A Reading Update


I have to admit, I mean to be much more consistent about posting on what I’ve read and maybe even a book review or two. I think all I’ve managed up until this day is a To Be Read post. But, as reading is one of my favorite pasttimes,  I figure I should change that. Seeing as it is just about a third through the year, I’m going to do my best at a “brief” update on all I’ve read in 2016 up until this point. (This post was supposed to be a quarterly update but…I missed that. Oops). So, here we go:

  • Girlboss by Sophia Amorouso (3.5/5)
    • Some parts were good, some parts were bad, but it did inspire me to get some sh*t done.
  • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard (4/5)
    • Funny play that is a must read for fans of Hamlet.
  • The Magicians by Lev Grossman (4/5)
    • Interesting Harry Potter-esque fantasy story but for adults.
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (4.5/5)
    • Best beginning installment of a high fantasy that I’ve read in a long time; wonderful to get lost in.
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon (4.5/5)
    • Beautiful coming of age tale.
  • The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott (3/5)
    • I like the historical fiction aspects but the romance was too angsty and undercut the moral implications the story was bringing up.
  • A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson (3.5/5)
    • I liked this but didn’t love it–I found it difficult to connect to, but fans of war/historical fiction novels will probably enjoy this. (And the ending was incredible).
  • The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton (4/5)
    • Compelling but with an unsatisfying ending.
  • Still Life With Breadcrumbs by Annie Quindlen (4/5)
    • Well written contemporary fiction read with romance but no ick.
  • The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (3.5/5)
    • This book almost did it for me–but it was still an enjoyable contemporary read.
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (2.5/5)
    • I was sadly quite disappointed with this book–which is unfortunate because I love Rainbow Rowell!
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (4.5/5) *reread*
    • Still one of my favorite stand alone adult fantasy novels. Beautiful story with beautiful craft.
  • Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg (3.5/5)
    • An interesting read though not completely applicable at this time in life for me.
  • The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss (4.5/5)
    • Just as good, if not better, than the first book. Anxiously awaiting a third to be released.
  • After You by JoJo Moyes (3/5)
    • A lackluster sequel–another disappointment because I tend to really enjoy Moyes’ works.
  • I am Malala by Malala (3.5/5)
    • Interesting, thought provoking, and harrowing.
  • The Martian by Andy Weir (4.5/5)
    • So. Damn. Funny. And I enjoyed it despite not being a big sci-fi fan.
  • After Alice by Gregory Maguire (2/5)
    • Unfortunately I did not enjoy this reinterpretation.

I’m currently reading M Train by Patti Smith which I’m already enjoying–her prose is delightful, there’s something so atmospheric about it, and she has some amazingly poignant phrases. I definitely haven’t read as many books as I would have hoped–I’m placing the blame on London–but like with last summer, I’m sure the summer months will result in plenty of books consumed.

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  • http://laorcabella.com/ Elle

    Those are a lot of books! I only read one so far. Life got in the way of my love of reading. Upping my reading game since it’s summer break! I’d love to read The Magicians and The Name of the Wind. Thanks for the list! X

    Elle // laorcabella.com

    • http://www.writethroughlife.com Amber Hunter

      I totally understand. I tend to have weeks where I read a ton and then a long while before I pick up a book again. I would definitely recommend The Name of the Wind!! It’s long but a great book.