The Alienist was such a good book. I loved the characters and the mystery. I watched the first episode of the show, but I’m not sure if I’ll continue. Too many changes to the characters that I don’t like. But, I might give it one more chance.
I’m actually not 100% sure this is what I’ll read, but it’s what I was going to read next before Legendary became available at the library. My TBR list is longer than it usually is and I’m getting a little stressed about it!
I’m currently reading The Alienist by Caleb Carr. I’m only a few chapters in, but it’s really good. However, it’s also really heavy, so I think I’m going to start something light and fluffy to offset the heaviness of this one.
I just finished The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern on Sunday. It was such an incredible book. I finished Stepsister last week and loved it, even though it took me forever to read. The beginning of the school year had me so stressed, I couldn’t concentrate on it and kept losing the thread of the plot. But I loved the book.
After I finish The Alienist, I’ll read The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris, but I think I’ll start Lord of the Last Heartbeat by My Peterson in the next few days and read it concurrently. It doesn’t sound very light and fluffy, but it’s got magic, mages, and romance, so it’ll give me a break from child murders.
What are you reading this week? Drop a comment below and let me know!
I just started The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and am really enjoying it. I’m also still listening to Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly. I’ve got about two hours left in the book.
I was finally able to finish both The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger and Treacherous is the Night by Anna Lee Huber. I really liked both of them a lot. They had great female characters who were different from one another but both very strong.
I also just finished No Good Men by Thea McAlistair. She posted on Twitter that she had ARCs available, and murder mystery with a m/m romance sounded right up my alley. I replied to her and she sent me the book. I flew through it. My review will go up next week.
I plan to read The Alienist by Caleb Carr first, then The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris next.
That’s my Wednesday. How is yours? Reading anything good?
I’m still listening and loving Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly. Isabelle is such a wonderful character. She’s smart and brave and, after being disgraced, humble and kind. I love her quest to find the missing pieces of her heart, and I love how she’s kind of a badass too.
I’m still enjoying Treacherous is the Night by Anna Lee Huber. I was actually able to read three chapters yesterday despite being exhausted from an invasive medical procedure and anesthesia in the morning. I… just hope I remember what I read.
I also got my new copy of The Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger, which does not randomly turn into Oscar Wilde and the Vampire Murders near the end. I’m excited to finish this book!
Nothing. I have just finished nothing. Well, technically I finished Whoever You Are by Mem Fox as a read-aloud today. It was a beautiful book about how, despite our differences, we’re so much the same. When I finished it, one of my students smiled and said, “That was a good book.” I certainly made me feel good.
I plan to read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern next, followed by The Alienist by Caleb Carr and The Butchering Art by Lindsey Fitzharris. I’m also going to read stories from and ARC entitled An Anthology of Works Inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by a variety of authors.
That’s a lot! But, I have Monday off which means I’ll have time to read and hopefully get back into my groove.
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I am currently listening to Stepsisterby Jennifer Donnelly, which is about Cinderella’s stepsisters after Cinderella has her happily ever after and they don’t. It’s really enjoyable. Isabelle, the main character, is complex and strong and interesting. Her sister, Octavia, is too, but she’s not the focus. I like that they have more depth than just being mean and selfish. The author does a good job of making them sympathetic without excusing their behavior.
I’m also reading Treacherous is the Night by Anna Lee Huber. I really like the book and Verity continues to be awesome. She was a spy during World War I and is having trouble readjusting to civilian life. She’s also having trouble readjusting to her marriage with her declared dead and now returned husband. There’s a mystery involving her spying days and a medium and it’s all very interesting.
I just finished Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. She once again lays out why vulnerability is so vital to Wholehearted living and how we can “dare greatly” to find our true selves.
Oh, I don’t know. Hopefully Mistress of Nothing, since ThriftBooks is sending me another copy. After that, I think I’ll try Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
Also, I am tired and con’t concentrate on books for longer than ten minutes or so. It’s really cramping my style.
Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Shanah at the Bionic Book Worm. Each week, she gives a topic and participants get to answer. This week’s topic is Top 5 Dystopians.
My first pick is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I’ve talked before about how when I finally started reading the book, I couldn’t put it down even though I was at Disney’s California Adventures. My other story about the book is how I bought it. I was at Borders (RIP) and in the mood for a book that delivered 2 things: 1) It had to be a dystopian book and 2) the main character had to be a girl. I picked this book up and immediately knew it was the book I was looking for. I’ve often lamented how I wanted to read this book for the first time again; it was just that great of an experience.
The Giver by Lois Lowry may have been the first dystopian I ever read (although I may have read Animal Farm first). I loved how chilling and disturbing the world was. I loved Jonah and his journey. I hated the ending, because I was a very pessimistic child and was sure something bad had happened at the end, but I still loved the book.
I read Legend by Marie Lu when I was deep into my dystopian love. My sister recommended it to me, saying it was based on Javert and Valjean from Les Miserables but genderflipped and a romance. I loved Day and his quest to do what’s right, and I love June and her sense of duty. This trilogy devastated me, absolutely, completely killed me. But, there’s a fourth book coming out soon, so either I’ll have my heart ripped out again or will be happy. We’ll see.
I read Scythe by Neal Shusterman last year. I’ll admit: I’ve been a little burned out on dystopians, but this one sounded interesting. A world where death has been conquered and can only be delivered randomly by people assigned the job? Color me intrigued. And I’m so glad I read it, because this book is amazing. I loved all the characters, especially Scythe Faraday, and the villains were terrifying. I cannot wait for the next book.
So, I feel I have to go with The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood for my last pick. I almost went with Divergent by Veronica Roth, but, honestly, I feel like that book is best read as a coming-of-age novel and doesn’t fully succeed as a dystopian. This book, however, does. It’s terrifying, especially in today’s political climate. I’ve read it twice,and each time it’s basically given me nightmares. It’s like something out of my worst dreams and, yet, somehow totally feasible. I haven’t see the TV show, but I think this is one of the best dystopian books out there.
And that’s my top 5 for the week?
What are some of your favorite dystopian novels? Drop me a comment below and let me know!
I am currently reading Mistress of Nothing by Kate Pullinger. I started it on my trip after I finished Eat, Pray, Love and then had to leave it behind in Canada because it wasn’t my book. Luckily, I found it on Thrift Books and now have it in my hot little hands.
I’m still reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, which is due next week, so I think I’ll have to renew it.
I also just started listening to Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly, which is really good. The narrator, Jayne Entwistle, sounds a lot like Judi Dench, and it took me a long time to figure out who she sounds like. I’m highly enjoying the story.
I just finished A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce, and I need to get off my butt and review it already. Spoiler alert: I loved it. It was just wonderful.
I feel like I actually have a lot of books I’m supposed to get to, but this one will be next. I know last week I said I’d read Changeling by Molly Harper, but that was before I actually got Treacherous is the Night by Anna Lee Huber, and I said I was going to read this book months ago. I need to start writing down the books I want to read because I know I had a list of five or so, but I can’t remember what they are now. Teacher brain has started early this year.
What are you reading this week? Drop a comment below and let me know!