Welcome to NaBloPoMo post #2. As promised I am posting it earlier than yesterday’s post (but let’s be honest here, it’s not much earlier. I will work on that). I thought I would use this post to introduce a new Library Day Friday feature (yes, yes, I know, it’s Saturday. Normally this post will occur on Friday’s. If you’re wondering why Friday posts are happening on other days this month read this post right here). Anyways, I’m not sure if it will be it’s own post or if it will be included with a different post some months. Maybe it’ll be a bonus post one Friday a month. It will all depend how many other Library Day Friday features (such as book reviews and What I’m readings) that I have scheduled for the given month.
What is this mysterious new feature, you ask? (Yes, I can hear you asking through the computer. What do you mean you didn’t ask the question? Well you should have, so I’m going to go ahead and answer it, that all right with you? K, thanks). In the new feature, currently titled “What I finished,” I will tell you about the books I finished reading in the previous month. I will never get around to posting reviews for all of the books I read (nor do I necessarily want to review everything I read), and “Stacking the Shelves” posts only give you an idea of books I’m thinking about reading. I don’t always finish all the books I take out of the library, especially the ones I pick up on a whim. I thought, for those of you interested in recommendations, it could be useful to know which books I’ve actually finished and whether I liked them or not. I’m not intending this post to include any real review component though I might include a couple sentences about a particular book. Sound good?
So, here are the books I completed in October. I don’t always read this many books in a month, October turned out to be a very productive reading month for me.
1. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland by Catherine M. Valente – (In some ways this book fits more into a What I read September since I finished it very early October 1. But, for ease of organization, and such, I am not going to consider how much was read in a particular month. Just the date it was finished. Make sense?) I thought this book was really neat. Quirky and fun and some really good writing. I am excited to read the next books in the series. I recommend it.
2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – Wow. This book deserves all of the praise that it has received. I can’t believe I hadn’t read it sooner. It’s amazing and will almost certainly make you cry. The writing makes it a dream to read. Completely recommend it.
3. Nancy Drew The New Case Files: Vampire Slayer Part. 2 by Petrucha, Kinney and Murase – you will see a number in this series both in this month and in future months. I am really enjoying the Nancy Drew Graphic novel series.
4. The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flammel by Michael Scott – another one that had been on my TBR list for awhile. I am glad I finally decided to read it. I really enjoy it and will read the rest of the series. I love the references to actual myths and historical figures. I recommend it.
5. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – Loved, loved, loved this book. It was a fairly quick read (I think I read it in less than a day). I don’t want to say too much about it because it’s the type of book where it would be really easy to spoil it. I definitely recommend it.
6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – It took me a really long time to get into this one. Once I did, however, it was difficult put down and I didn’t want to see it end. Really unique interplay between story and the use of old and peculiar photos. The story was fascinating and like nothing I’d ever read before. I recommend it.
7. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake – If you don’t like ghost stories, you probably won’t like this book (or the next book I’m going to mention). That being said, it wasn’t nearly as scary as I thought it would be. Creepy, definitely, and the beginning was pretty spooky. But overall, I wasn’t too scared to finish it or go to sleep afterwards. All of that aside, I liked the story. If you like ghost stories, I recommend it.
8. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake – the second book in the series to the one above. It took me a bit longer to get into this one, but once I did it was good (sometimes it is really worth it to persevere through a slow beginning). By the end of the book I was hooked on the characters. I really hope there will be another one, but I’m not sure the ending allows another one. Fingers crossed.
9. Nancy Drew Girl Detective #2: Writ in Stone
10. Nancy Drew Girl Detective #3: The Haunted Dollhouse – Just a quick note here – in this one, there are a lot of references to the first few (original) Nancy Drew novels. It made me want to pick up some of my original books and give them a read (I haven’t yet, but I probably will soon).
11. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey – This one was much creepier than the Anna books. And amazing. I have already picked up book 2 from the library. I will probably buy the series at some point. I’m not going to say too much more about this because I am planning on writing a review in the next couple weeks. Stay tuned. But for now, I recommend it.
12. Sweetly by Jackson Pearce – I know I say this a lot but I really liked this one. There was some old fairy tale, reworking and some innovation and I just really enjoyed the world and the plot. I have the companion novel on my TBR list. I recommend it.
13. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – I decided to check out a book from the YA Vampire genre. It was a bit of a gamble but I think, overall, I enjoyed it. There was enough nuance and innovation to make the story really interesting. The writing was solid and the world creation was well done and believable. I went in thinking I wouldn’t really like it and was pleasantly surprised.
14. Nancy Drew Girl Detective #4: The Girl Who Wasn’t There
15. Nancy Drew Girl Detective #5: The Fake Heir
16. Nancy Drew Girl Detective #6: Mr. Cheeters is Missing
17. Nancy Drew Girl Detective #7: The Charmed Bracelet
After that I went into a bit of a reading slump until I picked up Beautiful Creatures. For some reason I feel like I read something else in between, but I can’t seem to remember and I didn’t write it down. I think 17 books is a pretty good number for one month (even if some of them were graphic novels)
Hope you enjoyed seeing what I finished!
(Crossposted to Blogher)