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?)
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. :)