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9/9/19 It has come to my attention that it is indeed Monday and not Tuesday so we’re just so on top of things that we’re a full day early. That’s the story we’re going with!
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo I own this book and I’ve still been putting it off. Largely because I’m scared that it won’t live up to the sheer volume of hype. THE HYPE IS UNREAL. Yalls really like this book. Also, I haven’t read anything else by this author yet and I’m not entirely sure of how this book ties into everything else. I think this is a Grisha book? Maybe? I honestly don’t know.
Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon I own a physical and a digital copy of this book. I’ve started it but I’m in and out of a wrist brace all the time and my weak baby wrists weren’t intoit so I got a digital copy (on sale!) and then I was like I WANT AN AUDIOBOOK. I don’t have audiobook money and neither of my libraries own audio for it so it’ll just have to wait until I have a large amount of time to sink into fully immersing myself in the story.
Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan This book was highly anticipated for me. And then it came out and reviews were such a mixed bag. And honestly, I’m usually willing to give books like that a try. However (and please don’t come for me for this) the author’s behavior on social media has left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth and while I’d like to look past that and appreciate the story without the author influencing how I feel (appreciate the art, not the artist), I can’t help but feel that it’s part of what makes me keep pushing this further down my list.
Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore I have started this book and really enjoyed what I read, however, with this author I find that I need to set aside time to be in an entirely quiet place and have a fully functioning brain (aka not post-work vegetable brain) to fully appreciate the writing. It’s super gorgeous but it takes focus for me to really get what’s going on. Magical realism with gorgeous prose + ADHD + dyslexia = buckle up, buttercup!
Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman This is another case of it being a polarizing book and me already having too many things on my hands. I’ve read a book by Kaufman before and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s honestly really stuck with me over time and I think about going back and rereading it. I did try reading Illuminae and had to walk away from it (I’m planning to give it another try – please don’t skin me alive). I’m just afraid this isn’t going to be a good fit.
Ignite the Stars by Maura Milan I started this book, loved it, bought a physical copy because I kept running out of time to read the borrowed copy, and then promptly didn’t pick it up again because I’m smart like that. At this point in time, I’m putting off reading it until I know I can get my hands on a copy of the sequel so I can read them back-to-back. Literally cannot wait to read this.
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas I know the bookish community likes to rag on this series. A lot. And you know what? I get it. But I will say that very few things stick with me and make me want to reread them quite like the worm scene in the first book. And that I remain mystified by the Night Court. AND that the beasts and lesser fae in this series were great (to me, at least). However, the third book really didn’t do it for me and the longer I sat after reading it, the less I was into it. And then my pre-order of this book from when I was still madly in love with the series came in the mail AND I NEVER READ IT. I may never read it. The last book BORED me. But like, I bought this book and I’m kinda curious. So like, it’s still on the TBR but we aint thrilled about it.
The Shadowglass by Rin Chupeco This is the third and final book in the Bone Witch trilogy and I pre-ordered this sucker and I still haven’t read it. Why? Because I’m not ready for the series to end. I’m not ready for the emotional things that are sure to come in this book. I’m in denial about the end actually being here. This is one of my favorite series and I love Rin. Did I write about this last week? Yes. Have I done anything about it since? I STARTED THE BONE WITCH AGAIN. This is my fourth (?) time reading it. Why am I like this?
Finale by Stephanie Garber This was on my list of series I need to finish from last week as well. But I’m still upset about how the second book went so I’m gonna whine about it again. Again, I’m just really salty. The second book expected you to go against everything you learned in the original book and lacked all the charm that made the first book swoony and made me fall in love with it. It felt so disjointed from the original. I really want to like the final book but it is a true continuation of book 2 and I have low expectations.
Women in Microbiology by Rachel J. Whitaker I think this book is the one that I’m most ashamed to see on this list. This was another pre-order. As the blog theme implies, I am a microbiologist. In fact, I’m very enthusiastic about my love of microbes and it bleeds into a lot of parts of my life (I have a microbe tree for Christmas and I’ve gotten emotional over microbe themed animes). The first chapter is even about Bonnie Bassler, a scientist whose work I’ve been a fan of forever and whose science communication skills are what I can only dream to accomplish. However, I’ve hit a point in life where I feel like a fraud. I’ve been working in the biotech industry for about two years now and while I’ve been desperately trying to get a job in micro, it just hasn’t been happening – for one reason or another. I literally had to turn down the opportunity to apply to the company I’ve been trying to get in since I graduated recently because of health issues. Every time I see this book on my shelf, I feel like a failure and a fraud. Deep down, I know I’m not. But it’s just really disheartening right now.
To make this end on a happier note and to stay on-brand, THIS COVER GIVES ME LIFE. Her hair is amazing and absolutely everything. (For those unable to see it, her hair is just a giant mass of different microbes and I love it!)
What books are you avoiding? Want to change my mind on any of these? Tell me in the comments!