The Happiest Reading Challenge: Updates

Just call me Scatter Brain McGee over here, because I’ve been meaning to (and forgetting to) talk about what I thought of Six of Crows after I read it! Oops! Shame on me, I know. As I’d mentioned before, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo was my May book selection for the Happiest Reading Challenge I’m taking part in, started by super-friendly blogger, The Happiest Pixel.

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Cover and Author of Six of Crows.

Despite what my lack of a timely review might indicate, I was absolutely head over heels infatuated with this book! It was seriously never a dull moment with criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker and his crew. From start to finish this book kept me intrigued and guessing as it surprised me time and time again with twist after delightful twist.

As is a very important thing for me when reading a book, I also loved the characters. They’re quite the mixed bag, and Bardugo manages to hop from POV to POV effortlessly throughout the tale in a way that never seems jarring or off-putting in the slightest. I myself have absolutely no problem with books with multiple POV shifts throughout the chapters, but I know some people who do, and I doubt even they would have minded in this book. It flows very nicely.

I’ve talked before about how beautiful I think the actual book is with its black-edged pages and gorgeous cover, so I won’t get much into that, other than to say that the writing is just as lovely as the book itself.

I could just keep on going on about how enjoyable of a read this was, but I’m gonna keep it brief and say: If you like a good heist story and want to read a book that lives up to all the hype, this is a damn good one to go with. Can’t wait to read the next one.

So, that covers May’s part of the challenge, but what about June so far? I mentioned already that I would be reading The Lies of Locke Lamora for this portion of the challenge, but believe it or not, I cannot find where I put the book!! *GASP* Like, what the hell? Did it just sprout legs and bound off somewhere? There is a possibility that I may have taken it to my boyfriend’s and left it there, but as my brain has been busy forgetting to post about Six of Crows it also took on the task of forgetting to ask my bf about the M.I.A. book as well. Sigh . . . one day I’ll get it all together, but today is not that day.

In the mean time, I’ve begun reading Gail Carriger’s first book in The Parasol Protectorate series, Soulless.

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Cover and Author of Soulless.

I’ve already read andΒ reviewed the manga trilogy based off of this series of paranormal steampunk novels, so I knew what I was getting into already. And that is a witty historical fiction series set in Victorian England. I’m interested to see how the manga series (which was only three volumes) will compare and differ to the source material, which is five novels.

Those are my updates for the reading challenge so far. How’s your reading going at the moment? Into any interesting books right now?

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12 thoughts on “The Happiest Reading Challenge: Updates”

  1. Without sounding like a sap (suck ass, brown nose) I could read just about anything you write. You write how, I imagine, you would speak it. The crows one sounds intriguing. I like the idea of the edges of the paper being black. I’ve just started reading a biography of Dave Grohl called “This is a call”. It’s ok but I’m not loving the authors writing style.

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    1. Oh! haha Why, thank you! πŸ˜€ That is really nice to hear. I always worry that I ramble on like a weirdo in my blog posts, so I really do appreciate that feedback. πŸ™‚
      I love Dave Grohl! That’s too bad that the writer’s style isn’t doing the biography any justice though. Hopefully it’ll get a little better the more you read of it.

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  2. When I was in college one of my friends used to say that the faeries borrowed missing books lol. They’d always bring them back, but they’d just go missing for a time and then reappear. It was so random, but it happened quite often during that summer we all took classes. Hopefully you’ll find it soon! I have Six of Crows on my TBR list and I think I might own it on Kindle so I’ll probably be reading it soon.

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  3. I’m so glad that you enjoyed Six of Crows! It’s one of my all time favourite books, so I’m always happy to see people enjoy that book as well. πŸ˜€ I have read The Parasol Protectorate series and I enjoyed it a lot. They are such fun reads and I hope you enjoy them as well.

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    1. Oh, thank you! πŸ˜€ Yeah, SoC was such a great read, and I’m loving Soulless so far as well. I’m bummed that I have to put Soulless on hold for a few days to knock out the book I’m reading for book club. lol I just wanna finish it!

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