I haven't done a book post in a few months because my reading habits are in a slow phase at the moment. I blame all the great tv and the fact that I can't read and paint at the same time... I really need to figure that one out. Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion was the first book I read in August. WARNING: Do not read this book if you are sad and/or depressed. Joan Didion can write. She's got skills. This novel is gritty and real and quite bleak. It left me feeling a bit low though, so it's not for everyone...
My birthday is in August and my in-laws bought me a Kindle and this really awesome painty to-go cup (THANKS!!)
I got a few books from other people as well(YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE<3). I really like reading books on it because of how light-weight and easy it is to hold.
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout was the first book I read on it. I had 'picked it up' for free from Amazon because it was one of the daily deals or whatever. It's a YA Paranormal romance that is cute and cheesy, while being incredibly infuriating. I know I'm no longer the target audience for YA but, come on, some of these romances are such terrible examples of healthy relationships that it just bugs me. END RANT.
Room by Emma Donoghue was the second book I read on the Kindle. This book is incredibly unique and heart-wrenching. There's not much to say without giving away the plot but I'll say this: it's written from the point of view of a five year old boy who has spent his entire life living in this room. I know some people had a hard time with the simplicity of language (five years olds aren't known for their vocabulary) but after a few pages I didn't even notice. I definitely recommend this!
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness I read in paperback form. It's book two in the All Souls Trilogy. I really enjoyed it! It had all the same wonderful history and lore that I loved so much about the first one, while really moving the story along. The only negative (if you could call it that) is that it feels like the second book in a trilogy... It didn't have the same buildup like the first one and since it's not the end there wasn't closure. I look forward to reading the third one though!
I also read The Martian by Andy Weir on the Kindle. It's a sci-fi novel about a man who gets stranded on Mars. I love space travel and science so it was totally enjoyable. It was fast paced and super exciting. I was surprised by how funny it was too!
After many months of searching for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling at my second-hand bookstore, I finally found it! I'm currently reading this monster (870 pages!) and I'm on page 120... I haven't dedicated much time to reading so I'm slowly chipping away at it. I prefer to read at least 50-75 pages in a sitting to move the story along, but like I said there are too many great tv shows...
I am really happy that even when I feel like I'm not reading, I still read 5 books in two months. There was a time that I didn't read books really at all. :)
What have you been reading lately? Let me know!