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November Reading Wrap Up!

Yay for exceeding reading goals! 😀 Of course, I’m not going to stop reading just because I crossed the finish line. Bookworms never sleep! ^_^

53: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Author: Kim Smith
Genre: Picture Book
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed: No
This was super cute and everything, but I thought I’d get to see cartoon, middle-school Buffy kicking cartoon goblin butt, and instead it was all about her “fear” of the dark. The monsters in the closet were all creatures from the TV show, though, so that was fun and nostalgic and kind of creepy.

54: Pippa
Author: Malynda Schlegel
Genre: Dark Contemporary YA
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed: Yes
Dudes…seriously? This book was messed up. I can’t even explain it. I thought it was horror, so I picked it up, and instead I get this twisted journey through Pippa’s life from 8, I think, to 16, and it’s just so messed up. Great characterization. Great narrative. Horribly interesting. Very disturbing. It’s like being in a giant cauldron that’s slowly being brought to a boil, but you’re too invested in the story to care about the slow pacing or the fact you’re getting burned. I’m still disturbed weeks later.

55: Uni the Unicorn
Author: Amy Krouse Rosenthal – Illustrator: Brigette Barrager
Genre: Picture Book
Rating: 3 stars
Reviewed: No
The illustrations are beautiful, but the story was terrible. It went nowhere, it was was kind of dumb, and then it had a pseudo-cliffhanger ending, and it’s like, THIS IS A PICTURE BOOK! Just tell a complete story that makes sense and move on! I get she wants a series of stuff, but each book needs to stand on its own, and this was just lazy.

56: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Author: Washington Irving
Genre: Classic Literature
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed: No
Look. This was hard to read. I thought I could knock it out in 30 minutes, and it took me two days! I probably only read it for a total of 30 minutes, but I kept putting it down because my brain hurt. It wasn’t just the old colonial 1800s style and language – though that was hard enough on the eyes. In addition to words I’ve never seen before, there are long, rambling, overly-descriptive and pretentiously poetic sentences and turns of phrase that made even legible passages hard to read. 😛 Things have changed a lot in the book-world over the last 200 years. 70 percent of the story is description of crap I couldn’t care less about, and I still couldn’t picture anything. There was far too much backstory on people whose names I couldn’t remember anymore once I turned the page. But 15 percent of the story is very interesting, slightly creepy, and I read it to get some small town inspiration for the current WIP, and it surprisingly helped a lot with that, so I’m happy as a peach.

Random Work-In-Progress Note: No, I haven’t changed projects again, thankyouverymuch. Haha. I’m in too deep now to run. ^_^

You might wonder why I picked The Legend of Sleepy Hollow for setting inspiration out of everything on my shelf. I have my reasons. 😛