Jun 14, 2016

Bag o' Books

I was really good this month and read/listened to only library books (though I did buy one to read later).  And I'm glad, because how would I have known how gorgeous the covers of Inkspell and Inkdeath are if I hadn't picked up a hard copy?  I didn't read all that much, compared to some of my past months, but then again the Inkheart series is pretty long.  Looking forward to getting started with my own books!

♥♥♥♥♥ - Loved

Inkspell (paper)

I thought Inkheart was ok - a fun story but a little slow at parts.  Inkspell blew me away.  I'll admit; it almost became a do not read after trying to listen to it on audiobook, but that's my fault.  I can't listen to fiction - I have to read it for myself.  But after picking up a copy at the library, I was fascinated.  I love the world inside the book.  I love how they're able to interact with the world and change it, even though they're living inside of it.  It took a while to read (635 pages, yo), but I loved it and I am totally read to dive into the next one.

♥♥♥♥ - Liked

Inkdeath (paper)

So I'm not sure I'm being 100% fair to Inkdeath, because I got a little busier while I was reading it and had a pretty long hiatus a few chapters before the ending.  But even with all that, it was a definite 4 star, and possibly a 5 if it had had my full attention.  There were a couple things that annoyed me that hadn't bugged me in the previous one (Orpheus features pretty heavily and I can't stand him and while the emotions the characters are experiencing make sense, I didn't want to hear about them over and over and over again), but overall still a good story and very satisfying conclusion.


I Am America (And So Can You!)  (audiobook)

This was full of laughs and I was disappointed when it ended (it's only 3 hours long).  When I started, I was actually thinking, "I don't know about this, Colbert.  I'm not sure I'm in the mood for your shenanigans."  But it didn't take long for me to accept that it was utterly ridiculous and silly and more amusing than it probably should have been.  I'm tempted to share all the jokes here, but I'll let you discover them for yourselves.  Just keep in mind that the whole book is Colbert continuing his character from the show, in an over-the-top satire of the American conservative.

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography (audiobook)

I knew from the beginning that this would be good.  It was silly and fun and I laughed out loud.  I kind of like that NPH isn't pretending to dispense wisdom (although I LOVE what he says when he's talking about his coming out experience and being a role model.  "Show, don't tell.") - he admits that it's one of many self-serving celebrity autobiographies and then makes it totally his own with the fun formatting.  Unlike a couple of the others that I've read, I didn't feel like he was trying to make it more than what it was - a fun way to tell his story - AND he went in chronological order which was a lot easier to follow than the ones that jump around.  The parts I found most interesting: his experience as a child actor and coming to terms with his sexuality, plus dealing with the public and their insatiable nosiness.

Invasion of the Tearling (paper)

I said I wasn't going to read the rest of this series because the first book was really just kind of meh, up until the end.  But then  I did pick up the 2nd one (from the library!) and had exactly the same experience.  The main character had a lot of growth towards the end of the first book, but at the start of the second one, she's somehow overshot becoming a confident adult and went straight into becoming arrogant and cruel.  I liked her less and less throughout the story, until the very end when it seemed like maybe she realized what a douche she was becoming.  Plus there were some historical flashbacks that didn't make much sense and revolving chapters from other people's points of view that didn't feel very connected, until the end.  And then it all came together and made me want to read the last one, which, sadly, isn't out yet.  Isn't that always the way?

♥♥♥ - Ambivalent-ed

None here!

♥♥ - Mildly Disliked

Eat That Frog! (audiobook)

Meh... I think this was more targeted to people who are already on task 99% of the time and just need help prioritizing more important tasks.  It also seemed like a narrow definition of success (if it's not working toward your career, it's a waste of time!).  Overall I just wasn't feeling it and the advice didn't feel super revolutionary.  Basically don't procrastinate, and do your important tasks first.  The first chapter of that book tells you how to prioritize and then the rest is just further elaboration on a topic that probably didn't need it.  Plus he says "EAT THAT FROG" over and over to the point that it started making me wince.

