Some Books I Read Over The Last Few Months

My reading habits in 2019 were severely inconsistent, but I just wanted to write a few mini reviews for the last several books I read this year to kickstart me into this year. I hope to read more, but I’ve been hesitant about deciding my reading goal for this year until I see how it goes for a few weeks!

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo ★★★★☆
This book told an intricate story, a historical fiction book layered with mythology and folklore. I loved the atmosphere of this book, the mystery, and the characters. However, the romance threw me off a bit, and while this book was interesting the pace did get slow at points.  

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys ★★★★☆
I enjoyed this book a lot, I always find Ruta Sepetys books quick to read and easy to get through, and while this is not my favorite of hers I still found it a good read. Though the historical aspect of it, about a girl in 1950s New Orleans and the daughter of a prostitute, I found to be handled a little idyllic? While I still enjoyed this, it’s not one of my favorites of hers.

A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro ★★★★★
How does one even review this? I read this a few months ago but the story feels so delicate in my mind, and all I can say is that Kazuo Ishiguro has a way with unreliable narrators and non-linear story lines and it HURTS.

All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews ★★★☆☆
This book is difficult, because I know objectively it was great, but I just didn’t feel very much toward it. It was written beautifully, and the family dynamics were heartbreaking, but in the end, I just didn’t enjoy this that much.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo ★★★☆☆
Gotta be honest, I didn’t love this book! Maybe this book is just a brand of darkness that I don’t vibe with, but I just wasn’t into it. I found it slow and difficult to get through, though I did think Alex was a fantastic character.

Vicious by V.E. Shwab ★★★★☆
I really enjoyed Vicious! I loved how it was a game of villain against villain, of selfish motivations and morals. But I love how I felt sympathetic to these characters, and I’m interested in seeing what happens in its sequel, Vengeful.

Hatch by James Stevens ★★★☆☆
A friend lent me this, and it was an easy, fun book. The writing left something to be desired, but otherwise it was a fun, adventurous read.  

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater ★★★★★
I’ve also been rereading the Raven Cycle before my read of Call Down the Hawk, and I forgot how much I love this series. Reading it again with knowledge of the whole series made all the bits and pieces of it a lot clearer. And, as always, these are some of my favorite characters and it was wonderful to revisit them.

10 thoughts on “Some Books I Read Over The Last Few Months

  1. Great reviews! Quite a few of these are on my TBR so I’m glad you mostly enjoyed them! I’m aiming to read Vicious later this month. The Night Tiger is the only one I’ve read so far and I also liked it, with the same criticism.
    In any case, wishing you a great reading year in 2020!

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    • Thank you!! I hope you enjoy Vicious! But yeah, I didn’t really understand why the romance had to be that way in the Night Tiger….it wasn’t terrible but it just left me feeling a little weird about it! I hope you have a great reading year in 2020 as well!

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    • I just got Vengeful, can’t wait to start that! And I feel like Ninth House was more of a case of “it’s not you, it’s me” rather than it being a bad book or anything. I could definitely appreciate it, I just didn’t feel the magic other people seemed to feel about it.

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      • That is how I feel about urban fantasy in general, too – it’s hard to really feel the ~magic of the world, perhaps because I normally read high fantasy instead. I need to get to Vengeful soon!!

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      • Just started Vengeful! I liked Vicious a lot but I found it a little slow at times, and so far I haven’t been able to put Vengeful down!! Already I think I’m enjoying it more!

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