Recent Reads Nov 20

Hey everyone,

I have been heavily distracted from this blog for so long and I feel that my mojo to read and blog about it has somehow flushed down the toilet. I have been re-watching DC Legends of Tomorrow because somehow it’s just a hilarious show that continues to take itself too seriously. Not only that, I have been in a Harry Potter mood (it might be because of Christmas and I am associating the two things together), I have started to listen to the audiobook of the series, narrated by Stephen Fry, currently listening to Chamber of Secrets.

Anyway, I wanted to do a bookish post since some of my previous ones were about music and Kdramas. I thought a little wrap up would be alright. I am going all the way back to September since the last book review was The Rage of Dragons.

The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S.Villoso (Chronicles of the Bitch Queen #1)

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I think the fact that the series is called Chronicles of the Bitch Queen fit perfectly to the reason why I bought the book in the first place.

This book follows Talyien, she has reigned Queen for five years by herself until her husband sends a letter to Talyien asking to meet her and soon discover a lot more truth to why her husband left her.

I found the book to be very interesting and at points I really liked her sassy lines but what annoyed me about this book would have to be the determination to keep Talyien on her own, it was like a self journey but in lands that she has no control over. I did get annoyed with her determination to see her husband and you had the feeling that something didn’t feel right. I would like to pick up the second book especially knowing that this book is written by a Phillapino Author.

“Our special for today is pork bone stew,” the manager said.

“Pork bone stew sounds excellent,” I said. “Rayyel could use a spine.”

“Is heartless shrew on the menu?” Rayyel asked without batting an eye.

The Testament of Loki by Joanne M. Harris

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I really liked reading The Gospel of Loki as it was the Norse mythology stories but in the perspective of Loki. I found myself not interested in this book, this book didn’t peek my interest compared to the first book. It felt like it should have been something seen in Marvel especially the conversations with Odin and Loki, the dynamic of the two gods and the effects of what happened in Ragnorok.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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I have been meaning to pick this book up for years, I tried reading this book when I was in Thailand and back then I couldn’t get into it. I did find the audiobook to help me a little.

I have always been curious as to how this book is such a staple for spooky halloween and in supernatural shows because it wasn’t what I expected. My expectation was definitely more darker, like horror but instead it felt like the monster wanting to be a real boy (sorry, I mean man). Victor Frankenstein running away from his issues/monster and keeping his family away from him for his weird experiment. Bear that in mind, it did show how people would judge someone based on how they look and not how they are treated.

I am glad that I can take this book on my TBR list because it has been on my list for years.

The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss (Athena Club #1)

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This was a re-read for me, I read this book two years ago and I was in the mood to read something familiar, I was also in the mood to read something spooky for Halloween. While this book doesn’t strife the fear, it does a brilliant job in bringing in all Victorian writter’s work into one world.

It was fun to fall back into this word again, I find it so genius in how Theodora has intertwined the characters together. The mystery of these deaths, the secret society and not only that the union of women in Victorian London. I also enjoy the comentary of the characters jumping into the story and trying to correct at certain points, also sassy nosy Diana being rude in a funny way.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling

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I noticed that I haven’t been using any of my credits and they had been building up for a couple of months and thought I would listen to the Harry Potter series.

I alwasy feel that I don’t have to read the book because the movies do a really good job of following the content so listening to the audiobook was a different experience and I really enjoyed it. Stephen Fry is a very good narrator and it was enjoyable to listen the audiobook.

Zatanna Zatara and Justice League Dark

Usually around this time of year I would be watching my favourite DC Tv shows but unfortunately due to the pandemic, the shows that I watch will be coming out beginnig of next year. I have seen a few tease photos and already I am excited.

Anyway, to fill the void I have picked up the first volume of Zatanna Zatara by Paul Dini, which was a re-read, and the new Justice League Dark series. Zatanna Zatara is one of my favourite characters in the DC Universe so I really enjoy collecting anything she is featured in. I still have yet to finish the JLD series as it is still continuing at the moment, so far I am really liking it a lot more that the new 52 version.

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And that concludes this wrap up, I might bring back wrap-ups next year because I haven’t been doing much book reviews and also I have become quite selective in my reading as well. Also I will be participating in Tome Topple again, there are no prompts this time which is great I have a few books in mind and not only that free time because I booked holiday from work because I had planned to go to Japan but of course you know why I can’t so…

I hope you are well and at home with a good book, tis the season to be reading.

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