Something About Books | Currently Reading

by - 12/08/2016

Hello Lovelies!
Another quick post on what I'm currently digging my nose into. I've reached my reading goal for the year! WHOO! However, I do feel like I cheated a bit as some of those books, like two or three, were short novellas. So they took me like a second to get through. So to make up for it and because I just need to be reading something all the time, I've gone beyond my goal and of course needed to share it here with all of you.

So, first things first. Girl Online: Going Solo. The third book in the series. The last book in the series? If Zoe Sugg was going to end Penny and Noah's story here, it wouldn't be a bad spot. Plus I think it would be a good decision on her part. I'd like to see something else from her in the book front. But, moving on. As usual, I'm not going to dig deep into the plot and give it all away, but I am going to say that while I didn't fall in love with this series, I did really enjoy it and would definitely recommend. It's a very easy going plot with normal, everyday hurdles. If you don't count the super popular blog and dating a rock star thing. I know this book isn't for everyone. I've read and heard a lot of talk about how YouTubers shouldn't be doing stuff like this and it's all for the money and nothing else. I don't personally buy into stuff like that and think that if other people enjoy it, then there's nothing else to it.

Preach over. Moving on, we have Passenger. I'm not too far into this one, but this is also one of those books that has a very selective audience. I really enjoy period books, and this one is set in 18th century Manhattan and current time. Yes, it's a time travel book. Which can go one of two ways; beautifully executed or horribly, horribly wrong. Time travel is a tricky thing to write, since there really is nothing to compare it to. I will be updating this post when I finish because I feel like I'm going to have so much more to say about this.

UPDATE: 1/26/2017: Man. Where do I start? First of all, there is So. Much. Detail. An absurd amount of detail. The detail in this book is filler, I'm 100% convinced about that. Does it paint a picture? Sure. Is all of that detail necessary? No. Absolutely not. I could have gotten through this book just fine with half the amount of detail. I would have preferred a little more conversation between characters over describing the precise stitching in whatever dress she's wearing. Gah.

The story, however, I thought was well written. I got the feeling that I was reading something similar to Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children when the characters were describing the way the time travel worked. It was incredibly similar. I think the author could have done a little bit better of a job diving into her version of time travel, but it was clear and I followed along just fine. So not a disaster by my standards. All in all, I would suggest this book to you if you like this kind of thing: period pieces, time travel, slight romance, adventure, mystery. It has it all, though prepared to be skimming through some of the detail.

And last, but not least, I'm reading Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory. However, I'm reading this on an app. I've mentioned before that checking books out of your local library is probably the best thing that you can do if you're on a budget and want to read something. But what if you don't end up liking it? Well, then you just return it! No money spent, no money lost. Sometimes it takes longer to get the books if you're waiting for a release, but I'd rather wait for something then spend money on what could be a real bore. You could also save your receipt, but sometimes those have return day limits. 

I don't think I need to mention again how in love I am with the Tudor era. Whoops, just did. Sometimes these kinds of novels can go wrong, the facts get twisted for entertainment purposes, and I end up huffing my way through it. Philippa Gregory is famous for doing just that. Don't even get me started on The Other Boleyn Girl. I decided that I would let it go for this particular novel, because I have to admit I'm incredibly curious about how this will go. It's about Catherine of Aragon, Margaret Tudor and Mary Tudor, Henry VIII's sisters. As of right now, it's in the POV of Margaret, and let me tell you she is one selfish, materialistic brat. If she was actually like this in real life, I would cry out of frustration. But since no one can know for sure, I just have to bite the bullet and see where this goes. 

UPDATE 12/16/16: I couldn't get through this. I stopped about mid-way through. I honestly just don't know if it was her writing, the character of Margaret... I just don't know. Long story short, I solidified my reasoning that I don't like Philippa Gregory's writing style.

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