Reading Recap: October 2018

Wow, I’m running behind on my reading recaps.  Also wow, my reading has slowed down so much this fall!  With all the craziness on my plate, I’m less likely to be found reading and more likely to while away the evening hours screwing around on my phone and going to bed early.

This month, I unintentionally read only female writers.  I also read primarily YA.  Considering I haven’t been following new releases in the genre that closely this year, this took me by surprise.  Looking at the list, there’s a lot of fluff here.  But it was enjoyable fluff that distracted me from a hectic fall.  For that, I’m grateful.

Oct 2018 Reading Recap

Overall Statistics:

  • Number of books read: 5
  • Number of pages read: 1,975
  • Number of audiobooks listened to: 1
  • Number of rereads: 1
  • Longest book: Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
  • Shortest book: The Path Between Us by Susan Stabile
  • Highest rating: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
  • Lowest rating: Wildcard by Marie Lu

Some notes on my stats:

  • Audiobooks are included in total page count.  It takes me longer to listen to a book than read it, so I count them
  • My ratings are on a 5-star system and are ridiculously subjective

If you want more information about each book, follow the links embedded in the titles.  That will bring you to the book’s Goodreads page.

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

  • Pages: 335
  • Rating: 4.25 stars
  • Format: Print
  • Thoughts:
    • This is one of those books I picked up for the premise alone.  A YA novel about a badass Viking lady warrior?  Yes, please.
    • It got off to a really slow start.  I didn’t actually get into it until about halfway.
    • Young strikes a great balance between Eelyn’s personal journey and the warring tribes.  It’s a great story of understanding, healing, and forgiveness amid a brutal culture.
    • The fight scenes were really fun!
    • What I loved most about this book was the romance.  It was so well done!  It never felt rushed and the characters had great chemistry.  They felt natural together.

The Path Between Us by Susan Stabile

  • Pages: 240
  • Rating: 4 stars
  • Format: Print
  • Thoughts:
    • I’ve been doing Enneagram research this summer and fall, so it made sense to pick up Stabile’s book about how the different types interact in relationships.
    • Stabile’s writing is very accessible, which I appreciated.  I didn’t have the mental capacity to read any heavy nonfiction this month, so the ease of reading this was lovely.
    • Each chapter opens with a story about the type being discussed.  Some of the stories just didn’t make sense to me, which was frustrating.
    • My favorite part of the book was the charts in each chapter where it explains how the type at hand engages with the other types.  It was so interesting and helpful!
    • Reading my type’s chapter was really hard.  It made me realize some of the ways I shoot myself in the foot relationally.  Facing that was painful.  In some ways, it was also unhelpful.  It brought up a bunch of negative, self-critical thoughts that just made me feel self-conscious and hopeless.  The whole point of the Enneagram is to help with personal growth… these kinds of thoughts kind of defeat the purpose.

Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas

  • Pages: 384
  • Rating: 3.75 stars
  • Format: Print
  • Thoughts:
    • Okay, so reading SJM write a story not set in a fantasy universe was off putting at times.  But this was a great addition to the DC Icons series!
    • I didn’t know much about these characters.  I’m not a big DC fan, so Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Batwing were new to me.  I liked my time with them!
    • The story itself was engaging and entertaining.  It’s not the kind of story that stays with you or draws you back for more.  It’s a fun ride, though!
    • Even though the setting is very different than her normal books, the themes of Catwoman: Soulstealer are right in line with SJM’s work: love and friendship are at the core of the story and the characters are fueled by hope for a better world.

Wildcard by Marie Lu

  • Pages: 352
  • Rating: 3.5 stars
  • Format: E-book
  • Thoughts:
    • This was one of my highly anticipated fall releases and I found Wildcard a satisfying sequel to Warcross.  It’s darker and more intense then the first book.
    • I love the concept of virtual reality, but this installment lacked the wonder and awe in Warcross.  Also, I’m a big fan of tournament-style competitions and was sad Lu didn’t continue in that vein.
    • Emika Chen annoyed me a lot.  She was your stereotypical nobody-turned special snowflake.  For how great the book makes her out to be, I didn’t think she was that smart.
    • I love the friendship of the Phoenix Riders!
    • I won’t spoil the ending… but I really liked it.  Lu wraps things up nicely.

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

  • Pages: 664
  • Rating: 4 stars
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Thoughts:
    • I have such deep appreciation for SJM’s flair for melodrama.  It’s so over-the-top and I am 100% on board.
    • This book gets a 10/10 for diveristy.  The overwhelming majority of POC characters is so satisfying.
    • This audiobook took about five weeks to get through and, the whole time, I had one thought: “If I took a shot every time SJM describes Chaol’s rippling muscles, I would be so lit right now.”  (I wasn’t joking about the melodrama.  This book is ridiculous.  I love it.)
    • SJM’s world building is SO MUCH FUN!!  I loved Antica, the Torre, and the mountains of the ruks.  Actually, the book is worth reading for the ruk riders alone.  They’re basically tribal warriors who ride hippogriffs and live in lava mountains and it’s AWESOME.  The bits with Nesryn and Sartaq were easily the best parts.

See you next month for another recap!

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