Sunday Stacks Week Eighteen

I read a lot during the first half of November and not so much during the second. When December started I was in a really big reading mood and told myself I wanted to get twenty books read this month but then it took me a week to finish my first book…

Here’s a look at how my last TBR went and what I’m hoping to read this week to get back into the swing of things.

Hearts, Strings, and Other Breakable Things by Jacqueline Firkins was a huge letdown for me. Overall it was incredibly repetitive and I didn’t find any of the characters to be enjoyable. It’s a retelling of Mansfield Park by Jane Austen so maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I was familiar with that story? This just wasn’t the book for me though and though I’m disappointed I’m also okay with it. Read my full review by clicking here.

[Related – Guest Post: From Visual to Verbal – How my Design Career Influences my Writing by Jacqueline Firkins]

Holy shit. Ziggy, Stardust & Me by James Brandon completely blew my mind. I don’t entirely know what I was expecting when I picked this one up but I know it wasn’t the masterpiece I read. This was such an incredible story and I know it will stick with me for a very long time. I also can’t wait to start recommending it at every available opportunity. It contains some really heavy content so please make sure you practice caution while reading it. My full review does include content warnings and you can read it by clicking here.

Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B. Larson was another big disappointment. I’ve read and enjoyed almost all of Larson’s other novels so I was really expecting this to be a fantasy novel I enjoyed. I ended up mostly skimming the last 40% because I just wasn’t interested at all. Click here to read my full review.

[Related – Book Playlist: Sisters of Shadow and Light by Sara B. Larson]

Graphic novels are one of my favorite things to read and I’ve been incredibly fortunate to receive several in the mail to review lately! A huge thank you to Random House Children’s Books’ new imprint, RH Graphic, for sending Witchlight by Jessi Zabarsky, Bug Boys by Laura Knetzger, and The Runaway Princess by Johan Troianowski! These are part of their debut list and I cannot wait to read them. Also a huge thank you to The Novl for sending The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg which looks completely badass.

[Related – Ten of My Favorite Graphic Novels]

Wednesday Books has very quickly become one of my favorite publishers. So many of the books I’ve read from this imprint lately have been jam packed full of emotions and feelings and I can’t get enough. Jane Anonymous by Laurie Faria Stolarz seems like it’s going to fit in with this description perfectly and I couldn’t be more excited to read it!

I am absolutely terrified of tornadoes, which is ridiculous since I live in Tornado Alley, but I’m drawn to stories that feature them. We Speak in Storms by Natalie Lund is a debut I was instantly drawn to because of the cover and then once I read the synopsis I was hooked. Tornadoes and ghosts? Yes, please! I meant to read this soon after it released in September but does anybody really ever read books when they mean to?

[Related – Eight Things You Need to Pack Ahead of a Tornado]

Since I went through a little reading slump at the beginning of the month I have a lot of catching up to do which means I’m also hoping to read The Athena Protocol by Shamim Sarif this week. I don’t enjoy reading mysteries or thrillers all the time but this is one that caught my eye and I’m looking forward to it. Off the top of my head I can’t think of any other spy novels I’ve read before so this could very well be a first for me.

What are you hoping to read this week? Let me know in the comments!

4 thoughts on “Sunday Stacks Week Eighteen”

  1. Oh no… hopefully it’s not a slump, and if it is, here’s to hoping you’ll find something that will kick that slump across the universe as soon as possible. I haven’t been reading anything lately, as I’ve turned into a couch potato and waddled off into watching a bunch of shows and playing mobile games (which are normally boring for me but all of a sudden I want boring and doing mindless tapping for a little while because I’ve burnt into a crisp).


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