A very mixed bag for my final month of school-free reading, but I kind of like that because it makes me appreciate the good books all the more.
Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon
Dragonfly in Amber is the continuation of Claire’s story, a WWII nurse who falls through time and end up in 18th century Scotland. I began reading this in Paris, and then marathoned the rest over the course of one weekend, and it was a very good decision on my part. I’ve missed James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser so much, too much, and it was amazing to be back in this world. I will admit that this is lengthy, and could do with being a bit shorter, but for the most I was kept interested. There were a couple of comments that made me a little uncomfortable, and I don’t think the time period is a good enough excuse, but I still want to read on.
Batman Zero Year, Pt. 1 by Scott Snyder, and Greg Capullo
Have you been looking for a cool new Batman origin story? Then Zero Year is the book for you. I really enjoyed Zero Year a hell of a lot more than I thought I was going to . I bought both parts of Zero Year earlier this year and have been avoiding it ever since, but that was a big mistake on my part because this was great. We get a younger, cooler, Bruce Wayne returning to a Gotham that is overrun by the Red Hood gang, and action and mystery ensues. I will say that some of the colouring was rather grating on me, but other than that I can’t wait to read Pt.2.
A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic #3) by V.E. Schwab
You probably know by now that I adore Schwab, and this year I’ve been re-reading this fantasy trilogy, which is one of my favourite fantasy sorties of all time. Even though I read this a lot slower than the first time, the second you pick it up again, you’re instantly immersed in the world. Schwab takes the time needed to wrap-up everyone’s storyline at the end, and I really appreciated that, because it means that every character gets a sense of closure, even though we’re getting a spin off series in the future. I’m sure everyone’s already read this, but if you haven’t and you like fantasy, or just awesome characters, then here’s your chance.
Civil War; A Marvel Comics Event by Mark Miller
This was an interesting one, because, as a huge MCU fan, I couldn’t read this without comparing it to the film. And, honestly, I preferred the film. I also couldn’t help but compare it to Injustice Year One, which also discusses the concept of superheroes being held accountable for their actions, and, again, I preferred that depiction. I will be the first to admit that there were a ton of characters I did not know, I’m not hugely into X-Men or the Fantastic Four, and that did make it hard to get into. Civil War was good, and it had some great panels, but it lacked the depth that would have elevated it to something amazing.
Versailles by Elizabeth Maissie
I hate doing this, but I decided not to finish reading Versailles, around the 31% mark, simply because I wasn’t looking forward to reading it. Before I drag this book, I want to preface it by saying that I adore the BBC2 series, now that doesn’t mean I want to read the script, because that’s basically all this book is. If you sat down and wrote every single thing that happens in one episode, there’s the first chapter of this book. But why would I read it, when I can watch it in all it’s splendour. The author, either their own decision or someone else’s, has no flair, nothing that makes you want to keep reading. I’ll just stick to the TV show, I think.
Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass #6) by Sarah J. Maas
This was a re-read, and I think I like it even more than I did when I read it for the first time last year. Here’s the thing, I have never been a huge Chaol fan, I wasn’t even going to read this back when it was just a novella, but this book made me a Chaol fan, and whatever you think about Maas, you’ve got to give her props for that. If you want to know why this book is just so good, then the answer is simple, it’s because this is a 660 page character study for Chaol and Nesryn, two characters who’ve not really been given the attention they deserve. I can’t say it’s my favourite in the series, because there’s a distinct lack of Dorian that breaks my heart, but I can say that it knocked my socks off (again!).
How the Duke Was Won (Disgraceful Dukes #1) by Lenora Bell
Even though this is not my usual fare, sometimes I just get a craving for a romance novel, and this really hit the mark for me. Charlene is the illegitimate daughter of an Earl, who is impersonating her half singer in order for the sister to win the Duke’s hand in marriage. I think you can guess what happened form her on out, right? Now, I’m not going to sit here and tell you that the plot was full fo twists and turns, but it was fun and enjoyable. The POV is split between the Duke and Charlene which is something I always love, and the characters were great. If you’re looking for a romance then I would definitely recommend this one.
Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After #1) by Tessa Dare
I did try to warn you that I was on a bit of a romance kick, and here we are with my second Duke book in as many days. The plot follows Issy who inherits a castle from her godfather, only problem is this castle happens to already have an inhabitant, one handsome duke, and he’s not happy about his new landlady. What did I learn from this book? That I’m not the biggest fan of Dare’s writing. One thing I couldn’t not get enough of, however, were the gothic tones to the book. There were castles, virgins, scared dukes, crumbling walls. All of those tropes just made me super happy, however I didn’t see myself rushing out to pick up more Tessa Dare she’s had her shot, time to try some different writers.
And those were all the book I finished reading this month. I really enjoyed my foray into the world of ramose, so if you have any recommendations please leave them down below.
What did you read this month? Any new favourites? Any old favourites? Did we read any of the same books?
Thanks for reading!