 - Did Not Finish or Wanted to Burn in a Fire

And these are rare anyway, but none here.  :D


I jumped into one of my currently owned books, Physics of the Impossible, which is about the crazy technologies in science fiction and how realistic they are compared to the laws of physics as we know them.  It is an interesting read, but my brain has to be all the way turned on for it, so I was weak and picked up another fun fantasy book to alternate (The Wise Man's Fear).  I'm also currently listening to Big Magic, which I got on audiobook from the library, and I have thoughts!  But I'll wait until I'm actually finished to talk about it with you all.

What have you been reading?  Have you read anything from my list and what did you think?  Do you use the library or buy your own?

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  1. I like Stephen Colbert so even though I tend towards fiction, I'd probably enjoy that.

  2. I couldn't even finish Inkheart properly, I skimmed the last 1/4 of the book so I didn't even bother with the other books.

    I LOVED Big Magic, LOVED it!

  3. I can't stand when books don't go in order, so yay NPH!

  4. oh.... hm.... i liked inkheart, but it was a slog to get through, and just thinking of reading the others makes my brain hurt, but then i think you said brendan fraser does the audiobooks? or he did the first one? and i remember thinking i should try that, but i haven't yet, so maybe i should just pick up the next books in 'real' books. i did like the story. that sucks about the second tearling book, the first is on my list but now i don't know. blah.
    i love the library! my library isn't the best so i don't get that much from it. i get more ebooks than anything. i buy a lot of books, but i am trying to stop buying as much because.. it's a problem lol. i just wish my library had more books!

  5. I think Neil Patrick Harris is awesome. His book sounds pretty good for when I need s non-fiction. I've been reading Kindle books and I feel like I need a break into physical books. I can only read so much digital before I miss seeing the covers. I also forget the name of the book when I don't see it all the time.

  6. I was skeptical about the NPH book because I didn't really understand the title, and didn't want to choose my own autobiography lol. Sounds pretty good though, and unlike the other celebrity autobiographies the fact that it goes in order is a huge win for me! I also don't understand the title of "Eat That Frog!" and I don't like people telling me how to work, so I'd probably skip that one. Everyone seems to loves Big Magic, so I'm curious to hear your thoughts on it when you're done!

  7. I've never listened to an audiobook, but I think NPH's or Colbert's would be a good place to start! I might just have to try that.

  8. The Inkheart series sounds interesting. I'll have to check them out. It does concern me that you had slog through parts though. NPH's autobiography sounds really good. I remember back when he was Doogie Howser. :)

    1. The first one was the worst, but they're all still good books, just long, with lots of time for pretty words. The phrasing is beautiful, but sometimes that's not enough to keep you really captivated.

      He talks about being Doogie Howser and it's so interesting! As Barney in How I Met Your Mother, he has a blog and posts occasionally and Ryan told me that it was a joke - like a throwback to Doogie Howser, so we watched a couple episodes just so I would know what he was talking about. Cute show.

  9. I might have to check out The Inkheart series sometime. I remember hearing about them a long time ago but just never sought them out for whatever reason. I love NPH so I might have to check out his book. I also LOVE my library and find that we have pretty good selection for such a small city!!

  10. Oh this makes me want to look into Inkheart! Thank you for sharing that! I have been wanting to read Big Magic for AGES. I got a copy for Xmas but haven't had a chance to read it yet. :) XO - Alexandra

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  11. I have been wanting to read Neil Patrick Harris's book and I think you are making me bump it up on my list. The Colbert book sounds interesting too but it sucks that it is only three hours. With as much time I spend in the car I would have it done in two days! Normally for audiobooks I try to pick ones that are at least 10 hours.

  12. I think Neil Patrick Harris is fantastic and so entertaining...but I have no interest in his book. No idea why. Some memoirs I just on, some I don't.

  13. Hope you're enjoying Big Magic. I LOOOOVED NPH's book, so glad you liked it too! And thank you for reminding me that Stephen Colbert's book is a thing. He rocks.

  14. I love NPH Doogie was my crush when I was young. His family is so cute. I love following them on social media. I want to read his book. I should see if my library has it.


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