My first reading wrap-up of the blog! I didn’t read as much as I wanted to this month because I explored new bookish things, but I did get some really good books in! I read a total of 4 books this month and was pretty pleased with them.
In chronological order I read:
1. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Actual rating is 3.75 stars. I read this after not liking The Mistborn Trilogy as much as the hype surrounding it made me believe I would. I actually liked this a lot more than Mistborn probably because the premise had me more interested. I am all for deities and mysterious cities! With the being said, you can definitely tell that Elantris is Sanderson’s first novel. The characters are one dimensional. Sarene is the outspoken princess who doesn’t know she’s beautiful and who is “different from any other girl” the prince has met. And Raoden is the charismatic, good prince that all the people love. Going along with the characters, sometimes it felt like whatever the characters thought and talked about conveniently turned out to be right without any real reason. But even with all that, ah man, I was hooked! It was like a fantasy lover’s guilty pleasure.
2. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Actual Rating 4.5 stars. This is my favorite Sanderson novel so far! The world is colorful, the characters are more complex and often times hilarious, and the magic system is so interesting! The one character I will mention is Lightsong who caused a lot of late night giggle fests. In Warbreaker, if you die heroically you become a god. Lightsong becomes a god, but he doesn’t believe in gods! As a result there is a whole lot of funny, nonsensical gibberish and a whole lot of not believing in oneself. The only reason I am hesitant to give this novel 5 stars is because though I am now definitely a fan of Sanderson’s work, I still can’t get over his hand holding. He tends to describe something and then tell you what it means. I can see this being helpful for someone who isn’t used to reading, but this takes me out of the novel too much.
4. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
I absolutely loved this and cried my eyes out over it! It is a retelling of The Illiad from the eyes of Patroclus. You can find my full review here.
4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
This is one of those books that I’m proud to have read but will probably not read again anytime soon. I found the Bennet’s comical and endearing and Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy’s interactions pretty addicting to read. I appreciate Jane Austen’s study of the human psyche and often found myself thinking how interesting it was that people still feel the way these characters do today. I also understand that Jane Austen wrote what she knew and her people went to parties and gossiped and sat around and entertained themselves. But I found this so boring! It took me about half the novel to get into it. I’m pretty sure I’d like other works by Jane Austen, but this was not my favorite read.
There you have it!
Have you read any of these? Do you agree or disagree with any of my mini reviews? Let me know!