December seems to be a bit of a slower month for books. There wasn’t many books that I’m super excited for. Tons that I’m sorta interested in, but that’s about it.
1. Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter (12/27) – I became a fan of Ally Carter after reading the first book in this series All Fall Down. I binged read the Gallagher Girls series last year, and now I’m waiting for Take the Key and Lock Her Up.
I was originally planning on posting a review for today. Instead, though, I failed to finish the book. I’ve heard a lot of great things about it. A lot of people rave about this author. I also really liked the premise and the diversity in the book. There was just something about the writing style that kept me from truly getting into the story.
I’m not excellent at English. I’m a terrible speller without spell check. (Thank you, technology). I’m also not the greatest at grammar. As a science major, I took the bare minimum requred for English coursework, and it wasn’t because I didn’t like the reading assignments. It was because I’m apparently a B+ writer regardless of how many times I have people proof read my paper. I’ve accepted that I’m an average writer.
So when I read, I tend to not pay attention so much to the writing style or grammar. What I want is a good plot with good characters. The writing is low on my score list. This year, however, I’ve noticed that I’ve been putting down a lot more books, and they all mostly had one thing in common:
really short chapters with constantly changing POVs.
November is here… If you can believe it, while I was starting my holiday shopping, some stores were already playing Christmas music! Crazy isn’t it? The lines are also getting noticably longer. I’m so relieved I don’t have to deal with that as a retail employee this holiday season.
Anyway, here are some of the releases I’m most excited for this past October and November.
1. The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia (10/4) – The Lovely Reckless sounds like it has all of the elements to be a book I’ll enjoy, but I’ve seen mixed reviews from some of my trusted book bloggers. It’s making me skeptical.
It’s been quite the month. I had all of these big plans, honestly, to get back into the blogosphere and back into my hobbies after being consumed in work for so long. Then one of my family members ended up in the hospital, and it was days filled with work and hospital/rehabilitation center visits. I’m happy to say my family member is on the mend and due home in a few days. I’m hoping this means things will finally stabilize a bit at home, which is fantastic because I haven’t read a book in over a month. A MONTH! It’s mind boggling.
In other news, I totally failed to open my packages this past couple of months… One of which had a new Sojourner notebook that I ordered. I’ve never ordered a non-neutral color traveler’s notebook before, and when I first saw the Rahab leather on Rowena’s Instagram, I knew I had to give it a try.