title: in the buddha's words: an anthology of discourses from the pali canon
author: bhikkhu bodhi
rating: 8/10
completed: ?

this book is all about the teachings of buddhism. the thing i liked most was the philosophical messages, for example uprooting cravings, living righteously, etc.
title: heavier than heaven: a biography of kurt cobain
author: charles r. cross
rating: 9/10
completed: feb. 2021

this was the first time i've ever read a biography of someone, i was very interested to learn all about my favorite rockstar kurt cobain! this book details all the extreme highs and lows of his short life. it was awesome to learn all about him, what his personality was like, what his childhood and adolescence were like, and how that affected and influenced his music. i very much enjoyed reading the inspirations behind so many songs i love. this book is very depressing too, and gives a lot of insight on the pain kurt was going through in his life.
title: prince of thorns
author: mark lawrence
rating: 6/10
completed: ?

the best thing about this book is the gritty grim setting it takes place. i did enjoy reading it and i like the fact that the main character had questionable morals. my critique is that there is a lack of likeable characters, there are some that have some likable qualities but i felt there needed to be more development for them. granted this was the first book and there are more in the series, there might be more development in future books.
title: the name of the wind (the kingkiller chronicle #1)
author: patrick rothfuss
rating: 10/10
completed: ?

the name of the wind and the wise mans fear are 2 of my favorite books and really what got me back into reading. the story is very interesting (albeit maybe a little slow going) but what is so good about this is the richness of the characters specifically kvothe. i feel like i have learned a lot from kvothe, i.e. how to be cool. i think hes a great example of like, a character who is over the top awesome in every way but still believable and likeable. all the little details about him are what makes me like him so much, he loves things with pockets, his cleverness, his music, etc. also following his story from the slums to being a badass student mage is very moving.

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there are a lot of scenes that have really stuck with me even though i read these books a while ago. for example, when hes a kid and he gets beat to shit by a guard in the snow and all the people dressed like angels run past him uncaring, while the 2 dressed as demons were the only ones to try and help him. when he cries in auri's lap. when he gets whipped in front of the entire school and doesn't bleed. literally any scene with tempi in it. etc etc. there are a lot of really great characters besides kvothe (tempi, bast, devi, auri, simmon to name a few of my favs) and even tho the story is told from kvothe's perspective you still get a good read on them. it can feel like the story is slow going since you kno he's supposed to be a king killer or something but the plot moves so fluidly that you don't even realize a lot has happened. tldr these are really good books i hope i'm not dead by the time the third one comes out.
title: the wise man's fear (the kingkiller chronicle #2)
author: patrick rothfuss
rating: 8/10
completed: ?

(see review for the name of the wind ^^^)

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this sequel was still very good, although there were things i didnt like as much about it. my biggest complaint, it seriously haunts me. when kvothe was having sex with the demon lady for months in the magic forrest. WTF!! i dont want to read about this teenager, who i have followed the story of since he was a child, having sex with an insane demon faerie, for like 300 pages, that has absolutely nothing to do with the plot. not to mention, this is supposed to be a trilogy, and time wasted on this could have been spent actually i dont know killing kings chronically??? (aaand thats why the next book will never come out, branderson will have to complete this one along with a song of ice and fire)
title: the final empire (mistborn #1)
author: brandon sanderson
rating: 10/10
completed: april 2022

ahhhhh omg. this was amazing, dare i say this was a perfect book. i have started several books over the last few months, but this is the only one ive been able to finish. having read the stormlight archive i knew brandon sanderson would not disappoint. i love the magic system of allomancy, it is very unique. i love the ashen world they live in. my favorite characters were kelsier, elend, and vin. i liked all the characters tho! and im glad to finally be reading more of the 'cosmere', i hope soon i can understand the full scope of it lol. i definitely plan on reading the next book immediately.

