Mini Reviews: Shape of Water, All the Bright Places

A hot and cold set of audiobook reviews! On the one hand, I enjoyed Shape of Water lots. On the other hand, All the Bright Places was not so very bright. A lot of this comes from bias for the former, and annoyance for the latter.

Have you read either of these books? What did you think?


TTT: Fave Authors, Unread Books

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Egads, asking me who my favorite author is at any given time is a dangerous subject to go into, and I’ve been asked this a few times over the past few weeks already. That being said, I have been pretty consistent with the types of authors I adore, and there have always been tried and true authors who’ve not once disappointed me yet. So. I suppose, here it goes.

Note: Some of the authors (Katherine Arden, Laini Taylor, Renee Ahdieh, etc.) I’ve been loving this year and last year I didn’t include on this list, because while I loved their trilogy/duology/books, I’ve only read one or few of their stuff so the jury is still out on that front.

Ten Books By My Favorite Authors That I Still Haven’t Read Yet

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab – I will admit I haven’t had as much interest in Schwab’s YA books compared to her adult ones, but I did read This Savage Song and enjoyed it and even recommended it several times to my middle schoolers. I have a copy of ODD on my shelf, I just haven’t gotten around to reading it. Likely I’ll devour Vengeful first, and quite possibly the Steel Prince issues beforehand, but it’ll get read eventually!

Magic Steps by Tamora Pierce – I meaaan…I have practically read every single Tortall book this woman has released by far, so the only books left unread by the ever-fabulous TP are her Circle series. I’ve actually gotten through the first set, so it makes logical sense to continue on with the next quartet. All that said, the Circle series is pretty much being discontinued, so there’s little likelihood that anything new will be added to its worldbuilding.

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks – Gaaaawd I don’t know why it’s taking me so long to read The Black Prism. I adored the Night Angel Trilogy and even read the short story with Durzo as the main character. Apparently TBP is even better, and my brain already exploded with NAT, so…gah I really should read this. Really.

Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore – Cashore doesn’t have as prolific a list of books as many of the authors I’ve loved, but the thing about her is that I’ve loved all three of her Graceling books to pieces. And then she came out with one that wasn’t Graceling-related, but I loved her writing, so I really should read this one anyway.

Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs – So far, this is the only book on the Mercy Thompson and its spin-off series that I have yet to read. I probably should before the next MT book comes out.

Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier – I’ll admit I haven’t read as much Marillier as I should have, but I will say that she’s my go-to author for books that will absolutely positively make. me. cry. No joke, this is why she’s one of my favorites, because she always sends me into a state of tears, and not just because she’s gone and done horrible things to her characters. She also writes really lovely romances and I love her for them. I really should read more of her in any case.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer – Alright, so she completely won me over on The Lunar Chronicles alone. I haven’t read anything past that, other than the graphic novels with Iko, but I really do mean to get to Heartless at some point! I loved her sassy characters.

The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson – For someone who constantly praises the Mistborn trilogy, it’s a huge surprise that I haven’t read the sequel trilogy to Mistborn. Sanderson hasn’t failed me yet in any case, so I’m going to walk into TAoL with super high Mistborn-y expectations.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell – Since I couldn’t put Wayward Son in here because technically it won’t even come out until around 2020 *grumbles* I’m putting in an older work of Rowell’s. I will say I haven’t tried her adulty stuff, but I really loved Carry On and Fangirl and actually liked Eleanor and Park, too, though not on the level of the first two books I’d read of hers.


What books of your favorite authors haven’t you read yet?

Mini Reviews: Mary Poppins, Dreaming Anastasia

I’m beginning to really like doing these mini-reviews. Though am thinking about reformatting the images that come along with the minis. Maybe when I find myself with time in my hands, I suppose!

I never actually read any of the Mary Poppins books when I was a kid, so I was weened off of the Disney movie that the author deplored. That said, I mean, it takes a special kind of person to dislike the casting of Dame Julie Andrews…buuuut I can see where she was going with things, I suppose. (I still love Julie Andrews so whatever.)

