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End of the Year Book Tag

I saw this over at Mercedes from MercysBookishMusings and since I haven't done a tag in a while I thought.... why not? 1. Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish? The ones I'm currently reading: The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb & Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend. The latter I'm almost done with (finished it last night) but the former I should have started a lot sooner, right after I finished Ship of Magic . My plan was to read the whole trilogy before the end of the year but it's definitely not happening. It's taking me a long time to get through The Mad Ship (I'm barely half-way through) and the next one is as big. 2. Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year? A few years ago I used to read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone every single December and that would set the mood for Christmas for me but this year I have reread the whole series (finished the last one this month actually)

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

After seeing a bunch of negative reviews and a lot of people dnfing this I was scared. But it also helped me to lower my expectations and just go into it with an open mind. And what can I say? I truly enjoyed this. I won't deny that it took me awhile to get into the story, the beginning can be confusing due to two elements: one, the story isn't told in a lineal way and two, there is a lot of information thrown at you from the start. These two elements, on their own, aren't confusing per se but put together? they could be. You have to pay attention and stay focused while reading, otherwise a lot of it will go over your head. Most people I know who dnfed it, did it before the 100 pages mark and I can see why. Not everybody is gonna enjoy that. In my case, I was intrigued from the start and all the information that Bardugo lays out, despite feeling a bit info-dumpy sometimes, was related to magic and the secret societies in Yale and I was like, yes please give me more. I&

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

I have mixed feeling about this. I love the setting but the pacing was off for me. It took too long for the story to set off and once you think it does, it goes to its slow-pacing again; for me it lost its momentum and I found myself not interested midway through. Thankfully it picked up again and I was in for a ride. What I loved the most was the setting and the gothic atmosphere Waters created. The entire story is written in a very subtle way, even the answers given - blink and you miss it kinda way. It's such a pity that although I cared for the characters, I also didn't fully connect with them. Meaning that I felt sorry for them but at the same time... I didn't? It's a weird thing to explain. I did feel sorry for Gyp though... However, the issues Waters discussed and how she did it was spot on. I loved the commentary on class and its decadency in post-war England, but also the frustration of those who try to raise above their status because despite bein

October Books | 2019

Here are all of the books I read in October. - I continued with my reread of Harry Potter and got through the Prisoner of Azkaban to the Half-Blood Prince. I am enjoying this reread immensely but I am struggling with the movies, especially since the fifth one. I'm currently taking notes on the sixth one and dear goodness, I wanna punch someone. My posts about the comparison between the movies and books are on my instagram if you wanna have a look. - El clamor de los bosques  (The Overstory) by Richard Powers. I did a full review on this one if any of you are interested in it you can read it HERE (8.5/10). - Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin. It was a fun read but it didn't have enough world building for a fantasy book. In fact, it didn't feel like a fantasy until the end because this read more like a romantic historial fiction so keep that in mind. It does have some magic but not enough in my opinion. Apparently the sequel will expand the world (6.5/10