June Reading Log

June was not as busy a month as May was. I only managed 3 books this month, unlike 8 in May. Still, I read some books, and they were fairly thick books, so I feel accomplished enough.

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Graceling – Kristin Cashore

This book had been recommended to me multiple times by multiple people, so I finally swung by the library and checked it out. I managed to read it in about 3 days, and quite enjoyed it. I’d heard rumors that the first draft of Graceling was written during Nation Novel Writing Month, and I wanted to see what it was like.
Katsa is kind of prickly, but not a bad person, and I can understand her lack of desire to end up with a husband and children and a normal life. Afterall, she’s convinced her Grace is killing, and why would anyone want to be around a person like that? I could accept the relationship she developed with Po much better than a normal relationship.
Given this is more of A YA book, I was able to stay a couple steps ahead of things once the plot thickened, and so I could guess what was going on with the kidnapping, and why it would be done. That didn’t diminish from the novel though, just meant I didn’t have to focus quite so hard. All in all, I quite enjoyed this book.

Gameboard of the Gods – Richelle Mead

This is Richelle Mead’s new series, and I was a big fan of her Georgina Kincaid series, and of the Bloodlines series, which is a spinoff of the wildly popular Vampire Academy. This novel is… different. I can’t say I like it as well as the two series I mentioned before, but I won’t say it’s bad.
It’s stark, if I had to try and explain it. For some reason, it reminded me a great deal of Lyda Morehouse’s Archangel protocol, although the two aren’t the same book. The prose isn’t the same as her other series, and the world is a lot more stripped down and removed from the characters. Even the characters are written different than her usual style, and act totally different.
The plot is interesting, but I think some points come way too late to be useful. Justin is followed by ravens, and about halfway through the book you find out why. The ravens show up in the second chapter, but it takes that long to find out what they’re for, although you can guess why.
Mae isn’t explained until later in the book, and that’s annoying. She’s also very icy, and not a character I can relate to.
The book isn’t bad, but it’s different, and like a lot of Richelle Mead books, the blurb and the novel aren’t the same.

On Basilisk Station – David Weber

This book was recommended to me by a friend, and I’ll be honest, as of writing this I haven’t finished it. I’m about halfway through, and while I like it, I don’t think the book is my kind of novel. It’s a little too sciency for my tastes. I read a lot of sci-fi when I was younger, but my preference now is more fiction, or fantast, or paranormal, with a dash of science fiction thrown in. This is a science fiction novel with a bit of mystery and adventure.
I will say I really liked the tree cat Honor has. Nimitz is fun, and I like cats, so a giant shoulder riding, telepathic cat is a touch I really liked. I also like that the minor characters have flavor and personalities, even if they’re nothing more than bit players.
What lost me was the huge amount of science info dumps about how the ships worked, how the wormholes worked, etc etc. I don’t really care about the bands that protect the ship, or why cannons of a certain size are important, or how much moss the primitive people need to make their crazy drug. And there’s a lot of it, either in great sweeping pages of paragraphs going on and on, or in conversations that invoke the “As you know, Bob” trope that seems popular when infodumps aren’t possible. It’s why I’m only halfway through the book right now, although I plan on finishing.

6 thoughts on “June Reading Log

  1. I love that you give book reviews as well and other fun and interesting blog posts.

    Thanks for it all,

    Lizziefx – Follow Me #13

  2. I keep telling myself to start reading again soon but I just couldn’t find the time (or the energy) to do so. But I really promise to start reading again soon and will definitely check these books out. Thanks for sharing!

    H2OBaby :: Swap-bot Follow me #13

  3. It’s been a long time since I last year a “physical book”. Maybe I will drop by a book store or library to pick one up soon. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    — cfchai (Gain exposure to your blog 3!)

  4. I love reading too because it takes me to places where I can never possibly set foot in my lifetime. 🙂

    – Mamieberry (Swap-bot, follow me #14)

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