On top of all of the writing this month, I’m going to try, TRY, to read a couple of books lol
After all the spooky reading we did last month I’ve kind of reverted back into my feel-good comfort zone and am reading a couple of YA fantasy books that came to my attention this past month.
I am reading:
- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
- The Young Elites by Marie Lu
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
- The Amulet of Samarkand (REREAD) by Jonathan Stroud
As you guys know, I’m a huge Jay Kristoff fan and I’m going to finally read his and Amie Kaufman’s novel Illuminae. I purposefully avoided any spoilers or reviews about this book because it appears to be genre-bending and kind of niche in its style of storytelling. So hopefully I like it! The graphics in this novel and its sequel Gemina were done by author Marie Lu, so I’m going to be reading her book The Young Elites. So far it’s VERY good and I have been biding my time to really jump into it, because…
I’m kind of stuck on Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.
I am trying really hard to get through it. I rented it from my library last week because Six of Crows was checked out and I really wanted to see how good of a writer she is.
So far, I can see why the younger YA crowd like her writing. It’s very to-the-point and kind of immature, which is honestly making it VERY difficult for me to read. I get it though, that’s the demographic that this book appeals to. So I’m just trying to get past the style and immerse myself in the story. It’s an interesting story, too- the world building is cool and the magic system is very intriguing, but dear god the characters are high schoolers. It’s hard for me to just accept that construct since the world isn’t modern day high school… is a dystopian medieval world. They should be a bit smarter and more worldly…
BUT I digress. I’ll see how I feel when I finish it.
I’m also supplementing my reading with an audiobook reread of the Bartimaeus trilogy by Jonathan Stroud. He is the perfect writer in my mind and I wish I could be as good as he is. Stroud and Bartimaeus are keeping me honest in my NaNoWriMo writing lol
My TBR shelf is overflowing and I can’t help but shrink away when I look at it. I have so many literary novels I need to finish but I think I’ll leave that off till December when I have a bit more free time… what do you guys think?
Until Next Time,