Imaginative Discussions: 2015 Reading Update

Posted February 18, 2015 by Kara in Imaginative Discussions, Kara / 11 Comments

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I’ve been having a pretty decent reading year so far. Though I have DNFed a LOT of books so far, I’ve also read a good number that I have really enjoyed. I don’t normally write posts like this, but I thought I would update you guys on what exactly I enjoyed, what was my favorite, and what I DNFed or didn’t like at all. I always like to know what my friends are reading because it gives me a decent idea as to whether I will enjoy it or not. Of course, that depends on whether I have similar taste with that person, but you know how that goes, I am sure.

So far I have read (or attempted to read) 18 books. I wish that was a larger number, but considering I spent most of January editing, it’s actually satisfying to know I have read that much already. The number should leap significantly over the next couple of months as I have more time to read.

What I DNFed:

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Why:

Honestly, there was nothing wrong with any of these books with the exception of The Line.  I DNFed Dove Arising, Servants of the Storm, and The Girl at Midnight due to boredom. The stories just weren’t moving fast enough for me. I felt like nothing was happening. I wasn’t connecting to the characters. But I know other people will, and perhaps if I were a different, more patient reader, the results would have been different. I just don’t have the time to read things this year that I am not enjoying.

I DNFed The Line because the writing and editing was atrocious. Thankfully I purchased it as a Kindle Daily Deal so I didn’t waste that much money. But seriously, Amazon should feel ashamed. Corny dialogue, absolutely ZERO copy editing (and if there was a copy editor they should find another line of work), and poor pacing. Had I finished, I am almost certain this would have been a one star book.

And finally, The Descent. This one was MY fault. I just couldn’t handle the subject matter at this time in my life. Gritty realism and most depressing topics are not going to work for me right now. At the time when I requested it, I was in a different place mentally. But I need to take care of my mental health, and I knew this one might have triggered something so I put it down. It was on its way to be fabulous, so you should definitely try it if it interests you. Though I will say that the writing got a bit purple in places.

What I Enjoyed:

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Shutter was so much fun! I didn’t find it scary like the marketing says, but it was spooky and intense! When Reason Breaks was a great effort and I enjoyed it though it was not perfect. I found it readable and intriguing but not as heart-rending as it could have been. I’ll Meet You There, on the other hand, WAS heart-rending. But it still didn’t hit me in the feels the way I expected it to. It was still a lovely book though. The Imaginary was just a wonderfully inventive (and a bit creepy) middle grade.

What I Didn’t:

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The Midnight Dress had absolutely gorgeous writing, but the more I talked about it with Lyn and Bekka, the more I realized how disappointed I was. This could have been a fantastic LGBT novel, but it was so NOT. I was highly anticipating Stone in the Sky, and though there were things that I liked, I truly cannot handle this author’s writing. She’s an excellent storyteller but the writing made me cringe it was so bad. Of Beast and Beauty was just acceptable. It did nothing for me, unfortunately. I did not connect with the characters or the story, and again, some of the writing bothered me. Gross descriptions. Yeah…

Favorite(s) So Far:

I tried to only keep it to one, but I just could not do that. In the end, I picked two. And you should know that though there are books that have come very close to 5 stars, I have not yet rated a book 5 stars this year.

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The Water and the Wild was one of my most highly anticipated books of 2015 and it lived up to ALL of the expectations. It was fun, it was perfect, the protagonist was precocious and quirky, it was an adorable middle grade that truly kept me turning the pages. I escaped into that world and I wanted to stay there. Can I have book two now please?

What can I say about The Mime Order? I am truly invested in this series, and though the final book does not come out until 2020 (let’s not talk about how old I will be), the world building and the characters are what keeps me coming back. I can’t wait to see what Samantha Shannon dreams up next. I found this book to be better than the first, though I liked that one too. I just loved reading about this alternate version of London. It was fantastic.

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And that’s all I’ve got! Do you agree with any of my picks? Do you have any favorites so far this year? What are they? What about books you just didn’t like? Let me know in the commentttsssss.

kara

11 responses to “Imaginative Discussions: 2015 Reading Update

  1. I’m looking forward to reading The Girl At Midnight – in a way I’m glad you put it down out of boredom and not another reason, like terrible cheesy writing hehe. I’ve heard some mixed things about Shutter so I’m glad you enjoyed it! I’ll definitely have to give it a shot. You ave read so much already this year! That’s awesome 🙂
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    • I am so glad. And I felt REALLY bad about it too. A few of my friends are reading it or will be soon, and if they like it, I may give it another go. I just have zero patience right now.

      I loved Shutter to pieces. It wasn’t perfect but it was so entertaining.

      I wish I had read more though. I am already so behind compared to some of my friends.

  2. I recently got my copy of the Bone Season and am looking forward to delve into this world. I only had one DNF so far this year and beside that only 4 star books, but no 5 star books yet so far. I have only read 9 books so far this year in total, but I am happy with that as I keep up with my goal of at leats one book a week.
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  3. OH NO. You had to DNF Girl of Midnight. Damn. It. I was looking forward to it. Such a pretty cover. Although if you dropped it due to boredom, that probably means I will too. I have a horrendously short attention span.

    The bone season was dystopian right? Or science fiction. I remember hearing the buzz for that one had lied when it released and decided against reading it for some reason. Maybe I was mistaken? Maybe I will try it out sometime to see what I think.
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  4. Reading 18 books is great. 🙂 I’ve only read 14 so far.

    I know how you feel about The Descent, dealing with gritty realism and depressing topics definitely don’t help things when your mind’s sort of…scrambled. That’s how I was with Little Peach. Hopefully you’ll be able to go back to it at a later time though. When your mental health is doing better. 🙂 I hope you’re okay.

    I agree with your thoughts on When Reason Breaks and I loved loved loved I’ll Meet You There. That book swept me up fast.

    Ooh, I have the previous book, The Bone Season. I’m glad you liked it and wow, that’s s a long time for the third book. 🙁

    Two of my recent favorites this year have been Little Peach by Peggy Kern and None of The Above by I.W. Gregorio.
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