It has been a fairly uneventful week for me. I’m just kind of really extra tired because of all the construction noises -_- I’m finally going to buy myself some peppermint oil to use for the ant problem today though (if I remember). I haven’t seen any lately, so they might be gone, but I was wrong about that once before, so I’ll use the peppermint oil just to be sure since apparently they don’t like the smell.
And that is honestly about it for this week unless you want to listen to me complain about my water pressure problems some more too ;-)
I have a problem, and that problem is that my reviews are becoming ridiculously long. See, before I was a reviewer, I had a book journal. After finishing a book, I’d write down (or type) what I liked, what I disliked, favorite character, etc. It was all completely uncensored and unedited. I could fangirl or I could rant. I didn’t worry about length or organization. Then I started reviewing, and I would still write my thoughts in the journal in order to work them out, then I’d come back to them a week or two later and use those thoughts to write the actual review. But now I don’t do the journal thing. And I don’t let my thoughts settle. So all that fangirling and ranting is going into the review. And I also now feel this NEED to include every tiny little thing I thought so that I’ll never forget anything (since I can’t look at the journal). But pretty soon no one is going to read my reviews because they’re becoming novels themselves -_- I don’t know why I’m telling you all this, it’s not like you can help me lol. Just venting, I guess?
Books I Received for Review:
Books I Finished:
I FOUND MY FIRST 4.5 STAR BOOK OF THE YEAR! I know, not quite as exciting as 5 stars, but finding a 4.5 star book within the first week is still great for me since I don’t give many of either rating. But let’s back up a bit first. The MC in Blackwell was just as villainous as I wanted him to be, but he felt inconsistent and the book fell flat. Y: The Last Man Vol. 1 had art that I loved and an interesting premise and is a series I plan on continuing. Obscura Burning, however, was one of those books I loved from the first page, it was one of the darkest books I’ve ever read despite the fact that it was YA, and I was pleasantly surprised to find it even had disability in it (even though it didn’t play a big part)! I’m still thinking about the book, and I’ve already looked up the author’s other books so I can read them too since apparently dark and twisted is her thing. Garden of Thorns fell flat though and ended before much happened (it was the first in a spin-off, and I’ve decided not to continue). And Unfolding was strange but I still liked it, and I loved the inclusion of disability.
Song of the Week:
“Svefn-g-englar” by Sigur Rós – I listened to this a bunch while reading Obscura Burning because it’s haunting and went so well with the mood of the book.
In Case You Missed It:
– I shared my 2017 bookish goals.
– I reviewed Starflight by Melissa Landers, a sweet, fun, quirky, all-around great YA sci-fi.
– I discussed how our environment affects our reading experience.
– I reviewed Shadows of Humanity by J. Armand, another great book in an urban fantasy series with lots of action and lovable, developed characters.
The Sunday Post Link-Up:
Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer :-)