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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m (probably) Reading This Summer

This is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.

Oh look, another TBR I won’t be sticking to 😛 Ok, I’ve actually been a bit better about sticking to TBRs this year, but I’m still not great at it, so I might honestly only read like 3 of these. Or I might read them all, who knows.

Several of these are on my TBR because they’re ARCs I need to read and review soon, and a few are books I already have checked out from the library and hope to get through. The rest are from my own shelves, and I want to read them, but we’ll see how things go.


I have an eARC of Wilder Girls by Rory Power that I actually meant to read this month, but it was a busy, kind of crappy and stressful month. I am hoping to start it (finally) this week, though, and have the review up next week.

Wilder Girls

I have an eARC of Wilder Girls by Rory Power that I actually meant to read this month (because it comes out on July 9th), but it was a busy, kind of crappy and stressful month. I am hoping to start it (finally) this week, though, and have the review up next week.

Gods of Jade and Shadow

Another eARC I desperately need (and want) to get to ASAP is Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. This one was originally scheduled to come out in August, but now it’s coming out July 23rd.

House of Salt and Sorrows

One of my most anticipated books this year is House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig, which I also have an eARC to read. This one comes out August 6th.

The Black Tides of Heaven (Tensorate, #1)

I’ve been wanting to read JY Yang’s The Black Tides of Heaven for so long, and I might still squeeze it in this month, but I’m not holding my breath :/ Sooooon!

The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch, #1)

Why yes, I am putting Rin Chupeco’s The Bone Witch on my TBR for the millionth time 😑 It’s literally sitting beside me right now, and I checked out the audiobook. This. Is. HAPPENING. Probably.

Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die, #3)

I just got Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige (the third book in the Dorothy Must Die series), as well as The End of Oz, so I’ll hopefully get through the rest of this series pretty soon.

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen was (I think) on my June TBR, but I still haven’t started it :/ Maybe later this week, but I doubt it. I’m determined to read my second Austen novel ASAP, though.

How We Disappeared

I thought How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee was on my June TBR (I won an ARC in a Goodreads giveaway, but didn’t get it until after it released), but apparently I left it off. It is on my summer TBR, though.

And I Darken (The Conqueror's Saga, #1)

I’m hoping to get to And I Darken by Kiersten White before my loan ends (this is the second or third time I’ve checked it out). I’ve heard mixed things about this one, but I’m intrigued.

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

I found a new, signed copy of Felicia Day’s You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) for like $4 a year or two ago, and I still haven’t read it. I’m kinda feeling some lighter non-fiction, so I’ll probably pick this up soon-ish.


Do you make TBRs? If so, do you manage to stick to them?

What are some books on your summer TBR?

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Book Review: The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Genres/Descriptors: thriller; mystery

Publication: February 5th, 2019

Pages: 323

Trigger/Content Warnings: mental illness; violence; infidelity; suicide mentions; stalking

Check it out on Goodreads


What’s it about?

Alicia Berenson seems to have been living a charmed life. She’s a famous painter living in a coveted part of London with Gabriel, her popular fashion photographer husband. But one night, Gabriel gets home late from a shoot and Alicia shoots him five times. After that, she does not speak a single word again.

With her ongoing silence, even to declare her innocence or defend herself during the trial, the public imagination runs wild with the mystery of it all. Alicia ends up in a secure mental facility, and her silence continues.

Theo Faber–a psychotherapist–has followed Alicia’s story from the beginning, and jumps at the opportunity to treat her when a job opens up at the facility Alicia is being held. He really thinks he’ll be the one to get her to speak again and find finally solve the mystery of why she killed her husband. But if Alicia does speak again, he might not like what she has to say.


Review:

I can’t remember exactly how this landed on my radar (probably someone’s list of most anticipated releases), but I was kind of intrigued. It didn’t officially make it to my TBR until I saw G (BookRoast on YouTube) talking about it, and I got on the wait list on Over Drive immediately.

I finally got it a couple of weeks ago (I checked out the audiobook), and omg, yes! This is what I wanted from a thriller, and I flew through it. I think I only paused the audiobook once to grind some coffee, because I had to know what was going to happen next. I wasn’t quite on the edge of my seat, but pretty close. The pacing was fantastic, not too slow or rushed, and I really enjoyed Michaelides’s writing style.

Throughout this book, I couldn’t decide if I thought Theo was hella creepy, or just passionate about what he does. In the end, I think I settled on thinking both. He’s self-described as being fucked up (I think that exact wording was used, but I’m not sure now), and he’s kind of obsessed with Alicia, what happened the night she killed her husband, and why she won’t speak. As we’re pulled along the many twists and turns of this story, we start to get an idea of what Alicia’s life was like leading up to the murder, as well as Theo’s own history, and similarities between them start to show up. Slowly, you can start to see that Theo might have more reasons for wanting to become Alicia’s therapist, beyond professional curiosity, or tackling an exciting challenge.

