Books,  Reading

Finally Finished Some Books

Hi! (waves)

Wow. I haven’t done one of these since March! I read in April and May but I didn’t finish anything. I read in June, and I finished one thing, and finally got some reading mojo back, and somehow, I didn’t fall grossly behind on my reading goal. I mean, I’m behind, but I’m not stressed about it.

I was going to give myself a couple of more days to finish something else, but yeah, that’s not happening. Also, I’m taking a blogging break for a week or four. Maybe, probably. I’ll try. I’m as unpacked as I’m going to get without bookshelves, but they should be up by the end of August! An entire wall full of shelves! 😀 No compromises! No more exclamation points. But I decided that most of the wall isn’t good enough. I want the entire wall, so I’m getting the entire wall. ^_^

I seem to have a problem with having too many books going at once. And because I can only concentrate on one thing at a time (hahaha), it’s causing a bit of a traffic jam. But the last time I skipped away from a book I was reading, it’s because a library book came in, and when a library book is ready for pick up, you have to pick it up! But then I didn’t go back to that book, because a new book came out that I wanted to read, but I did finish that book, so…the juggling is getting better?

20: Andromeda’s Tear
Author: Thea Landen
Genre: Short Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction
Rating: 4 stars
This is a fun, light story about a woman who catches a teleporter repairman trying to rob her family and decides to blackmail him into helping her steal a giant sapphire instead of turning him in. It was incredibly helpful for me to be able to finish something in one sitting. It helped grease up the reading gears and get those rusty things moving again. Plus the world building was super easy to follow and so fun, and I really want a teleporter.

21: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Author: Suzanne Collins
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Fantasy/Dystopian
Rating: 4 stars
Suzanne Collins has a way with words that thrills me. ^_^ This is a prequel to The Hunger Games and it follows an 18 year old version of the future President Snow, villain of the aforementioned trilogy. I didn’t actually find it all that hard to sympathize with Snow and wish him well. I truly felt his desperation and understood why he did the things he did and his motivations and how he would eventually turn into the villain I loathed in the trilogy. Of course, I love villains, so I don’t mind watching someone descend into villain territory. I love it! There were some things in the third part of the story that seemed out of place and maybe even a little hurried, but I really enjoyed reading it – it completely got me out of my general funk – and I appreciate the story being contained to one book. It was so rich and engaging. And horrifying.

22: I Hope You Stay
Author: Courtney Peppernell
Genre: Poetry
Rating: 3 stars
This was fine. I didn’t like it as much as her other collections. Could have been my mood, and the topic definitely wasn’t resonating with me. It was just heartbreak and healing from heartbreak and finding happiness after a heartbreak, and I’m not feeling it right now. But if I’m being honest, I feel like it isn’t as strong as her other books that I’ve read. I feel like she’s a bit stuck on the same topics, and maybe she should write about something else for a tiny bit. Clear the palate. Just my opinion.

23: Stranger Planet
Author: Nathan W. Pyle
Genre: Comedy, Graphic Novel
Rating: 5 stars
I was so so excited to see another one of these. You have no idea. They’re sooo cute. They’re aliens doing human stuff with alien verbiage and explanations. It draws attention to some of the really silly things we do, and it’s a lot of fun. 💜

Okie dokie. I’m hoping to get a lot of reading done in August. Everything I’m reading right now is really good, but I got all my tech stuff hooked up over the weekend, and I finally got my free year of HBO Max set up, and there’s some stuff I want to watch. ^_^

Anyway, happy reading, writing, show watching, and life-ing. Ciao.

10 Comments

  • A.S. Akkalon

    Well done on finally finishing some books. 🙂 I don’t keep track of what I read, but I’m pretty sure I go through slumps too. Here’s hoping you’re well and truly out of this one.

    • Krystal Jane

      Lulls have their place, but I get strangely bored if I go too long without reading. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t notice them so much if I wasn’t tracking everything.

  • Kristy A.

    My reading has been a little slower this year as well. I read The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes as soon as it came out. I didn’t mind being in Snow’s head either. He’s a great villain and I really liked seeing his early years and how the early Hunger Games were. And yes to it being horrifying in places! Stranger Planet looks really cute. 😀

    I read a lot of poetry in college, to a snobbish degree. A lot of poets get stuck on certain themes. They have to be really good to keep it fresh. Sure there is an infinite number of ways to talk about love and heartbreak, but a lot poets stay in a tiny cornered box and it gets stale and repetitive really fast. Talking about this makes me want to read more poetry.

    • Krystal Jane

      The aliens are the most adorable. ^_^ My sister liked the prequel, too. I forget how fun it is to discuss books with people.

      I don’t remember much from my half semester of poetry, but you’re making me wish I did! It would be fun to break down the poetry I read with someone. 🙂

  • Thea Landen

    Hey, some of that looks familiar! 😉 Short reads, short writing projects, whatever helps get things going and creates a sense of accomplishment, right? Thanks for reading!

    I was planning on doing pretty much this same exact blog post once I finish the book I’m currently reading. I still haven’t gotten to the Hunger Games prequel yet, but it’s on the list! (Unfortunately, it seems it’s also on the list for a lot of patrons of my local library….)

    • Krystal Jane

      I might have to try a short writing project. It works for reading. ^_^

      I borrowed my sister’s copy of the prequel. She preordered it and got a sticker, which she gave to me, and I was way too excited about it.

  • Tonja Drecker

    Yay! I didn’t know there was a prequel out for the Hunger Games. Interesting. I’ve hit a reading slump…no desire to read, although I still have to keep up with my reviewing schedule. But life is full of ups and downs.

    • Krystal Jane

      Yep, yep. I would never know that you’re in a slump! Sometimes I wish I could make myself read anyway when I’m in a reading low, but it also seems like it would stressful. I hope you have some good books on your plate!

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