Posted in Book Memes

WWW Wednesday: September 19, 2018

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words! All you have to do is answer the following three questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


What are you currently reading?

childrenofbloodandbone

Children of Blood and Bone is my book club’s pick for this month, and I just started it. I’ve heard so many amazing things about this book, so I’m excited to dig in!

thelittleperfumeshopoffchampselysees

I wanted to add in a fun, easy read, so The Little Perfume Shop off the Champs-Élysées seemed like a good pick!

What did you recently finish reading?

psistillloveyou

Of the three books in the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series, P.S. I Still Love You was my favorite. I will go more into detail about it in the triple mini review post that I will write up soon. (5 Stars)

alwaysandforeverlarajean

I actually liked Always and Forever, Lara Jean the least of all in the series. Again, I’ll get more into this in my review post. I still liked it though! (4 Stars)

stationeleven

Station Eleven was a really interesting book. I appreciated the narrative structure of weaving in and out between the distant past, the not so distant past, and the present day. It made for a feeling of discovery all throughout the book, which kept me engaged and wanting to find out more. I did find the sections from the distant past to be a little bit slow, and wishing for them to get back to the interesting parts of the story, but I also realize that they were necessary for the furthering of the plot. Overall, I found this to be an awesome read! This is great for people who love YA dystopian novels and are looking to graduate to adult literature. (4.5 Stars)

What do you think you’ll read next?

ashprincess

I have had the ARC for Ash Princess sitting on my shelf for a long time. I am going to read this one next because Laura Sebastian is going to be at the Southern Festival of Books in a few weeks, and I want to read it before I go to her panel 🙂

bookishboyfriends

I want to read Bookish Boyfriends: A Date with Darcy next for the same reason as Ash Princess. Tiffany Schmidt is going to be at the Southern Festival of Books this year too.


Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on them? What are you currently reading? Let me know down in the comments!

Love and happy reading,

Posted in Book Reviews

Book Review: Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2)

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Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon ~ 754 pages ~ published 7/1/92 by Dell

Goodreads Synopsis:

For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland’s majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones about a love that transcends the boundaries of time …and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his…

Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire’s spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising …and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves…

What I Thought:

After absolutely loving the first book in the Outlander series (you can read my review of book one here), I was very excited to read Dragonfly in Amber. It was much to my dismay that I had such a hard time getting into this book. I have been trying to finish this book since April…which is unheard of for me.

I am generally able to get through a book this size within a few weeks, maybe a month tops. To this day, I’m still not exactly sure what it is about Dragonfly in Amber that didn’t capture me. It was incredibly well researched. Gabaldon, as always, writes absolutely beautifully. The characters are interesting and well-written. All in all, I should be jumping up and down for joy over this book. But, I had to actually schedule out chapters to motivate me to finish reading it.

By the last quarter of the book, I was really flying through it. The entire part of the book after Claire and Jamie return to Scotland was incredibly interesting to me. The beginning of the book, in the 1960’s, was slow for me. I felt the same way about the pre-time-travel section in the first book, so I was expecting it. However, the whole section of the book that took place in Paris (which was at least half, if not more) was just…meh.

I’m not sure if pacing was the issue, or if it was something else. Generally, if it takes me months to get through a book, I will just set it aside and move on. However, I have been told by other Outlander fans that book two is not as good as the others, and that I should push through. I’ve heard great things about book three, so I’m glad that I finished Dragonfly in Amber, if only so that I can move on to the rest of the series.

My Rating:

3.5/5.0

I gave this book 3.5 STARS. I originally gave it 4 Stars, if only because Gabaldon is such an amazing writer, who wrote captivating characters and did incredibly thorough research. But the immense effort that it took for me to get through this book docked it a bit more in the points for me.


Are you interested in learning more about this book/series? Check out the links below!

Diana Gabaldon’s Website

Diana Gabaldon’s Twitter

Dragonfly in Amber on Goodreads

Purchase Dragonfly in Amber on Amazon


Have you read Dragonfly in Amber? Are you a fan of the Outlander series? Do you watch the tv show? Let me know down in the comments! 

Love and happy reading,