The Novice (Summoner #1) by Taran Matharu // ★★★.5 // I was so hesitant about this book. I’d seen some really negative reviews on it, mostly people saying that this book has so many elements of other popular fantasy novels. I do agree with that. Yet I still really enjoyed it. I’m actually thinking of upping my rating to a 4-star read. Once I put aside my issue with the familiarity, I ended up truly enjoying the book. I’ve written a full review which you can find here, if you’re interested.
Damage Done by Amanda Panitch // ★★★★ // I felt like reading a mystery novel after finishing The Novice, so I picked up Damage Done, as I had received it via Netgalley quite a while ago. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It kept me intrigued, and although I did guess a bit of the twist, I was still left surprised by the ending. If you want to read my full review on it, you can find it here.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire // ★★★★★ // I had started listening to the audio-book weeks ago. But I stopped listening with only 2 hours to go! So I figured I’d listen to the ending this week. I love these books so much, and Stephen Fry’s narration only adds to it.
White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black // ★★★★ // After listening to the Goblet of Fire, I wanted to listen to another audio-book. Then I remembered that Jesse Eisenberg narrates this series by Holly Black. I love Jesse Eisenberg, ever since The Social Network and Now You See Me, so I jumped on that. I ended up really enjoying this! And it was only like 6.5 hours.
Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare // ★★★★★ // So yesterday, I looked over to my shelf and saw this trilogy sitting there. I read the first book in 2013, and really enjoyed it. Yet I heard a spoiler about it, so hadn’t felt like continuing since. Also, I’m not a big fan of Cassandra Clare. I do not really like the Mortal Instruments, and I gave up on that after book 4. I actually would like someone to tell me the ending of that series -after I finish the 3rd book in this trilogy. I’m so glad I didn’t give up on her as an author though, because I ended up loving this.
Yes, I read a lot. And you might be thinking: Jolien, don’t you have exams soon? Yes, I do. But I read when I’m stressed. It calms me down, and makes me feel rested. Plus, you need them study breaks!
I didn’t really watch a lot this week. With all the studying and reading, there wasn’t much time for anything else. But I watched the remainder of season 10 of Supernatural -only one more season before I’m caught up again. And I watched part of season 5 of Game of Thrones. I haven’t seen ANY of the new episodes, because I feel like I need to refresh what happens in season 5. I never really saw it, and as the happenings in the book differ from that in the series, I need to figure out what actually happened on TV.
Well, not much to say here. I studied. I got a blood test done by the doctor, who states that I am healthy.
My exams start the 4th of June. I’m not THAT nervous, mostly because I still have some time to prepare. However, I’m defending my thesis tomorrow. #nervousashell
That was my week. How was yours? Did you do anything fun? Did you read or watch anything?