Fantasy, SJM, and What I've Been Reading
I love the fantasy genre. However, this is a fairly new love that I have discovered as an adult. I’ve been able to read so much more since graduating with my master’s. It truly is amazing how much time school consumes. I am so happy to have my free time to myself again once the work day is over, or the weekend arrives.
I have a distinct memory during my junior year in college of a comment a friend made to me in a bookstore. She and I were walking down an aisle, and her eyes lit up. She picked up a copy of Throne of Glass by SJM and grinned. “I love Sarah J. Maas!” She proclaimed.
Curious, I glanced at the other titles in the series on the shelf. “Would I like Sarah J. Maas?” I asked her.
She looked at me, shook her head. “Oh, no. This series would be too violent for you.”
Flash back to present day: I have read all 8 books in the Throne of Glass Series, all 3.5 books of the ACOTAR series (and am currently working through the newest release, ACOSF now), House of Earth and Blood, and even Batwoman: Soulstealer, that I’m fairly certain most SJM fans have not read.
I am a major fan of Sarah J. Maas.
She had put me in a box, and refused to let me out of it. I’m sure she made other comments such as that one, as she turned out to be a master manipulator. But this particular one I shall always remember because I adore reading. For a long, long time after my toxic relationship with that girl ended, I believed some of the things about my own personality that she had assumed before she knew me and foisted them upon me. I was young enough, naïve enough, and malleable enough at the time to try to fit into her perception of me as much as possible. It was not until I met Alex a full year later that I realized the damage she had caused.
Here is the moral of my story: don’t let the opinions of your friends define who you are or what you like. The friendship I had with that girl in college did not last long, but that one comment always stuck with me for the presumptuousness of it. I had read almost no fantasy up to that point. The fact that she did not encourage me to broaden my horizons, that she did not tell me more about why she enjoyed SJM speaks volumes about her.
Today, my preferred genre would be fantasy. But I have a taste for the classics as well, and I enjoy a good Kristen Hannah Novel when I come across one. I also enjoy a good memoir (I mean, Educated was just an incredible read.)
As this is only the first year I have been able to read again, I can’t even say with any certainty that fantasy will remain my preferred genre. The fact remains that I love to read anything and everything, whenever I have time to spare, which is a lot more these days.
Also, I wanted to share the below list of all the books I’ve read this year for anybody who is interested. Reading and literature is such an intrinsic part of my life. I hardly know anybody who shares that passion. But I love writing about it. I review every book I read, I research every author. I find books fascinating, and I hope that after reading this post you might as well.
1. A Court of Thorns and Roses—I gave SJM a less-than-stellar review on this one, but after reading the rest of the series I should really go back and change that. I certainly underestimated her.
2. A Court of Mist and Fury—My favorite in the ACOTAR series!!
3. A Court of Wings and Ruin—It was everything I expected.
4. A Court of Frost and Starlight—Such a cute novella on Rhys and Feyre and their court!
5. House of Earth and Blood: Crescent City—SJM’s slowest-paced read yet, but I enjoyed the character-development and slow-burn romance immensely. And that plot twist, though!
6. Deal With the Elf King—Who else bought this book because of that gorgeous cover?
7. The Sea Witch and the Mage—A short novella from VoraciousReadersOnly.
8. A Beauty so Cruel—An ARC romance novel I received from VoraciousReadersOnly. I’m not proud of this read. It was not a well-written book. Even though ARCs are meant to have some errors, this ARC felt as though it had not been edited at all. Don’t recommend.
9. The Real Deal—I liked this romance! Not so much the weird mystery thrown in. Also from VoraciousReadersOnly.
10. Catwoman: Soulstealer—Celaena reborn as Selina, if you know what I mean.
11. Wild Girl Running—Super cute romance based on Tarzan. Received from VaraciousReadersOnly.
12. Kingdom of Ash—My heart broke a few times, and I was so, so, so sad to end this series!
13. Rhythm of War—I would call myself a Brandon Sanderson fan. But I DNFd this one. Couldn’t take the prolonged Kaladin-running-around-the-castle-trying-to-figure-out-how-to-save-everyone.
14. The Invisible Life of Addie Laure—Why, yes, this one does live up to the hype.
15. CR: A Court of Silver Flames—Steamy and deep!!
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