Lockdown reading is in full swing!
Finding time to read has been quite a chore since this year began which led me to actually decreasing my reading goal for the year. But since social distancing and lockdown* began, I’ve have more time to read. And of course I wasn’t going to waste it.
*click the link to find out how I’ve been doing recently!
WWW Wednesday is a weekly blogging meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words.
The Three Ws are:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
What are you currently reading?
The only book that I’m currently in the middle of is The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. It’s a middle grade fantasy book that I’ve been wanting to read for AGES. And when I say ages, I say it literally.
This book is NUMBER 1 on my Goodreads TBR* of 437 books. It’s one of the FIRST books I marked as want-to-read. And I’ve had my Goodreads account since January 2013. That was back when I was actually IN middle school.
During the lockdown I’m trying to get to books that have been sitting unread on my physical bookshelf for long or books that I’ve been meaning to read for a long time.
Since this book was available in Storytel (where I have a subscription) as an audiobook, I didn’t hesistate to pick it up.
And I’m LOVING it. It’s such a cool book and definitely would have been a favourite for middle school me.
*To Be Read list/stack
What did you recently finish reading?
I’ve read a LOT of books recently, especially since my last WWW Wednesday post. But in order to keep this post shorter, I’ll talk about the books that I’ve read in the last 7 days.
Side note: if you’d like to understand my rating scale, click here.
My last book was one that I finished just last night called Just One Year by Penelope Ward. I meant to read just a bit of it as a break after ending work and before getting to do chores and stuff. But the next time I looked up from the book was when I FINISHED it.
I had read the book without noticing the time. In fact, I had a very late dinner because of it. I LOVED the book. It engaged me on every single page. Sure, it did have a few cliche romance book elements but the good parts outweighed the bad. Any book that engages me so much is a winner.
The second last book I read was Inappropriate by Vi Keeland. I picked up this book solely because it’s part of the books picked for this month for romancetheque book club. This month’s theme was CEO/boss relationships which is out of my comfort zone and what I usually like. But I thought I’d give the books a chance, and I read all of them.
I’m glad that books on this concept are not as bad as the ones I had read years back, when I first tried reading about CEO/boss relationships. This has definitely opened up my reading horizons a little bit.
Speaking of the book itself, Inappropriate was very hard to judge and rate. It had some cliche and unrealistic elements that I did not like. But on the other hand, it was probably the best handled CEO romance book I’ve ever read. It wasn’t even actually “inappropriate”, so the title is kind of a clickbait.
I appreciated most of the plot, but I did not like a few key comments on mental illnesses which stuck in my head and made me rethink giving it a better rating. So, yeah. That part won. I gave the book 2.5/5 stars even though I did kind of enjoy it. There might be a detailed review on this soon.
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams is a book that I’ve been eyeing for a LONG time. I finally gave in and read the book, and now regret waiting this long to read it.
This book has been the highlight of my week. No kidding. It was so damn good.
Highlights of the book:
- Character growth. This really needed emphasis.
- Relationship growth.
- Second chance romance in the BEST way.
- The characters were all awesome.
And of course, I loved the concept of the book. I’ll most likely continue the series.
I was looking for a read that wouldn’t take too much of my attention or brain power. At these times, I usually reread books. Until Lilly by Aurora Rose Reynolds is a book that I have a love-hate relationship with as I mentioned in my review and an extra in-depth discussion on it.
It caught my eye in my Kindle list and I just started reading it. At this point, I can’t see through the bad parts of this book to notice the good. So yeah. That was a disappointing reread but sufficed my mood at the time.
Old rating: 3/5 stars. This reread was 2/5 stars.
Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi was NOT what I expected. I really liked Defy Me so my expectations were about the same for this book.
But that was not the result. Although I didn’t hate this book, I also didn’t really like it. The book was rushed, there chaos all around, sometimes I was simply reading because I wanted to finish it. It was all over the place and not satisfying as an ending.
Also, I HATED the epilogue. It was confusing, not satisfying, abrupt, and just.. did not leave me happy. The characters were even not acting like themselves in the epilogue!
I’d have preferred if the series ended with book 3 even if it meant that we didn’t get books 4 and 5 which I liked.
2.5/5 stars simply because I liked a few parts.
What do you think you’ll read next?
Definitely Circe by Madeline Miller. By book club chose it as the book of the month through votes. Coincidentally, they gifted me the paperback copy of this book for my birthday as well. Super glad that I’ll be finally reading it.
Other than that, who even knows. I’m a huge mood reader.
And that’s it for my updates this week! I’ll see y’all soon with some new updates and opinions.
What are YOU currently reading? What did you finish recently? Share with me in the comments!