1. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 5 Stars
2. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (Libba Bray) 1 Star
3. Eve: the Awakening by Jenna Moreci 2.5 Stars
4. Ready Player One by Ernst Cline (Wil Wheton) 2.5 Stars
5. Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Dr. Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell (Tanya Eby) 4 Stars
6. Queen of the Tearling Erika Johansen 4 Stars
7. The Martian by Andy Weir 4.5 Stars
8. First Test by Tamora Pierce (Bernadette Dunne) 5 Stars
9. Page by Tamora Pierce (Bernadette Dunne) 5 Stars
10. Squire by Tamora Pierce (Bernadette Dunne) 5 Stars
11. Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce (Bernadette Dunne) 5 Stars
Average Rating: 3.95
Audiobooks: 7 (Narrators in brackets after author name)
Indy/self published: 1.5 (The Martian was originally Indy published, but is now traditionally published due to the response, so I give that a 0.5 rating)
Number of books reviewed on this blog: Currently 3 are formally reviewed, with another one reviewed in an atypical fashion. I have plans for an audiobook-centric review of the Protector of the Small Quartet that should be up soon. Finally, I have 2 reviews to write for Goodreads that I don’t plan to have on here, but might end up that way.
It seems I’m more likely to review books on this blog I didn’t like (Beauty Queens, Ready Player One and Eve: The Awakening) then those that I do like. I’m trying to be better about this and to review the good and the bad always, but I can improve. Additionally, books like Gemina, being in the middle of series, are less likely to get reviews because I prefer to do a series review for second books and on wards. Regardless, I review every book in some form on Goodreads (she says, knowing that she is currently behind in 2 reviews, outside of the Tamora Pierce re-reads).
I have been trying to make a conscious effort to review the audiobook as well as the book when I read audiobooks since audiobooks and their narrators need more love. Plus it’s good information for people to have. I read many audiobooks in section of my reading, partially because I was unpacking, which is a good task to listen to audiobooks to, and without internet for a time.
Love Tamora Pierce and was in the mood for something familiar because of a move and the stress of that and a new job (plus lack of internet). Also it seems that March and April are times of the year I really need to re-read some or all of her books, or so Facebook’s look back feature tells me. This makes since as it’s spring and I’m often avoiding exams and need to read something of comfort that I can put down to study when I really need to. No exams this year, though.
I’m on track with my randomly picked number of books to read that was less then 50. Which is good, I guess? I’m telling myself I’m not attached to the number but I’m also keeping an eye on it, so that is mostly lies.
With new job things will be weird for a time meaning I have no idea how this reading thing will fit into my new life at this time. I will, however, be working regular predictable hours for like the first time ever, without school to boot. This could be very good for my reading, or I could watch too much TV. I shall see.
As for what’s next reading-wise, I recently posted my library book haul, so that is a good indicator of what I’m looking to read. I also have a list of unread books on my shelves I want to cut in half, but have yet to read any. Finally, I have Bitterblue by Kristen Cashore, another re-read and then final in the Graceling Trilogy I have been working through, signed out and really want to finally finish off The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks, a book I have been reading for literal years. And if none of that fits my fancy, I have a mile long list of books I want to read over on Goodreads to get around to reading.