Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance

So, following up with the last post, I ended up just reading the novel on my Kindle. Oops!

This novel was Ruth Emmie Lang’s first. She did a fantastic job!

Not only did I enjoy the characters, but the format of the novel is so unique; I loved it! Though I have read several reviews not enjoying the characterization of Weylyn and feeling as though he wasn’t very personal, I agree, but I think it actually benefited the structure of the novel.

The entire novel is filled with 6 books and 4 interludes. Each book contains two narrators that switch back and forth between these characters; the books are of the past, and the interludes are breaks into what is happening in the present day. Weylyn, though the novel is about him, only narrates one chapter. The rest of the chapters and narrators and from people who have come in contact with Weylyn and how he changed the narrators’ perspective on life.

There is a tad of romance in the novel, but I would not ever characterize it as a romance novel. The romance is more like “oh I like her/him. I hope I get her/him some day.” That’s it. Bingo.

The focus of the novel is not even Weylyn, but the imprints that Weylyn leaves in these characters’ lives.

I can’t help but fall in love with the novel’s structure.

This novel is good if taken as a beach read, but it is even better of a novel if you dig into it. I am not saying it’s not enjoyable as a light read, but you get SO much more out of it if you dig in.

Until next time; now go lose yourself in some pages!

PS – here’s a great quote:

“I was guilty of agonizing now and then, of letting my uncertainty sabotage my changes at happiness. I mourned for things that hadn’t happened, things that never would.”

No Judgements, Please!

Okay, okay. Let’s get one thing straight: I will ALWAYS prefer real books… not electronic. The shuffle of pages and the smell is delightful to my senses. However, with my current job, I don’t always have time to go to Barnes & Noble, but I feel a tad empty without a book to read, so I had to improvise this morning.

As I was researching books to read, I stumbled upon Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang; this appears to be her debut novel. I looked at her Goodreads profile and we seem to like similar things, so I think I’m going to like the novel! I was reading reviews that people had read, and they were very mixed and wishy-washy. So I had to find out for myself what this book holds.

I was able to read the first few/several pages and have come across these quotes one seems to be a theme in the novel; the other is for my pure enjoyment:

“‘What’s your name?’ he asked. ‘I love hearing what different people are called. Someday, I’d like to meet someone by every single name.'”

And this quote just makes me smile: “My wife once said she’d had a better conversation with a donkey, but she agreed to marry me, anyway, because I was a good listener and was slightly better looking.”

I will keep you updated! …and I’ll probably go and by the real life version in my free time; if that exists!

Go lose yourself in your pages!

The Sun and Her Flowers

After so many novels, I thought I’d shake it up and read some poetry – I know, guys. I live a wild life. I had heard SO MANY good things about Rupi Kaur’s work that I picked up her most recent work.

Little side note: Most of the poems I have read are the “classics,” so modern poetry before I read this was Ezra Pound and E. E. Cummings, so these poems were a huge change as to what I have read prior.

Kaur’s poetry is stark, raw, intimate, and vulnerable. Absolutely beautiful. The collection is separated into five sections, wilt, fall, root, rise, and bloom, which she includes in this poem:

This is also the poem on the back of the book, so I’m really not giving too much away! Promise!

One of the poems I really connected with was “never feel guilty for starting again”. In the past few months, I walked away from teaching, for multiple reasons, and, of course, there were the friends and family that doubted my decision. They didn’t know what else I would be able to do with and English Education degree, and, to be honest, I didn’t either. But I knew I had to walk away.

There is a reason that Rupi Kaur’s work is bestselling; she gives her readers hope, comfort, and understanding of emotions the readers themselves are not aware of.

PS. I cried during one of these poems, too.

Rosemarked

Okay, okay. I’m well aware of the fact that it took me OVER a week to read Rosemarked, BUT the holiday made my schedule all weird, and while I was home, every time I would start reading, someone would decide that it was the right time to talk to me. I know I’m not the only one with that issue!

Anyway, Rosemarked, despite how long it took me to read it, is a very quick read. Blackburne draws you in with her creativity, descriptions, and character development.

The story is told in the perspective of the two main characters; the perspective switches every chapter. Zivah is a healer only trying to please her goddess at the beginning of the novel, and by the end, realizes she must do what she needs in order to save her people. Dineas is a warrior who just escaped the empire’s prison camp and has only one thing on his mind: revenge. This unlikely pair join forces to defeat the common enemy.

Though the story is about a deadly plague, it is only really focused on in the beginning in order to set the plot up. Yes, it does come up throughout the novel, but the main focus is not the plague, though it shows up in important parts.

Let’s get one thing straight: I am not the biggest fan of utopian/dystopian literature; I see the importance of it, but I just think it’s taking over in the literary world. That being said, this book, though it sounds pretty close to utopian/dystopian, it is not! I just wanted to be very clear on that, since I was pretty apprehensive when I read the summary.

Finally, I got this book through the Uppercase Box, which is a subscription box that comes once a month (definitely one of my favorite days of the month). Each box, depending on which plan you choose, contains a book (this time it was Rosemarked) that is signed by the author, handwritten note and a bunch of book themed goodies! This is a testimony. I was not paid to write this. I took a picture of what I got this month (pictured below)!

And the Review is In!

Okay, folks.

I mentioned previously how I was reading The Goldfinch but hadn’t yet finished, so I am fulfilling my word of my final review.

Like I said in the first review, I’m a little late to the game when it comes to this novel, and I definitely regret the fact that I waited for so long! I finished it in eight days. Not bad, right?! It involved lots of late nights and dedication, but it was well worth it.

I already mentioned how Donna Tartt has a beautiful writing style that makes you fall in love with the characters without realizing it. With her extreme details and excellent description of emotion (including depression, which I personally identified with), it takes you to a whole new level of empathizing with the characters. Let me add the fact that I teared up, okay, I cried, which is very rare for me to do with novels since I was an English major and am a tad critical with certain aspects.

It is no wonder this book won a Pulitzer Prize.

Have you read it yet?! What are your thoughts?!

Happy escaping into pages!

And for my next read? Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne

Magic on Fridays

I hope you all are having a fantastic Friday! Even though I still have my entire work day ahead of me. I get coffee from my favorite shop on Fridays, a little “go me! I made it though the week!” Reward. When I walked in, they asked me if I wanted a free cup of coffee! Uhhhh yeah! And now I can go to work with a happier attitude!

What is your Friday routine?!

In the Process

I average about a book a week, but The Goldfinch is giving me a run for my money! I have read so many great reviews on it – yes, I’m aware that I’m late to the party with this book’s popularity, and I was going to put an excuse as to why, but I don’t have a solid reason! So now, I only have a few hundred pages left, but I can tell you that Tartt writes so fluidly that she builds characterization without you realizing it – now that’s my favorite kind of characterization!

I will be giving my review on this novel toward the end of this week. Remember, it’s a long book! But so far, I keep wanting to come back to it and I really can’t put it down. With the turn of each page, Theo’s life is/has/could drastically change.

Have you read The Goldfinch? What was your opinion?