Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Two Recent Reads #1: Wild Swans & Owl and the City of Angels

Today I will be writing two short reviews for two of my most recent reads!
The nonfiction, autobiography book Wild Swans and the fantasy, vampire book Owl and the City of Angels (The Adventures of Owl #2).

Let's dive right in.

Jung Chang
Pages: 562
Genres: Nonfiction, Memoir, Autobiography
Published: January 1st 1991
Source: Digital Copy
Goodreads score: 4.26
My score:

Thanks to Arjen for reading this book with me! I've been talking about it with friends and family a lot. I think this is a really important book. The fact that it's banned in China says enough.

This book has a complex story, but is never puzzling, or hard to understand. I did feel like it was pretty slow at some points, with huge chapters, and that's the only reason I'm giving it 4 stars.

It was very hard for me to believe that things like this history of China really happened. That people would do horrible things to each other. I always have a hard time understanding and grasping the idea of doing such things, and that's what makes this an impactful book for me.

Author: Kristi Charish
Pages: 423 / 14h 19m
Genres: Fantasy, Vampires
Published: October 5th 2015
Source: Audible
Goodreads score: 3.82
My score:

Listening to the Owl books is starting to become a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. I feel like these really aren't the best fantasy books I've ever read, but the narrator is fun and does great voices and accents. The stories are fast paced and the main character has a lovely amount of sarcasm and banter to keep me entertained. So I will definitely keep listening to these books!

The archeology and gaming are still parts for me that stand out and that I'm enjoying. I feel like the combination of the two is pretty unique in a book. 

I am still somewhat annoyed by Owl, who is highly impulsive and has to be rescued by chance or friends multiple times. But I will take that for granted, because the story keeps me entertained!

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