Nicole Reads

Nicole Reads

Consumed with wanderlust. Dreams of writing her own novel. Devours books. Fluent in Spanglish. Intersectional feminist.

Review
3 Stars
[REVIEW] Fence #2 by C.S. Pacat & Johanna the Mad
Fence #2 - C.S. Pacat, Johanna Lindsey, Joana Lafuente

Super short comic that sets up the tension. Can't wait to read the next one.

Review
4 Stars
[REVIEW] the sun and her flowers by rupi kaur
The Sun and Her Flowers - Rupi Kaur
what is stronger
than the human heart
which shatters over and over
and still lives



The first book of the year! And what a good pick it was. I enjoyed this volume more than her first one. I related to it more and found myself Snapchatting/saving a ton of pages. As usual, Ms. Kaur writes about difficult subjects and doesn't try to sugarcoat them with metaphors, which at first can be jarring, but at the same time, it's liberating to read.

Review
3 Stars
[REVIEW] Veinte Poemas de Amor y Una Canción Desesperada by Pablo Neruda
Veinte poemas de amor y una cancion desesperada - á
Es tan corto el amor, y es tan largo el olvido.


Después de leer
No hay manera que Neruda y yo peguemos una pero por lo menos esta me gustó un poco más que la otra colección de poemas que leí. 

Antes de leer
Porque Francis dice que toda persona debe de leer por lo menos dos libros de Pablo Neruda en su vida.

Review
3 Stars
[REVIEW] A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong by Cecilia Grant
A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong: A Blackshear Family novella - Cecilia Grant

It's hard to point out what I did or didn't like about this book. I did love how self-aware the hero was and how he took responsibility for himself and his actions. I enjoyed Ms. Grant's voice, though her prose proved difficult for me to read at times. I had a hard time figuring out who was talking. The setting felt Christmas-y but not too Christmas-y. The characters were good on their own, but I didn't feel they had chemistry in their scenes but I still wanted them to end up together.

 

Be warned: this book does not contain a fully fleshed out sex scene, which caught me by surprise.

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Review
3 Stars
[REVIEW] Fence #1 by C.S. Pacat & Johanna the Mad
Fence #1 - C.S. Pacat, Johanna Lindsey

I really liked this comic. The art is awesome and the story is intriguing but BOY this is SHORT. It ends in a massive cliffhanger, which only makes me actively crave the second volume like RIGHT NOW but I did feel that it ended too abruptly for my taste.

Review
3 Stars
[REVIEW] Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
milk and honey - rupi kaur
she was a rose
in the hands of those
who had no intention
of keeping her
7%



This collection of poems was not what I expected. It hit me in the feels, I needed some time to collect my thoughts and gasp for air. I also didn't expect how raw that first section would be. I'm still recovering.

I read this in one sitting. The illustrations were a very nice touch, I took some time to examine each. The downside is that some of the poems do become very repetitive which made part of the experience lose its impact. Also, some of the imagery was really powerful while others were so convoluted I wasn't very sure of what I was reading.

Still, I liked it and the letter to the reader at the end made me tear up.

Reading progress update: I've read 12%.
milk and honey - rupi kaur

This is really hitting close to home.

Reading progress update: I've read 9%.
milk and honey - rupi kaur

I read on a friend's twitter feed that she felt like an empty well and I found myself feeling the same. And so here I am, trying to read something that is not university related to see if I can fill up that well even a little bit.

 

That being said, this poetry book is not quite what I expected.

Review
3 Stars
[REVIEW] The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine
The Impostor Queen - Sarah Fine

This book is perfectly ok. Nothing remarkable but I enjoyed it because it helped me disconnect from the stress of grad school. In fact, the first 100 pages are a bit tedious to get through. I found myself uninterested and close to abandoning it, but I didn’t because I did like the protagonist Elli and I wanted to know what would happen to her. Turns out, a lot of shit happens to her. It was both horrifying and refreshing to see the main character not walk out unscathed from certain life-threatening situations. The danger feels very real in this world.

I teared up a few times because of the emotion Elli stirred in me, even so, it didn’t grip me. The story is fine, the characters are flawed, and you do grow to care about some of them, but overall, I expected to feel more emotionally impacted...

...mainly when certain characters die/are killed. Like when Mim died? That was so anti-climatic, and I think that Elli got over her first love's death pretty quickly.

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I did enjoy the lore and the descriptions of the magic. I loved that the heroine was bisexual. That was a big plus for me.

However, I'm not filled with an overwhelming need to find out what happens. I'm perfectly fine not reading the next two books in the series.

Reading progress update: I've read 386 out of 415 pages.
The Impostor Queen - Sarah Fine

Good grief, I am dizzy from all that is happening at the same time.

Reading progress update: I've read 356 out of 415 pages.
The Impostor Queen - Sarah Fine

I have no idea what is happening, but I don't see how this can't be resolved by the end of this book. I think. Maybe. Now I'm wondering how is it that this is a trilogy?

Reading progress update: I've read 295 out of 415 pages.
The Impostor Queen - Sarah Fine

And I'm back to reading and ignoring all my responsibilities :D 

Reading progress update: I've read 239 out of 415 pages.
The Impostor Queen - Sarah Fine

Stopping here for tonight. Tomorrow I have responsibilities, but I may just sneak in a chapter or two.

Reading progress update: I've read 233 out of 415 pages.
The Impostor Queen - Sarah Fine

"Oh," he whispers, his eyes fluttering shut. "Thank you."

 

AY COSHITA.

Reading progress update: I've read 214 out of 415 pages.
The Impostor Queen - Sarah Fine

It just got reeeeeal interesting, ish, sort of. 

Reading progress update: I've read 150 out of 415 pages.
The Impostor Queen - Sarah Fine

I'm invested, but I'm also not. This is confusing but I'm still reading.

currently reading

Progress: 20/234pages