TBR Jar Draw October 2017 Part Two

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After finishing my TBR Jar Draw for October in record time I decided to make a new draw from the jar. I am very pleased with having read my last book for the TBR Jar Draw and having an opportunity to maybe even read two books for this challenge in one month!

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A book for October TBR Jar Draw was a kindle freebie The Frog Prince by Elle Lothlorien.  I do believe that the digital format helped with faster reading since I’ve lately been reading a bit more digital books. I’ve made a short review and you can read my thoughts on this book HERE.

The two draws I have not read are going back in the jar:

# Belladonna (Ephemera #2) by Anne Bishop

# The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu

My three new TBR Jar draws are as follows:

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1 # Wait Till Your Vampire Gets Home (Broken Heart #4) by Michele Bardsley

This book was one of the presents my boyfriend brought back for me from his business trip in Nairobi, Kenya. I’ve never read anything from this author before and haven’t even heard of this book series. The title was an inside joke of ours since he was a really pale Caucasian man in the heart of Africa. While I was looking at the book on my bookshelf I realized it is still wrapped in foil cover from the store. I consider this book as a very dear present with meaning and haven’t really put it at the top of my reading list at the moment.

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2 # Rosemary and Rue (October Daye #1) by Seanan McGuire

This is the second time I’ve pulled this book out from the jar. The first time I pulled it out was earlier this year in May. What makes me hesitant on reading this book is the fact that it is the first book of the series of which I own only the first book. It is an excuse I use that in case I like the book I would have to go and order the next books from the series and then I would have to wait for them to arrive and then that would be buying new books instead of reading those I already own….excuses…excuses…

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3 # Half a King (Shattered Sea, #1)  by Joe Abercrombie

This is another first book of the series I have not started reading. I remember my boyfriend enjoying reading it a great deal. I own a hardcover copy of a very beautiful British edition. In fact I like the cover and binding so much I’ve decided to get the whole trilogy and make a shelfporn set I could enjoy looking at! As for why I haven’t read it until now it goes the same excuse as for the previous book. I actually expect to like the book quite a bit and funding for the purchase other two books in the trilogy in the exact beautiful hardcover edition is not something I can afford right now…

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I am kinda leaning toward the Half a King book even with all the excuses I mentioned above. I will make my choice as soon as I finish with the digital books reading streak I am currently on.

The Frog Prince – Book Review

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Finished reading

The Frog Prince

by Elle Lothlorien

★★

Expectation

I had high hopes few years back when I first found out about this Kindle freebie from some friends at Shelfari (still miss Shelfari). It is one of the first Kindle freebies that I downloaded in general. For some reason I thought this story as a part of a magical fantastical universe since the author did some other fairy tale retelling like Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. Pulling this title for my October TBR Jar Draw was a surprise as well since I thought all my TBR Jar Draw titles were physical  copies only.

Summary

The initial surprise effect got me into reading. First half of the book I felt like I was missing something. I kept waiting for some fantastic element to lift up the book as a whole. I found much of this book to be chaotic. The main character was highly unusual in its quirky composition. Character as a whole seemed forced in the cliche of many seen before funny traits. the problem was that there were so many quirky things that it was hard to keep up with them all. For this reason the character seemed off and I as a reader had problems with connecting with her.

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What kept me giving this book more chances was the expectation of the fairy tale elements. When reading fantastic literature I try to keep an open mind and figure out the authors ideas and world building in general. The fantastic elements never came though. The story introduced a royal family Habsburg Lorraine heir and the most fantastic thing that happened is Austrians voting back their monarchy to something like that of Great Britain.

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Conclusion

While the first half of the book was chaotic the second seemed a bit more composed although this might be due to the plot and character familiarity. There were so many missed opportunities for this book to be amazing and informative. I even held back at “curtain down” love scenes. The more I think about it the more I’m inclined to lover the rating even further just for all the unused potential in the story.

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Monthly reading review – October 2015

 

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Monthly reading review – October 2015

This October I have read:

The Circle by Dave Eggers ★★★
Pines (Wayward Pines book 1) by Blake Crouch ★★★★
One Weird Trick (Sex Criminals vol 1) by Matt Fraction, Chip Zdrasky ★★★
Opal (Lux book 3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout ★★
String Theory (Wayward volume 1) by Jim Zub, Steve Cummings ★★★★
Rival (Fall Away book 3) by Penelope Douglas ★★★★
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami ★★★
Falling Away (Fall Away book 4) by Penelope Douglas ★★★★

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1. How many books you’ve read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?

This October I have ready 8 books and since I try to keep my reading around ten books a month this was a bit less than what I wanted to do. It is no defense that I played a lot of online video games this October and that cut into my reading time a bit too.

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2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in October? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

There are more books that made my reading this October. Two very good graphic novels I both made the reviews for (One Weird Trick (Sex Criminals vol 1) and String Theory (Wayward volume 1) ) and as a surprise of the month was Wayward Pines novel that made me watch the whole first season of the TV show too. I must say that the TV show was comparatively mild to the book and I’m still under the impression of the book.

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3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

I’m still trying to figure out what to do about the let down book of the October which was Opal (Lux book 3). I’m not dealing well with the fact that I had my mind set on reading and buying the series for my shelf. First thought that came to mind was to get rid of them by giving them away and not fall into temptation to buy the next books in the series. I’m still spinning in circles about it and have issues on giving it up.

4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

Both books for RL book club were done in their due time and I also had a free pass with one book I read not so long ago and just had to brush up on it – Name of the Rose by Umberto Ecco . And reading picks of the moment were exceptionally good this October. 

5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

It was good to get back to not one but two series I have on TBR list for a while. I keep fighting off temptations on starting any new book series so I started two new graphic novel series instead. I also need to keep in mind that my shelves are filled with book series I love and still need to get up to date!

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6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

I’d like to recommend Circle by Dave Eggers as a thought inspiring reading in this age of social networking. It is highly underrated book and I’m sorry I haven’t made a proper review on it. The rest of the recommendations you can see trough book reviews I did in October 🙂

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