Well, this is embarrassing. Would you believe that I haven't finished reading-reading any books since my last Book Chat? I just looked through my Kindle and I started six books to read in the last month, none of which made it past the 13% mark. None of them caught my attention enough to keep pulling me along. :( That's really kind of sad.
But I have started a book that I pre-ordered and I hope that it captures me fully soon. Otherwise, I'm going to be one sad panda.
The other reason I don't have any other books to tell you about is because I re-read CRASH LAND ON KURAI and I also read UGLY BEAUTIFUL GIRL
There were lots of audiobooks, though, so let's get to those!
CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by Sarah J. Maas
Though I wasn't bowled over by THRONE OF GLASS, the first book in this series, I decided to give CROWN OF MIDNIGHT a chance, and I'm glad I did. I enjoyed the second book more than the first, even though I'm still not overly excited about the world built in these novels. Maybe it's because fantasy is not my first choice of genres to read? I don't know. I'm still a newbie reader to these kinds of books. Still, I'm looking forward to getting the third book in the series and seeing where the story goes. It's a solid recommendation because Maas's writing style is just so good. I will definitely be checking out her other series when I'm done with this one.
TWO DOWN, BUN TO GO by H. Y. Hanna
Another totally fun and witty adventure with the Oxford Tea Room cast of characters. I didn't see the murderer coming in this one, and I felt like Hanna wove a great tale from beginning to end. This is one of my favorite audiobook series, so if you're thinking about trying out cozy mysteries, you should definitely give these a try! I think I blazed through this one in only a couple of days. It was highly addictive.
DEFY THE STARS by Claudia Gray
Guys, THIS BOOK. I so loved this book from beginning to end. I had purchased this one on a Bookbub forever ago, and then out of the blue, my friend Diana suggested I get the audiobook because the male narrator was so perfect for the android protagonist, Abel. She was right! Nate Begle did the best android voice. It was so spot-on. And I loved the the female narrator on this too, yet I can't find her name anywhere. :( What a disappointment! It's not mentioned on the Audible nor Amazon listing.
Anyway, the world-building on this was unique, a system of a few planets all connected by wormholes in a loop. There was lots of great internal struggle between personal and societal issues. I connected well with both Noemi and Abel, and I was totally in love with Abel by the end (and yes, he's an android, so that's a little weird but also wow.) I can't recommend this one enough!
In the interest of full disclosure, I have left one audiobook off of today's Book Chat because I did not enjoy it, and when I was done with it, I decided I won't be continuing with the series. It still counts towards my year-end total though!
So all in all, I listened to 4 audiobooks and tons of podcasts in the last two months. So far this year, I've listened to 19 audiobooks and I hope to get in a few more before the end of the year.