Monday, July 27, 2015

It's Monday, what are you reading? (July 27, 2015)

So, July has been a super slow reading month for me. Like, SUPER SLOW. It has seriously set me back in the #20booksofsummer challenge, but I'm not complaining, and I'll tell you why:

This book is gorgeous. It's buttery smooth and oh-so-captivating. It truly pulls you into the story and it feels as if you've been transported to the 60s and really gain a true sense and understanding of the times. I didn't fully understand all the references or instantly recognize each famous or influential name that was dropped (there is so. much. name. dropping.)... I mean, it's not really my fault Brian Jones died over 20 years before I was born, amiright?? But, artistic references flying over my head aside, it doesn't take away from the fact that this book is gorgeously written. It's raw and honest, and there is so much beauty in that.
In it Patti Smith reminisces on her relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe, and it reads almost like an oral history being told to you by a wise old friend. There is so much insight, and ideas about art, music, creativity, and the creative process. There is really so much to take away from this book.
I really took my time with this one (over 2 weeks!), and it was definitely worth every minute. Usually I try and get through books super quick (the tbr pile ever beckoning me), this was the first time in a long time a book truly grabbed me and held on. I was in no rush to finish it. In fact, I'm a little sad to have reached the end. It is book to savour, to spend time with languorously pouring over the words. It's a book that requires some reflection. And is definitely deserving of a re-read, or two. Or more. With a pencil, highlighter, notebook, etc. I had heard maybe a handful of Patti Smith songs before reading this book, but now I have a much deeper appreciation of her talent. I will definitely be seeking out more of her work, both musical and otherwise. 

Currently Reading: 

  • Emma - Jane Austen (I've been impossibly behind on my Back to the Classics and TBR challenges, so I'm trying to remedy that)
  • A number of comics: I might make a separate post on all the comics I've been reading lately if I feel like it. I've been reading comics since I was a little kid stealing borrowing from my older brother, and I feel like they deserve their own post. So glad to see comics regaining their popularity in recent years. They so deserve it. 

What are you reading??

And if you've got any comics reco's pls let me hear em!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

What I Read in June - Reviews

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)  Omens (Cainsville, #1)

If I Stay - Gayle Forman - I enjoyed this book, it was more emotional than I expected it to be but it was a quick read, and I am thankful for that. This was book 1 of my #20booksofsummer

Omens - Kelley Armstrong - book 2 of my #20booksofsummer was really quite the guilty pleasure. Not that I didn't think it was great - but I have a heap of challenge books (mainly classics) to get through, and I've been avoiding them...

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1) Days of Blood & Starlight (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #2) Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series became books 3, 4, and 5 of my #20booksofsummer challenge and they took over the entire second half of the month of June for me. I had no life while reading these. And I have no regrets. It's such a hard series to sum up simply, without getting too spoilery and rambly. Here's a tiny bit of the blurb from Goodreads for those of you who haven't heard of this series yet (meaning the people like me who spend most of their time under rocks):

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands", she speaks many languages - not all of them human - and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

I read this series on my Kobo annd while reading an ebook you don't really realize how long a book is, each book in the series is around 500 pages but it completely flew by for me. I just couldn't put it down. It has been an incredibly long time since I've read a truly addictive YA, the fact that it also featured top quality writing is just a wonderful bonus... I'm kidding, the writing here was EVERYTHING. I was drooling over every page.

All three books were thoroughly engaging and entertaining, they definitely live up to the hype (for me at least). I gave all three books 5 stars on Goodreads.  Even though I have the series on ebook, I've considered buying the paperbacks just so I can have these gorgeous things sitting on my shelf. I'd definitely re-read this series, so getting the paperback set would be a great incentive for me to do that. Seriously, those covers are just stunning.

I would recommend the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy to anyone who enjoys fantasy or is interested in getting into fantasy, or anyone who, like me, may have lost faith or interest in the YA sector as a whole due the the constant churning out of indistinguishable crap for profit, for whatever your reasons may be. It has everything: humor, action, romance, a feisty bff sidekick, a pretty badass heroine, war, rebellion, star-crossed love. The list goes on. I think anyone could enjoy this. I have to review and recommend this series as a whole, because there is just no way I could have done them separately, each book is a true continuation of the previous book. I'm glad I waited until the series was complete before reading it. Waiting for sequels is the worst, and waiting on this series would have been torture.

Usually I never say this, but, BUT, I think I would really love to see a movie adaptation (done well) of this series. It would slay. Who would be in my dream cast?  Who would be in yours?? Clearly I'm still obsessed with this series even though I finished it over a week ago. I guess this is what they call a book hangover?? How long do these things usually last???