Guyyys Bookpiles is back!
It’s been a while. Its been so long that half the books on my “here is a pile of books I’ve read in the year since my last Bookpiles post” photo are actually books from my last Bookpiles post, I just didn’t remember. Woops.
I promise I’ve read loads in the last year, maybe just not as regularly. I don’t commute anymore which means when I am on a bus or train I find myself enjoying looking out the window, taking things in. I’ve also moved over to reading a lot on my kindle (hello the 99p section) which is not so great for bookpiling. So henceforth this will be a bookpile/list combo.
Some books I’ve really enjoyed since last April are:
| Heir of Fire & Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas – This is quickly becoming a favourite series of mine. As a fan of a good binge, I quietly enjoyed having 2 of these to read back to back. Eagerly awaiting the next in the series (like real eagerly you guys hurry upppp).
| Mirror Sight by Kristen Britain – Again, big fan of this whole series in general but had kind of forgotten about them when I ran out everything published up until the previous book in the series. Then my Mum came to stay last Summer and devoured the lot of them, and sent me this the latest in the series. A slight departure from the rest of the series, it involves a trip into an alternate future and less horses, but its pretty good.
| Dune by Frank Herbert – So Dune is one of my all time favourite movies, and I thought I should give the book a try. I made it 3/4 of the way through, and I’m chalking that up as a win. Its tough.
| Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – Yeah this book was real predictable but I still couldn’t put it down because I live for YA trash guys, I live for it.
| Winter by Marissa Meyer – Longtime Bookpile fans (HA! I just mean you Lipsy) will have noticed that I just read the same series of books until they run out or I die alone in an asylum, but whatever. This series is one of my faves, and I loved this the last in the series a bunch. A++ will probably read again.
| A Touch of Power by Maria Snyder – This book kept coming up on the 99p list on Kindle and looked like a bunch of other books I’ve read so I gave it a shot. It was ok, easy to read and entertaining enough. I vaguely remember the guy in it being HOT. Has this author written more books I’ve read/should read? Her name is familiar.
| The Jewel by Amy Ewing – OH GOD you guys this book was so AWFUL I loved it and just handslapped my forehead because why haven’t I read the rest of this series yet. Utter, utter YA trash of the highest calibre. A bit like The Hunger Games crossed with The Selection. I think I read this in like 2 days. Winner.
I tried to enjoy The Goldfinch – I really tried! – but it was awful and not in a good way. Sorry, everyone in the world because I seem to be the only person who did not enjoy this book. Everyone in it was awful.
Non-fiction was a bit few and far between I guess, I really enjoyed Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty and Yes Please by Amy Poehler was great once I got into it. I took some life lessons away from both.
I’m real bad at writing book reviews guys, but all you need to know is if something was good or bad right? Lets continue.
An actual pile from one month!
| Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill – The only book I’ve ever read that was worse than this was that book UGLIES which I didn’t even finish. Utter trash – I read it until the end though because IT FELT LIKE IT MIGHT GET BETTER? No. The premise was good but the writing was gash. Oh god so awful.
| Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter – I’m going to hold my hand up and admit I bought this because I saw it on Instagram and it looked pretty. There I said it. I read it in one night and it was good. A really nice treatise on grief and death and loss. And crows. Hold up while I post it on my instagram real quick. (bonus points for being a book for adults!)
| Of Scars and Stardust by Andrea Hannah – Sorry L I know you loved this book, I made it about 5 chapters in before it went on the give back to Lipsy pile. It felt like something someone wrote in high school. The whole wolves being drawn to the smell of cherry vodka… what? Just no.
| The Merciless by Danielle Vega – this book was weird man. It started POORLY like real bad, but then quickly felt like reading an episode of Buffy, then got REAL DARK then suddenly ended. Idk. 3 stars.
| The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness – Famously I love the Ness. But for some reason this book took me forever to read. I started it in September whilst in America, got distracted by some Vampire Academy books (whatever I was on holiday) and kept picking it up and putting it down again for months – then suddenly a couple of weeks ago I couldn’t put it down. Strange. Anyway its good go buy it.
| The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – I actually really enjoyed this book (and not just because it has pretty chapter heading pages which are A++ btw good work design team) – it reminded me a lot of The Host (probably not accidental). Also the boyfriend enjoyed the film recently on a plane, which is bizarre.
I’ave also been trying to read The Luminaries for about 3 months but its like pulling teeth and I don’t even know where my copy went so I think its safe to say that isn’t happening.
In the meantime, what have you been reading? I have so many on my to read pile – but a girl can always use a few more right?