I stole this from Kristin Kraves Books as I haven’t done a tag in a while and I have so many book reviews to write up that I decided not to do any of them. Makes sense, right?
The Last Book I Gave Up On
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
I know, I know. It’s practically sacrilege to admit you didn’t get on with this book, but I really can’t see the hype at all. I gave up at around the 80% mark. I probably could have pushed through until the end, although the massive reading slump just didn’t seem worth it for me. I found it to be slow, uninteresting and not particularly unique, although I know it is univerally loved.
The Last Book I Reread
N0S4R2 by Joe Hill
I first read this in 2014 and recently reread it over Christmas. If you’re thinking of reading it though, it’s not necessary to wait until Winter. The point of the story is that Christmas is creeping through at inappropriate times!
I liked it well enough this time around, although I found the writing to slightly more problematic. Too many unnecessary mentions of breasts!
The Last Book I Bought
Talking to the Dead: Kate and Maggie Fox and the Rise of Spiritualism by Barbara Weisberg
This was such a recent purchase that it only arrived today!
I’ve read and reviewed three different non-fiction books about Harry Houdini now (The Secret Life of Harry Houdini, Houdini and Conan Doyle and The Life and Afterlife of Harry Houdini) and the Fox sisters pop up almost every time. They were insanely successful ‘mediums’ in the Victorian era, who used a range of tricks to convince their clients that they were communicating with the dead.
This is a non-fiction account of their lives and their ‘careers,’ although I use the term loosely!
The Last Book I Said I Read But Actually Didn’t
I mean, I probably have done this at least once in my life, but not in recent years. Pass.
The Last Book I Wrote in the Margins Of
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
I don’t tend to write in my books either, but Starship Troopers was the last book that I had a lot to say about. I ended up being quite impressed by the pro-equality nature of the book, despite it being written by a cis white man in 1959. My review is here, if you’re interested.
The Last Book I Had Signed
Darkdawn (Nevernight #3) by Jay Kristoff
The last book that I had signed was Darkdawn, as I attended an in-person signing at Waterstones in Manchester, a few months before lockdown. You know, back when we all took that sort of thing for granted!
The last signed book that I obtained was probably in one of the book subscription boxes, all of which have gone completely out of my head. Shows how much I value those, doesn’t it….
The Last Book I Lost
Umm? Given I’ve barely left the house in ten months, I think it’s safe to say that I haven’t lost a book in a while!
The Last Book I Had To Replace
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Strictly speaking, I didn’t have to replace this one. I’ve only read it twice, so it’s not like it’s worn out.
That said, I did just buy a fancy new edition of Ready Player Two and obviously I had to buy the matching copy of the first book… so technically I replaced it!
The Last Book I Argued Over
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
I didn’t exactly get into any arguments about Addie LaRue, but my opinion of it did differ to the generally accepted opinion. I also got into some discussions with my friend Katy, as we both read it at the same time.
Click the above for my review, but essentially I just didn’t get it. I loved the concept, but the execution just didn’t work for me.
The Last Book You Couldn’t Find
I know Agatha Christie books aren’t exactly hard to find, but annoyingly they have recently changed the covers. It’s only a slight change (the author’s name is now in capital text on the spine, where it should be in handwriting as on the above picture), but it drives me insane when they’re on a shelf.
Unfortunately I hadn’t completed my collection before they changed, and now I’m stuck trying to guess what will be on the spine before buying copies online!