Hi everyone! I hope that your first week of December has been lovely. Last week, Mary over at Tea Time Lit tagged me in the “the last book I…” tag. I figured that would be a super fun post for this week. I also tagged some other bloggers at the end of this post. But without further ado, let’s start the tag!
The last book I bought
The last book I bought was We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry. I read this book for the first time back in March, but this semester I am taking a course on philosophy and witchcraft, and I have been thinking about it ever since! Our final for the class is a creative project, so I am going to re-read the book and write an analysis on it, which I think will be super fun. (And who knows, that analysis might even turn into a review for here). Thus, I obviously had to buy the book for the project.
The last book I borrowed
The last book I borrowed was The Night Circus! One of the other interns I was working with this summer was telling me about how she bought it and was reading it for the first time, and after talking about it with her I realized I hadn’t re-read The Night Circus in ages. Since I was far away from home and didn’t want to buy a new copy, I asked if I could borrow hers and she very kindly loaned it to me.
The last book I was gifted
The last book I was gifted was The Perks of Being a Wallflower. My roommate from this summer and I got along super well and we talked about books a lot. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of her favorite books, and when I told her both that I hadn’t read it and that I really enjoyed reading books about grief, she told me I had to read it. And then she ended up gifting me a copy, which was incredibly kind of her.
The last book I gave to someone else
A couple weeks ago I loaned my copy of Babel to my boyfriend so that he could read it after hearing me talk about how good it was. (If you haven’t read my review of Babel you can go check it out now). I am not entirely sure if loaning and giving are the same. The last book I gifted someone was a copy of I Kissed Shara Wheeler (which I also have a review of) to my friend for her birthday because I thought she would enjoy reading about some annoying gay girls.
The last book I started
I am reading about five different books right now, but the one I started most recently is A Fiancée’s Guide to First Wives and Murder by Dianne Freeman. I was in the mood for a mystery, and I have read and enjoyed all the other books in this series, so I thought I would give the most recent installment a try! It dragged a bit at first and I considered putting it down, but I just got to the part where somebody was murdered, which does mean the pace picked up, thankfully.
The last book I finished
It has been a few days (or over a week) since I finished a book. This is a result of the fact that I am very busy and also that my primary current read is a 700 page fantasy novel. But the last book I finished was I’m the Girl by Courtney Summers. Unfortunately, it was not my favorite of hers. She was trying to create an air of mystery, but instead things were just confusing.
The last book I rated 5 stars
The answer to this one would be I’m Glad my Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy. I will say I had a slight reservation about rating this 5 stars, simply because while it is a 5 star book, I also don’t think it would have gotten this much attention if it wasn’t written by a celebrity. In the sense that it wouldn’t be getting this much attention if it wasn’t by someone famous, it is overhyped. But the actual book itself is very powerful – just please read the trigger warnings first.
The last book I rated 2 stars
As mentioned earlier, I did not enjoy I’m the Girl all that much. My description on Goodreads was “2.5 stars if I’m being generous”, so it was heavily leaning towards 2 which I think counts. Other than that though, I have actually read so many good books recently that I have to go back many months (maybe even to last year?) to get to something I rated 2 stars. I only have one other book from this year that was in the same vein of “2.5 but leaning down” and that was Eat, Pray, Love.
The last book I DNF’ed
Part of the reason I don’t have a lot of 2 star books is because I am very good at DNF’ing books that I think will be 2 stars. (Heck, I will DNF 3 star books sometimes). The last one I DNF’ed was A Delicate Deception by Cat Sebastian. I was excited because it was a bi4bi, wlm historical romance novel, but in the end it was my reminder that representation and tropes do not a good plot make. They didn’t even wait until the third act to do the break-up thing, and I was just not interested in reading a book about two characters who spent half the book not communicating.
The last book I listened to
If currently listening counts, then I am currently listening to The Siren Queen by Nghi Vo. It is objectively good but I am having a hard time getting into it. The last book I was listening to that I finished was Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng. I am not going to lie, I liked the themes of the book but I was not super into the actual storyline and characters.