May 9, 2017

"The person, be it gentlemen or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel...

...must be intolerably stupid."

-Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

Only 2 books this month - whaaaat?!  It's crazy, I know.  To be fair, I did randomly dive back into the 3rd book in the Shadowhunter Series and I didn't count them because they're a reread and I talked about them last year.  Why the 3rd book?  Because I can't stand Clary and Jace.  They're so stupid and the whole, "My teenage love for you burns so fiercely that I will stop the sun and live and die for you" drives me nuts.  My favorite character is Simon, or maybe Isabelle, and their various romances are more fun for me because it's not as predictable.

Anyway, the books!

♥♥♥♥♥ - Loved!


Throne of Glass Series book 5 by Sarah J. Maas (ebook)

I barely reviewed this because the end had me so flabbergasted.  Talk about a cliffhanger!!!  Anyway, I'm sad that I have to wait for the rest, and I'm still loving the series.

♥♥♥♥ - Liked


How to Make Anyone Fall in Love with You by Leil Lowndes (library audiobook)

My library picks can be pretty random because I'm just trying to find something that's interesting and available right away.  This was both.  The tone of the book and the narrator grated on me sometimes, but it also made me laugh (advice on how to make your pupils larger, bahaha!) and some of it was applicable to improving/working on a current relationship.  While I wouldn't necessarily recommend taking a lot of this advice, I do think it's worth a read (or listen).  Because it's all about how to make someone fall in love with you and what goes into us falling in love and you don't necessarily want to just pick someone and work at it.  You probably want to ascertain that they're someone you want to love first.  That being said, there's a lot of good information on body language and how to tell if someone is interested/indicate interest that would have come in handy back when I was still dating!

♥♥♥ - Ambivalent-ed


♥♥ - Mildly Disliked


 - Did Not Finish or Wanted to Burn in a Fire


I just got not 1 but 2 Gretchen Rubin books from the library!!!  So I'll be listening to those and maybe continuing to reread the Shadowhunter Series because why not?!  At least they're free.
WILD TANGENT: Have you ever noticed how authors have certain phrases they'll reuse?  You'll get 5 books in and think, "How many times is someone going to cut their palms with their fingernails from clenching their fist so hard?  Is that even possible???" (Shadowhunter series)  Or "Why do these people do so much purring in their communications with each other and what does that even sound like?" (Throne of Glass series)
Semi-related, there's a Reddit thread where people talked about what authors should "cover" other authors, kind of like musicians do.  The one that made me laugh the most was 50 Shades of Grey by Dr. Seuss, "Would you like it in your mouth?  Would you like it further South?"

What have you been reading?  Have you read anything from my list and what did you think?

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  1. OMG that Dr. Suess/50 Shades comparison is sooo funny. That cracks me up. Going to go check that out now. Oh what 2 Gretchen Rubin books? yay!!! :)

  2. Hahaha Dr. Seuss/50 Shades would be great. When you mentioned authors that repeat phrases, the first one I thought of was the author of 50 Shades. I read it to see what the fuss was and I was infuriated that there was a fuss at all, because nothing happened and she mentioned 10,000 times how the main character kept biting her lip, which apparently drove him mad. I'm behind on my Throne of Glass reading. I'm not actually sure where I left off but I probably have one or two to catch up on.

  3. The how to fall in love book sounds interesting. What Rubin books did you get?

  4. Yay for 4 & 5 star books this month! I definitely know what you mean about authors reusing words or phrases, I can't think of any right now, but I've definitely used the search feature on my kindle app to look up how many times something had been used because I was so annoyed by it.

  5. The book on how to make people fall in love with you sounds interesting..... hahaha. And now I feel like I NEED to check out this thread. (And I totally know what you mean about authors using phrases over and over!)


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