This week, I was hit with kind of a pseudo reading slump. I’m not not reading, I just really don’t feel like it most of the time, and I’ve been struggling to find things that I’m interested in reading. I did still manage to finish two (almost three) books this week, so I’m not too disappointed.
The first book I read this week was I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young. This is a comic/graphic novel about a girl who gets sucked into Fairyland and is given a quest to find a key so that she can get out. Only everyone kind of hates her, so she doesn’t get much help and the quest ends up taking her twenty-seven years. After being stuck in Fairyland for so long, she goes a little insane and gets pretty violent. Which is honestly kind of fun, if you’re into candy-colored murder. I also really loved the humor, it’s dark and sarcastic and so funny. Definitely recommend! (If you’re okay with a bit of gore.)
Then I (finally) read Walden by Henry David Thoreau. I’ve mentioned a few times that I’ve read bits and pieces of this, but never the work in it’s entirety. I was pretty well acquainted with Thoreau, so I had high expectations for this book, and I was not disappointed! It’s not a book everyone will like or agree with – Thoreau is pretty staunch about some of his opinions – but I think it’s one everyone should at least consider reading at some point. I ended up agreeing with most of Thoreau’s opinions, but he still made me think about them in a different way, which I loved. You can read my review here if you’re interested.
I’ve also been trudging along in A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. I am enjoying the book a lot more this time around (though I did love it when I first read it two years ago), but I just haven’t been in the mood to read it, so it’s going slowly. That said, I still want to continue on in the series, so keep your fingers crossed that I’ll be able to finish this in the next week or so.
And, since I didn’t feel like reading AGOT, I ended up picking up The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. I had high hopes for this one, but it’s not blowing me away. Still, it’s interesting, and it’s been a while since I’ve read a young adult dystopian novel, so I’m not hating it. I have about a hundred pages left, so I’m hoping to finish in the next couple hours (I’m writing this at 10pm on Friday). Not sure if I want to continue on with the trilogy, because I’m not super invested in the story. I guess that’ll depend on the ending.
Update: I finished The Darkest Minds a few minutes before this post went up (and I didn’t feel like getting out of bed and revising it, so I’m just adding this). It was okay. It was really generic dystopian YA, and I wasn’t all that impressed. Maybe if I’d read it a few years ago, I might have liked it more. It wasn’t bad, it was just really unoriginal, and there were definitely some plot holes. I’ll probably write a whole review on it later. Maybe
I also I went to Barnes & Noble this week for the first time in a while. As much as I love brick and mortar bookstores, I love online prices more; I’m kind of an Amazon junkie. But it was nice to browse, and even though the only copy of the book I went to get – The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss – was damaged, and I can’t handle damaged books for full price, I did end up picking up two books I’m really excited about. The first is Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, which is literally the only adult Gaiman book I didn’t already own. I do have a bit of a Gaiman addiction (I’m currently making my way through a book of short fiction and a book of short nonfiction, both written by him), but that’s okay. I also bought a copy of The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen. You may be familiar with this book, since it won the Pulitzer Prize this year. It is on my TBR, but I wasn’t planning on reading it anytime soon. And then I read the first page, and I was hooked. So I’ll most likely be reading it this summer.
I hope this reading slump (or whatever it is) ends soon, because I really want to finish A Game of Thrones this week. My interest in it will probably spike after Sunday’s episode, though, so that’s good. I also really want to reread Alice by Christina Henry, before reading the ARC of the sequel, Red Queen, so I can review it for you.
I hope you all have a great weekend! Let me know what you’re reading!
P.S. Expect a nice long short story mini review post tomorrow since I skipped it last week, and had to catch up!