Happy Tuesday, bloggers!
I am loving the fact that I can breathe and not feel as if the sun wants to kill me. Do you feel me? I’m so excited for Fall to arrive so I can wear all my autumn clothes.
Top Ten Tuesday, originally created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is a weekly meme. The first prompt is books I’ve loved that are outside of my comfort zone. Before I started my post, I wondered what I’d choose, but I think I have a great list, which I hope you enjoy!
Have fun, everyone!
House of Salt and Sorrows
Typically suicide and deaths are difficult to read for me. Don’t get me wrong though. I enjoy a good character death. Grief bothers me, and I don’t know how to process it properly (who does?). So I worried about those aspects in the book. However, the author allows the reader to move past all the deaths.
I love intergalactic storylines in movies. Sometimes in books, I feel a little disconnected because I’m not used to some of the terminology. I’m more of a fantasy reader. But both Kaufman and Kristoff didn’t kill the story with complex lingo I needed to figure out, which I appreciate. I could focus on the plot and fall into the novel.
I don’t always like reading about characters who use drugs or are drug addicts. I feel uncomfortable. But I do connect with them and see how they struggle, which I did with Phury. He’s an evolving male who I’m starting to love. And I enjoyed how his and Cormia’s mating story played out.
Kristoff throws his readers in a heavy plot-driven narrative. So I had to pace myself when I read the book. I wrestled with LIFEL1K3, and I almost DNF’d it. But I’m glad I hung in there.
I don’t usually read superhero-themed titles. I don’t. I prefer to watch movies or TV shows based on them. I don’t know why I’m like that, but I simply am. So I took a risk with this series. And while I struggled with the first book, I loved the sequel.
Three Dark Crowns
I hate when characters cheat. I hate it. I can’t stand this trope. And I wish authors would stop using it as a way to add tension to their writing. But Kendare allowed me to see past that somewhat. I love her magic system, I love how she’s shaped her world, and I love her storytelling.