Monday, October 8, 2012

September Mini-reviews

My goal this year has been to read a book a week for the entire year (52 books total) so far, I've either met or exceeded that goal. Which is good becasue this month wasn't as great as months past. (Having a baby is a good excuse, right?)

But I still made myself read whenever I could get the chance. So even though I've fallen short I'm still on track to read 52 books this year. Anyway, here's what I read --

Goodreads
Witch Song by Amber Argyle. Amber, I'm sorry it took me so long to read your book! I've had it on my kindle for like 50 years (okay maybe just a year, but still.) Let me start by saying I wish I gotten to it a lot sooner. The magic system is inventive and delightful. The character arc is well done, and the love story is to die for. I sometimes have a hard time with old world fantasy, but not if it's done right and this was done beautifully. I'd recommend it to anyone who's interested in age old witch story. Really excellent.






Goodreads
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. Yet another book that I'm late to the party on, but one that shouldn't be missed. Before this, the best book I had read all year was probably Enders Game (which was really, really excellent, by the way). This one tipped the scale to my new favorite of the year. Over and over I was hearing people at writing conferences talk about the cool magic system of this book. Until I read it I wouldn't have believed how awesome it is.

I was little apprehensive when I saw how thick it was (with big pages and fine print) but the writing is so on par I was hoping that the book would last even longer (thank goodness there are three more books in the series!) Seriously, if you haven't had a taste of Brandon Sanderson, don't wait another day. I had a feeling this book was going to surprise me, but it did more than that, it blew me out of the water. I can only hope to become half the author Brandon is. So good!

 
Goodreads
Princess Academy: Palace of Stone. I'm a huge Shannon Hale fan, and Princess Academy was one of the best becasue of (once again) the awesome magic system. I wasn't sure how she was going to keep this story going but she did an excellent job. There wasn't as much of the magic in this book, but solid characters and an edge-of-your seat plot kept it moving forward quite well. If you've read Princess Academy, pick this one up for sure. You won't be let down.








What was your favorite read last month?

23 comments:

Donna K. Weaver said...

I just finished Witch Song a couple of weeks ago, and I really enjoyed. And if you liked Mistborn, just keep reading Sanderson. He's one of my favorite authors. What amazes me is how wonderful his magic systems (yes, plural) are there. And I'm not into really into a lot of fight scenes, but his are freakin' awesome. I think they'd be fabulous to see in a movie.

M.J. Fifield said...

I just finished reading Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys and loved it. It was really terrific.

Tasha Seegmiller said...

I just The Dressmaker and loved it. It takes place on the Titanic and then in America after. Completely recommend if you like Downton.

Tasha Seegmiller said...

I just The Dressmaker and loved it. It takes place on the Titanic and then in America after. Completely recommend if you like Downton.

Tasha Seegmiller said...

I just The Dressmaker and loved it. It takes place on the Titanic and then in America after. Completely recommend if you like Downton.

Tasha Seegmiller said...

I just The Dressmaker and loved it. It takes place on the Titanic and then in America after. Completely recommend if you like Downton.

Tasha Seegmiller said...

I just The Dressmaker and loved it. It takes place on the Titanic and then in America after. Completely recommend if you like Downton.

Tasha Seegmiller said...

I just The Dressmaker and loved it. It takes place on the Titanic and then in America after. Completely recommend if you like Downton.

Tasha Seegmiller said...

I just The Dressmaker and loved it. It takes place on the Titanic and then in America after. Completely recommend if you like Downton.

Summer Ross said...

Witchsong looks interesting. I like the cover.

I read Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. It's steampunk orientated YA with a lot of action and a little love mixed in.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I confess I'm not a big Sanderson fan, although it's been years since I read a book by him.

Cassie Mae said...

I have Witch Song sitting on my Kindle too and I'm like... gah! I need to read that!

prerna pickett said...

all of those sound good. I'll have to add them to my tbr pile!

Kaylee Baldwin said...

I really need to read Mistborn. My brother in law keeps telling me it is so good--even for someone like me (who generally doesn't read fantasy). My favorite read last month was Shadow and Bone.

Jeigh said...

I have Witchsong on my Kindle, too! I'd better read that one next. I've heard a lot about Brandon Sanderson, too, so I'll have to check him out. And I can't wait to read the second Princess Academy! I love all of Shannon Hale's books. Thanks for the recommendations!

Patricia T. said...

I commend you for reading a book a week. I try to, but I don't count and I read lots of picture books a week as I review.

I liked your review of Witch Song as it sounds like something I may enjoy. I like that period.

Right now I'm reading the fourth book "Son" in Lois Lowry's series that started with "The Giver." It was just released. Couldn't put the series down.

Donna Nolan said...

All three of those are on my TBR list so maybe I will have to shift them higher on the list.

My favorite read as of late is the most recent read - The Witch of Blackbird Pond. I don't know how I escaped school without reading this but I totally enjoyed it. And as a bonus it was a quick read - it only took me about 4 hours total.

The Golden Eagle said...

I've never read anything by Brandon Sanderson--definitely plan on getting around to his books, though!

Thanks for the reviews.

Peggy Eddleman said...

I have Witch Song on my phone, but I've been slow reading it-- it's just so much more difficult there! I think I'm a physical book kind of girl. Or at least I'll be until I get a reader that's better than my phone.

And I love Mistborn! One of my favorites of all time. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. And I feel indebted to its author. He'll always be a favorite of mine for many reasons.

I haven't read Palace of Stone yet, but I can't wait to!

Angela Brown said...

I've heard a great deal about Mistborn so that is definitely one I need to read. The other books mentioned sound very good and worth updating my TBR list.

Thanks for mentioning them. :-)

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Morgan said...

BRILLIANT.

With my last baby I didn't write a word while preg... I read the entire time! And I think it's when I learned the most about my writing... I need to read more! :D

Carrie-Anne said...

My favorite read last month was Allan Wolf's The Watch That Ends The Night, a novel in verse about the Titanic. I liked it so much I'm thinking of buying my own copy.