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my biggest and only complaint was kelsier dying. grrrr i understand in retrospect why it had to happen for the plot, but i was beyond pissed at reading that. basically he got bitch slapped by the lord ruler and unceremoniously died. i hated that as kelsier is my husband. im hoping he comes back to life somehow in the next books because i find it pretty surprising for the main character to die in the very first book in the series. he is just such a good main character and i can't really imagine the rest of the books not having him in them...

one of my fav moments from the very end was finding out that vin's brother had never betrayed her at all, and had actually died protecting her. i absolutely loved vin and elend's romance. elend is so... perfect. the philosopher nobleman's son who reads anarchist books at balls, ahhh... he is an angel. i loved vin sm too, she is easy for me to project on to lol. i love that she is so strong. my favorite moment from the entire book prbly was when she saved elend from the near assassination attempt. she risked it all for him!!! ahhhh
title: the way of kings (the stormlight archive #1)
author: brandon sanderson
rating: 10/10
completed: ?

this was a really awesome book, i like the fact that it follows several different characters and they are pretty much all super interesting. my favorite characters were kaladin, dalinar, and adolin. i especially liked to follow kaladin's story because his life as slave was wild. he is literally jesus. his way of leading those around him was very impressive and cool. dalinar is awesome, i love how straight forward and honest he is it's almost ridiculous but he is so respectable and reliable. as for adolin, i love his playboy nature but still has some of the qualities of his straight arrow father. tbh i didnt care too much about shallans story but i didn't dislike it or anything, but following dalinar and kaladin's lives were more entertaining. i also liked following the random characters in the interludes a lot. the world they live in is super cool and unique. its fantasy-esque but a different take on it, and gives you that feeling that theres a lot more going on. even after completing the 1st book i can see that what i know about their world is like tip of the iceberg, which keeps me interested!this book has some really awesome and intense scenes as well. this was an extremely epic and exciting book.

^^^i wrote all of that years ago but just to reiterate, this is one of my favorites of all time. and also kaladin is one of my fav characters of all time<33
title: words of radiance (the stormlight archive #2)
author: brandon sanderson
rating: 10/10
completed: ?

this book picks up right where the first one left off, and is just as amazing. more character development, more world development, more interactions etc etc. kaladin is still my favorite but i like all the characters. this book focuses more on shallan, which is cool because she became more likeable and had some cool moments. i sense a love triangle forming which im not too sure about but we'll see. anyways this is one of my favorite series, i love it~
title: oathbringer (the stormlight archive #3)
author: brandon sanderson
rating: 9/10
completed: may 2020

as of writing this, i just finished reading this book like 20 minutes ago. this is the longest book i have ever read. so much happened, idk where to start- btw spoilers. my favorite part of this book was hearing dalinar's backstory. i love dalinar! knowing what lead him to the decisions he makes now, and what happened to his wife, was insane and awesome. i also really liked when the squad went to shadesmar, it was super trippy and epic. this book also contained one of the saddest character deaths ive ever seen...
i will be honest some parts with shallan were annoying to me. i don't exactly hate her, im on the fence about her (and she is in this book a lot). i understand the love triangle but didnt exactly like it. i'm also sad because i don't want kaladin to be heartbroken. i mean of course his unrequited love adds to his broody epicness but still... anyway...
something thing i loved was seeing more of szeth, and his path to righteousness. also the lore and worldbuilding was amazing as usual. and like i've said a million times i love kaladin so much<3 he is one of my favorite characters from anything ever. he is as awesome as always, always coming in like the hero he is. i have no idea what the next book will be about but i am looking forward to it.
title: rhythm of war (the stormlight archive #4)
author: brandon sanderson
rating: 9/10
completed: january 2022

i have finally finished reading this after... over a year of it coming out lol. overall, it was really good and i liked it. i especially liked the main plot at urithiru, and that it was very kaladin focused (my fav<3333). my spoiler free review was that it was epic, and i can't wait for the next book.

