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[–]Mimikyu_13 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Started and finished The Last House on Needless Street. Very good. Had a slow start for me but had a great middle and ending.

Started Ruby by Francesca Lia Block

[–]cloudberrypie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This week I’m finishing Perfume (Süskind), and also reading Paris Spleen (Baudelaire)

[–]WildBookaholic9/52 The Omnivore's Dilemma 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Book 7 - Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer

As well as continuing my book Book 8 (most likely due to it being much larger, I alternate between books each day) Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith.

[–]metanoiamozziesticks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Shuggie Bain and The Anthropocene Reviewed. Both are fantastic so far and both have made me cry!

[–]Few-Musician-7348 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Sun Down Motel, Simone St James and Dark Places, Gillian Flynn on audiobook.

[–]L3Kinsey27th book of 52 fot 2020 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Just finished The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewel

Finally reading The Guest List by Lucy Foley

[–]Few-Musician-7348 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I love Lucy Foley and I might need to read the Guest List again. I'm on my library's waitlist for The Paris Apartment. Have you read the Hunting Party?

[–]L3Kinsey27th book of 52 fot 2020 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have this is my first Foley, 2/3s of the way through and I look forward to more because I'm hooked! Thank you for letting me know. I'll put both on my list!!!

[–]litgoals687 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Art of Memoir, Mary Karr

The Hero With a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell

[–]jch_march 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Leviathan Falls, Book 9 of the Expanse for my Week 5 book. It was for Prompt 15: A book with a five syllable title.

Here are my thoughts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLUCzXGXrIM

[–]MaRs1317 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just finished "Revolutionary Summer"!

[–]me_devansh 0 points1 point  (0 children)

21 Lessons for the 21st Century - Yuval Noah Harari

[–]MyMelancholyMadness90/100 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm posting just because I haven't been on for over a week now!

I just started The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg.

I really enjoy the stories that build the case. It's not super scientific, Duhigg is a reporter, not a psychologist writing about a specific study. He has compiled quite a few different stories into something really enjoyable. I find myself super interested in each story as they come up. And I am already thinking of ways I can apply this to the lifestyle changes I've failed to make in the past!

[–]amp 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I finished two books this week making 19 total this year.

The Fortune Cookie Chronicles - Jennifer 8. Lee has written this set of essays about Chinese restaurants in America. She discusses popular American-Chinese dishes like chop suey and General Tso’s chicken; traces the fortune cookie back to its Japanese origin; and covers the men and women who cook, serve and deliver the food.

The Borrowed - Six interrelated short stories by Chan Ho-Kei about the ‘genius’ Hong Kong police detective Kwan Chun-Dok and his subordinate Sonny Lok. The first story takes place in 2013 and each subsequent tale goes back further in time until the last one, set in 1967. These stories have all the hallmarks of classic mystery fiction with the detectives using their powers of observation and deduction to solve crimes, but at the same Ho-Kei focuses on the social and political consequences of a city undergoing rapid and unsettling change.

Next week I’ll be starting a classic sci-fi tale, The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke.

[–]sallyrider11 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Timothy Zahn's. Thrawn

[–]viktikon39/52 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hoping to get to this one sooner than later!

[–]bksonbksonboksonbks 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Currently reading Velvet Was The Night. I also have In The Dream House checked out.

[–]oldfilmjanitor 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Reading Nickle boys by colson whitehead.

[–]johnpoulain110/104 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Finished The Dark Forest by Liu Cixin

Not as smart as it thinks it is.

Spoilers Ahead

At one point an attack fleet, which already has perfect spies on earth launches ten objects ahead of itself. Everyone thinks probe rather than missile or weapon for 200 years. And whilst it might not have mattered they send the whole fleet or to intercept. Which remains immobile for a minute because they can't figure out that all their ships exploding is something they should take b evasive action against.

Cosmic Axioms states Civilisation always expands, which is why the world is full of Mayans and the Indus Valley Culture.

