terms of SciFi in the past. So that was a new experience. Oh man this just grabbed me. So good. While there was a lot of different things going on, it all worked so well together and I never felt overwhelmed or confused by so much happening. I think my favorite character is actually AIDEN the AI in the ship Alexander. It was creepy and strange but at the same time the decisions it made actually made sense to me. I enjoyed getting into its “head” later on in the book and I feel it had the most personality and depth than anyone else. While I felt for Kady at times, I kept going back and forth on if I liked her or not. It was cool though what she did to try and help others and get answers for what was going on. And the effects of the Phobos Beta virus…DAMN! It made me think of advanced zombies in a way which I loved. The only thing I wish I got more of is the afflicted. Beyond a doubt so far my favorite book of the year but I do need to give my head a little break before jumping into the next book in the series.
What is the What by Dave Eggers. I DNFed this but still gave it . The reason behind this is while I find the overall story to be important and interesting, it was just far too drawn out for me and slow. I gave it good shot and got about half way through it but I know that if I continued on anymore I would put myself in a reading slump and not want to read at all.
WHAT I ACQUIRED
The Silence by Daisy Pearce. I got this for free through Amazon First Reads. I don’t want to go too much into it because it’s a suspense/thriller which could spoil part of the experience but it sounds like a gripping read.
Caffeine by Michael Pollan. This was one of the six options for the month in Audible Originals that I got for free. I’m obsessed with coffee and have been wanting to read a bunch of Michael Pollan’s books so I was thrilled when I saw this available.
Beezer by Brandon T Snider. This was the other February Audible Original title I chose for free. It’s a middle grade book about a bratty pre-teen demon who gets sent to Earth because of his attitude. This sounds so cute.
Have any of you started anything interesting this week?