Mar 8, 2016

Bookin' It

BOOKS!!!  I feel like I haven't written about books in forever.  And I've been reading a ton.  I'll skip my January reads (The Time Machine, Equal Rites, A School for Unusual Girls, and Uprooted), but here's everything for February.
City of Bones (and the rest of The Mortal Instruments series and the spinoff about Magnus Bane) - ♥♥♥♥
4 hearts for most of the series, 5 for the last book, which was phenomenal, and 3 stars for Magnus Bane, which was a set of mini stories about one character and didn't feel like as much attention had been put into it.  There's a tiny bit of teenage angst, and it is very much YA, but it's a really great story, and I like the world of demons, vampire, and shadowhunters.  I also like the riddles, and the biblical references.  I guess just the idea that all our myths and mythologies were true in some sense.  Once I got started, I had trouble putting it down.
The Queen of the Tearling - ♥♥♥♥
I enjoyed the story while I was reading it, but I don't know if I'll go after the rest of the series.  The main character bothered me in the beginning, but by the end I was definitely starting to like her.  I think the book did a really good job with character development and she grew in a very believable way.  Maybe I've just read too many books between it and reviewing it now, but I don't remember exactly why it got 4 stars and it feels less compelling now.
I'm just a sucker for all things organizational.  There were definitely parts in the book where I thought it was excessive and far beyond anything I'd want to imitate but I LOVED the parts where she elaborates on how to get joy out of our possessions and homes.  This book was less about getting rid of stuff and more about arranging the stuff you do keep to make a joy-filled home.  And I loved it.
Meh.  Another comedian memoir.  Got the audiobook from the library and it passed the time pleasantly.  My favorite parts were Mindy's reflection on body image and eliminating the whole concept of "being discovered."  Afterwards I was feeling much more Mindy-inclined that before so I tried watching her show, but I couldn't get into it.  I won't pick up the second book - I enjoyed it well enough but I don't need 2 books of random reflections on her life.
The Lightning Thief - ♥♥♥
Another YA book.  This one felt more YA-y to me, with the narration being told by the main character.  The tone was interesting, and fairly believable as a 12-year-old, and the story was good.  I love Roman mythology, so all the fighting and interplay with gods and mythical creatures was right up my alley.  But, like the Queen of Tearling, it fell just short of compelling me to go out and buy the rest of the series.
This isn't even really a book - I think they recorded a man's speech to a graduating class and made it into an audiobook.  I'm not sure.  I borrowed it from the library and was not expecting it to be only 12 minutes long, but it was a fantastic speech and he made really awesome points about the things you regret as you get older and how to prevent it.  Thoroughly enjoyed, definitely recommend, it takes less than 15 minutes of your time, AND it's available for free on The 6th Floor.
Winter - ♥♥♥
I was reading this to finish up my challenge books I'd purchased back before the Australia book.  I wasn't expecting much and it was about in line with that.  A good story, perhaps a little weak in back story and inconsistent with shifting character point of view, but enjoyable overall.  Not picking up the rest of the series.
I'm juggling 3 books, mostly because they're in different formats.  I've been reading Emotional Freedom since the beginning of January, and it's good!  But there's so much to think about that I keep putting it down for a break while I read my light-hearted stuff.  I started listening to May Cause Miracles (to keep my brain occupied while I do particularly mindless tasks at work) and was immediately inspired, but it's a 40 day workbook and I really want to go through it one day at a time, but I'm struggling to integrate it into my routine.  So I might actually buy it on paper and keep it by my bed to remember to read it each morning.  And the most recent is another audiobook, What Are You Hungry For?, which is all about emotional eating and mindfulness, and has been amazing so far!
So anyway, I'll probably describe them more in depth next month, but my Kindle and library app are full of great books right now and I'm looking forward to continuing to keep my nose buried.

What have you been reading?  Have you read anything from my list and what did you think?  Do you ever juggle multiple books?

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  1. This Kondo book sounds more my speed than the first one. I tend to read my org stuff in articles or blog posts, I think I process that stuff in smaller doses.

  2. I really liked the Lightning Thief but I haven't checked out the second book from the library because I feel like there are so many other books I want to read. That tells me the story was just okay for me too.

    I have Mindy's book on my list but I also keep skipping that one, I've never really watched anything with her in it but people say the book is good. It's probably one of those books that will be on my TBR until the next time I clean out and pare down the TBR list.

