The Three Musketeers is my second Alexandre Dumas book, with the first being The Count of Monte Cristo that I read earlier this year. After having enjoyed Cristo so much, I had fairly high hopes for this book to live up to.
Unfortunately, this book didn’t live up to how good Monte Cristo was. It was quite “bitty” throughout, with the scenes feeling incredibly disjointed from one another, rather than as one cohesive book. This was true both between different POVs, and even moving from one scene to another from the same POV. It wasn’t until after around page 300 that these scenes started to actually feel cohesive and part of a story rather than scenes in a vignette.
Once I had hit that 300 page mark, I enjoyed the book a lot more. Our protagonists have been developed enough by this point that I felt some connection to them, and enjoyed the story a lot more. I still didn’t think this end section was as good as The Count of Monte Cristo, but it was good enough that it redeemed the book a fair bit.
On CAWPILE I rated this: Characters: 6, Atmosphere: 6, Writing: 6, Plot: 5, Intrigue: 4, Logic: 4, Enjoyment: 5, with an overall score of 5.57 and a 3* rating.
I’m still debating whether or not I’m going to be reading more in the D’Artagnan Romances series, I’ve heard that The Man in the Iron Mask is supposed to be a good book but I’d need to read everything before that just to get to it. Have you read The Three Musketeers and any of the following books? What did you think of it, do let me know!
After how hectic the end of May was, I thought I’d be a little more down low for June and only put 10 books onto my tbr (yes… I’m aware that’s still a lot. This was as low as I could get it!) A couple audiobooks, one non-fiction, and a load of fantasy. Perfect!
My tbr video is already up if you’d rather consume this in video form!
Not included in the 10 is The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, which I’m reading one chapter a day of. I’m carrying on with it in June and I’m actually hoping to finish it this month! We’ll have to wait and see.
Then, the TBR jar returned this month! And from that I’m picking up The Muse by Jessie Burton. This is a historical fiction set between the 1960s and 1930s that follows art, or more accurately, one painting. This was gifted to me by my little sister back in 2016 and I really do need to get around to it!
Because I’m one of the co-hosts for MiddleEarthAThon I really should have read the Lord of the Rings… and I haven’t. So I’m wanting to listen to the audiobook of The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein! One of the most well known high fantasy books, and it’s a wee bit shameful I’ve not read it yet 😂
And for my second audiobook, Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth. This is an LGBTQ+ gothic historical fiction, and I really know basically nothing else. But my friend Lizzie enjoyed it (from LizzieIsElf) so why not! It’s a long audiobook, just under 20 hours, so I’ll most likely start this one after reading LotR.
Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch is a longstanding fantasy series that I’ve seen around for a few years now, it follows a detective around a magical version of our London. I love a good mystery, as well as a fantasy, so I’m hoping this combination really works for me.
Vox by Christina Dalcher is a dystopian where women can only speak 100 words a day. Any more and they get hit with 1000 volts of electricity. I enjoy concepts like these, but I am wary of it being “women” who are impacted by this. How does this then impact trans women, or non-binary folk, or trans men? I’m not expecting this book to be aware enough to cover this topic but I’ll be super pleasantly surprised if it does.
Another social commentary kind of book, 84k by Claire North. This is set in a world where each life has a monetary value, and if you can afford the price you can do whatever you like. Including murder. Our main character doesn’t care, until someone they love has their life bought.
Hannah from LadetteM sent me The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake when she was unhauling it. She really didn’t vibe with it, but I also enjoyed Addie LaRue, which Hannah hated sooooo I thought it was worth giving a shot to a fantasy world where only 5 people will get a place in this society each year.
For my non-fiction of the month I’m going for Minnesota’s Geologist by Sue Leaf, which was a present from Kari from Kar-ing for Books who lives in the state and knows I’m always down to learn about geology! I’m super excited for this one and have been for a while.
The Goldsboro GSFF box for May gave us The Collarbound by Rebecca Zahabi, this is advertised as a magical, brink-of-war setting and I really do enjoy political fantasy and have had fantastic success with previous GSFF books so I’m excited for this one!
And finally is the Illumicrate book from the May box which is Book of Night by Holly Black. I’ve never been interested in Black’s books before, but this one has a woman who is fantastic with explosives and I am totally here for that. I just hope it’s a good one!
And that’s my June TBR! Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought of them. And let me know one book that’s on your TBR, I’m always here to add more books to the list!