*Received from NetGalley for honest feedback*
Release Date: Oct. 4, 2016
This was SO bad. Let me just start by explaining what this book is about. It’s a mystery story about a woman named Julia (pretty sure that’s her name..) who had always wanted to be a cop but opted to take over a small ballet academy in her hometown because her mother has developed dementia and is no longer capable of running the studio. One night a close friend of hers swerves off the road into a lake and while it’s been dubbed an ‘accident’, Julia feels like there’s something more to it.
Okay! So this book is about a woman coming to terms with her divorce and discovering things about herself in the process.
This turned out to be a rather charming book for me. When i started reading it, i honestly almost put it down because the first couple of pages i was all like “what is this chick even doing?” and feeling all cringey and almost instantly disappointed because i thought maybe i had ended up misjudging the book and that it was going to be terribly cliched and mind numbing. Well I am happy to report that it wasn’t! I pludged through a couple of pages more and realized, “ooh, okay, i see where we’re going. Well alright, i’ll stick around”
I’ve decided to re-post this as an actual blog post rather than a video post, simply because I think I’m going to keep my youtube vids separate from my blog as I may or may not make quite the changes in content concerning my youtube channel sometime in the future^.^~ (plus i feel like I’m being lazy by posting vids on here haha)
SO!! On to what I’ll be reading for the month of Septeembeeerrr
Title: Shadow Children
Mediums Used: Watercolours & Acrylic
Lemme share the first completed painting of the year!! YAY.
So I’ve been in an awful depressing no-good art slump and its been ages since i finished any painting to any degree and i gotta say this was a pleasant surprise.
I’ve steadily tried drawing more consistently and dapping in small paintings here and then there and i think its really helping in terms of motivation and inspiration. I’ve also recently decided to go back to school… Hopefully this time next year I’ll be going to uni for Bachelor of Fine Arts!
But all in good time, we’ll see how things go^^~ In the mean time I’ll see if i start doing art vids too alongside my other bookish videos. Hmmm…its an idea
So this wasn’t a terrible week for reading- especially considering it was my first read-a-thon – I managed to get 2 and a half books read ;(^ 0^)’
First book I read was Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (I’ve written a review/ramble on this one in a previous post) I really enjoyed this book, it was sweet and charming in places. I think I do quite look forward to reading other books by Rainbow Rowell!
Second was the graphic novel Tokyo Ghoul Vol.2 by Sui Ishida. So far so good! I’m going to have to invest to get the other volumes in this series but I’m really liking where its going so far and the build up of the world and it’s characters has me intrigued and am willing to follow it through to the end.
Last but not least was the mystery novel Long Gone by Alafair Burke. I got a little over half-way in this one before the week was out. It’s a regular whodunit, predictable in many places but still interesting and I actually quite like the main protagonist. I’ll probably be finishing this one by the end of today or tomorrow!
I’m pretty proud of my turnout for this read-a-thon, especially cause this is usually how many books I tend to read in a month (but it helps that i no longer have to force myself to focus on the book and it’s words instead of living in la-di-da land, why brain why?)
Okay, so here’s a book i’ve been meaning to read for years but for whatever reason i never did. Lately though, it seems like i’m trying to catch up with some old stuff on my Goodreads TBR to start mowing it down a little.
I was both excited and hesitant to pick this book up. There’s a lot of hype for it and overall, it seems to be well loved, but i’ve also heard the cons to it and those cons kinda made me iffy because i was afraid i was going to walk into a cheap cringy romance and badly written characters.
oh, also, i’d never read a book by Rainbow Rowell before. this is my first.
Verdict? 3.5 stars.
I’m going to make this as non-spoilery as possible and if i do mention something that could be considered a spoiler, I’ll you know before you keep reading.
As it stands, I’m not sure if I’m going to continue with the series. It’s by no means a BAD book, especially seeing as how i kept actually wanting to pick it up (and this is what frustrates me) because the story had so much potential. But i felt like we wasted so much time in this first book. It was really repetitive and I’m not sure how many times i took a trip with the character to somebody’s home for tea and cookies, only to be told the same things and get absolutely nowhere new. Continue reading
So I’ve decided to participate in next week’s Bout of Books – round 17 Read-a-thon!!
(If you don’t know what it is, pls read the blurb below!)
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team