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Bells of Kells ([personal profile] absentmindedkells) wrote2015-03-10 11:50 am

February 2015 Reads





Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel

And my quest to read her back catalog goes on and on and on - out of the three books I've read so far this is probably my least favorite. But its her first and it's still very good. I love the way she uses words. This also filled the square for a mystery or thriller by a Canadian author on my bingo card.




The River Kings' Road (Ithelas, #1) -Liane Merciel
So I knew going in that this was a series, so there was not "surprise I don't have all the answers!" at the end. It was recommendation that I stumbled across on goodreads, and since the library had it I decided to give it a whirl. I don't know - I like epic fantasy, and this was promised to be epic fantasy with a twist (a gritty twist) but - I don't know. I didn't find a lot of the characters appealing, so as it stands right now I think I'm good with just having read the one book in the series. Maybe. Apparently there is just one more (published work at least) in the series so I might read number two just to feel complete.




Love Is the Drug - Alaya Dawn Johnson

I kept closing this book to look at the cover. I love blue and stars, and while not a fan of the biohazard sign because well - you know. Biohazard (I say this and yet I have that symbol on the cover of my computer, along with 'Zombie Response Team text). Anyways I really liked the cover, was super stoked for the premise of this book and I liked it but -

It just took a long time to get where it was going. And I got kind of bored along the way.




Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography- Rob Lowe.

Audio book narrated by the author for the wiiiin. It was actually pretty intresting hearing about his growing up, and I am all for the behind the scene movie anecdotes and this served those up. However it spent a lot of time on the filming of The Outsiders which is far, it was his big break but I really hate that movie. So that part sort of - dragged for me. The West Wing section was pretty good, but it sort of skimmed over Parks and Rec. My friend told me that there's more talk of that in his second book.




Those Across the River - Christopher Buehlman

There is so much going on in this book that appeals to me, that the fact that I didn't 100 % love the ending or the lead up to the ending is a-ok with me. So it's set between wars, it's the start of the depression, it's got a failed academic, and his wife, moving to a small Southern town where things ain't right. The creepiness just dials up and up and up, and its got supernatural horror mixed in with people just being horrible, and racial tension.
I can be pretty clueless when reading things, but I figured out a thing about this book halfway-ish through and was all "OH, OH I SEE" and felt proud of myself :P. And super freaking excited for the turn that the book took.



In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination - Margaret Atwood.

So for a long time Margaret Atwood "scared" me. I was intimidated by her books, and also dismissive for a while (because I was a snot in high school) because - Canadian fiction. I was a moron and have seen the error of my ways. This was a book about books, and her talk of s/f was cool, but when she was talking about books I had not read? I got a bit bored. Still. She's a very smart, very interesting lady. This book fills the a work of non fiction by a Canadian author. (since I'm only allowing one book to count for one square this won't be my Marget Atwood book.)




City of Savages by Lee Kelly

I was having a bit of a slump when it came to February and reading and this book sort of helped me break out of it - yay! I was really excited for it, then put off reading it, and then the book had to go to the library so I was all "buckle down and read it." Too bad i didn't like it overmuch :/. It was told from alternating first person which is just a pet peeve of mine, I don't mind first person but then want it to be told from that persons POV all the way through (there are - as always - exceptions to my feelings of eh on this). Anyways, the characters didn't have all the knowledge and it was rather obvious that certain things were going on / were up and it was like - FIGURE IT OUT.

It did feature sisters (yay) which made me happy, but I wanted more from the book.




Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident - Donnie Eichar

For the square "a book with snow on the cover". I really liked how this book was laid out, one chapter was the about the group moving forward, the second would be about the discovery / investigation and then you'd have a chapter about present day. I enjoyed how this worked in this book. And it's about a thing that I find interesting (unexplained tragic event) so I was into it. It offers what seems to me (with my very limited grasp on science) a very plausible explanation of what happened.



When You Reach Me- Rebecca Stead

I read this book in a day. Yes, it's a young adult book so it's not that long but holy crap it was good. There's - look I don't want to spoil it okay? But it's about growing up, and New York in the 1970's, and there's a twist .... see I actually read this book becasue it was on a list of "Books with amazing twists" so - naturally I had to see it out. I love me a good twist, and this book didn't disappoint. Also the main character / narrator is really into A Wrinkle In Time and I have loads of nostalgia for that book so - yes. Really enjoyed this.



The Devil You Knowby Elisabeth de Mariaffi

This book blends together Paul Bernardo, Charles Mason (kind of), violence against women and Toronto in 1993. So that last bit made it the book for my 'book set in Toronto square' of book bingo, and the rest of it - the rest of it I just enjoyed. It didn't quite work at the end for me (I'm disappointed a lot in endings this month it seems) but up until there I really liked it. Possibly I really like books set in Toronto because I like going "I know that place!" yes, I like to act like I know Toronto (I don't, but I do visit often and my sister takes me on off the beaten track tours of the city.)



Tomes of Terror: Haunted Bookstores and Libraries by Mark Leslie

Things I love:

- Ghost stories

- Libraries

- Collection of ghost stories

This book was I will admit a little disappointing for me. I didn't find the stories that creepy or scary, and the storytelling I felt - fell a little flat. I did like that there was often a blurb at the end of the creepy tale about the historical significance of some of the haunted buildings. Also the now closed Spring Garden Road library in my hometown made the book. Woo?

This book filled the book by a Canadian author square on my bingo card.