Book Ban Check-in #4

All right, so it has been two weeks, and it’s time to chat. First off, I didn’t buy ANY books these past two weeks. Not a single one. The downside? Didn’t read as much as the previous weeks (classes have been mental, so so so crazy). In fact, let’s look at the pathetic number of physical books I read:

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Yeah, only four. I’m a little sad by this as well. If it’s any consolation, I really liked all four books I read? Part of why this number is so low is because I went on a bit of a graphic novel binge at the library and I mostly read those for the last few weeks. If you haven’t read Y: The Last Man and you love Brian K. Vaughn’s other works? Get on that. Such a rewarding and amazing series from start to finish. Also reads some Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi and I am loving where that series is going, and for my exercise routine I finally managed to finish up Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith, which I enjoyed quite a bit and I thought the narrator for the audiobook was pretty fabulous.

Anywho, I made friends with the library. It meant I didn’t do as good a job on the TBR pile. Let’s go through what was read:

Earth & Sky by Megan Crewe – I was a part of the blog tour for this one. Check out my my review!

Batwoman: To Drown the World by by J.H. Williams III, et al. — I LOVE the direction that Batwoman is being taken in. This particular instalment was broken up into various points of view, all on one subject matter and the events leading up to it. Kate Kane seriously doesn’t get enough love and I think she tries so hard to use her best judgement in tough situation. Seriously, I love her, I love her backstory, buuuut… I wanted a bit more from this. I’m looking forward to how the story will advance in volume 3. 4/5 Stars.

The Metro Dogs of Moscow by Rachelle Delaney — LOVED THIS BOOK. Rachelle Delaney has an insane knack for writing animals to BE ANIMALS, yet have a good blend of being animals and having emotions. J.R is such a cutie and it was great to finally read his first adventure (I had read The Circus Dogs of Prague first as part of a blog tour). Also POOR PIE! Poor, poor, Pie. He ran into some heartbreaking troubles in this book. I hope Rachelle writes another book in this series because it’s such a great series for younger readers. 4/5 Stars.

Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn  — My first Sharon Shinn book and for sure it won’t be my last. Admittedly, I wasn’t too sure about this book, but overall I enjoyed it. I think Shinn has some beautiful prose that borderlines on purple-ish at times.The female characters were absolutely wonderful in this book, but I oddly didn’t find myself connected to any of the men (in fact, they were pretty dull or too full of themselves for my tastes). I thought how the elements were handled were interesting, though I’m a bit bored with fantasy novels were the elements are the defining aspect to either the characters or the world. Still, I think I’ll definitely be checking out more of her books in the future (especially because I’ve heard Mystic and Rider is fabulous). 3.5/5 Stars.

Ebooks Read:

All three were ARCs this time…

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz — You won’t get to read my review of this book for quite sometime, but if you love gritty, realistic fiction, this one shines. Etta has the perfect voice, she’s got enough troubles, and she felt so real. I’m not going to score this one, you’ll just have to wait for then the review appears! But seriously, ADD IT TO YOUR TBR! I want to read all of Hannah Moskowitz’s books now thanks to this one.

Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger — Not spoiling this one either, but check back on October 27th because that is when the review will be going live.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater — It was perfect, perfect, perfect.

Number of books bought on the ban: 9 (None purchased these last two weeks, I blame Word on the Street for me failing!)

Number of (owned) books read on the ban: 26

Well, the book ban officially ends on November 3rd, so I hope to get more of my own books read within that time. Two more weeks doesn’t seem like a lot of time, but I hope I can make a decent sized dent in the pile. I’m going to try for the month of November to keep cutting back the book purchasing, though it may be hard with the Inspire! Book Fair happening in a few weeks (which I will be there!). Keep cheering me on, I hope to keep the pace going, especially because November is going to be a mess and reading time is definitely going to take a big hit thanks to all the tests and assignments coming up. We shall see! Wish me luck.

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