I was fascinated by Alicia’s story, and I really wanted to know what the heck happened. I’m also still kicking myself because I haven’t read Alcestis, which I think would have added a little extra enjoyment. (It’s not necessary to even be familiar with the tragedy, as it’s summarized and discussed in this story. It’s just on my TBR and I wish I’d already read it.) The play is referenced quite a few times, and I love the ways it was incorporated throughout the story.

I did not see the end coming until right as things started coming together, and I couldn’t be happier about that. It’s always so nice when a thriller or mystery actually manages to shock me, instead of me spending the majority of the book knowing how it’s going to end. I still keep replaying bits of it in my head and just being amazed.

Basically, this was perfect for me. The pace was fast but not too fast, the writing was very enjoyable, I loved the twists and turns, how art and more was incorporated, and the last 50-ish pages were fantastic. I was honestly just sitting and barely breathing as the ending drew closer, and I probably had my mouth hanging open at least a few times. It was great, and I’m excited to see what else Michaelides comes out with in the future.

I gave it 4.5 or 4.75 out of 5 stars

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

This is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.


Okay, a disclaimer before we get into this: Nothing will appeal to everyone, and my opinions are not an attack on anyone who thinks differently.

Honestly, I’ve been nervous about this topic, not only because it’s a scary thing to talk about, but also because I was having such a hard time making it. I honestly don’t know what is or isn’t unpopular opinion right now :/

Anyway… In no particular order, as usual…


I have no interest in A Song of Ice and Fire or watching Game of Thrones

I read the first book, I didn’t like it. I cared about exactly two characters, and felt indifference to dislike about everyone else. (Bonus unpopular opinion, which led to me getting my first ever hate mail on a different site a few years ago: I really disliked Sansa. I know. She was very young, and character development surely happens later. But in that book, she irritated me.)

YA is not a genre

This seems to be a kind of hot button issue, but whatever. I just can’t consider classifications based on age range to be a genre. But I honestly don’t care enough even think about it, usually. If you think it’s a genre, cool.

A book with a young protagonist is not automatically a YA book

Oh. My. GODS. This one actually infuriates me and I could (and have) ranted about it for hours.

Deckled edges aren’t that bad

I totally understand the issues people have with them, and sometimes they frustrate me. Overall, though, I don’t mind them. (I wouldn’t want all my books to have deckled edges, however.)

You can do whatever you want with your own books

You own it? Dog ear it, scribble in it, cut it up for art, run over it with your car after it hurts you or pisses you off, whatever. Just don’t, like, throw it in the ocean or something. Littering isn’t cool.

Ebooks and audiobooks are just as valid as physical books

Ooh this is another one I could rant for a long time about. It always enrages me to come across someone saying that any format that isn’t a physical, paper book isn’t really reading. It’s so ableist, first of all, and there are countless other reasons it’s kind of a shitty thing to say. (Preferring physical books is cool. But saying someone’s choice of format isn’t actually reading is just wrong.)

Wuthering Heights was terrible

I think I’ve only found one other person who loathed this book as much as I did, and everyone else either loved it or felt indifferent about it. Someone even told me that I should have read it when I was in middle or high school so that I could better appreciate the romantic nature of it 😑

DNF-ing and/or unhauling books is great

I used to never do either, but wow do I feel so much better and enjoy reading more since I started doing both.

I liked Snape

No, not like that. Snape was, unquestionably, an atrocious person. But I still loved his character because I thought he was interesting. You can enjoy a thing (or character or whatever) in fiction without thinking it’s a good thing. I really like characters that are written reasonably well, but are bad people. And I like villains. Snape was kind of sort of a mix of all that.

I actually kind of liked how Allegiant ended

I was expecting something out of the blue that was total BS based on the ratings I saw for this one, but I thought it was fine. I was satisfied with how things ended, I just thought the second and third books were both longer than necessary :/


I don’t have many strong opinions that are (or at least were) unpopular. Most of these were just the product of me wracking my brain for three weeks and grasping at whatever I found that seemed unpopular 😛


Do you have any unpopular bookish opinions?

Do you agree or disagree with any of mine?

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Silver in the Wood: ARC Review

Silver in the Wood

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

Genres/Descriptors: fantasy>folklore; LGBTQ+; novella

Publication: June 18th, 2019

Pages: 112

Check it out on Goodreads

Preorder it from: Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Indie Bound | Book Depository



What’s it about?

There is a Wild Man who lives in the deep quiet of Greenhollow, and he listens to the wood. Tobias, tethered to the forest, does not dwell on his past life, but he lives a perfectly unremarkable existence with his cottage, his cat, and his dryads.

When Greenhollow Hall acquires a handsome, intensely curious new owner in Henry Silver, everything changes. Old secrets better left buried are dug up, and Tobias is forced to reckon with his troubled past—both the green magic of the woods, and the dark things that rest in its heart.


