Weekly Wrap Up – August 25

Weekly Reading Wrap Up

This week was kind of insane. My aunt came to visit for three weeks. And gave us two days notice. So if my reading slows down a bit for a while, or I skip a few posts, that’s probably why. But I did still manage to read three books this week before she got in, so let’s talk about them.

First, I finished The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien, which means I have officially completed The Lord of the Rings! And I really enjoyed it. I’d say it ranks slightly under Beowulf and The Name of the Wind, but above pretty much any other fantasy novel I’ve ever read. It’s a classic for a reason, and I’m so glad I finally finished it.

Then I read Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor, which is the second in this trilogy. Honestly, I liked it a little less than the first, but it was still a great book. Plus, these novellas are super short, so it took me less than two hours total to read. Not too shabby.

Finally, I needed something fun to read quickly, and settled for Meet Cute by Helena Hunting. I’ve seen it around a lot, and am glad I ended up picking it up. It was a cute romance. Not the best thing I’ve ever read, but it was exactly what I wanted it to be. The whole actual “meet cute” was super cringeworthy, but the rest of the book redeems it. Mostly.

As for current reads, I’m excited to say that I am almost done with The Priory of the Orange Tree. That thing is a beast. But I will finish it this week (after two false starts, I decided to try the audiobook, and I have five hours left!). Unfortunately, I’m still not loving it. It’s a good fantasy novel, but I just don’t feel excited about it, which I’m kinda bummed about, because it got such great reviews. Oh well.

That’s it for this week! I hope you’re all having a great last week of August! Let me know in the comments which book(s) you’re hoping to get to before the end of the month!

5 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap Up – August 25

      1. A pretty cover, dragons, and a trendy young author were, I think, the primary drives for the hype. But I found the story to be overstuffed and overwritten. It would have been a much better story if the editor had had a greater hand in the publication process.

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        1. I agree. The cover is just so pretty (and it’s so impressively huge). I think the main draw for me was that it was a standalone epic fantasy (I’m kind of over series at the moment). But maybe it would have been better as a series, because there might not have been so much pressure to fit every idea in one book.

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          1. A duology might have been a better format. I thought Tane was underserved for most of the story. I think it would have helped if Shannon had fleshed out Tane’s story a little and introduced the MacGuffin earlier. Perhaps the deeper Tane story could have fleshed out book one, while the MacGuffin (I forget what it was called), could have been introduced at the tail end of book one, while the rest of the story dealt with the different countries coming together to fight the Nameless One. There were so many interesting characters from those different countries, and Shannon just glossed over them.

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