2013 Wrap-Up: Top Ten Books/Series I've Read
Ten Eleven Books/Series I've Read
It was one of those what-the-heck, I have nothing to do decisions. Typhoon Haiyan cut the power (and most basic necessities) so anything electronic to amuse you was out of commission. So you look through your TBR pile, you noticed that you recently got the third and final book to a series (even if you haven't read a book from that series but you absolutely had to get them) and you start reading the first book.
It was one of the best decisions I've made.
Hahahaha. Since fanfiction is out, I get to put in manga! And Basara is absolutely one of the best out there. It's not really that popular but reading this 27-volume manga did not disappoint. Basara is somewhat geared towards mature audiences. Uhm, no erotica here. It's just that there are "themes and languages that are not suitable for very young audiences". It covers almost anything you can think of - action, adventure, romance, betrayal, torture, journey, twists, girls-disguised-as-boys, rape, boys-disguised-as-exotic-dancers, Asagi's tongue, WTF-I-thought-he-was-the-real-villain, beaches, snowy mountains... you get the idea.
Bridges had done a good job of weaving fantasy and fact together into one cohesive story that lets you fall in that world and experience what its is to be part of Europe's elite.
It is not one of those books that explodes in your face, yelling: "Yes! This is it. This is the story. This is the plot. This is the action. The main character is now thrust into a world she didn't know existed but always a part of it. She is an all-powerful being, the One who would be the key to everything! Mwahahahaha!"
No, The Sweetest Dark is not that.
It's not that, yes, but the love triangle! I'm team Jesse. JESSE! Why did he have to go join the stars!?!
This story slowly unfolded so slow that you wonder if something was going to happen at all. But when you finally laid out a map of the place, were introduced to the important characters, and got the mission you were waiting for, then the ball started rolling and quite at steady pace.
I am happy to report that the romance was very well done. No instalove! Hurray! *throws confetti* Just as the story slowly built, so do the romance between Katharine and Lane. Unlike a number of stories we can all name, the book did not focus on these two sorry individuals, it focused on the story at hand. In fact, we can say that their romance was not yet fully realized in this book and I think it would continue to unfold in the next one which I would be happy to read.
10. 45 Pounds by K.A. Barson
Thank you for this. Seriously. Thank you.
You've captured the struggles those of us who have weight issues. And with all the pressures and the fads running rampant in the world today, then the positive image you portrayed here is a big help.
Thanks for the inspiration.