A mid year recap of my least favorite books this year

Now that we are officially halfway through the year, I was thinking back over all the books I’ve read so far and there a few that I have very strong feelings about so I thought I’d share what some of my favorites and not so favorite books are. Part 1 is dedicated to my least favorite books and Part 2 is dedicated to my favorite books so far in 2018.

Let us begin with the Books I didn’t enjoy so much in the first half of 2018:

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I was a little let down by this book and I’m not quite sure why.  I had such high hopes for it because it was a multi generational historical fiction book with what I guess would be considered magical realism and/or supernatural elements.  It’s not a bad book and the writing was good, I guess I was just expecting more.

 

 

city of brass

This is another book I had high hopes for.  After reading The Golem and the Jinni I was super excited when I heard about this book on the All the Books podcast and ran and picked it up immediately.  I was severely let down by this one. The concept of this book was fascinating but I found most of the dialogue to be very juvenile (which is perfectly awesome when I’m expecting it) and though it was marketed as an adult book, I found that it felt much more like a YA novel.  I have nothing against YA and enjoy reading YA books WHEN I AM IN THE MOOD FOR THEM. But this had a lot of what my 11 year old would call “cringe-y” dialogue and plot.  I found the whole thing to be a little cheezy and overdone.  I really wanted to like this but I doubt I’ll read the next one.

 

abc murders

*Sigh* I hate to add this one to my non fave list because I feel like I am betraying my queen.  I am a definite Agatha Christie lover and have been doing a read through challenge of the Poirot books, but this one is not my cup of tea.  Part of why I love reading Agatha Christie is because of the cozy yet clever mysteries presented in her books and this one felt a little too much.  It was a little over the top for me.

 

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People aren’t kidding when they say this isn’t Jane Eyre.  Aside from the obvious “well duh, it’s a completely different book” it really is different.  I did not hate this book and I mostly enjoyed it because it still had that element of melancholy throughout, but I found it very slow to start and the ending was like getting hit by a bus.  I immediately said “WHATTTT????!!!!” and went online to see if I had interpreted it correctly.  I had, and I was very taken aback by this book’s ending.  Still worth the read though.

 

So that is all for my least favorite books this year.  Please let me know if you love or hate any of these books.  Maybe I am missing something! Stay tuned for my favorite books so far in 2018.

 

 

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February wrap up

I’m probably the only one who will comment on how February seemed to drag but I felt like it did. I did some reading this month and it felt like this month was much more about quality than quantity. Some months I fly through 10 or more books but this month I read 5. Though I may have read a smaller number of titles, it was still a great reading month for me, as I read a couple that I have been meaning to get to for years and I enjoyed everything I read. Even the book I liked the least was still a book I’d recommend.

So without further ado, here are the 5 books I read in February:

Since I have already reviewed or will soon review all of these, I will not include mini reviews. Instead I will briefly mention a couple.

Longest book: The Luminaries. All 600+ pages

Shortest book: Utopia. All 85 pages.

Favorite book: Tied between The Little Prince and The Luminaries.

Least favorite book: Eternal Life

Book I’d be least likely to recommend: A Study in Scarlett

So that’s it. A quick wrap up of the books I read in February. I would recommend all of them. If you have read or plan on reading any of these I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Til next time!

A January wrap up

Since my new blog was just launched, I was unable to do a wrap up of January so I thought I would quickly share what I read in January… two weeks late.

It was a pretty good month both in terms of the number of books and the quality of books that I read. I managed to complete 12 books and only one of them did I really dislike.

So without further ado, here are the books I read in January:

Started off pretty good and ended… just okay.

Not one of my favorite Agatha Christie books but it was number four in Project Poirot and I had to skip it a few months ago because I didn’t have a copy.

I loved this book. I love Russian folktales so this was right up my alley. Can’t wait to read the next one.

I really disliked this book. I thought it was pretty pompous and was looking for some useful tips besides “throw all your stuff away”

I really liked this. This book is basically the mother of “realism” in novels so it was interesting to read and though the story was pretty tragic, it had a lot of dry humor.

A re read of one of my least favorite books by one of my “comfort authors”

My husband bought this for my birthday last year and since then I have tried to start it 3 separate times and didn’t make it past the first chapter. So glad I pushed through this time because this was a fantastic book. If you can get past the rather slow first chapter, it is a great read… but LONG.

A light -read in one sitting- historical romance to cleanse my palette after the huge 672 page book I read before this. Cheesy but adorable. It was also the first book I read during the 24 in 48 Readathon.

So glad I finally read this. I’m not the biggest fan of short stories but these were great. Loved this book. This was also one of the books I read for the 24 in 48 Readathon.

This book is written in a much different style than the more popular Jane Austen novels but it is witty and very funny. The 3rd book I read during the 24 in 48 Readathon.

One of my favorite comfort books. I’m a sucker for gothic romance. This was the last book I read this month and a stress free way to close out the 24 in 48 Readathon. I come back to this book year after year.

So that’s it for what I read in January.  I’d like to do a more in depth review for a couple of these soon.  I’d love to hear if any of you have read any of these.

Til next time.