Goals for the week: Finish The Burning Girls by C.J. Tudor and The Future is Yours by Dan Frey.
I had a slight breakdown in record-keeping this week, so some days don’t have much or anything recorded. No worries, I’ve got a less hectic week planned for next week and should return to the regularly scheduled updates.
For now, here’s what I remember:
I made some progress throughout the week on The Burning Girls. This is the third book that I’ve read by C.J. Tudor in the last 12 months and I feel like each one of them has had a really awkward scene involving an attempted sexual assault that doesn’t quite jive with the rest of the book. It makes me view the book differently when it comes to recommendations and I don’t feel like it’s pivotal to the development of the story. At least it hasn’t been so far…
I also broke my book buying ban this week. I picked up the complete Themis Files series by Sylvain Neuvel. I read the first book a few weeks ago and really loved it. I feel like it is a good investment in the series in the long haul. I also picked up 2 cozy mysteries from Jenn McKinlay, another author whom I have read from and enjoyed before. I might be willing to change the parameters of the book buying ban to include only works that I have read or authors that I have read from before. I still want to support authors and their work even though I do want to reign in the number of unread books on my TBR.
On Sunday I finished Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth. I wasn’t sure what to expect from my first return to this author post-Divergent series, but this book really delivered. There are some parallels to her writing in the Divergent series, and despite the fact that this book is in the New Adult category, I still think it reads pretty YA. Yes, the characters are in the early twenties, but they’re still dealing with the same things developmentally that teens would and we spend a lot of time in the book looking back at the main character’s childhood and teenager-hood. That being said, I enjoyed this book. I gave it 3 stars and felt that it ended well. Goodreads seems to indicate that it might be the start of a series, and I’m not sure that I think that is necessary. The first book ties up loose ends and I don’t know that we need a continuation to this story.
Technically, I only finished one book this week, which is a little off, but it’s been an emotionally tough week for a couple of different reasons. As is true with everything, some weeks will be better than others.