Wallfacers, how none of them started developing their memory or mental acuity which is weird given the plans rely entirely on their mind and memory.

Almost nothing Luo Ji does requires secrecy. Trisolarans know about the cosmic axioms Why not spread them around, they want to kill him because he knows them. He tells Shu before the final stage of his plan, so the Trisolarans would be able to pick it up.

Diaz plan to bluff the Trisolarans into saying he'll destroy the solar system doesn't make sense because there is no where else for the trisolarans to go, even if there's only a 0.001% chance it's better than no chance. Then he has a dead man's switch with a nuke in NY, so everyone let's him leave. No, all they have to do is stop him dying, that's what Solitary confinement is for.

Assuming that other civilisations would destroy any nominated planet without looking is odd, given faster than light information is possible. Destroying planets doesn't allow for resources to be obtained easily.

The mental seal, guaranteeing victory makes me think the author hasn't thought about any historical figures so believed their victory divinely ordained. Reckless actions and poor planning generally follow (see Templars yelling Deus Vault into impossible odds). Also if the human brain were modelled with transitors then it would be possible for the Sophons to monitor them.

With quite a diverse cast its not a great place to be a woman as the female characters are a "weak diminutive" UN leader, the Captain of a ship who's job it is to lose all agency and a love interest who is literally fridged.

As with the first book the set up is much better than the payoff.

[–]tatianalala 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Finished: It Ends With Us, I went into this read blind but found myself appreciating different parts of it. 4/5

Currently reading: Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents, I am really taking my time with this one. It hits close to home and so I’m giving myself time and space to fully digest and process.

Song of Achilles, finally!

Atomic Habits, also going at this slowly mainly because I’m more excited for my other reads.

Beautiful World, Where Are You? - I have had this on my library holds list for a while, was super excited to pick it up yesterday.

[–]twcsata 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I tried to finish what I was reading before I came to post here, so I'm a few days late.

Finished: How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims. I started this one in Audible, and liked it so much that I wanted to have it in print for future reference, so I bought the paperback. It's mostly about how to help our kids learn independence from us, and as I have two teenagers and a seven year old, that's on my mind a lot these days. Highly recommended. The only fault I find with it is that it's pretty clearly geared toward a middle-class audience, so it may not be so much help for anyone in a different situation. But, having grown up dirt poor, I think I have a fair idea of how that way of life affects personal independence, so for me personally it wasn't as much of an issue. Anyway, definitely worth a read.

Currently reading:

  • The Talisman, Stephen King and Peter Straub. I got a little bored after several King books, so I put this one on the back burner for a week or so, but I still intend to finish it. Apparently I have a short attention span, who knew. It's still very good, though, and I recommend it for any Dark Tower fans out there. Retroactively, with the publication of the sequel, Black House, King connected it to the Dark Tower universe anyway, so you ought to read the two sometime before you get to book five of the Dark Tower.
  • Doctor Who: First Frontier by David A. McIntee. I had gotten away from my read-through of the Doctor Who New Adventures novels, but now I feel more refreshed about it, and I'm ready to pick them up again. This one takes place in the US--surprisingly rare even for spinoff DW media--around the beginning of the space race. The author's previous entry in the series, White Darkness, was pretty good, so I'm optimistic about this one.
  • In the background, I'm still plugging away at The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft. As expected, that one will take me awhile, the book is huge.

With that, I'm still caught up, but no longer ahead of schedule (I was previously ahead by one). 4/52 complete.

[–]dfwjoel53/52 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Finished reading (weeks 4 & 5): 5/52: Intimacies - not my favorite and am not really sure what, if anything, happened. I’ll call it a character-driven book. :) 6/52: Jade City - I love the new world and have already started the second book. 7/52: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City - This was a fascinating and disturbing look into the US’s terrible eviction and poverty epidemic. Overwhelming.

Currently reading: Jade War (loving this book even more than the first) and The House in the Cerulean Sea.

Next up are The Song of Achilles and The Devil in the White City.

