Thursday, October 2, 2014

JoLee's Third Quarter Review

Today I'm thrilled to be linking up with Everyday Reading, one of my very favorite blogs. Janssen writes about her family, style, food, and of course books. She is living abroad in London for the next three months, so there are lots of fun travel posts right now too.

This quarter I read 35 books. 10 of which were audio books. Some you have already seen on this blog. Some are slotted for upcoming posts, and some you may never see on the blog again.
  • Dissonance by Erika O'Rourke 
  • I kind of have a thing for parallel reality books right now. This is a fun one.
  • The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt (featured here)
  • I have loved all of Lindsey Leavitt's books, but this is my favorite.
  • The Vanishing Season by Jodi Anderson Lynn (featured here)
    It's not really a ghost story. It's not really a mystery. It's about three friends who just happen to be living with looming danger.
  • The One by Kiera Cass (audio)
  • America kind of drove me crazy by the end of the series.  
  • The Winter People (featured here)
  • A ghostly story that could be fun for Halloween or winter. 
  • A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz (audio)
  • Not my favorite book club pick. 
  • The Lost Sun by Tessa Gratton (audio) (featured here)
  • I loved this one with an unreasonable fervor. 
  • The Fire Wish by Amber Lough (featured here)
  • Genies, princesses, and swapped identities. 
  • Unknown by Melissa Pearl (featured here)
  • A fantasy that kind of dragged. 
  • Half a King by Joe Abercrombie (featured here)
  • A fantasy that completely won me over. 
  • One Past Midnight by Jessica Shirvington
  • Another parallel reality book. 
  •  Tiger's Curse by Collenn Houck (audio) (featured here)
  • All of my friends have read this series, but I don't think I'll pick up the next book. 
  • My Real Children by Jo Walton
  • A third parallel reality book. Look for a reading on a theme featuring parallel realities next month. 
  • The Strange Maid by Tessa Gratton (audio)
  • I didn't love the sequel to The Lost Sun with the same burning passion, but it's still a great series. 
  • The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
  • This is a fantasy-lover's dream. It's a great series for people who miss Harry Potter. 
  • One Plus One by Jojo Moyes (featured here)
  • My second Jojo Moyes book. I liked it better than The Girl You Left Behind. 
  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • It started off a little rocky, but I loved Lara Jean by the end. 
  • The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal (audio)
  • I listened to the audio book and was so delighted to find it has the same narrator as Seraphina. 
  • The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas (featured here)
  • Fabulous sequel to The Burning Sky. I can't wait for the next. 
  • Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (featured here)
  • This heady romance made me stay up way too late. 
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams
  • Another book club book. I loved it when I was a kid and enjoyed the nostalgia as an adult.
  • Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld (featured here)
  • I don't think it's the tour de force that many seem to, but it's definitely something special. 
  • The Jewel by Amy Ewing (featured here)
  • The Handmaid's Tale for young adults. 
  • Falling into Place by Amy Zhang (featured here)
  • If you can handle the depressing subject and self-destructive teens, it's well written,
  • Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes (featured here)
  • I couldn't finish this one.
  • City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Foster (audio)
  • The Asian-inspired setting is really interesting. And the mystery/ fantasy hybrid reminds me of Terrier by Tamora Pierce.
  • Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White (featured here)
  • This book seemed to get a lot of ad space, but it's not my favorite historical fantasy. 
  • Pills and Starships by Lydia Millet (audio) (featured here)
  • I was absolutely blown away by this post-apocalyptic novel.
  • Starry Night by Isabel Gillies (featured here)
  • The anti-Isla and the Happily Ever After 
  • The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters (featured here)
  • Suffrage and hypnosis. It's an interesting pairing. 
  • The Art Whisperer by Charlotte Elkins (featured here)
  • A fun mystery featuring an art conservator. 
  • The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The final book club pick on this list. I think Julian Fellows took his inspiration for Carson from this book. 
  • The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg (audio) (featured here)
  • I've never had an author take me into a beating heart before. 
  • Playing with Matches by Suri Rosen
  • A cute tale of a teenage matchmaker. 
  • Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares (audio)
  • On the one hand I read it super fast, and, on the other hand, I am flummoxed that the girls haven't resolved any of these issues in ten years time. 


  1. I'm glad to find someone else who has read the Selection series. America kind of drove me crazy also, but I couldn't stop reading the series. Did you hear that they're coming out with two more books now?

    Thanks for linking up with me and Janssen!


    1. I think listening to The One may have been my down fall. I found the narrator to be really over the top, and that colored my reception of the book. However, I am excited that Kiera Cass is writing two more books because the unrest is far from settled.

  2. I need to read Isla and the Happily Ever After - I've read and enjoyed her other two books, but keep forgetting about this one.


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