Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness

A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1)A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Overall I did enjoy reading A Discovery of Witches. Did I think the love story was a little lame, and that a large portion of the middle was kind of boring and dragged on? Well, yes. But I think what I liked most about this story was the magic and the infusion of history and literature, not to mention that a large portion of the story took place in a terrific setting. Very cool. The magic in this book did remind me of Harry Potter magic, which is very near and dear to my heart, and I look forward to finding out more about Diana's power. I am so excited that they are going back to Elizabethan England in the next book, which earns it mega bonus points in my book. I liked most of the characters and their interactions with one another, I just felt that the Matthew-Diana relationship was not all that it could have been, and I am not as enthralled with Matthew as I have been with other literary male love interests, but oh well. I will definitely be moving on to Shadow of Night.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Books read in 2011

My 2011 reading was filled mostly with Fantasy series... the most notable, of course, being A Dance With Dragons (finally!) It's funny how a thousand-page book can end and still leave you wanting more, but such is the case. GRRM can not write fast enough, but I suppose when you're writing such an incredibly complex story one can expect nothing more. I was also stoked to finally read Patrick Rothfuss' The Name of the Wind, one of the most touted new fantasy series out right now. It took me literally four months to finish it since I read it throughout the Fall semester at school, but it was really good. I look forward to the second book, which I hear is even better.

For lighter reading, I have also been enjoying the Mercy Thompson series, a series I would recommend for anyone who likes the whole Sookie Stackhouse/Anita Blake Urban Fantasy genre (werewolves, vampires, etc).

The end of the year was consumed by reading literature for my British lit class, my favorite of which was definitely Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. For some reason I never seem to pick up any classics to read on my own, even though I literally have pretty much all of them on my NOOK, so it's always nice to read that kind of stuff in school because I always become enthralled by them when I do. 

I have about a million other books sitting on my shelves, patiently waiting to be read... but that will have to be another year...

Books read in 2011
  1. Blameless (Parasol Protectorate #3), Gail Carriger
  2. The Constant Princess, Philippa Gregory
  3. Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1), Patricia Briggs 
  4. Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson #2), Patricia Briggs
  5. Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson #3), Patricia Briggs 
  6. Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11), Charlaine Harris
  7. Bone Crossed (Mercy Thompson #5), Patricia Briggs 
  8. Heartless (Parasol Protectorate #4), Gail Carriger
  9. A Dance With Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5), George R.R. Martin 
  10. The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles #1), Patrick Rothfuss
  11. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, J.R.R Tolkien translation
  12. The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer
  13. Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare
  14. Paradise Lost, John Milton

Honorable mentions/Books I started in 2011 but didn't finish yet...
  • Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne, David Starkey 
  • The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn, Alison Weir 
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriett Beecher Stowe