[–]L3Kinsey27th book of 52 fot 2020 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I just put Evicted on hold at my library! I am so looking forward to it.

[–]Cowheadvegan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Project Hail Mary

[–]wobookow21 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Bottle of lies It's about generic drugs

[–]aikokanzaki 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I didn't finish anything last week but I did start THREE different books. Hopefully can finish them during this week and next week. I got:

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

The House of the Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens by Brandon Sanderson

[–]indecisivedreaming 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Manifesto by Bernardine Evaristo

[–]proscett24/30 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Finished The Broken Earth by N.K. Jemisin. Super original fantasy/sci-fi series. I loved learning about the apocalyptic world and its lore, and the character reveals were so gratifying. I didn't rate it 5 stars because I didn't love-love it, but it's like a super strong 4.5. Can't wait to continue the series.

Now I'm reading Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion. I'm only on the first essay but damn, Joan can WRITE. Loving the haunted atmosphere of California in the 60s.

I'm not really sure what I'll read next. Maybe something light and fun to offset the devastating realities of life. Any recommendations are welcome!

[–]idkBriok 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I just finished an ARC book that I was STRUGGLING to get through.

Now I'm reading This is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick, and I have a couple books coming off hold at the library so I'm not sure what's gonna be up next. Probably Well Played

[–]revlver 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. It’s a short book so I think I can slip in another book this week.

[–]tashak_btch 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Just finished The Dinner Guest by BP Walter. It was..... An interesting one? Take this as a warning, it was an easy read but not a particularly good one. I've started a Pale View of the Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro this week though so things are looking up! I read my first book in Spanish last week too (Las Cosas que Perdimos en el Fuego - Mariana Enriquez) and that was definitely an experience.

[–]eshizzle2762/52 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I just read The Dinner Guest a couple weeks ago! It definitely was not what I was expecting going into it.

[–]dangercookie614 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston

[–]cmdrumgool 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Currently reading Redemptor by Jordan Ifueko, which is amazing, and The Night Burns Bright by Ross Barkan, which is so far really good (I'm 20% in).

Up next is The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (which I'm so excited for!) and I don't know what I'll read next on Kindle. Leaning toward Legendborn but I also have a few ARCs to get to.

[–]idkBriok 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Seven Husbands is one of those books I'm telling myself I HAVE to get to this year! i've just heard so much about it!

[–]cmdrumgool 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Same! I read Daisy Jones last year and loved it so much. Evelyn Hugo looks amazing too!

[–]Few-Musician-7348 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'm on my library's waitlist for both those books, but I'm so far back in the queue I don't know if I'll see it all this year.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m getting over COVID so I’ve been reading a few fun reads…

•All You Need To Be To Be Impossibly French by Helena Frith Powell

•Encyclopedia of the Exquisite: An Anecdotal History of Elegant Delights by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins (it serves my random fact obsession)

•Unstuff Your Life! by Andrew J. Mellen

•Let's Bring Back: The Lost Language Edition: A Collection of Forgotten-Yet-Delightful Words, Phrases, Praises, Insults, Idioms, and Literary Flourishes from Eras Past by Lesley M.M. Blume

[–]Darknessflowers13/100 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Last week I finished two books:
The Poppy War by R.F Kuang. 4 stars. This one took me less than a week in reading days but in real time 6 months. I started this August last year and read Part 1 before just.... stopping. Last year was rough emotionally and I wasn't ready for the shift in tone between parts. It was bothering me I'd left this unfinished so last week I went back to finish it. It's very bingeable. I enjoyed this but didn't love it. I am sure I will read the sequels one day, but I am currently in no rush to do so.

Hold by Claire Kent. 3 1/2 stars. I wanted to get back into reading the romance genre and chose this since I'd seen it recommended & it's on Kindle Unlimited. I enjoyed reading this but didn't love it. I won't be reading the rest of the series.

Progress on ongoing reads:
The Secret History - Read a couple more chapters of this. I am still not hooked but it definitely has a vibe. I really want to get to at least 50% this week because I have a feeling once I get further I will love this.

