I’m in a Reading Slump.

I am in one of the worst reading slumps I have had in a long time. In the past four months I have read two books. One of which I started reading around Christmas time. This time last year I was reading so many books. March 2016 was one of my best reading months, ever.

I can’t figure out why I’m in such a slump. Every time I pick up a book I’ll get a couple of chapters in and then put it down because I’m just not feeling it. I’m hoping that when A Court of Wings and Ruins comes out next month that it will pull me out of this funk. I’m so excited about that book. I loved ACOTAR and ACOMAF so I hope I’ll love this one too.

I haven’t ever had a reading slump last this long before, what do you like to do to get out of reading slumps? Am I the only one with slumps that last multiple months?

Aside from the reading slump. April has been a pretty good month. I’ve been failing Camp NaNo, by like a lot. But I’m trying to let that go. This middle grade book has been way harder to write than expected.

I’m super excited about a blog post I hope to have up next week. I’ve been working on this post for literally weeks and I finally got all the stuff together for it this weekend. I hope you guys will like it.

Also, I’m working on cleaning out my book shelves today. I’m hoping that looking at all of them and moving them around will help me get excited about reading again.

 

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September Recap

September was a pretty great month overall. I went to Disney World (which was great), and read A Court of Mist and Fury (which was also great), but I didn’t blog very much, (which is not so great). So far October hasn’t been much better blogging wise but there is still time to change.

Books I read:

A Court of Mist and Fury, which was AMAZING. I’ve been working on the review for it for two weeks now and I’m still not done with it. There are just too many things I liked, it’s been hard to narrow it down.

Posts:

A Court of Thorns and Roses (review) I also did a password protected spoiler post comparing Rhysand and Tamlin, if you want to check that one out go to the main review to get the password and link.

To Write or Not to Write? (writing update)

Favorite book of the month:

A Court of Mist and Fury. This book could easily be my favorite book for the whole year.

Things I did this month:

I went to Disney World, which was awesome. I love Disney World, I go almost every year with my family and it truly is the happiest place on Earth.

I got a new book idea. I haven’t started writing it yet, but I am excited about it.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Important note: I really want to talk about to Rhysand and Tamlin, but I wanted to be able to do so with spoilers. I figured the best way to do this was by making a password protected post so that only the people who really wanted the spoilers would see it and those that didn’t wouldn’t have to worry about accidentally seeing a spoiler.  This is the link and the password is ACOTAR (all caps). I would love to read your thoughts and discuss this (or any other spoiler type topics) with you on that post. 

I don’t normally read fantasy  books. I don’t really know why, they just don’t usually appeal to me. I decided that I needed to give one a try this past summer and see if my taste has changed. Since no one can seem to stop talking about A Court of Thorns and Roses, and the sequel I decided that it might be a good one to try.

I was not disappointed.  Maybe I am just overly impressed since I haven’t read fantasy in a long time. This book was really good. It had me literally on the edge of my couch. I didn’t know what was coming next or how it would end. I liked it so much that I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel. However, there are some things that I didn’t like about it, things that might be deal breakers to some readers.

Summary:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever. – Goodreads

This book is a mashup of Fairelore and fairy tale retelling.

Favorite things:

The writing. The writing was so good. It was beautiful and had a different feel to it than I am used to. The writing just pulled me into the world and made me never want to leave. Note: I’m not sure if this is a Sarah J. Maas thing or if this is a fantasy thing.

The plot. The plot was fast paced, and pretty intense. As previously stated, it kept me on the edge of my couch.

The characters. All of the characters were pretty well developed and I never had a hard time knowing who was who. I loved the humor they had and they were easy to connect to.  There really wasn’t one character that I liked more than the others. That being said, I was always getting slightly irritated with Feyre. She was constantly making stupid decisions and doing the exact opposite of what she was told to do even though she was told it was for her safety.

The fairy tale elements. I love Beauty and the Beast and I loved seeing the elements throughout the story. However, I do feel like one of the biggest challenges in the story is missing here but I won’t explain because, spoilers.  However, this review on Goodreads sums it up really well.

Some favorite quotes:

“I love you,’ he whispered, and kissed my brow. ‘Thorns and all.”

“Because,” he went on his eyes locked with mine, “I didn’t want you to fight alone. Or die alone.

The quills:

Cursing?

The cursing wasn’t bad in this book for the most part.

Physical romance?

The physical romance in this book is pretty heavy and descriptive. I would not recommend this to younger teens. It is also not just one scene you can skip. The topic comes up in thoughts and events several times. You’ve been warned, it is graphic and it comes up quite frequently.

Gore?

This book has a fair amount of gore in it.

Will you cry?

Probably not.

Overall rating?

Five out of five hedgehogs

The Author:

Sarah J. Maas, I haven’t read any of her other books, but I plan to. I love that she had Pinterest boards with story inspiration that you can follow here. You can also check out her website here.