Mini Reviews: The Bone Witch, Scrappy Little Nobody

Alright, after this point, I’ll be completely caught up with my reviews of 2018! Not too shabby, considering the last two books were finished during winter break.

I actually ended up reading¬†The Bone Witch in several different mediums: as an e-ARC, a paperback copy, and then the last leg was an audiobook. To be honest, I think the audiobook was the best path in this case, because the formatting drove me absolutely nuts on both the ARC and paperback copies. I wanted to really like it, but eh. At least I finally finished it? It only took two years…

The other audiobook I listened to was a pretty quick listen, but one that definitely ended the year well enough. I do love Anna Kendrick, though, so the bias is there, and this book definitely made me like her more. Not in that creepy stalker-y way, though, Anna! I’m totally harmless. ūüėÄ

Have you read either book? What did you think?

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Mini Reviews: The Art of Asking, Heretics Anonymous

Audiobooks are the best. I’ve come to listen to them almost as frequently as I’ve been reading. That being said, nothing matches the thrill of reading and re-reading passages in books, and on occasion, I did find myself wanting to go back to something said in both these audiobooks just so I could quote them.

Well, I certainly just went and listened to “Girl Anachronism” over and over again after having heard it in¬†The Art of Asking.

There were also things I found hilarious in¬†Heretics Anonymous that I wanted to use as quotes. Also, I loved the narrator and his sassy tone, but considering he was the same narrator in¬†Simon vs. the Homo Sapien Agenda (which I loved), it’s no surprise.

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

Mini Reviews: Argo, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

I don’t know what it is, but I’ve been on a story rampage ever since I finished¬†Children of Blood and Bone. I guess I must have gotten out of my reading slump, judging from the fact that I not only got through a 600-page whopper of a book over the weekend, but two more audiobooks within the week. Good ones, too!

I’ve always liked¬†Argo as a movie, so when I saw that an audiobook was available, I definitely went for it as soon as I could. Not disappointed at all.

The second audiobook was narrated by a cast of stellar female, including Alicia Keys, Philippa Soo, Esperanza Spalding, and Ashley Judd, among others. I’d definitely recommend it as a jumping-off point to introducing females in history.

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

Mini Reviews: Monstress Vol. 3, A Study in Charlotte

Reading may have been slowing down a bit, though it’s hardly surprising on my end. I get too distracted these days. Also, *coughNaNoWriMocough*.

That being said, I think I will hit my reading goal this year, so I’m not worried at all! In any case, here are some reviews.

I am still a huge fan of the¬†Monstress¬†series by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda, and it’s still currently the only comic book series I’m faithfully collecting in volume form. The third volume was finally released in time for New York Comic Con, so of course I jumped at the chance to not only own a copy of the third volume, but to also have it signed by the lovely Liu herself! (A pity Takeda wasn’t around for signing…)

Volume 3: Haven¬†was just as good as the first two, and I can’t wait for the next set of issues!

This second book I read was out of pure curiosity. In all honesty, I didn’t know much about¬†A Study in Charlotte¬†other than the fact that it played on the Sherlock Holmes title,¬†A Study in Scarlet.¬†So when I saw the title, I kind of thought the whole thing was going to take place in Charlotte, North Carolina. I mean…this is a complete distance from its actual setting–Sherringford Prep in Connecticut–that I was surprised up until I realized the title was referring to CHARLOTTE Holmes. Meh. Would have been cool to have southern-twanged Holmes and Watson, but that’s another thing entirely.

I’m still on the fence with this book. On the one hand, I thought there were some nice moments between the friendship of Jamie and Charlotte. On the other, the story itself kind of just made me roll my eyes. Especially because of how dependent it is that Charlotte has the¬†same exact personality¬†as her ancestor. I mean, her being a girl doesn’t even give much of an impact on the plot itself, but eh, to each her own?

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

Mini Reviews: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Rat Queens

Two totally completely reviews, but there it is! I’ve been waffling through my current read, but I think getting distracted by¬†Octopath Traveler¬†has something to do with this…or maybe it’s my dog-nephew, I’m not quite sure…

Anyway, I watched¬†To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before on Netflix and absolutely adored the movie. Peter Kavinsky was just…aww, and I totally dug his relationship with Lara Jean. The book was just as entertaining, though to be honest, this may have been one of the rare times I prefer the movie over the book in this case.

As for Rat Queens

I didn’t read the series until recently, so I skipped out on the Roc Upchurch drama that encompassed the beginnings of the series. That being said, I honestly thought the move from Upchurch to Sejic was a decent one; volume 2 was my favorite of the series, artwork and storyline both. This third volume changed it up again with Tess Fowler, and the later volumes have a different artist once again. Frankly, at this point, I think I’m good on stopping right at Volume 3.

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