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September 4, 2018

Books read in July & August

summer night reading
I didn't do much reading because I seem to have no patience for it especially during these hot days. I re-read a few books so technically, I would have only read three books in two months which probaby isn't bad. I actually re-read a lot more books but I don't remember which ones so I can't list them here. Book #3 I have posted about in my previous blog but since I read it during this same time, I thought I add it here. (If you like to see the day version of the above artwork, go here.)

images from www.abramsbooks.com
01/ The shape of ideas by Grant Snider  > link
This is not an advice book nor some type of how-to book, it's more like a collection of comic strips. I'm not much into reading these type of books but they are good for in between reading when you want something else to distract you from...reading. Since I have seen some of the strips on Snider's blog, they aren't as fresh to me but I like them. I think these are funny and charming and I can almost relate to everything in it.

02/ Equal rites by Terry Pratchett (part of the Witches Series which is part of the Discworld Series)  > link
I guess I had too high expectations but this book was just okay for me. It wasn't as funny or enjoyable as the Tiffany Aching books. I guess I just didn't expect that there would be very little of the lead - Eskarina - and more of Granny Weatherwax whom I liked in the Tiffany Aching books but somehow here, she doesn't seem as likeable. I also didn't like the way it is told as if someone is telling a story like a tv show but breaking the third wall so we know it's a story and probably won't take it seriously. I don't know if I'll read the rest of the Witches series. But should I really judge a series by its first book?

Favorite Quote:  "...for a moment he nursed the strangely consoling feeling that his life was totally beyond his control and whatever happened no one could blame him."

03/ The Underwater Ballroom Society edited by Tiffany Trent and Stephanie Burgis > link
The two great things about this collection is the cover image and the idea of underwater ballrooms. I know the underwater ballrooms is just a common theme and not the main focus but the stories are more like preludes, prologues, epilogues, than whole stories. Why is it that the more interesting story aren't being told? Probably because they are already in book form? The only author that I have read before is Stephanie Burgis. The other authors I have heard of but never read before so I have no exceptions about the writings, just the stories. Here are the reviews of the stories:

The Queen of Life by Ysabeau S. Wilce
Good idea but would have been better if we actually know what happened before instead of what happen after. Why did it took seventy years for someone to get to that magical land to find the rock star?

Twelve Sisters by Y.S. Lee
This pretty much reverted the original story as if nothing had happened and I didn't like that.

— Penhallow Amid Passing Things by Iona Datt Sharma
A little chapter of a partial story that probably would have been better if we were talking about the past instead of the present.

— Mermaids, Singing by Tiffany Trent
Mermaids yes but it's not their story but they might have been heroines if the story had been turn toward them which it didn't. It might be good to retitled this to 'The wolf king' or something else because the title is almost misleading but I think this is the one of the better stories in this collection.

— A Brand New Thing by Jenny Moss
I think I would rather read about aunt Dorothy's experience instead of Eve's.

— Four Revelations from the Rusalka Ball by Cassandra Khaw
Not much of a story, more like monologues but then again, I have no idea what the Rusalka Ball is anyway.

— Spellswept by Stephanie Burgis
Too much romance, too much mushy-headed thoughts, not enough story?

— The River Always Wins by Laura Anne Gilman
It's just an okay story which would have been more interesting if it didn't feel like an epilogue, like the before story should have been told instead.

— The Amethyst Deceiver by Shveta Thakrar
Kind of an intelligent, boring story, intelligent for the way is written, boring because I can't seem to get into the story or get interested in any of the characters.

— A Spy in the Deep by Patrick Samphire
I think this is more of a spy story than science fiction or fantasy and I'm not a fan of spy stories. But it's not bad but what I want to know is why is Harriet George the only one that can dismantle a certain device? Why is she the only one that can save people in that situation? Is there no one else there with a brain?

Overall, The Underwater Ballroom Society is not a bad collection but I guess I'm not the reader for these stories but don't take my word for it, read them for yourself.

04/ The Professor by Charlotte Bronte  > link
I did read it a few years back but I don't remember anything about it. I really didn't like professor William Crimsworth or the way he operates - he's a man of that era where he is probably taught that women are to be taken care of and not to have careers or even jobs. I guess it's why I can't even admire him. But mostly I didn't like his idea that his would-be wife should quit her job and stay home and be a wife and mother. I thought he would have a more of a modern mind about women but he doesn't. It is a first novel so I didn't have high expectation but it's a decent read.

05/ The tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte > link
I actually read this years ago and really didn't like it all that much but re-reading it now, I actually find it quite absorbing and more likable. I still sort of dislike Gilbert because he just seems not at all unique or a worthy man for Helen and sometimes his thoughts are just a bit too unlikable. Helen is definitely too good for Gilbert. Plus he became so dumb toward the end of the book and couldn't even take the easiest hint from her. There is a happy ending but it sort of seems like it took a long time to get there but it's a remarkable and somehow entertaining journey.

Favorite Quote: "'and if I,' said she, 'am young in years I am old in sorrow; but even if trouble should fail to kill me before vice destroys him, think, if he reached but fifty years or so, would you wait twenty or fifteen - in vague uncertainty and suspense - through all the prime of youth and manhood - and marry at last a woman faded and worn as I shall be - without ever having seen me from this day to that?"

What is the last book you have read?


  1. I am reading the Crazy Rich Asian books.

    1. I heard of it but I'm not interested in reading them.

      thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day.

  2. I just want to be in that lovely hammock right now, please. Happy Friday and Hugs..RO

    1. me too. thank you for stopping by, have a lovely day.

  3. Just finished the life changing magic of tidying up! (non fiction) It made for a good bedside reading. Are there any books you would recommend for reading before sleeping?

    1. I keep hearing about 'magic of tidying up' but I never seem to have the urge to read it. as for book recommendations for books to read before sleeping? how about 'North Child' aka 'East' by Edith Pattou, that's a good story to read before bed, it's a long book and sort of a fairytale but I loved that book.

      thanks for your visit, have a lovely day.


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