My Summer Reads!

Even with my crazy busy summer I still managed to squeeze in some reading time. I read some really great books and discovered a whole new series that I fell in love with. Here are some of my favourites from the past couple of months!

Vanessa and Her Sister – Priya Parmar

vanessa-and-her-sisterThis was an absolutely beautiful book. The writing and imagery are just wonderful and I enjoyed drinking it in. Parmar did some major research for this one and it felt as though I got a true window into the lives of the Stephen sisters in a style that echoed that of Virginia Woolf herself. Definitely check this one out if you’re a fan of Virginia Woolf or this time period.

 

Mechanica – Betsy Cornwell

mechanicaI really enjoyed this Cinderella re-telling. Nicolette is smart and I loved the descriptions of the different machines that she made. She loved her work – and that made me love it too. She was very hands on with her work and I loved watching her plan out her creations and how every little piece went together. What I like most about this retelling is that Nicolette is driven to save herself and to make her dreams come true. She may get a little distracted by a good-looking boy, but she still wants to build a future for herself, by herself, and that solid determination is what I love about this story.

 

The Dresden Files – Jim Butcher

storm-frontThis summer I actually read the first 9 books of this series – which shows you how much I enjoyed them! These books have amazing action, awesome magic fights, and tackle hum-drum fantasy creatures like vampires in utterly refreshing ways. The books are absolutely gripping, but carry a genuinely satisfying amount of character building and big picture plot lines that made these the ideal package for me.

While the books don’t necessarily need to be read in order, it certainly is better for the usual reasons: world building; context; etc. Still, I’m going to highlight two of my favourites from the series:

 

Summer Knight (The Dresden Files #4)

summer-knightIf you are a fan of faeries, this is the book for you. This story has some serious bad ass, utterly terrifying, gorgeous faeries that are fighting an all out war – and I love them. Additionally, this book is full of some of the most beautiful imagery I have ever read. Butcher’s use of colours was staggering, and I am so in love with the scenery alone in this book.

 

Dead Beat (The Dresden Files #7)

dead-beatThis book for me was just an utter delight. Not only did this book have some solid bad guys, it had some serious big time magic that was absolutely thrilling to read, and showed me just how effing bad ass Harry Dresden is. Not to mention how many times this book made me laugh, and showed that no matter how ridiculous an idea is, Jim Butcher will do it and make it awesome.

 

To check out what other books I read this summer, visit my Goodreads page! What about you? Did you fall in love with any great books this summer? Leave them in the comments!

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Hello Fall!

When I took my summer vacation this year I was determined I would start TheLibraryLife up again the first week of September. I even started writing this blog post a week early, knowing things would be busy. I thought to myself, yes, I’m going to be so on top of things! I’ll be so organized! Oh, what’s that you say? It’s September 18th? Right…

I really can’t believe fall is already here. I have had such a busy summer. In the span of 5 weeks I discovered I was moving, packed up my apartment, drove halfway across a continent, found a new apartment and a new job, and I feel like things have barely slowed down! But I’m not complaining – I’m now within sight of the gorgeous Rocky Mountains and I┬áhave gone on a couple of amazing hikes. It’s been crazy, but my books are on my bookshelf and it’s starting to feel like home.

Now that life is (a little) more settled, TheLibraryLife is back up and running. I can’t wait to share all the great books I read this summer! I also get to explore a new library system with shiny new library tech. I have to catch up on what everyone else has been reading too! We all know I need more books on my To-Read shelf. ;)