I shared my winter reading list back in December and I didn’t exactly do a good job sticking to it. Instead, I was kind of all over the place. I’d buy a book start to read it and stop then jump to another book. I blame it on the holidays and just being busy. However, did read a few other books over the last couple of months.
The only book I read and finished from my winter list is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I really enjoyed this book. It motivated to really make some changes around my house. Marie Kondo shares some great tips for really going through everything thoroughly and organizing. She doesn’t share your typical tips like buying storage containers and labeling items. Kondo actually believes the reason most people’s homes are not organized or they start organizing but never finish is because they are approaching it completely wrong. I found her tips much more helpful than anything else I’ve ever read. Since New Years, I’ve been on a roll at tidying up my house.
This was an impulse read. Over the New Year weekend I binged watched the entire first season of The Magicians of SyFy not realizing the show is based on a book series by Lev Grossman. The books have been compared to Harry Potter but for adults. Aside from there being a boarding school for people with magic and a magical game for students, I didn’t find any similarities between the two. I will say though, The Magicians does have adult content so I wouldn’t recommend it for any young-ins. If you’ve watched the TV series, the books are different and the series doesn’t stick much to the books. It was really easy to become engrossed in the story and their magical world. It was nice to read a book about magic that isn’t about little kids. It gives me hope I have some undiscovered magic and I’ll get to go off to my own magical boarding school one day – I’m totally not being serious but maybe. I’ve only read the first book in this series and I’ll probably continue to read the rest.
I was a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series and Darkest Powers & Darkness Rising series so I thought I would enjoy this book too. Sea of Shadows is part of the Age of Legends series. The story revolves around two twin sisters whose job is to take care of souls of those who have died. Their entire village is murdered by an evil they don’t quite understand yet. I just didn’t find the characters that interesting and the storyline was a little boring. The twins survive the massacre of their village and for most of the book they’re traveling to another village to seek help. There were a couple of other survivors who travel with them and along the way they come across including two guys who are supposed to be their love interest but I’m not sure? Even the guys were pretty boring. I won’t be continuing with this series. The only reason I finished this book was because I hate leaving a story unfinished once I’ve started it.
This book was another impulse read. I read If I Stay years ago and recently I watched the movie. I got sucked into the movie and loved it so I decided to buy the second book and read it to see what happened with Mia’s story. However, after reading Where She Went I remembered why I never read it years ago after I read the first book – I am not the biggest fan of Adam’s character and I didn’t find the books that engrossing. Rarely do I like a movie better than the book but If I Stay was one of the few. Where She Went was just ok, I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it either. Truthfully, I would have been fine not knowing where Mia’s story went after the first book.
So these are the books I’ve read and finished this winter. Currently I’m reading The Man in The High Castle by Philip K. Dick. This is another read inspired by watching the TV show. It’s currently a series on Amazon Prime. I’ve watched both seasons and I really like the whole alternate reality plot line. I watched season one the weekend it was released not knowing it’s based on Dick’s book. I only realized it after watching season 2 when it was released in December. So far, the book it pretty good. If you’ve watched the show or are interested in alternate realities you may enjoy this on. Without giving too much away, the United States lost World War II and belongs to Japan and the Nazis now.
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What have you read this winter?
P.S. Last week’s giveaway winner will be chosen soon!