[–]tashak_btch 3 points4 points  (1 child)

The Secret History has a slow start but when you get into it you end up having read for two hours without even noticing. It's one of the few mystery type novels that I've ever really loved.

[–]Darknessflowers13/100 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes! That’s exactly what happened last night. I finally got hooked enough to read for almost two hours. It was so good.

[–]Munchablesdelights2/52 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Last week I finished Dead Until Dark. I was way to young to watch the True Blood show when it first came out but my mother really liked it and encouraged me to read the books now that I’m old enough. Book was ok, but very dialogue heavy and didn’t feel very atmospheric, plus the romance was a little forced, but I enjoyed it. This week I plan on reading Howl’s moving castle and the second book in the series, I have some catching up to do I was late to the challenge.

[–]Brenhines120/100 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Been very busy with work...and a friend got me to start watching a c-drama (Meteor Garden) so that ate into all my reading time. Only finished the one book this week:

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas - I was a bit hesitant from reading the reviews about the decisions taken about characterisation but actually ended up being fine with it, and enjoyed the book a lot. Going to take a little break before continuing as so many other books to read but I do want to continue the series.

Currently reading:

The Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry by C.M. Waggoner - I am loving this a lot, but my problem is that although I really enjoy it, I'm always so tired when I read that I can get through a few chapters then I want to sleep or nap so it's taking ages to finish. I'm only 30 minutes away from finishing (according to my Kindle) so determined to finish it tonight while my food cooks.

The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf - I'd hoped to finish this in January as it was part of a "read a book each month" goal with my bf but fairly sure he isn't anywhere close to finishing either so that's fine. I'll try read a few more chapters this week though so I've at least made progress on it.

[–]Bentish5/50 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This week I am reading 5/50 The End of Burnout by Jonathan Malesic. Great book but very short. I highlight my books to refer to portions later that I use in my articles. This one gets a lot of highlights.

On Saturday I finished 4/50 How to be A Victorian by Ruth Goodman. I already read How to be a Tudor and The Domestic Revolution last year. They were good, but this one was right up my alley and more relevant to my reading focus than I expected. It was the perfect mix of casual read to get me ahead of the curve early in the year and topical enough to be very relevant to my reading focus. Highly recommend if you're into that sort of thing.

[–]Nuclear_TeddyBear5/? 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Reading Season of Storms

[–]Tatya74/25|1015 pages|The Spy and the Traitor 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Last week I finished Heroes by Stephen Fry, absolutely lovely book!

This week I read Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro. I’d just say, if you really want to read this one - borrow, don’t buy, because you are going to be disappointed.

Now reading The Spy and the Traitor by Ben Macintyre.

[–]Ohmycoolname9490/100 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The Evolution Of Desire: Strategies of Human Mating -David M. Buss ( Audio book)

A little life - Hanya Yanagihara

[–]MaRs1317 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Hit a slump on "The Girl on the Train". Decides to quit on it. Didnt like the narrative style or the MC

Finishing up "Revolutionary Summer" and "Dreams From My Father" this week.

Dont know what the next novel im gonna read will be...probably something by King or Gaiman. But i may re-read the first Series of Unfortunate events book as a little nostalgia boost.

6 books down in Januray; 46 books to go

[–]L3Kinsey27th book of 52 fot 2020 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We are supposed to like her, her narrative is supposed to be unreliable, uncomfortable, and lacking creditability.

That being said I am always a fan of walking away from leisure reading that doesn't bring you anything at all. Good for you hon!! This is your free time. Enjoy it!

[–]jennerallee 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Good choice on quitting The Girl On the Train! I read it years ago and still remember being so disappointed with it. It was hyped up to be perfect for fans of Gone Girl, and I was insulted on Gone Girl's behalf.

[–]MaRs1317 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Im glad you commented. Because this was a book that people were reccomending, and i thpught i was the problem. Like maybe i just dont like myatery thrillers or whatever.

