Amanda Reads – January 2018

What a month! Between reading challenges and the Cybils and finally hearing that I got my dream job (!!), January 2018 was one for the books. And the reading I got done! Oh man, I did some good reading. Let’s recap, shall we?

A note, before I remind y’all of the rating system – I can’t talk about the books that I read for the Cybils yet, and two of them are in this recap. So what I’m going to do is say a one sentence summary of what those books are about, and that’s it! I’ll be writing full reviews eventually, but it’s not going to happen until summer, at the earliest. Huzzah!

A reminder of my super classy rating system (puppies!):

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Book Review – Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

I knew this book would wreck me.

Not long ago, I sent an email to a friend with a bunch of book recommendations in it (more than he bargained for, I’m sure, but he didn’t know who he was dealing with), and I said that I sometimes put off reading the final books in series, because I don’t want things to end. I often get overwhelmed with my own feelings and feel empty and lost for days, sometimes weeks after. I knew that would happen when I finished this book. Other people had said it, and I’ve heard people ask Leigh Bardugo on panels if she’s ever going to continue the stories of these characters. She has always said that the Six of Crows bunch ends their stories in Crooked Kingdom, but some of the characters might appear in later books in the world, much like Zoya, Genya, and Sturmhond make appearances in Crooked Kingdom. This story stuck with people. And I’m weaker than most when it comes to fictional characters.

There was a reason I put off reading these books for so long. Because I knew they would wreck me. But here I go anyway.

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Book Review – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Where do I even begin??? Okay, ahem, I can fangirl later in the review.

I have been meaning to read the Six of Crows duology basically since I started diving into book twitter and heard about it for the first time. But I held off. I was a little bit scared of it, because everyone loves it so much and talks about it all the time and it really made Leigh Bardugo the queen of YA fantasy (for some… myself included now). But those hyped books freak me out. What if I don’t like it like everyone else? What if I read it and it ruins the Grishaverse for me? WELL. I shouldn’t have been worried. I loved the Grisha trilogy, but this book really showed Bardugo’s growth as a writer and storyteller. It was so so good.

“No mourners, no funerals. Among them, it passed for ‘good luck.'”Read More »

Top 10 Tuesday – New-To-Me Authors I Read in 2017

Hey hey, it’s Top Ten Tuesday! Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl! Yay! I’ve loved making it a (semi) regular post on this blog! This week, I’m talking about new-to-me authors that I read and loved in 2017, and let me tell you – this list was hard to narrow down. I read so many good books in 2017, and I can’t wait to read even more in 2018. Let’s get this party started – yay authors!Read More »

Book Review – Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

We maaaaaaade it to the end of the Grisha trilogy. I stayed up super late to finish this book while on vacation, and I still feel fairly wrecked. I was so happy to hear that there were more books in the universe, but none of them really feature Alina or Mal, and that makes me sad. So many feelings were had. So many. In any case, without further ado, here we go on the last of the messy adventures in the Grishaverse for a while!

Yuyeh sesh. Despise your heart.”

Ni weh sesh. I have no heart.”

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