- # of books read: 15
- audiobooks listened to: 2
- ebooks read: 5 (6 if you count Wattpad!)
- total page count: 3,453 pages
- year total page count: 9,867 pages
The highest monthly total yet this year!
It’s rare that I go out and buy a brand new hardcover unless I’m going to get it signed. I get a lot of new books through OwlCrate, but to actually drop money on a new book in a bookstore? Very rare. But The Language of Thorns was so beautiful I couldn’t help myself.
Isn’t it pretty??? And the fairy tales inside were so unique, both familiar and strange. I absolutely loved it.
Aside from The Language of Thorns, I also read the second book in the Six of Crows duology, Crooked Kingdom, which was just as good as the first, as well as the ebook-only prequel to the Grisha series, The Demon in the Woods, which was about the Darkling’s childhood. I think the only book left of hers that I haven’t read is the Wonder Woman book.
Got some good books at my library booksale. I had a few days between incoming holds at the library, so I sped through Inexcusable. This was a mildly disturbing read that I have mixed feelings about.
I probably would have been more disturbed if I hadn’t just read The Children and the Wolves, which was even shorter and quite troubling. I found the character voices and the writing to be amazing, but the content had me wondering who exactly the book was written for. Not for the faint of heart!
I had picked Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore up from Annie’s Book Stop a couple of years ago. About three times I have placed it on my kitchen table as part of that month’s TBR stack, and each time I had to put it away as more and more books came in from the library to read. This month I was determined to finally read it and I’m so glad, because I loved it! If only there was a 24-hour bookstore. I’d love to work the night shift there, especially if it meant I could write when there were no customers. Having worked overnights myself, I feel like the main character didn’t suffer from enough sleep deprivation, but that’s my only criticism. Definitely a must-read for bibliophiles.
There have been so many books this month that made me want to stay up late reading! I was about 50 pages into The Ritual before I knew it (I had meant to read only a chapter or two before bed…). The pacing in this book was pretty incredible, I had to keep going! I then immediately watched the movie on Netflix, which was a mistake. I generally like to wait a few months before watching a book-to-movie adaptation, because the time softens my memories of the book. A lot of changes were made to the story that I didn’t like, but might work well for someone who had not read the book. Oh, well.
- Best Overall: The Language of Thorns
- Least Favorite: Solitary
- Most Disturbing: The Children and the Wolves
- Coolest Concept: Donners of the Dead
- Fastest Read: The Demon in the Woods (1 day)
- Slowest Read: Solitary (17 days)
The full list (links take you to my Goodreads reviews):
- The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
- The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (ebook)
- The Demon in the Woods by Leigh Bardugo (ebook)
- Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo (ebook)
- Saint Iggy by K.L. Going (audiobook)
- Strange Weather by Joe Hill
- The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron
- Chasing the Ripper by Patricia Cornwell (ebook)
- The Children and the Wolves by Adam Rapp
- The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (Wattpad)
- Donners of the Dead by Karina Halle (ebook)
- Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane
- Solitary by Travis Thrasher (audiobook)
- Inexcusable by Chris Lynch
- The Ritual by Adam Nevill