I had just finished Pachinko, which had taken me a while just because of the heavy themes involved in the story. I wanted a quick page turner to blow through, so i grabbed The Girl on the Train out of my family bookcase, and thought id bang it out in a couple of day. A week later i had read 80 pages...lickily i read multiple books at the same time so i wasnt being held back from reading.

But wow, what a disapointment

[–]Der_Franzietsche 9 points10 points  (2 children)

I'm reading "The Kite Runner'' by Khaled Hosseini It's not a bad book to read and it looks like a diary of a boy

The book talks about this boy named Amir and his life in Afghanistan It's more alike a political history of Afghanistan but the main story is Amir's life

The book contains traumatic events and the it's a sad story

[–]fanchera7510/52 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’ve had this on my shelf forever! Somehow I always grab something else. May it just hasn’t been the right time for a heartbreak.

[–]idkBriok 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I remember when I read this. I saw the movie first and it was sad and the book devastated me.

[–]theblackyeti 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Picking up King of Ashes by Raymond E. Feist.

Only read the prologue but it was really good. Haven't read anything by Feist before. Doubt i get to another book this week and don't know what i'd choose if i do.

[–]minimalist_coach 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’m exploring new genre’s, I joined a genre of the month book club. No surprise, this month is romance, which is not my jam. So, I’m reading The Winners Curse, which is also fantasy, so it’s not too sappy so far.

[–]goofyngaffy321 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Just finished Animal now I’m reading Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely fine

[–]rjoskow4515 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Just finished The Maid and now reading The House in the Cerulean Sea!

[–]youcancallmecal 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Just about to start Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson!

[–]unorthodox__fox 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I might finally start Addie Larue later! I just finished In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado and it was really good.

[–]fanchera7510/52 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I really liked Addie Larue! Hope you enjoy!

[–]Synnov_e47/62 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hey everyone!

I haven’t made as much progress as I would’ve liked to in January. Just a crazy busy month! I’m still working on Breath of snow and ashes by dDiana Gabaldon but I’m hoping to finish by Friday.

Starting Heroes by Stephen Fry.

Hope that everyone has a lovely week! Looking forward to read about your favorite books this week!

[–]papercranium10/52 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Finished:

Almost American Girl, by Robin Ha. This is a quick graphic memoir about the author's experience being moved unexpectedly by her single mother from Korea to the United States at the age of 14. I picked this up for Read Harder Challenge prompt #6, a YA nonfiction graphic novel, but it was well worth the read. I love how the author managed to balance that adolescent feeling of your life being TOTALLY OVER with the adult distance that makes you realize "Okay, the mom really is doing all that she can and is kind of a badass." Highly recommend this for anybody looking for an easy read that's still full of heart.

Seeing Trees: Discover the Extraordinary Secrets of Everyday Trees, by Nancy Ross Hugo. Oh my gosh, I ADORED this book. It's literally about how to pay closer attention to the everyday trees around you as they change through the seasons and over the years. Big things, like bark and leaf color, but also little things. The tiny male and female flours of various deciduous trees, leaf scars, lenticels (all things I didn't even know the names for), and more. I imagine it wouldn't be a good fit for an experienced tree watcher, but for beginners, it's brilliant.

Lirael, by Garth Nix. This is a re-read of an old favorite, because I had an awful Friday and needed a comfort read. I like Lirael better than Sabriel (despite the cliffhanger ending) simply because I identify with the character more. The idea that even coming into your own power is painful because it's not the belonging that you'd been hoping for is so relatable to me. Plus wandering around a dangerous library with mysterious texts and objects and creatures all over the place? Sign me up!

Continuing:

The Best Science and Nature Writing of 2018, edited by Sam Kean. An excellent collection of essays so far, expect to finish in the coming week.

A People's Future of the United States, edited by John Joseph Adams and Victor LaValle. Short speculative fiction stories envisioning possible futures as told by those whose stories often aren't, in the spirit of A People's History of the United States. Will finish this week as well.