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the reason it took so long for me to read this, is because the first quarter of this book drags. specifically shallan's parts irritated me so much i stopped reading for a full year before i picked it back up again. she is so f*cking annoying in this book it is almost unbearable. luckily she isn't the main focus, and once you get to the urithiru invasion it gets good again. i absolutely love the 'die hard' plot of kaladin being the lone loose man once the fused took over the tower, it was SO awesome. navani became a much more interesting character in this, especially when she invented nuclear warfare LMAO. i was hoping szeth would be in this more (he's my 2nd favorite charatcer behind kaladin), but it seems like (hopefully) he will be a focus in the next one. i was terrified that kaladin was going to die or turn evil, but im so glad he was able to turn it out once again. and omfg the ending when he got shard plate.... SO GOOD, i died. (i'm still hoping for a kaladin + syl romance but apparently spren/human relationships still has not been addressed LOL). it seems like the next book will be hype with the final showdown between dalinar and 'odium'.
title: the hobbit
author: j. r. r. tolkien
rating: 9/10
completed: ?

i love the lord of the rings movies, and i had never read any of the books until recently (as of writing this). i thought the hobbit was awesome, exciting, magical, adventurous, fun, etc. it's a very classic fantasy adventure story and inspired several generations of fantasy writers, and this series will continue to be one of the most beloved and renowned of all time. (warning: spoilers) my favorite parts were when the eagles saved them from from the wolves and goblins, and when bard the bowman shot down smaug. i did not like when the dwarves wouldn't give bard (or the other people) any treasure. but the story still had a good ending and i liked it.
title: the fellowship of the ring (the lord of the rings #1)
author: j. r. r. tolkien
rating: 9/10
completed: ?

the fellowship of the ring is great! it introduces a lot of new and amazing characters, (my favorite is strider aka aragorn). i like the tone of this book a little more than the hobbit, since it feels like the stakes are very high, and it can be very intense. i was surprised to find some of the book to movie differences (like tom bombadil, glorfindel rescuing frodo instead of arwen, etc). i also thought it was interesting that in the book legolas and gimli quickly become friends, when they are still rivals at this point in the movies. my favorite part was when they were trapped in the snowstorm, and aragorn and boromir had to dig everyone through the snow, while legolas just walked on top of it.
title: the two towers (the lord of the rings #2)
author: j. r. r. tolkien
rating: 9/10
completed: ?

i forgot to mention this in my previous reviews for lotr, but something interesting in the books (that's not in the movies) are all of the songs. my favorite one so far was at the beginning of this book "lament for boromir". another book to movie difference was that the book was two halves - aragorn and co. and then frodo and sam (as opposed to being split up throughout). i really liked the first half the most, following the remaining fellowship members joining up with rohan and fighting at helms deep and saruman's house. the frodo, sam, gollum story was good too, mostly because gollum is so entertaining.
title: the return of the king (the lord of the rings #3)
author: j. r. r. tolkien
rating: 8/10
completed: oct. 2021

i finished lord of the rings! return of the king was awesome. it was a nice conclusion to the trilogy. i thought the ending dragged on a bit, when they go back to the shire. i liked it more in the movie where the story ends shortly after the ring is destroyed, i thought thematically that made more sense. but anyway, overall i really liked this book, the best parts were the beginning at the battle of gondor. i like the story of faramir, denethor trying to burn him alive, and pippin saving him. i also liked when eowyn and merry killed the nazgul. and of course aragorn being elfstone and healing everyone and becoming the king was epic style.
title: the picture of dorian gray
author: oscar wilde
rating: 7/10
completed: nov. 2021

here's my thoughts...this book highlights the value + overvalue of beauty, the consequences of never growing up, and never admitting and facing your own mistakes. dorian is forever beautiful in the spring of life as he rots beneath the surface. i liked this book, i thought it was funny. i liked the homoerotic undertones of the 3 main characters. i liked lord henry and basil the most, dorian can be annoying.

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one thing i didnt like was the ending, where he abruptly dies as an old man with a knife in his chest. i thought it would have been better if he had to feel the full emotional affect of the guilt and wrongdoings he had done in his life. (i guess you could argue that he did, and stabbed himself bc he couldnt bear it)