ABC Book Challenge ✰ O

I’ve seen this ABC Book Challenge on a lot of different blogs, but most recently Thrice Read. This week is the letter O and I just realized that I’ll be getting into the more difficult letters soon. Luckily, this week I still have favorites and books on my TBR! 🙂



Have you read anything that’s on my TBR? Which books should I read first? Do you agree or disagree with my favorites? Let’s talk in the comments!

Book review: The Secret Loves of Geeks by Hope Nicholson

The Secret Loves of Geeks by Hope Nicholson

Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: Amazon • GoodreadsTBD
Publication Date: February 13, 2018
Source: Borrowed

Cartoonists and professional geeks tell their intimate, heartbreaking, and inspiring stories about love, sex and dating in this comics and prose anthology, a follow-up to 2016 best-seller The Secret Loves of Geek Girls.

Featuring work by Margaret Atwood (Hag-Seed), Gerard Way (Umbrella Academy), Dana Simpson (Phoebe and Her Unicorn), Cecil Castellucci (Soupy Leaves Home), Gabby Rivera (America), Valentine De Landro (Bitch Planet), Amy Chu (Poison Ivy), Sfe R. Monster (Beyond: A queer comics anthology), Michael Walsh (Secret Avengers), and many more.

Normally, when I review an anthology, I break it down into mini-reviews for each story and then average the ratings. But this anthology… it was too long for that. Or maybe “long” isn’t the right word. There was a lot going on in this one.

Let’s start with why exactly I read this one. I read it because I went upstairs in my library to see if they’d gotten any new graphic novels in (they hadn’t) and then turned into the teen section, even though it makes me feel super old to go in there. (Everybody in that section is like thirteen years old! It makes me feel ancient!) Anyway, I looked at the table of featured books and saw this one. Not only is the cover full of cats (instant way to my heart), but it features a story by Patrick Rothfuss!

As with many anthologies, I was a big fan of some of the work and also disliked a bunch of it. I tended to like the comics more than the essays, mostly because I didn’t expect flat-out essays in a book with this kind of cover and this kind of title that I found in the YA section.

I think my favorites were Margaret Atwood’s comic and Patrick Rothfuss’s essay.

#mm19: new to you author
#ps19: a book with “love” in the title

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Top Ten Tuesday: Last ten books I added to my TBR

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is last ten books I added to my TBR. I’m just going to talk about the last ten books that I bought for myself, because my TBR is basically just a running list in the back of my mind of things that sound interesting or that have gotten good reviews.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

I had a day of used book shopping a couple weeks ago and found this one in a pile of books near the cash register. It hadn’t even been shelved yet and I was so excited to find it! Little Fires Everywhere was one of my favorites of 2018 and I can’t wait to read more from this author.

Fly on the Wall by E. Lockhart

So, funny story. I’ve wanted to read this book since it came out 13 years ago. I loved E. Lockhart’s books when I was in high school and asked my mom to buy me this for Christmas one year. Well, she bought me a book called Fly on the Wall, but it was not this one. (It was actually erotica. Both of us were mortified.) Anyway, I found this for $1, so I bought it.

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

This was an add-on for January’s Book of the Month box. I’ve seen some really mixed reviews for it, but I’m hoping it’ll be good!

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

And this was my actual January Book of the Month! It seems to be getting really good reviews and I’m hoping to read it soon.

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

To be fair, The Luxe has been on my TBR for years. I recently found it at a used bookstore for $2, though, and added it to my physical collection. Fingers crossed that I’ll actually read it and it won’t just sit on my shelf taunting me forever.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

I feel like I’m the only book blogger alive who hasn’t read this book yet — even just going on my Goodreads, I have 30 friends who’ve reviewed it! I recently found it for $2 at a used bookstore and it’s pretty short, so I’m hoping to read it soon.

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

In a pretty huge coincidence, I recently asked Rae what her favorite graphic novel of 2018 was, and she told me it was this one. A couple days later, I was at a used bookstore and found it for $3! I’m so excited to read this one.

Solitaire by Alice Oseman

I have been meaning to read something by Alice Oseman for years. Her books are consistently praised by the book blogging community and they all sound so good! The problem is that I never find them in any bookstores or at my library. Well, I stepped into the fancy bookstore downtown one morning as I waited for the library to open, and they had one copy of Solitaire marked down like 75% on final sale. I had to buy it.

Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand

In the same shopping trip where I found Solitaire, I also found Some Kind of Happiness. I didn’t love Furyborn and my copy of Sawkill Girls has been sitting on my nightstand for like three months, but I’m determined to love something by this author since I see her almost every weekend at my library. I’m hoping that the things that were a problem for me in Furyborn will be a nonissue in this middle-grade novel.

The Draining Lake by Arnaldur Indridason

One of my favorite classes in college was a Scandinavian literature class I took as an elective. In it, we read A TON of mysteries, including one by Indridason. I haven’t read anything else by him since, but I had to snap this book up when I found it for only $2.

Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! Have you read any of these books? Which one should I tackle first? Let’s talk in the comments!

Book review: Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
Rating: ★★☆☆☆Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Source: Purchased

Love grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

Wild Beauty was a total impulse buy at BookCon last year. I’d heard of it and I’d added it to my TBR because of some great reviews, but it was really the cover that drew me in. It’s just so pretty. (It didn’t hurt that it was a signed copy, either.)

I’m going to start off by saying that it took me about three weeks to read the 340 pages of this book. At first, I thought it was just me being distracted. I’ve definitely had trouble focusing on books recently, but after three weeks of effort, I think I can say with about 99% certainty that this book just wasn’t for me.

It’s not badly written. The writing style is fine (if a little flowery for my tastes) and I liked the focus on family, but… nothing happens. It’s just a bunch of teenage girls making flowers bloom. The conflict wasn’t very interesting. The mystery of Fel’s past did nothing for me. I was just so bored. I can’t even tell you how many times I almost fell asleep while reading this book.

I have another one of the author’s books and will be giving it a try at some point, but this particular story just wasn’t for me.

#killingthetbr: six months on shelf

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Graphic novel review: Fence #6-10 by C.S. Pacat

Fence #6-10 by C.S. Pacat
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: May 16, 2018 – September 26, 2018
Source: Borrowed
Sixteen-year-old Nicholas Cox is an outsider to the competitive fencing world. Filled with raw talent but lacking proper training, he signs up for a competition that puts him head-to-head with fencing prodigy Seiji Katayama…and on the road to the elite all-boys school Kings Row. A chance at a real team and a place to belong awaits him—if he can make the cut!

I spent the last day of 2018 reading issues 6-10 of Fence. While, overall, I really enjoyed the first five issues, I was kind of indifferent to these. It might be because I’ve become obsessed with Saga, in which both the art and the storytelling are far superior. Or it might be because nothing much happens in these issues.

Sure, Nicholas and Seiji are feuding. There’s a lot of fencing. (Obviously.) Everyone flirts with each other. This is nothing new. But maybe that’s the problem. I read five issues of this graphic novel and nothing new happened.

I’m almost caught up on this one and I’m just hoping it’s worth it in the end.


Fence #6: ★★★☆☆
Fence #7: ★★★☆☆
Fence #8: ★★★☆☆
Fence #9: ★★★★☆
Fence #10: ★★★☆☆

Average: 3.2 stars

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