Dreaming Anastasia was something that landed on my lap for Fableulous Retellings so this was definitely something I needed to read. I mean, I wasn’t expecting much from it, but I do love Anastasia and the Baba Yaga folk tales, so I thought this would have been a classic love-hate relationship? It totally was.

Have you read either of these? What did you think?


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Dare I make a Fall to-read list? Even though, with my book mood swings, you never really know where I’m headed off to next book-wise?

Why yes. Yes I will. Let’s hope I stick reaaaal close to what I plan to read this month, but you never know. I guarantee you, though, that I’ll at least get through one of the books on this list? XD

(To be fair, the first three of these are current reads, so I’ll most likely get them all done before mid-October!)

Ten Books on My Fall 2018 TBR

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – This book has definitely been on my radar since it came out this year, and once I started seeing some Avatar the Last Airbender-esque homages up in this book I was all “YESPLS”. I definitely am tackling this book this fall, for sure.

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco – Weeeeeell…I really only read the prologue a while back, and I haven’t picked it up since, but the beginning kind of reminds me of Kvothe in Rothfuss’ Name of the Wind. That said, I’ve been putting this off for so long (to the point where a Netgalley ARC still remains unreviewed) that it’s about time to finish this.

The Shape of Water by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus – I’m actually in the middle of this audiobook, and liking it so far! But then again, I was one of those people who adored the movie, so sue me?

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu – I pretty much loved Warcross, so this has been on my high priority list after falling hard for her billionaire tall dark handsome character *coughHideocough*. That said, Batman has always been an interesting character to read, though honestly, the entire DC YA series is something on my high TBR priority list.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – I’m…actually afraid to read this duology because I absolutely loved Ruin and Rising, and if I fall in love with Six of Crows, I might be bumping R&R out of my top ten favorites for the year. THIS IS AN IRRATIONAL FEAR BUT YOU UNDERSTAND, RIGHT?! Ugh. Let’s face it, though. Bardugo is my author-love at the moment and I’ll most likely read this book and its sequel if only so I can get my hands on King of Scars because because NIKOLAAAAAI.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas – There’s a lot of YA authors on this list right now, but for good reason! I’ve kind of been avoiding the big YA names because of how much they’ve made me squee in the past. Maas is a different story, though. I’m mostly avoiding CoM because ship reasons, buuuut enough is enough. I need to rip off that band-aid and GET TO IT. Also, I’m being hounded to read more Maas, albeit I’m pretty sure my friend Meg is wanting me to pick up the next ACOTAR book…

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson – This one’s a stretch. But I am determined to at least get through ONE Sanderson book this year, because I’ve done at least one every year since I started this blog, and I’m not about to stop now. All the same…you’d think I’d go for finishing the Steelheart series… *sobs inwardly*

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab – Because it’s SCHWAB YOU GUYS. Of course I’m going to read this book as soon as I get my grubby hands on it. And that will be soooon, my lovelies.

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – Another one on my high priority list which kept slipping out of my mind until I looked at one of my unread piles. I have a lot of those unread piles, so many books slip my priority list…but I really do want to read this soon.

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente – I have been loving the Valente books I’ve picked up so far, and this one is even more up my alley than the other two. I’ve been holding the copy for years now, but I just haven’t actually gotten around to reading it. This one’s another “I MUST READ REAL SOON” so why not this fall?

Phew. This looks like a daunting task. But you know what, this kind of does look like the set of books I plan to read in the near future.

How about you?

Mini Reviews: Simon vs. The Homo Sapien Agenda, The Kite Runner

More minis! I went back to reading graphic novels, so you’ll probably see a few reviews regarding graphic novels and whatnot. That being said, it’s not all about the illustrations, because I’ve also been busy with audiobooks and good ole’ text.

I wasn’t such a big fan of the last coming-out book I’d read (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe), and I wasn’t really interested in reading Call Me by Your Name, but I actually super-loved this book.

I also super-loved this book as a graphic novel. I haven’t read the original novel, though not for lack of trying. I’m pretty sure I have a copy of it somewhere…though after going through the grueling images in the graphic novel, I might want to avoid The Kite Runner unless I want a really good cry.

Have you read either books? What did you think?