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the 8 books I magically read this semester

Although I had no time to sleep this semester, I somehow found time to read 8 books this semester on my tablet! 

When I wasn’t doing architecture work, showering, or napping, I was reading. I read while I ate, while I brushed my teeth, sat on the toilet, while I worked on studio, and also while I took my studio breaks. 

Well. I only read books from two different authors, and I read two trilogies, which are pretty much like reading one huge long book. So I only really read four books. o_o

1. 2. 3. Hunger Games Trilogy
I’m sorry to say that I was not a big fan of these books, even though I did read them all. Haha. It was a novel concept at first, but by the 2nd and 3rd books, the “hunger games” aspect of it all became incredibly forced. Just like every bit of romance in this series. The fact that Katniss couldn’t decide how she felt about the boys swooning over her until the middle of the 3rd book was a dumb plot device. Also, Katniss is too much of a dq throughout the 2nd and 3rd books. =|

4. 5. 6. Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
I’m a huge fan of fantasy, so I really enjoyed this trilogy. It’s about a civilization with a huge oppressed population, where some of the elite have abilities when they consume certain metals. It’s hard to sum up, but the class struggles in this book were pretty great. This author loves writing about religion, so there is a lot of talk of religion in this book. One of the characters is even a scholar of religion. Hah.

7. The Way of the Kings by Brandon Sanderson
My favorite book out of the 8 I read this semester. It took everything that was good about Mistborn and made it better. Again, hard to sum, but at the core of it is an assassinated king who starts following after an old and forgotten text called “the way of the kings”, which is a collection of parables on morality, honor, etc. I thought there were many Biblical references in this book, which is sometimes unnerving, and sometimes fascinating. 

8. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
It was a somewhat underwhelming read after the Way of the Kings. It’s basically about an almost immortal God-like group of people who suddenly turn into zombie-like creatures one day and nobody knows why. And then there’s this whole other thing where a high priest comes to the nation to convert them into a certain religion or the nation will be destroyed by the other nation. Strange concept, but compelling characters. 

Now I’m going through the Game of Thrones. I had watched a few episodes without being impressed by them. But now I’m sure I’d enjoy it, because I’d actually know who the characters are. It’s a long series. At this rate, I’m sure I’ll finish it before the end of the year, if not the summer.