Review:

YOU GUYS. I am in folkloric fiction heaven, and I’ve been internally squealing about this book since before I was even approved for an eARC on NetGalley. I think Tor.com is probably my favorite publishing company, and I honestly can’t remember the last time I heard about one of their upcoming books and didn’t immediately add it to my TBR. So, I was really excited (like literally dancing and screaming through the house in celebration kind of excited) when I got the e-mail saying I’d been approved for this one. Anyway…

If I had to sum up my thoughts about this book in one sentence, I would say: I was already pulling it up on Amazon to see about preordering around page 20.

I think this story is very loosely based around the Green Man, but I’m not completely sure about that. There’s definitely a smattering of the Wild Hunt and some faerie stuff, too. It’s not all light and fluffy, sanitized for children kinds of stuff, though. There’s something dark waking up again in Greenhollow.

Tobias isn’t an ordinary man, and he’s kind of part of Greenhollow forest. (If you liked Cabeswater and Adam from The Raven Cycle, you might be into this.) He’s friends with, or at least acquainted with, dryads, and he helps keep the village safe when necessary, but no one from the village really knows him. That is, until Henry Silver moves into Greenhollow Hall, finds Tobias’s cottage, and returns multiple times throughout the story.

This book is so freaking beautiful and magical, without being too heavy on the fantasy. It’s a quiet, slow kind of magic, like a really old forest. Even when you don’t see the magic happening, you know it’s there. It’s very much like a classic story from folklore, or even a fairy tale, and I savored every enchanting second of it. It was just so good, oh my gods.

The story is more character driven, which I really enjoyed, but it was done in a way that didn’t shove all the cool magical bits off to the side. They’re there, always, so you don’t forget them, like a heart quietly beating life into the story.

Speaking of the characters, while this is a novella, and I almost wish the story was longer, I think we got a good idea of what each of the characters are like, even the ones with less page time. I loved Tobias and Henry (and the cat, and Bramble), but Henry’s mother was also a great character and I liked her a lot.

The romance was adorable and slow in developing, and I loved seeing the two together. There were a few lines exchanged between them that made me kind of chuckle, and I just wanted there to be a happy ending for them.

I did anticipate the ending, but there was a moment when I wasn’t sure it was going to go the way I suspected. It did, and I thought it was fantastic.

Honestly, I finished this and immediately wanted a physical copy in my hands so I could go back and re-read certain parts (or the whole thing). I am absolutely in love with this book, it’s a strong contender for my favorite 2019 release.

I gave it 5 out of 5 stars, and I highly recommend it!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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Summer Bookish Bingo Sign Up + Book Picks

These seasonal bingo rounds are hosted by Bekka, who is now blogging over at Lock & Rose. I personally think these bingo cards are loads of fun, and they really get me to think about what books I still own but haven’t read, and maybe some that I’ve forgotten about. (Plus, sometimes I end up discovering books while browsing for one that will fit a particular prompt.)

I am so late in posting this that I’ve already crossed off like 5 haha, but I was trying to figure out a couple of books that would work for this card that are also kinda high on my TBR already.


The summer card (links to the announcement post on Lock & Rose):

The cards are always so gorgeous ❤ I also really like how there’s usually a mix of sort of common reading challenge prompts (like fave author, page to screen, or covers that are a certain color) and some I don’t really see often (like sunshine on cover, strong parent bonds, etc.)

On to the (possible) TBR:

  • Pink Cover: Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao (which I finished a couple days ago and should have a review up for in a few days)
  • Graphic Novel: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs & Cassandra Jean
  • Strong Parent Bonds: I’m thinking of reading Emma by Jane Austen, but I don’t know if it counts. This is one I’m really unsure about what I’ll end up reading for it.
  • Speculative Fiction: The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang
  • Cover Change: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
  • Animal in the Title: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
  • Romance: Probably something by Tessa Dare or Alyssa Cole
  • Fave Author: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco or something by Victoria (V.E.) Schwab
  • Beach or Island: This is the one I had the hardest time thinking of, and I feel like an idiot because I literally have no less than 4 books on my shelves that will work. I’m leaning towards Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton.
  • Food on Cover: Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole (which I’ve already finished)
  • Re-Read: The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum
  • Orange Cover: White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • Illustrated Cover: All the Feels by Danika Stone
  • Bookish Themes: The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
  • LGBT: Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole (which I’ve also already finished)
  • WOC Author: How We Disappeared by Jing-Jing Lee
  • Blue Cover: A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole (this was my first read of June. Can you tell I really love Alyssa Cole’s books? 😛 )
  • Man vs Nature: I’m thinking Wilder Girls by Rory Power might work for this one, but we’ll see. I have an eARC and plan to start it later this month.
  • Page to Screen: Who even knows. I’m leaning toward Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen, but I’m really struggling to find many books that have been/are being adapted that I haven’t read and actually care about :/
  • Series Finale: Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel
  • 2019 Debut: Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh (which I read yesterday and hope to have a review up for it tomorrow)
  • Historical: Rogue Most Wanted by Janna MacGregor
  • Sunshine on Cover: The Governess Game by Tessa Dare
  • White Cover: The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

Are you participating in Bookish Bingo this summer?

How about other reading challenges?