May Wrap Up

I’ve had a pretty good reading month! I participated in the Tome Topple readathon that went for about two weeks of the month and I did manage to finish 4 tomes during that time. One book in particular I have been meaning to read for over two years now so I was stoked I managed to get to it and LOVE it as well! Though reading these long books did kind of stall my usual pace for the month. I realise 12 books is still a massive achievement, I just feel like I didn’t read as much as I wanted to.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco⭐️3/5 stars

The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan⭐️4/5 stars

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo⭐️3/5 stars

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks – ⭐️5/5 stars

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling – ⭐️5/5 stars

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire⭐️2/5 stars

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett⭐️4/5 stars

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara⭐️5/5 stars

Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali ⭐️5/5 stars

Beach Read by Emily Henry ⭐️5/5 stars

A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos⭐️4/5 stars

Dear Ava by Ilsa Madden-Mills⭐️3/5 stars

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Tome Topple Wrap Up

This wasn’t my most read couple of weeks during the Tome Topple. I had family visiting and I moved so there wasn’t really a lot of time for me just to dedicate to reading! However, I did manage to complete 4 books during this round of the Tome Topple and I ended up ticking off most of the prompts which makes me a Scholar!! The only prompt I didn’t really get to was to read an audio-book tome, I don’t like audio-books so I just skipped this one!

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The tome that has been on your TBR the longest & The tome on your TBR with the most pages

The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

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 A standalone tome & Read 1 tome

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

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A tome featuring a AAPI main character and/or written by a AAPI author (for Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month)  & Tome from a genre you don’t usually read

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

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An adult tome & Tome that’s part of a series

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

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5 Quotes from Last 5 Books

These are five of my favourite quotes from the last five books that I have read!!

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

“I did what was necessary to gain my freedom. Wouldn’t you?”

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Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

“You can’t skip to the end of the story just because you’re tired of being in the middle. You’d never survive.”

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Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling

“I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.”

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The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

“Moments of beauty sustain us through hours of ugliness.”

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I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

“You can always control how hard you fight.”

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Middlegame Review

35965482._SX318_This was a strange read.

Middlegame is a stand alone fantasy stand alone book which involves alchemy and a pair of twins names Roger and Dodger.

In terms of the character I actually enjoy Rodger and Dodger, especially when they first discovered each other and developed that initial connection. The way that their lives differ and the amount of adversity they both had to overcome during adolescence and teen years was interesting to read and did ultimately keep me engaged in the story. They are quite honest with each other and even though they have such a complex and close connection they still make mistakes and hurt each others feelings yet they never fully give up on each other. 

Reed and Leigh even though they are quite integral to the overall plot I didn’t really develop any kind of emotional connection to them. I wasn’t really interested in their plot line with the other alchemists and what Reed was ultimately trying to prove. I think with Leigh there was potential for me to like her even though she is this very unlikeable character because ultimately she was just being what she was created to be. I just wish we would of learnt more about her and what she was doing in the lab. Maybe witnessing why she was so frightening to anyone who comes across her, rather than just the reaction people have around her.

I will say the pacing was quite fast and the countdown of the timeframe is what initially kept me invested and eager to read on. I just felt like a lot of the alchemy jargon mixed with the all of the talk about the impossible city just went right over my head. Theres a whole lot of complex language and equations and things that didn’t really make sense to me and I felt like the majority of the book I was just treading water trying to keep up with what was going on.

I think overall it was just a little too repetitive for me as well. We see Roger and Dodger come together and forced apart multiple times throughout the course of the storyline and nothing was really revealed until right at the end. By that time I was just kind of reading to finish the book, I wasn’t all that invested in what what going to happen to them.

⭐️2/5 stars just not my kind of book…