Two Audiobooks: “The Girl with All the Gifts” by M.R. Carey & “The Two Towers” by J.R.R. Tolkien

My reading experience with these audiobooks were vastly different. As I mentioned in my recent Weekend Reads post, I loved one but hated the other; however, both were a struggle to read since it’s hard to keep a rein on my mind to prevent it from wandering while listening to the story.

I guess my ratings of these books are questionable. I rate books based on how much I enjoyed them and what they made me feel, not necessarily if they are composed well, though I do consider that but not as highly as the enjoyment factor. With audiobooks, I also consider the narrator’s contribution to the work, and my rating reflects that, which is seen in my rating of The Two Towers. If I’d read the physical/e- book, I’d have given it a half star more.


The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey, narr. by Finty Williams

Genre:

Horror; sci-fi: dystopian

Goodreads summary:

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

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Top Ten Tuesday #32: Totally Surprising

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish but is now managed by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic:

Top Ten Books that Surprised Me

For this, I’ve decided to focus on books with plot twists I either didn’t see coming or suspected but was surprised by it anyway.

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Book Haul #42: My Last

That is I hope this will be my last for a very long time because my plan at the moment is to spend less so I can pay off a good portion of my student loans so I can go live my life and do what I want. I tell this to everyone I know, so I’m saying it here too to get it out my system and hopefully make it a reality. So no unnecessary spending. I’ll only purchase a book when I have a coupon AND if there’s a book I really want. With that said, here’s the last of the books I purchased this year.

Comic books

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Book Haul #41: No Excuses

I have no excuses for the following book haul, except that the majority of items are e-books. Yo, those e-book sales are making my trigger-buy finger very happy. I just can’t help myself when I see them, which is odd because I don’t even like to read e-books. Chances are I’ll probably get physical copies of the ones I really like since the e-books were so cheap. I think the most expensive one was about $3.99, or something.

Quick note: All book titles are linked to their Goodreads page, since I don’t give much of a synopsis for some of them.

ARCs

Some of these you may have seen already in my Winter 2017 TBR.

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Book Haul #40: The Unexpected

…because I didn’t expect to be hauling books anytime soon.

It’s Saturday. I should do a Weekend Reads post, but I don’t know what to write about, and I should post a book review, but I’m procrastinating on doing those. I have loads to review, but it’s been more than a month since I’ve done one and now I feel intimidated by the thought of crafting one. I read the books and noted what I’d like to discuss, but I don’t know how to start and fear that whatever I write will be crappy.

That’s my mood right now: “everything I create is crappy” mood. It doesn’t help that this is NaNoWriMo and I’m participating (unofficially) and I already think the story I’m working on is crappy. I typed 5,000 words and then decided to start over from a different character’s POV because I ran out of steam. The character I switched to feels better to continue with, but it’s the antagonist and, and, and…I don’t know what I’m doing. I’m freaking out as I’m typing the story yet hoping it will all work out.

Anyway, I need to get these reviews out but until I stop procrastinating, here is an unexpected book haul. All of this is because I had coupons and saw awesome or discounted books while travelling. (Totally not my fault.)

Quick note: All book titles will be linked to their Goodreads page since I don’t give much of a synopsis for some of them.

Batch #1

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“Kings of the Wyld” by Nicholas Eames

Quick summary:

Kings of the Wyld is a fantasy novel about a band of warriors who were once the best in the land but have grown old and gone their separate ways.

Our protagonist, Clay, who’s known for his shield Blackheart, settled down to a comfortable life and has started a family. Frontman Gabriel, a.k.a. Golden Gabe, also married and had a kid but didn’t settle into the peace and monotonous comfort of family life. Moog, the band’s magician, started a lucrative business selling his invention – Magic Moog’s Magnificent Phallic Phylactery; while quick, knife-wielding Matrick grew fat and became a cuckold king. The only member of the band who remained unchanged over the years is badass Ganelon, who was turned to stone.

When the story begins, Gabe has travelled long and hard to ask Clay to help him get the band back together so they can save his daughter, Rose, who’s much like her father at his prime as Golden Gabe and has ran off to the city Castia to save it from a horde of monsters. Clay is reluctant to leave the comfort of his family, but decides to go because he too is a father and would be willing to do anything to save his daughter if she were in a similar situation.

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“Equal Rites” by Terry Pratchett

I finally learn why one of my favorite bloggers is an Orangutan Librarian.

“Now you listen to me, Gordo Smith,” she said. “Female wizards aren’t right either! It’s the wrong kind of magic for women, is wizard magic, it’s all books and stars and jommetry. She’d never grasp it. Whoever heard of a female wizard?”

Quick summary:

A wizard who knows his death is imminent visits a village called Bad Ass (lol!) to pass on his powers and wizard’s staff to the seventh son of a seventh son, who is about to be born. The wizard does so soon after the baby’s birth and, soon after doing so, learns that the baby is not a boy, but a girl, thus making her Discworld’s first female wizard.

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