Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz | I think I’ve missed something here

OVERALL: ★★★/5 

(Goodreads summary here.) 

I should preface this by saying that I really rushed through this book. My loan for it was going to be over in like 3 days when I finally got around to it, and then right after I started, I got off the waitlist for Kingdom of Ash (which I’m putting off starting to write this which is stressful). I was lucky that’s it’s a relatively quick read in general, but I think I might’ve liked it more if I hadn’t sped through the whole thing. 

That being said, I was a little underwhelmed by this book. I know a lot of people really love it, but I just found myself wondering why the whole time. Sure, it had its moments. But for the most part, I was waiting for something exciting to happen that never did. None of it really stuck with me, and I almost decided to DNF it. I’m almost disappointed I didn’t put it down. I never really got into it, and I feel like I didn’t really get anything out of it. The more I think about it, the more it seems like it just isn’t the book for me. 

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The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee| my badass ace icon is back

OVERALL: ★★★★/5

(Goodreads summary here.) 

As I write this, I’m in an airport Starbucks (a true liminal space) running on very little sleep, so please forgive me if it’s a little all over the place, that’s just where I’m at right now. Also, I apologize for the fact that this is (very) late and that I missed last week. Life happens, y’all and it stinks.

ANYWAY, I stayed up much later than I meant to the other night finishing the last 40 pages or so of Lady’s Guide, and I regret NOTHING (okay maybe just a little bit). Anyway, I was so happy with Lady’s Guide and how well it extended the Montague universe. And let’s face it, the Montagues deserve their own universe (Monty would be thrilled.) 

When I heard Mackenzi Lee was writing a book about Felicity, I was so pumped. As much as I loved Monty and Percy in Gentleman’s Guide, I thought Felicity was really underutilized as a character, as well as a bit unexplored. Well, Lady’s Guide is nothing if not chock full of exploration. 

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: Reread Thoughts

Like I said in my September Wrap-Up post, I’m not big on rereading. While I definitely understand the appeal, I find that so much of my reading enjoyment is rooted in the surprise of what happens next, which of course you don’t get as much if you’ve read the book before.

However, I tried something new by rereading Laini Taylor’s Strange the Dreamer, which is one of my all-time favorite books. My goal was to read it before Muse of Nightmares released, but that didn’t quite happen. Strange was actually the only book I read this month, which is painful to admit, but it was a rough month.

The other new thing I tried was annotating as I read. This is typically something I reserve for school books because it makes me think too hard, but I have also seen people who swear by annotating everything they read, so I gave it a try. My feelings are still kind of mixed, but I did like highlighting and tabbing my favorite lines and scenes. The downside is I now can’t loan this copy out to people since I’ve noted foreshadowing that spoils the ending!

On that note, this post will have some major spoilers for Strange the Dreamer, so reader beware!

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I am BACK! (with some changes)

Hello all!!!

Obviously, this post is about the fact that my blog hiatus is officially over!

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I want to first take a moment to thank everyone for your support and kind words. Not to get into too many details, but basically my roommate/best friend/other half had a very unexpected and messy breakup and I just got way too overwhelmed and couldn’t juggle everything I needed to while helping her. Things still aren’t 100%, but I personally need to get back to my normal routine, which of course includes blogging.  

However, since I am now far more behind than I like to be with my posts (read: this is the first post I’ve written in like 3 weeks), I am going to slow down my posting schedule for the time being. For most if not all of November, I’m going to only be posting once a week on Sundays, instead of every 4 days like I was before my break. This is still not ideal and not what I really want to be doing, but it’s what I have to be doing right now. My hope is to catch up a bit while I’m home for Thanksgiving in a few weeks, so my thinking is this will be a temporary change.  

Once again, I want to thank all of you for being so incredibly supportive. I am so happy to be getting back into the swing of things and creating content again! 

Keep reading, 

Francesca M. Healy (1)

 

A Quick Break

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to make a short post telling you all that I’m going to be taking what I hope to be a short hiatus from this blog. Some personal stuff has come up on top of my school schedule, and having all of that together has begun to really overwhelm me. I just haven’t had time to do much of anything outside of schoolwork, which includes write up blog posts (which is why I missed my post from earlier this week). I’m really disappointed that I have to do this so soon after I started this blog, but it is just a break.

I have every intention of coming back, but I do need a little time away. At the latest, I’ll be back at the end of the month, although I really hope it will be sooner. I’ll still pop on every once in a while to read all of your wonderful posts, but, unfortunately, I won’t be as consistent as I have been.

Thanks for understanding, and I’ll be back as soon as I can!

Keep reading,

Francesca M. Healy (1)

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera | unsurprisingly heartbreaking, surprisingly philosophical

OVERALL:  ★★★★/5

 (Goodreads summary here.)

I read my first Adam Silvera book back in February of this year (History Is All You Left Me), and I knew then that Silvera would always break my heart and I would be (mostly) okay with it. They Both Die at the End definitely met that standard. 

I wasn’t sure how I would feel going into this book. For starters, the title obviously gives the ending away, and I wasn’t sure for a while how I felt about that. I like being surprised by the events of a novel, and if the title spoils the ending, where’s the fun? I am happy to report I was totally wrong. The fact that I knew both Mateo and Rufus wouldn’t make it beyond the book just kept me on my toes. I kept waiting for it to happen, even when there were still 200 pages left in the book. It was terrifying. I kept wondering when and how and who and why, and those are the kinds of questions that will always keep me reading.  

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September Wrap-Up and October Goals

Hello all! Once again, we’re at the beginning of another month, and we keep marching through 2018. But October means fall and Halloween and sweater weather, so I’m down for this. I can’t wait for the leaves to start changing and for it to finally get chilly and stay chilly (Ohio weather is bizarre since it was perfect fall weather just last week but now it’s 75 again.) Anyways, let’s get into what September was like for me, and what I hope October will be like!

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Mini Reviews: If We Were Villains + The Belles

Hello all! I mentioned this before, but I have decided that I am going to start posting mini-reviews for books I’ve read but don’t have enough to say to write a full review. This means they’ll largely be books I give average ratings to, although there may be some 4-star ratings here and there that I simply don’t have a lot to say about. I’ll probably end up doing groups of 2, since they’re still kind of long (and to help give me more posts). They will typically be spoiler free since I don’t have that much to say, but, as always, I’ll let you know if there will be any. Without further ado, here are my first couple of mini reviews!

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Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann | insightful, relatable, and adorable

OVERALL: ★★★★/5

(Goodreads summary here.)

My quest to read every book with an ace main character continues. This, along with Alice Oseman’s Radio Silence and Kathryn Ormsbee’s Tash Hearts Tolstoy, pops up on every list I find and for good reason.

At first, I wasn’t sure this book was going to be one I actually liked. As the book progressed, however, it transformed from something I thought I could pass on to something that I adored. I also read it in nearly one sitting, which is a testament to how invested I was in the characters and the story. Read More »