Checked Out: Week 6

morris unbrokenI got back to reading in bed this week, something I had gotten away from probably for the past year or so, and I had forgotten how good it felt to prop my pillow up, shut out the rest of the world, and read. I also rediscovered the joy of heading to goodreads and checking out what a lot of my friends are reading. Lord knows I’ve got a lot of books in the queue anyway, but it’s still good to get a glimpse of what I might want to read in the future.

This was also the week of Reave, the debut novel by C. Miller. I finally got to it in my list, and I’m glad I did. I finished it during the course of this week, and you can read my review of it on goodreads. It’s always great to get into a new author, and for me this one was also special because I’m a huge fan of C. Miller’s blog, and we’ve become good friends as well. It was definitely my honor to get a copy of Reave for my birthday gift. Now I look forward to reading more books in the series as they are released.

Here is what I’ve Checked Out this week…

  • Unbroken, by Paula Morris
  • The Impossible Knife of Memory, by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • The Tyrant’s Law, by Daniel Abraham
  • The Disappearance, by Bentley Little

I started reading The Disappearance nearly three years ago, and it stands as one of the books I’ve taken the longest time to read ever. And it’s not because I don’t like Little’s writing. In fact, he’s one of my favorite authors, but for some reason the plot didn’t jump up and grab me, and the story took too long to develop. Every few months I’ll read another chapter, but I’ve decided I want to just finish this one once and for all. So I’ve put it in my Checked Out bin and I’m going to finish it soon.

The most recent book in my bin is Unbroken, the second novel in the Ruined series. I posted a review of Ruined on my other blog, if you’re interested. I’m very curious to see how Morris follows up the dynamic first book in the series. It honestly seemed to me like a standalone book, so I’ll definitely let you know how this one stacks up with hopefully a unique storyline that advances the characters and doesn’t leave them stuck in neutral.

The other two books in my bin are in process. I am slightly farther in The Tyrant’s Law than I am in The Impossible Knife of Memory, but both are very good, and both are keeping my interest to this point. When I’m done with both I will post reviews on my other blog. See you next week!

Sam

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