  3. I loved Mindy's book, but never got into her show either.

  4. wait, did you like the time machine and uprooted? okay i just checked your goodreads ratings lol. i got a copy of the time machine in my owl crate box and i think i'm gonna get rid of it, it doesn't sound like my cup o tea. uprooted does though so i'm glad you liked it! (or at least gave it 4 stars lol).
    okay, so the mortal instruments. i read the first 3 way back when, when i was an actual YA and LOVED them. i tried to reread them recently to finish the series, enjoyed the first 3 but really struggled with 4&5 but i am SO glad you loved the last book because it's obviously the last one for me to read and i am really dragging my feet for fear it sucks (well not sucks but drags) like 4 and 5. but good to know!
    i'll have to check out that what are you hungry for book.
    i read the first mindy book, and i won the 2nd, so i will most likely read it.
    i read the the lightning thief and enjoyed it but you're right, very YA-y.

  5. I've only read the first three in the Mortal Instruments, but I am hoping to get to the others this year and then maybe check out the show on Netflix. Have you seen it yet?!

  6. I loved the Mortal Instrument books so much! I've read the first half of the series, and now I'm making my way through the Infernal Devices before wrapping up the second half of the series. I also can't wait to read her new series that was just released! I've heard amazing things about the Tearling series, and I want to read it soon!

  7. I love Mindy Kaling! I thought Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? to be just okay but really liked Why Not Me? I've been on a decluttering/organzing kick as well. I didn't like The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up very much, but may give Spark Joy a try.

    1. While I do think Spark Joy covered slightly different areas, I don't know that I'd recommend it if you didn't like the first one. It's the same style of writing, and the same extremist methodologies. Of course, you never know until you try, so there's that.

  8. I love Mindy and I loved both her books, but I read them YEARS apart. I think that helped. I do remember them being different and each one having a purpose separate from the other, but I think reading them back to back would be tiring. I'm 5th on the wait list for Tidying Up from my library, so we'll see in a couple weeks ;)

  9. I love Mindy and I watch her show but I will say that her show this current season has gone down hill majorly. I hope that they change directions with it to get it back going again because it makes me sad. I will be honest and say that the second book is a lot like the first, and there is this stupid made up email passage towards the end that I unless you got it for free or library, I dont recommend it.

  10. I enjoyed the Mortal Instruments series, although Clary occasionally grated my nerves, but it was probably the teenage angst. :) I did not read the Magnus Bane series but did enjoy the Infernal Devices Series, which is a bit of a prequel to the Mortal Instruments. I really liked the Percy Jackson series and thought it go better with every story. I'm intrigued by the books you're reading this month, particularly What Are You Hungry For, and looking forward to hearing your thoughts about it.

    1. I will be raving about What Are You Hungry For - I already know it. I'm only 2 hours in (7 hours of audiobook) and it's made such good points about the reasons we eat, and stopping to think about beforehand, which honestly is a mindfulness principle that can apply to so many things. I've been keeping a log since I started, and I've got twice as many "was stressed/tired/upset/etc" vs "genuinely wanted something sweet" or "actually hungry."

  11. I don't think I'll read the Kondo book. The first one was just way too out there for me and I don't know that I'm interested in reading more of her.

    I enjoyed Mindy's book but I felt like it was kind of self-congratulatory and name droppy at times. That definitely is keeping me from rushing to read her new book. I feel like it'll be more of the same.

  12. I can't juggle books. I get so confused.

    Everyone who reads The Lightning Thief praises it. It is completely out of my norm, but I like to step out of my comfort zone from time to time.

  13. I enjoyed the Mindy book but I have a minor celebrity crush on her so I basically love everything she does. I've been reading her new one between other books because it's easy to pick up where I left off without feeling like I need to re-read anything. I can't read two books of the same genre at the same time, like two psychological thrillers, because I get the characters and storylines confused.

  14. I think I'd really like some KonMari in my life. I've been hearing about it for so long and for me I think the somewhat extreme approach will do the job of kicking my bum into gear, yet I feel no need to actually go the full 9 yards so I don't think that element of it will bother me! Also I'm going to go and listen to that speech now. I'm a big fan of kindness (who isn't though?)

  15. I really disliked Mindy's 1st book. I actually fell asleep through a lot of the audiobook. The most recent one was SO much better.

    1. And I plan on reading Spark Joy since Joy is my word and all :)


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