Alrighty. Second post of the day. Looking good. Like I mentioned before, I am going to update everyone on my latest reads, my current reads, and my next TBRs for this year.
For my latest reads, I finished The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. The first reads were mandatory reads for my Gothic Literature class, while Fangirl was a pleasure read.
Like usual, it is always difficult for me to review books that I have to read for a class. I am not particularly sure why, it just mostly has to do with the fact that I have no choice in reading the book, and have to finish it within a certain period of time. I did enjoy these two books though. They were quite nice and truly made me look at the stories a whole new way. Like, who knew Frankenstein was the name of the scientist and not the creature? I sure didn’t! All in all, I rate those two around a 3.5.
As for Fangirl, I wish I could rate 4.5 on Goodreads. It took me way too long to pick that book up and read. Don’t get me wrong, it has nothing to do with the actual story, I just had other book interests in mind. In many ways, I could relate to Cath, a Freshman in college who has a difficult time in social situations and is a full-time fangirl. I feel as if the reason I never read this book years ago and let it dust on my shelf was that it had to do with fan fiction and that played an important role in this novel. At the time I bought this book, being in my preteens, I was never crazy about fan fiction. In fact, the only fanfiction I had read was written by my friend, and I could say the same thing today. I am not sure what I am waiting for truthfully, I have had apps like Watt pad withering away on my phone. I should really put them to good use, especially considering I enjoy writing my own stories here and there. Okay, I am getting off topic!
More than 50% of the books I am reading now are the same books I was reading in the post a few months ago. I probably read a few pages of each since then! Things are bad. I NEED to finish these books before 2018 or I will not be able to live with myself!
Here are my current reads:
Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon
I started listening to this Audiobook today and being someone who has no idea of the plot, I am quite surprised. I am not sure what I was expecting, but I did not think this was a mental illness book. I have received so many recommendations and any YA book reader knows that there was so much hype about this one. I am just late to the party. Like usual…. 8.5/10 so far though!
The Merciless, by Danielle Vega
I began buddy reading The Merciless by Danielle Vega last week with a pen pal and boy did it take a sharp turn! I did not expect it to get this graphic, but I am not complaining! In my mind, the more blood, the better! In short, this book is. not. for. the. weak. I mean, really it is not that bad, but even my friend needed a break from it. Not everyone can handle that much violence in one sitting. I did not think I could even finish this book at first, to be honest. I judged it by the first two chapters, which was horrible of me, I know! That is not to say it is the greatest. I feel as if it is one of those books where the main character makes you want to punch the book. Just a bit. And I am saying that from the eyes of a reader on chapter 15. My friend can agree. Current rating: 8/10.
One Of Us is Lying, by Karen McManus
This one has taken me on one heck of a ride! I put it on hold as an audiobook in February and I finally got it into my bookshelf in July, but then, me being me, somehow 14 days of it being on my shelf flew by and before I knew it, it was back in the system and the wait list was another 7 or 8 people. I did manage to get the book back two weeks ago…., but I missed the notification so… back in the system, it went! That was my own fault though. I am not sure how many people are in front of me now, but I am much better going to Barnes and Noble and picking up my own copy. In the little progress I made, I cannot see why there was, and still is so much hype about this book. Again, I am only in the first hour and a half of the book, but I am not getting much feeling for this one. I’ll probably change my mind soon though. Rating as of now 7/10.
Juvie, by Steve Watkins
I have been reading this one for over a month now, but if we count the times I’ve started this book then its been months. Plural. This book gives me mixed emotions. Like The Merciless although in a much stronger sense, it makes me want to simultaneously punch the main character and the book. On the other hand, it could just be one of those things where you have to be in the characters shoes to really know. I have never been to Juvie nor do I have a sister so it could be… Although I really think this book over exaggerates some matters. That is why I have “started” this book a good 4 times now. I’ve contemplated whether I should leave it as DNF but then realized my soul is too good for that. It really is not that bad, I perhaps just had my expectations a little too high. My current rating for this book is 6.5/10.
City Girl, Country Vet, by Cathy Woodman
Here is where the books I have been “reading” for the past few months come piling in. It is surprising how some of these books make it on my DNF list. Technically, I have not completely given up on these books, I have just picked up another book, and another, and another, to the point where these ones are on the bottom. I did promise on finishing them before the end of the year. City Girl, Country Vet was one of my most anticipated reads at the time, particularly because I am planning on studying Veterinary Medicine and this book hones in on that perfectly. It is just another one of those things where I became crazy and interested in other books where they became my first choice. Although I have not read much of this, the rating would be 9/10.
Burned, by Ellen Hopkins
Ohhh yes. Ellen Hopkins. Not sure how I have not finished this book. I mean yes, it is 532 pages long, but Crank was 537 and I finished that in a jiffy! I only have around 100 pages left though. I do not have much to say about this one because, in my world, all of Ellen Hopkins’ books are a work of art. Current rating would be a 9.5/10
Have a Nice Day, by Julie Halpern
Okay, Have a Nice Day was a bit of a disappointment to me. I am around a quarter of the way through, but I intermediately stopped and considered giving up on this one. I started reading this book in May shortly after I finished its prequel Get Well Soon. I was shocked because GWS was a great read. I think it would have been better as a standalone, but once again, I need to stop with the judgments. I feel like I am equipped to say something like that once I actually get halfway through the book. Who knows though, it could get better!
The Shining, by Stephen King
Last, but definitely not least, there’s the classic, The Shining. This one goes back to March, but in truth, I started this one in the beginning of 2016, when pleasure reading was somewhat new to me. I did not read much the first time though so I decided to return to the first page and restart the second time. Again, another masterpiece that is not fit to be on my abandoned for now shelf on Goodreads. With luck, I can get past the fact that the book is bigger than my face and finish it before the next year. Rating for this one so far is a 10/10. My childhood would not be complete without the adaptations of Stephen King, therefore, I give my heart out to you SK.
Well, there is my update for this month. Maybe once a month whether it is at the end or beginning, I make a long post like this with updates of my reading.
I hope you guys enjoyed the read, and if so, give the post some love!