Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Third Quarter Reading Report


A little known fact about me is that I am head-over-heels in love with Excel.  

No, I do not have a pet named Excel.  

I am referring to the Microsoft program that allows you to make charts and graphs to your heart's content.  I have a strongly analytic personality, so being able to break down information into informative and visually appealing charts appeals to both my organizational and my creative sides.  I love it.  

(I can just feel your eyes glazing over.  Who publicly professes their love for Excel??  But bear with me, I have a point.)

As you may or may not have guessed, I also love books.  (Shocker.)  So when I saw that  Janssen from Everyday Reading was hosting a link up showcasing everyone's third-quarter reading lists for anyone who want's to participate, I immediately saw an opportunity to merge both my love for books AND my love for Excel into the same post, and I jumped at the chance.  

(Yes, I do tend to get excited at really small things, why do you ask?)

Anyway.

I loved going through these books, and remembering the best and worst of those three months.  I invite you to participate as well, should you feel so inclined.  (And if you do, be sure to link up at Everyday Reading!)  

Without further ado, I give you my...

This third quarter was an overwhelmingly positive one.  Many of the books I read I rated at least 4 stars.  From July-September 2014 I read 11 books.  They are:




  • After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid - Rarely do I simultaneously disagree and completely adore a book like I did this one.  The premise reminds me a little of Landline by Rainbow Rowell, but I liked this one even better.
  • Mystic and Rider by Sharon Shinn - I am a major Shinn groupie, I admit it.  I read this one and Archangel to hold me over until she released the last book in her Elemental Blessings series.  Both were worth it - her characterization is incredible, and her books always have a really awesome aftertaste.
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown - Well this book certainly won't make you feel neutral.  You'll either love it or hate it.  Fortunately for me, I loved it.  (Despite a little disgruntlement that it didn't pass the Bechdel Test.)
  • Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson - I wanted to like this book.  Really, I did.  Unfortunately it did not sit well with me, and I was really glad when it was over.
  • Archangel by Sharon Shinn - See Mystic and Rider above for my Sharon Shinn fangirling.
  • Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge - Part of it was the narrator and part of it was the story, but I really despised this book.  Surprising, since I generally love fairy tale retellings.
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell - Rowell does it again.  Though it wasn't my favorite of hers, Rowell is still is miles above 95% of the world in terms of storytelling.
  • Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo - A brilliant and heartwrenching ending to a phenomenal series.  
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart - I can't tell you why I loved this book without giving anything away, but suffice it to say, I really did.  Love this book, that is.  If you have read it, I'd love to discuss.
  • Dangerous by Shannon Hale - Just when I think I've got Hale figured out, she throws this book at me.  I was surprised at how much I liked it, since I usually prefer her adult work to her YA or MG work.  But like it I did.
  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith - This book left me with a major book hangover.  I couldn't read anything else for days afterwards, until I finally came to terms with the fact that none of the next fifty books I read will have a plot this carefully and precisely written.  Really, really good, despite having nearly every character by unlikable.
And here are some graphs breaking down my third-quarter reading:

It's been fun analyzing my third quarter reading!  Thanks to Janssen for hosting the link up, and for giving me an excuse to use Excel.  :)

6 comments:

  1. I ALSO LOVE EXCEL. This is clearly one of the reasons we're friends. I LOVE IT. All of it. So much.

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    1. All hail Excel! It really is the best.

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  2. If you guys ever get a dog or hamster or goldfish or pet rock, you need to convince Maddie to let you name it Excel. That is brilliant.

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    1. You're on. (Though, I'd be interested to see what makes she comes up with on her own...)

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  3. I'm totally intrigued by After I Do. Must find a copy ASAP!

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    1. I definitely recommend it! There's so much to digest in this book, all while being extremely entertaining. Definitely worth the read.

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