October 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

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Where have I been? I know. I kind of disappeared when promising I wouldn’t. And I still don’t quite know what I want to do with this blog in the future. I do know that I love doing wrap-ups and sharing my thoughts about what I read through the month, so that at least will keep going. With that said, let’s get started.

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King (My Rating: 5/5) I did a separate review of this one, because my thoughts were too extensive to sum up in a couple paragraphs. Rest assured I loved it, but if you want to know why, check out that link.

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Review: Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King

For the last five years, I’ve thought King’s work was fine. Just fine. Nothing spectacular. I was beginning to think I was no longer the fan I used to be. Maybe I was getting tired of his work. It didn’t help that he spent a large part of those five years writing a trilogy of crime novels, and I just… don’t care about crime novels. I’ve tried to care, because I’m a King fan. But even loving his work, I still didn’t care all that much. I needed him to get back to the things that made me love him in the first place. I needed a novel that felt like classic King.

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September 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

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The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin (My Rating: 5/5) What do you even say after you’ve gone on a journey like this one? It was a spectacular finale. It revealed a ton of backstory that illuminates the reason this world has become the way it has. It was sincere and emotional with its character arcs. The use of magic and action was stunning, and it makes me more excited to see how they’ll capture it in a possible television series. I have that numb feeling you get when something you’re obsessed with absolutely overloaded you with feelings and information. I know I’ll be thinking about this one for some time to come. Turning it over in my mind, considering new angles, and writing fan fiction in my head about the next steps for this world.

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Announcement: Why I’m Not Posting So Much

Hello, anyone who might be reading this for whatever reason. I haven’t been very consistent lately. There are reasons. For about two months, I had a pain in my jaw which was finally diagnosed as a huge cavity that had gotten beneath a filling in one of my backmost molars. It was infected and making me pretty miserable. So on that front, I was having trouble keeping up. I tried to have posts scheduled ahead of time, but I was pretty worn out, and it was hard.

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It (2017) Review: A Fan’s Perspective

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It by Stephen King is one of my favorite books of all time. It has stayed in my top five all these years, and it’s actually time for a reread to confirm that it keeps that place. Still, it was a forgone conclusion that I had to see this. I couldn’t let a fresh adaptation go by without a watch, and the reviews were all so positive I knew it was a safe bet. And it absolutely was. But I want to unpack all my feelings about this new film, and that’s going to involve spoilers whether we like it or not. For the new film, the book, and maybe even a little of the 1990 miniseries thrown in.

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Blood-Splattered Bingo: A Readathon for October 2017

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I don’t normally do this, but I decided, with Halloween being my favorite holiday, I wanted to make an October reading bingo card. There’s nothing super official, but if you want to let me know in the comments here that you’re using it, that would be very cool. But it’s simply for fun. I like really chilled out readalongs where you create your own personal challenges about what you want to accomplish. It’s more or less just a loose, month-long challenge to read the nastiest of the nasties in October.

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August 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

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Kissing the Bee by Kathe Koja (My Rating: 4/5) I don’t read a lot of young adult contemporary, but Koja could convince me to read anything, whether it’s in my comfort zone or not. Her writing is beautiful and poetic. Her grasp on characterization is unique, and her characters always have a profound arc that plays throughout the story. I have yet to read a book by her that’s let me down. I prefer her horror novels from earlier in her career, but after reading this and Buddha Boy, I’m convinced that I need to keep reading her YA contributions. She writes about that feeling of being a teen wracked with emotion, when everything feels like the end of the world, with such incredible impact. It immediately takes me back to that time, conjuring my own memories in the process of reading.

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#TFW: Books from Before Goodreads

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Welcome to another Top 5 Wednesday. This week’s topic is about the books you read before you started discussing books online. I decided for the bar to be set before I joined Goodreads, since that’s when I started doing star ratings and reviews. These aren’t necessarily my favorite books from before I started sharing my reading online. This is me taking the opportunity to talk about some books I haven’t read in a long time that should be talked about and read more. So let’s do this.

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