Wrap-Up: August

Tess of the Road (Tess of the Road, #1)Seraphina (Seraphina, #1)Shadow Scale (Seraphina, #2)

Wishful DrinkingWolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf, #1)The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)

Tin ManNice Try, Jane Sinner

Novels: 7
Novellas: 0
Graphic novels: 0
Non-fiction: 1
Total: 8
Page count: 3 013

3 Favourite Covers:

  • Tess of the Road
  • Seraphina
  • Wolf by Wolf

3 Favourite Books:

  • Nice Try, Jane Sinner
  • Tin Man
  • Wolf by Wolf

3 Favourite Characters :

  • Jane Sinner (Nice Try, Jane Sinner)
  • Yael (Wolf by Wolf)
  • Tess (Tess of the Road)

3 Favourite Relationships (Romantic):

  • Jane & Robbie (Nice Try, Jane Sinner)
  • Ellis & Michael (Tin Man)
  • Seraphina & Lucian (Seraphina)

3 Favourite Relationships (Platonic):

  • Jane & Carol (Nice Try, Jane Sinner)
  • Ellis, Michael & Annie (Tin Man)
  • Seraphina & Orma (Seraphina)
To Be Brief…

Tess of the Road (Tess of the Road #1): I had a really hard time getting into this one and considered DNF-ing it several times (like I originally did with Seraphina a few years ago). I pushed through, though, and as per usual, I actually ended up enjoying it quite a lot. Tess was a really interesting and flawed character, and though the book was on the slow side, I think it matched the tone and feeling of the story. If journey books that focus more on character development than plot aren’t your cup of tea, then maybe sit this one out, but otherwise I’d say go for it. I should probably warn you that it’s quite dark, though, and deals with some heavy topics like rape and alcoholism. 4/5 stars

“I’m just walking the road, looking for reasons to keep walking.”

Seraphina & Shadow Scale (Seraphina #1-2): When I first decided to put down Seraphina in 2013, I didn’t expect to ever pick it back up again, but I must admit that after reading Tess of the Road, I was a bit curious. So yes, it took me five years, but I finally got to the end of Seraphina, and while I was at it I thought I might as well read Shadow Scale as well. I enjoyed both more than I expected, though Shadow Scale slightly less than Seraphina. I found it a bit uninteresting and unnecessarily long at times, and if I hadn’t listened to the audiobook, it would probably have taken me a lot longer to finish it. Overall an okay and pretty enjoyable duology, but in my opinion nothing mind-blowing. 3/5 & 2.75/5 stars

“For future reference: do not underestimate the seductive power of math.”

Wishful Drinking: Carrie Fisher was a funny and interesting lady, and I recommend this if you want to know a bit more about her life. You should definitely listen to the audiobook, though, since it’s narrated by Fisher herself. 4/5 stars

“I feel I’m very sane about how crazy I am.”

Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf #1): This is a book with a very strong and interesting premise (in my opinion at least). I mean, a girl driven by vengeance competing in a motorcycle race in order to get close to and kill Hitler? Sign me up! Luckily, it lived up to my expectations and I enjoyed it a lot. It actually had a more serious tone than I anticipated, though I’m not sure why I thought a book taking place in nazi Germany wouldn’t have some darkness to it. Overall a well-written and cool story, and I hope to get to the sequel soon. 4.25/5 stars

“She was going to cross the world and change it. Or die trying.”

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #1)This one has been on my TBR list for years and years, and I’m very happy I’ve finally gotten around to it. It was as funny as expected, and Stephen Fry did a great job with narrating the audiobook (as always). 4/5 stars

“For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.”

Tin ManA short and beautifully written book about loss (a LOT of loss), but also love, friendship, and recovery. It’s definitely quite a bittersweet story with an overhanging feeling of melancholia and nostalgia, and I think you have to be in the right mood when you pick it up (which I was). The writing style, which I would describe as sort of poetic and quiet, perhaps isn’t for everyone, but I really liked it. It wasn’t super descriptive, yet full of feeling. Sometimes I had to concentrate a bit to follow the dialogue, but that wasn’t a huge issue, and I could definitely see myself reading more of Winman’s work in the future. 4.25/5 stars

“Men and boys should be capable of beautiful things.”

Nice Try, Jane SinnerI was pleasantly surprised by this journal-style contemporary about a girl participating in a student run reality show. I loved Jane Sinner and her sense of humour (sarcastic, witty and darkish), and found the reality show aspect of the story way more interesting and entertaining than I expected. This book is not all shits and giggles, however, but also deals with heavy topics like depression and suicide (which I think was very well portrayed). I highly recommend this one. 4.25/5 stars

“Unfortunately, chivalry gets you nowhere in reality television.”

 

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