I want to read 100 books this year which averages to a little over 8 books a month, which my darling husband was quick to point out. As of this post, I’m behind schedule but I’m not stressing about it. Life happens and I read when I can. Reading has picked up in recent weeks once the weather turned and I could go curl up outside with a book. Baseball has started too which means long evenings of listening to baseball while reading. Life is mighty fine right now. Now on to this months books, and first up the books I started and tried very hard to finish.
Two or three chapters in and I set aside the book forever. There was just far too much swearing that was unnecessary and I’m sorry, but if you can’t express yourself with swearing every other sentence than I don’t have time to read your poorly written drivel.
This book started out with such promise. It had an interesting main character and premise. Unfortunately, the author’s writing style is disjointed and confused. Chapters are choppy and incomprehensible. I couldn’t read more than a 100 pages before I stopped. Oh well, sometimes an interesting premise and characters are not enough to save a book.
Now, on to the books I did finish and enjoyed immensely this month.
A delightful, easy, cozy mystery that will not challenge your brain cells but will make you smile to yourself. I enjoyed an evening’s read immensely. I lost myself in Mudbug, LA and will definitely read more in the series. Not all books need to be overly complicated or intellectual works to be enjoyed.
Another finish this month that I enjoyed. It was a little wordy but I can forgive overly verbose authors when the story still fundamentally makes sense and has a continual plot that doesn’t meander. Emma Fielding is a character with depth and personality that is easily relatable. I will continue to read the other books in the series this year. Emma and baseball games will mix well together as spring becomes summer.
Brilliant entry into the Expanded Universe of Star Wars cannon even though the book hasn’t been well received by all Star Wars lore fiends. I think that in part is due to the absence of light sabers and epic space battles. Instead, the book features a strong woman protagonist who still wields a vibrosword and her journey to save her brother from descent into the dark side. I listened to the book and had no trouble understanding the two stories or how the two stories intertwined. I found Lanoree Brock a compelling character and I sincerely hope there is another novel featuring Lanoree and her brother coming.
Brilliant, amazing novel of the New Republic featuring a married and expecting Han and Leia Solo, Luke Skywalker, Chewie, R2D2, and C3PO. I listened to this one too, let’s be honest Star Wars books with sound effects and a John Williams score will always be more immersive than holding the book and simply reading it. The characters will all know and love from the movies are embroiled in trying to establish the New Republic government, Leia is training to become a Jedi herself, and Luke means Mara Jade for the first time. The book was phenomenal and the first in a trilogy. I will be listening to the remainder of the books. Expanded Universe novels are quickly becoming my favorite listens whenever I garden or walk the dogs.
That’s all for the finished books for February 2014.