Hi ya’ll, how’s everyone been doing? I’ve been absent from blogosphere for the past month, and I do have a good excuse.
Well, not that good of an excuse, but…well, I was feeling pretty un-motivated. My family life is crumbling around me at the moment, and I just didn’t have the motivation to deal with it all.
Now it’s nothing to do with me (my work and social life are perfectly fine), but rather my crazy family and their crazy antics. Anyone who’s watched Edge of Seventeen will probably understand when I say that I feel like the brother in that movie…his parents’ and sister are somewhat nuts, and he has to run around picking up after them. And that’s me at the moment! The baby of the family, somehow stuck playing babysitter for adults who should be old enough to know they’re adults.
But ah well, that’s enough bitching:) I just wanted to let you all know that I cut myself off from everything because I was feeling really blue dealing with all of this, but I’m good now. Gaaaah, I just want to get back to my life already!!!! So here are some life updates while I’ve been away.
I am officially way too addicted to Over The Garden Wall.
I am such a Cartoon Network freak, but this 2014 show is like to infinity and beyond. It’s boundlessly clever, funny, and (strangely) emotional, I can’t help but watch it over and over again. This show DEFINITELY needs a second season…otherwise, I will be one very sad homo sapien.
Legion is friggin’ AWESOME.
I rarely get hooked on T.V. shows, but I got hooked on this one from episode 1. From the quirky, atmospheric tone, the rapid changes from happy to dark in a matter of seconds (and vice versa), the non-linear way of storytelling…whoa, whoa, whoa. This is such a creepy, well-made series, I binged on it all at once. And it was glorious.
I watched Logan–twice! (And I cried each time…)
You know, sad movies are such a great cure for a depressed person? You dribble all the snot and tears and sadness away at the movie theater, then you leave appreciating your own life all the more because you know your life could be a lot worse. Wolverine’s was shitty, and yours isn’t, so….
And of course, reading! (Lots and lots of reading.)
Now when most people are feeling depressed, they tend to fall into a reading slump because they lose all motivation to do anything. But me? I was just like, “Pssh, reading slump? What’s that?”
Because damn yo…I bulldozed through nearly 40 books this past month!
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Verdict: Holy shit that ending…
I used to be pretty skeptical when it came to Marissa Meyer. Her Lunar Chronicles are really hyped, and I have a tendency to NOT trust hyped books. But after reading Caraval by Stephanie Garber (a decision I wholly regretted) I had to wash away the taste with another book, so I snatched up Heartless…and loved it.
Like, whoa. I. FREAKING LOVED IT. The dark, nihilistic elements are totally my niche, and I did not expect to love this book as much as I did. But I did, so I bought it, put it on my bookshelf, and it’s officially a keeper.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Verdict: Enjoyable, quite enjoyable.
And after reading Heartless, I finally decided to give this series a chance, which was really great! The world-building in Cinder is absolutely fantastic, and the characters coming together in Cress is fun as hell. In terms of plot and conflict, there were a few convenient things that had to happen for the good guys to win (like seriously, the main antagonist is pretty effing clueless at times), but I nonetheless enjoyed this series for the chemistry between the characters. So whatevs, this series deserves its hype, yo.
The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
Verdict: Not as good as Six of Crows?
Yes, that’s what I heard initially, but I loved Six of Crows so much that I just had to dive into more of Leigh Bardugo. But after reading it, I have to agree: this series was not as good as Six of Crows.
It was not bad by any means (in fact, it has a lot of potential) but it takes so much of what we’ve seen from other books and paints it with a new cover, it just didn’t grab my attention as much in terms of originality. Certain elements are still good though (prose, efforts to make strong heroines, etc.), so I enjoyed it enough for a one-time read.
The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss:
Verdict: “If you don’t like the protagonist, you don’t like the book!”
Or at least, that’s my motto. And that was the case here: the world-building in this series is great, and there’s a lot of intrigue…but I did not like the protagonist whatsoever. Like seriously, where in the WORLD does Kvothe get his ego from? This kid starts off so great in the series, yet at some point morphs into this overly cocky character who will turn you off from really getting to know him. It really made me question why should I care about someone who seems to have everything in the bag…
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
This book also started off amazing. Like, I was very much hooked from the start. However, as the story went on, the plot became annoyingly melodramatic, characters became really flimsy, especially the female characters. Aside from the main character Laila being kind of useless, Helena (the one badass girl in this book) was eventually watered down to play the role of the jealous female rival, and that pissed me off to no end. I mean, this girl is empathetic, badass, and rational enough to not lose her cool over stupid things like boys….YET SHE LOSES HER COOL OVER A BOY. Just, no.
(Although I really dug the Commandant. That woman was deliciously evil and complicated.)
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stievfater
Verdict: A flawed masterpiece!
Now I’m not too fond of the paranormal genre, so I had quite a difficult time getting into the groove of the series. However, by the second to third book, I was SOLD. Because the characters are so freaking compelling. This series does have a few pacing issues, but the writing style is sooooo unique, and the characters sooooo fleshed out, the flaws paled in comparison to everything else that was done right. This series is a barrage of feels!
The Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman
Verdict: An obstacle I must overcome
Now I’m currently in the process of attempting to finish The Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman, but the first book traumatized me so much with its horrible characters and atrocious writing that I’m dreading finishing this series now. But then I never DNF a series, so….this shall be my burden to bear. I SHALL SURIVIVE THIS!!!!!
Aaaand the rest of the books I’m too lazy to cover (includes a few re-reads)
So yeah, I read so many books this month, it’s kind of insane. Forty books…sure it includes a few re-reads, but still, I couldn’t go a few hours without having a book in my hand. I literally went to bed at three in the morning to finish a book, and then wake up at ten to start a new one. That’s like, 1.5 books per day! I really should be depressed more often, no? 😉
(By the way, I’ll probably be doing full-fledged reviews on some of these books/series above, so do be on the lookout for those as well.)
So welcome back to me, hello again to you all, and a very spiffy Monday to us all. Cheers.