Hello, book lovers! 💕
We’re already halfway through January (which is crazy to think about), and I feel like I haven’t gotten any reading done. That’s probably because I really haven’t. So far this month I’ve only finished a book that I started in December and gotten halfway through a book. It’s been a really stressful first few weeks, and I wasn’t in the mood to do anything.
But I figured I’d update you guys on what I’m currently in the middle of reading and what I plan on reading next. I don’t know how much more I’ll be able to get read by the end of the month, but I’m going to try my best.
So without any further ado, let’s talk about about the book that I’m currently reading!
The book that I’m currently reading (and absolutely loving) is Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. I feel like a lot of people have been talking about this book lately, and for good reason. It’s such an action-packed, fun story.
The following is from Goodreads:
After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.
A flying demon feeding on human energies.
A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.
And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.
The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.
She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.
A secret society that hunts demons? Yes, please.
But it’s so much more than that. It kind of reminds me of The Hunger Games, but only in the sense that there are trials for the initiates to compete in. That’s where the similarities end though. It deals with diverse and relevant topics such as racism and discrimination, which makes it so poignant and real.
I don’t want to go into too much detail about the plot of the story so I won’t spoil for those who haven’t read it yet. Not only that, but I haven’t finished the book yet and this isn’t a review. I still have maybe 200 pages left, and I have been savoring every minute of it.
I feel like I say this with every book, but I’m taking my time with this one; I’ve been trying to set out more time in my days to read, but lately it’s only been right before I go to bed. And that’s when I’m the most tired, so I only am able to get through maybe 20 pages before I pass out.
But anyway, once I finish this book (or maybe before I finish it), I plan on taking a day and binge reading the last couple Avatar the Last Airbender comics that I have left. They shouldn’t take me that long to get through; it’s just a matter of sitting down and reading them.
So there you have it. Those are the books that I’m currently reading and plan on reading next. Have you read this book? What book are you currently reading? I’d love to chat in the comments below!
I seriously can’t believe that another month is over. And that it’s almost September. And that it’s almost fall. Which I’m pretty excited about. I’m looking forward to the chilly weather where I can wear boots, flannel, fuzzy sweaters while drinking hot coffee (or tea). It makes me feel so cozy, and I absolutely love it. I’ve actually been in the fall mood for the past couple weeks now with my drawing – all I’ve been wanting to draw lately are pumpkins, leaves and everything fall.
Anyway, I digress. I actually did pretty good this month with my reading. While most of the books I read were pretty short, I was able to get through 7 books this month. Which is pretty good for me since I’ve only been able to read 4 books a months. And I really enjoyed a majority of the books that I’ve read, and I’ve done reviews on most of them as well.
So let’s get onto the wrap up!
For some reason, this month kind of felt long in the sense that I don’t fully remember reading the books I read in the beginning of the month. But at the same time, it felt short because it’s over already.
But I started off the month strong by reading 3 of the Avatar comics pretty much in one day. Considering they’re only 80 pages each, it’s not hard to do. And like I’ve said with all of the other comics that I read in this series, it counts on Goodreads as a full book, so I count it as a full book. But I really enjoyed being back in the world with these characters. Even though there were times when it felt a little cringe (the main relationship – I’m not going to say too much in case you haven’t read the series or watched the show).
Most of the books I finished this month I listened to on audiobook, but I think I’ve come to terms with the fact that it’s okay to listen to audiobooks. It’s still considered reading the book, even if you’re having it read to you instead of reading the physical book. And I’ve really been enjoying listening to audiobooks. I went into full detail on my thoughts in a discussion post a couple of weeks ago if you’re interested.
The audiobooks I listened to this month were all really good. The Unexpected Everything was a reread for me (it was my third time reading it). I did a book review on it if you want to know my full thoughts on it. But know that even though I read it three times, I loved it each time I read it. My thoughts didn’t change much this time around from the first time.
I was able to get through this faster than I did the other times I read it, and that’s because of listening to it on audiobook. Where it would have taken me over a week to read this book (it’s over 500 pages), it only took me a few days.
I also listened to One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London. Which again, I absolutely loved and have a review for. It was so dramatic, and while I’m not usually interested in TV shows like The Bachelorette, I really enjoyed this. It was a good thing I listened to the audiobook because I felt like I was watching a show in my mind (though reading in general is like that). But it was even more like that because the main character was on a TV show similar to The Bachelorette.
Another thing I loved about this book was the representation of a plus-size main character. It was nice to read about a character that wasn’t a carbon cut-out of the ideal body type. Because that’s the type of main character I’ve usually read about in a lot of contemporary books.
The last audiobook I listened to this month was The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee. I wasn’t planning on listening to this book this month as it wasn’t on my initial TBR, but I’m really glad I picked it up. It’s no surprise that I would want to read this book considering I am making my way through the Avatar comic series. I don’t have a review for this book yet on my blog, and I’m not sure if I’m going to review it yet. It’s a prequel series that follows Avatar Kyoshi.
There isn’t much I can say about it other than I really enjoyed following one of the past Avatars and that I wish this was a TV show as well because I think it would have been great to see visually. Mostly because there were times when I got a bit lost with all the different names and places and trying to figure out who’s who. But I still really enjoyed it. If you’re interested in me reviewing this book, let me know, and I’ll try to see if I can scrape up a review that’ll be interesting enough for you to read.
The last book I’m going to talk about that I read this month was Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia. This was another reread for me, but it has been a while since the last time I read it. But oh my God, I forgot how much I loved this book. I almost cried at the end. For some reason it hit me harder this time I read it than the other times, and it also made me love it all the more. It deals with mental illness, so if that’s something that triggers you, then I’d go into it with some caution. But the way that Francesca Zappia handles that topic along with the pressure of being a creator with demanding fans was perfect. This is easily one of my favorite books of all time.
Again, like most of these books, I have a review of this book if you’re interested in reading my full thoughts. Just know that I highly recommend it.
So there you have it. Those are the books that I read this month. I honestly am surprised I was able to get through so many, especially since most of them were over 300 pages. But I can definitely say that it was a good blend of short and long books. And all of them I gave at least 4 stars.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? I’d love to discuss them in the comments below!
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