Books of the Month

Well the first month of 2017 has come to a close, and with it several books were closed in my snug little apartment as well. Yes, I’m back to making time for reading and it has filled me with intense joy. Nothing like turning the pages of a book being completely absorbed in the words.

This month I finished 8 books!

  1. Linger by Maggie Steifvater
  2. Demon: A Memoir by Tosca Lee
  3. Havah: The Story of Eve by Tosca Lee
  4. The Girl’s Still Got It by Liz Curtis Higgs
  5. How America Lost Her Innocence: A History of the Sexual Revolution by Steve Gallagher
  6. The Quest of the Fair Unknown by Gerald Morris
  7. The Adventures of TinTin Volume 1 by Herge
  8. Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

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Favorite Book of the Month: The Quest of the Fair Unknown

Why?  I love the Squires Tale series more than any other book series I’ve ever read. It is beautiful, whimsical, charming, and full of characters that breathe life into every volume. The Quest of the Fair Unknown is the only book in this series that I hadn’t read yet (I had started to when I was reading through the series for the first time, but I was wary of it dealing with children being born out of wedlock  so I decided to put it down. I am very sorry now that I did.) I fell in love all over again with the world of King Arthur and his knights. Especially Gawain. Always Gawain. ❤

Least Favorite Book: Linger

Why? After reading Shiver and chomping at the bit to delve into the next book in Maggie Stiefvater’s series, I was met with great disappointment.  While it was still amazingly written with characters you cared about deeply, I was unhappy with how my emotions were manipulated. Grace’s parents were the bad guys. Even though what she and Sam were doing was horribly wrong, I hated her parents for saying so, for doing what they did (granted they weren’t totally in the right either).  For me, there was too much struggling against my since of morality, justifying too much for the sake of True Love, even if there were super bad circumstances.

A Quick Look at the Books:

Linger

 

  • Rating: 2.5 Stars
  • Thoughts: See above
  • Favorite moment: Admittedly… it was when Cole stopped Grace’s dad from punching Sam in the face again and then yelled at him saying Sam had more right to be in the room than he did.  That’s the moment I loved Cole completely as a character. *sigh* See, it was very upsetting for me to have feelings this way. *harrumphs*

 

Demon

  • Rating: 4 stars
  • Thoughts: I’d been waiting quite a while to immerse myself into Tosca Lee’s first novel. I’m a huge fan of her work, and as usual, she didn’t disappoint. Demon is a strong, powerful, creepy (at least for me) book that, though it started a little slow, actually had me up until midnight reading with a flashlight so I could make it to the end.  Also, she took an element from my childhood and incorporated it in the most terrifying way. I have never been so scared while reading a book to be honest.
  • Favorite Moment: Other than the mention of my old favorite book There’s a Monster at the End of This Book, it would probably be the ways Lucian keeps popping up. I know that isn’t one specific moment, but the details Tosca weaves into each person he appears as is amazing, and he fits each one and yet they are so different. I loved that.

Havah

  • Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Thoughts: Havah was immersive, emotional, deep, and breathtaking. Tosca twists such an incredible story, that sucks you in completely.  I expected a great book. I got even more than I expected.  Following Havah through her entire life was a roller coaster of emotions for me. The details Tosca sets up put me firmly in the beginning of the world, longing for the perfection that was Eden, devastated when it all came to ruin. I mourned for the anger and tension between Adam and Havah, rejoiced at the triumphs of their children. Dreaded so hard the dark moments I knew would come. It is an incredible book. Second favorite read of January.
  • Favorite Moment: When Adam rejoiced over having one of his own kind.

 

The Girl’s Still Got It

  • Rating: 3.5 stars
  • Thoughts: Since this is a devotional I’m not looking at this the same as my fiction reads. But this book was a breath of fresh air. Liz takes you on an in depth journey verse by verse to get to know the women of the book of Ruth. With her big heart and engaging humor, Liz makes the journey a truly memorable one. Definitely recommend.

 

How America Lost Her Innocence

  • Rating: 3.5 stars
  • Thoughts: This book was sad and hard to read through. I ache for America and the horrible things done in her, especially to children.

 

The Quest of the Fair Unknown

  • Rating: 5 stars
  • Thoughts: See above
  • Favorite Moment: Either when Terrence shows up (because Terrence ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ) or when Gawain and Terrence and Beaufils are traveling back to the world of men.

 

The Adventures of TinTin Vol.1

  • Rating:3 stars
  • Thoughts: Not as good as later volumes I’ve read before. A little too many convenient escapes there, TinTin.
  • Favorite Moment: When TinTin says goodbye to his new found friends in China. Even though it’s really sad 😥

 

Gregor the Overlander

  • Rating: 3.5 stars
  • Thoughts: I was really impressed with this book. I didn’t expect much from it to be honest, but I found myself swept into a world and a story that kept me hooked until the last page. I thouroughly enjoyed my experience, even if there were spiders *shudder* (I just skimmed spider parts.)
  • Favorite Moment: Boots screaming for a cookie and being a secret weapon.  Also her recognizing the roaches. That was precious.

 

What books did you read this month? Which was your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

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