Hey! I know it’s been a minute since I posted anything here, but I was traveling for a bit in January. I finally got around to reading my first Rainbow Rowell book and I get the excitement behind her books. I picked this book up at a used bookstore before I left and was determined to start it even though I wasn’t sure I wanted to carry any books on my trip.
I was drawn into the world that Rainbow Rowell created in the Midwest in 1999, just around the turn of the millennium. We meet Lincoln, a lonely IT guy that is given the tasks of monitoring people’s emails. As he begins to do so he finds himself drawn into the friendship between Beth and Jennifer as seen through their emails. Soon he finds himself wanting to change and falling in love with Beth through her emails and wanting to be the guy for her.
I found myself rooting for Lincoln and the changes he was putting into place to improve his life as well as for him and Beth to be together as a couple. I won’t spoil the ending of the book for you, but if you love contemporary romance novels I guarantee that you will love this one. Let me know what you have been reading lately? Or what’s on your TBR?
Ahh….After finishing Caraval a few weeks ago, I couldn’t help but jump into the next book. If you would like to read that review check it out here. This story picks up right at the end of Caraval, this time though we are seeing the story through Donatella (Tella)’s eyes. We find her waking up in the forest after spending the night with Dante and then flash forward to the announcement of a new game of Caraval that will take place within a few weeks just in time for Elantine’s birthday and take place in the city of Valenda. Scarlett warns Tella to be careful when playing this game since it is located so close to their home and it is where the Count D’Arcy is suppose to be from. After a rocky opening to Caraval with secrets from the last Caraval being revealed and trust being broken.
In this book, we also find out more about why Tella and Scarlet were invited to Caraval in the first place. Not to give away any major spoilers, but Tella is more inventive and creative at finding solutions than she would lead people to believe. It is also in this book that we find out more about Scarlett and Tella’s mother and where she has been since she left them so abruptly. We also gain a bit of insight into what may have caused her to leave as well as to how Legend and Caraval came to be.
I can’t tell you anymore without spoiling the book, but I found the book intriguing and a great addition to this trilogy. I love how this book continued to build on the world and the magic that we experienced in Caraval. We also get to experience the magic of Caraval through new eyes since we are experiencing it through Tella playing the game instead of just watching. We also experience the magic in a new way since the game has take on some new elements and new challenges.
Let me know if you have read this book or have read any books in this series. Are you looking forward to reading the final book coming out in May? I’m already plotting out my books for the summer.
Hello! I’m so excited to be back again in the new year with more book reviews for you! As I promised, the format of these will be changing in the future but it won’t be just yet so there’s still a bit of time to enjoy this format. In case you haven’t realized it yet this will be a book review on Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Scarlett Dragna and her sister Donatella have never been allowed to leave their island of Trisda and then Scarlett has been given away in an arranged marriage to someone she has never met and has only written letters to. Scarlett has also been obsessed with the world of Caraval and when she finally get the invitation she has been longing for arrives she can’t help but get swept away. Tella whisks Scarlett away to Caraval to experience the magic and escape from their father. Once there things start to go awry and it is suddenly up to Scarlett to play the game of Caraval and not get swept away with the magic otherwise dangerous consequences could occur for both her and Tella.
I had been hearing about this book for nearly a year especially after I had read The Night Circus. I knew that at some point I needed to read this book and then when I found out that it would be a trilogy within the year I just couldn’t wait to pick it up. I had tried to read this a few months ago and simply ran out of time before the library insisted on taking the book back. This time though I swung through the world of Caraval in nearly one swoop and was swept away with the magic of the world. I love attending the circus through the page because I find that while many circuses vary in size and depth there is a thrill that I can’t help but feel when I’m reading along.
I love the way that Stephanie Garber threw you into the world of Caraval with Master Legend being the most elusive and intriguing person. The small bits of magic that you were introduced to throughout the story only helped to build the world and the characters more. I find its interesting that Caraval was once suppose to be a standalone book and has now become a trilogy allowing us to stay with the Dragna sisters a bit longer.
Let me know if you have read this book or are planning on reading this book in the future I would love to know your thoughts. Hope to see you soon!
Hello! I know that it has been a hot minute since I have written a post here, but while I have still been busily reading I haven’t been reading Harry Potter books this month which deeply saddens me since it was #hpdec. I also wanted to let you know that I was also doing work on the blog over the last month and there will be more work done here in the future, which includes how my book review posts are structured.
I know that this book was done in conjunction with Comic Relief and wasn’t meant to be taken as a main part of the Harry Potter series, but in doing my re-read of the series I knew that it was finally time to read this book in its entirety. I have skimmed this book many a time in Barnes & Noble, but had not owned it until the last year. I am glad that I have now corrected that error in my judgement. Weighing in light 103 pages, I found this book quite intriguing to read and that I finished it in mere hours. I would definitely recommend this read for any fan of the Harry Potter series and anyone who wants some light reading without diving into the Harry Potter Universe too hard.
I found that the light-hearted informative nature of this book allows readers to dive more into the world of Quidditch and gives us a small taste of what Harry might have experienced when he discovered Quidditch for the first time. I am glad that I included the Hogwarts text in my my #HPDec reads and hope that in the next year I will be able to finish re-reading the entire series and give you some more updated thoughts on it. Hope to see you soon.
Hey! I’m back again with yet more book reviews. If you haven’t been here in a bit because I haven’t posted and notice that the site looks different, that’s because it does! I’ll talk more about it in another post. Let’s get back to the real reason you are here. Recently several book tubers I follow including Heather from Bookables decided to host a readathon for the holiday season, called ‘Tistheseasonathon. I decided to participate mainly because who can resist reading holiday books around the holidays! I did manage to almost finish 4 books during the week and also did a vlog on my reading. So here’s a recap of all the books I read during the week
This was the first book I tackled this week mostly because it was short, I had also been wanting to read this book during the holidays ever since I read Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist earlier in the year. I found the back and forth between Dash & Lily charming and delightful though very YA romance. This book almost makes me want to visit New York during the holidays just to experience it like in this book. This may make my list of books to read during the holidays every year.
The second book I finished during the week was the follow up book to Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares. I loved that there was a follow-up book that took place one year later and that explored more of the intricacies of relationships and family. I thought the how the authors played off the 12 days of Christmas theme was cute and added to the experience of the book. I should also add that I thought that it was so charming that all the books that I have read from this pair of authors have tied together in simple ways building a series that could be read together or simply as standalone books.
The third book I read this week was also the Paper & Glam book for December. Yay for knocking 2 birds out together. I am honestly surprised at how much people hate this book. I found the book cute and charming again for a holiday read. This is the book that the movie Christmas with the Kranks is based off of. If you have never experienced the mentality of a small town, you may not be able to relate to all the hijinks that happen in the book, but if you are then you will definitely be able to understand. I found myself in some ways relating to Luther Krank throughout the story and thinking about how I treat Christmas in my own way.
The last book I read during this week though I will admit that I didn’t finish it during the week was the group book for the Readathon. This is a recently published compilation of 4 short stories all around the holiday season. I would say Christmas, but one of the stories is about Hanukkah in a way. I liked several of the stories in the book and didn’t like some of the others. This made for a nice variety of authors and encouraged me to check out some new authors in the coming year.
I hope that you enjoyed this wrap of books that I read during the ‘Tistheseasonathon Readathon. I hope to do this readathon again next year with some even more amazing books to read. I hope to see you in another post real soon!