June rewind

This is a somewhat late look back at the books I read in June, some of which I haven’t entirely finished yet. Shush. This is what I read in June. And I didn't finish Sophie's World. I stopped reading it, because it really fucking pissed me off. It's supposed to be a classic, but I don't care, it's made me angry so I don't want to read it. So there. I'm a grown-up. 

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
It’s so good. It’s so good. I should stop saying that. It’s a bit hard to explain, I tried explaining the concept to my cousin, but he did not get it, but I’ll try. The protagonist, Vin, can swallow metals and alloys, usually in liquid form, and then she can burn these metals and alloys and use them to affect other people’s emotions, enhance her senses, make herself stronger. She can also use them to move, she basically uses the magnetism in metals to pull herself towards something, or push herself away from something. She is what’s called a Mistborn, and is recruited by another Mistborn, Kelsier, who is planning to overthrow the evil lord. About 1000 years ago something happened. It’s never explained. And the man who is now the lord ruler claims he saved them. Anyway. It’s amazing. The world building is sensational, their magic is amazing, the characters, oh my GOD. Vin is so interesting and damaged and amazin’. Kelsier is just crazy enough. The rest of the crew is lovely and fun and cool. I love it, I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen
So, poetry. I liked the weirdness. I think I sort of need to learn how to read poetry, I obviously should have paid more attention in school, but it’s too late now. I think Cohen has an interesting way of writing. I like the way he puts words together. I like that he doesn’t have like a certain style. There are some short ones and some really long ones, and some rhyme and some just make no sense. I really liked it and I feel like reading more poetry. Which is good I guess.

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
I’m not entirely done, because I’m an idiot, but you know. I’m almost finished. It’s a lot of fun. This is stuff that I learned in school, atoms and the big bang, and all that hoo-ha. It’s a lot of fun. It’s also a lot of things I never learned. It is all very interesting and it’s a sort of easy way of learning it, or reading it, because Bill Bryson is not a scientist, and he isn’t writing for scientists, which is cool, so it’s more comprehensible than when a very smart scientist explains something and assumes you know what they’re talking about. This is a weird sentence. I really like it.

Moon Called and Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
They are friggin’ awesome. I didn’t really expect it. I don’t know why, they have great reviews on Goodreads. So the books are about Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson, a skinwalker, who lives in Washington State, next door to the area’s hot alpha werewolf, Adam, and works as a mechanic in a shop previously owned by a gremlin (a fae). She is tough, and badass, and she can change into a coyote. And suddenly things start going down, people are attacking Adam’s pack and kidnapping his daughter. In the second book there is a creepy vampire thing going down and a creepy magician-vampire wreaking havoc.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Baaaah. It’s amazing. It was very a satisfying ending. The writing is still just completely gorgeous. The story is so fascinating. The plot is gorgeous, oh my God. So I’ll try to make sense. This is the conclusion of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, and *SPOILERS* in the second book the angel army goes to our earth in the hope of getting earth weapons, like bombs and stuff so they can pretty much level Eretz and finally get rid of the chimaera. Karou and Akiva are trying to get their armies of chimaera and Misbegotten angels to cooperate and they’re trying to work out their confused feelings. Meanwhile an expedition of American and Moroccan scientists uncover the massgrave of chimaera that Karou and the others have made and are completely confused. One of them turns out to have nightmares of angels, and I really loved her story and I loved her too. I just really loved all of it. It’s really satisfying, and it’s just a beautiful ending. Thank you Laini Taylor. I think I’m going to go back and reread the whole trilogy. It was just really good.