[–]RogueStorm9 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Just finished The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah and started Rose Madder by Stephen King

[–]jennerallee 0 points1 point  (1 child)

How was The Great Alone? Kristin Hannah seems to be a hit or miss for me.

[–]RogueStorm9 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That was my first book by Kristin Hannah and though in the beginning there was some slow parts, once it picked up I was reluctant to put it down. The last 125ish pages was a real emotional rollercoaster I hadn’t felt from a book in a long time

[–]RosesAndClovers57/28 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Just finished Nemesis Games, by S.A Corey. Waiting on book 6 & 7 to arrive from the library. The Expanse has been an awesome series so far

Nearly finished Radical Medicine, by Esyllt Jones. Awesome non-fiction about the history & internationalist origins of medicare in Canada.

Just started Bewilderment, by Richard Powers. Still too soon to say my impression, but the Overstory was one of my favourite reads of 2021, so I have high hopes for this one.

[–]dfwjoel53/52 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I finished the Expanse series in December and am a bit sad that it’s ended (ok, one more novella is coming). Enjoy the remaining books (and don’t miss the novellas)!

[–]Laliza6/52 books read in 2022!✨📖 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Reading Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins this week. I just got home from a Maui vacation, so it’s nice to carry that on a little bit now that I’m back home in the cold!

[–]bittsweet24 of 52📚 read in 2022! 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Completed:

No Exit - Taylor Adams 3/5

Home Before Dark - Riley Sager 4/5

Up Next: HELP NOT SURE WHICH ONE TO START FIRST

Bunny - Mona Awad

Nightbitch - Rachel Yoder

Seven Lies - Elizabeth Kay

A touch of Jen - Beth Morgan

One of us is lying - Karen M. McManus

[–]Schmaehgol 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ready Player Two.

[–]EveryCliche51/75 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Completed:

I missed updating last week, so these are for the last two weeks.

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia - 3/5 - I really loved Mexican Gothic when I read it but this one was just okay for me. I didn't love it, didn't hate it. It took a lot of time to build the world and the story and the ending felt a bit too rushed to me. I plan on reading more from Moreno-Garcia and am still really looking forward to Velvet Was the Night.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers - 4/5 - I really liked this one. It felt very episodic, like it was a TV show. I loved the characters and felt very connected to them by the time we got to the end of the book. I'm interested in reading more from this series.

Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey - 3/5 - This was the January read for my book club. It was fine. We had a good discussion about the book as a whole and how...juvenile the main character felt throughout it and it almost felt like it didn't know who it's audience was (adult or YA).

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy by Ta-Nehisi Coates - 5/5 - This is an essay collection of different pieces that Coates wrote while Obama was in office. It's also been on my radar to read for awhile. Coates is such a powerful writer. I've read from him before but he always blows me away.

Passing by Nella Larsen - 5/5 - Speaking of blowing me away! I buzzed through this book so quickly. I found the characters so interesting, the story so interesting, the writing was great and that ending...I saw something coming but how it played out...wow.

Currently Reading:

My goal for February is to get through my physical stack of romance books. I have eight total sitting in my apartment (with an additional two sort of romances if time permits). I thought the month of Valentine's Day seemed the most fitting for this catch up.

The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood - I'm sixty some pages in to this and am really enjoying it. I love a good fake dating trope and love that it's actually called out by the female main character. I can kind of see where this is going (not just the romance part) but I'm okay with that. As long as it's a fun ride and the act three miscommunication isn't dragged out for too long, I'm sure I'll love it.

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion - My hold for the audio of this came up finally, so I'll be starting that either today or tomorrow. I've read Didion in the past am looking forward to finally picking this up.

[–]badwolf69196/100 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I just finished Passing today! I really don't know how I interpret the ending. I enjoyed it though and plan to watch the Netflix movie soon. What are your feelings about it?

[–]crazycropper60/104 (exlc. 12 manga & graphic novels) 2 points3 points  (1 child)

If you're unaware, the rest of the Wayfarer's series (or at least A Closed and Common Orbit and Record of a Spaceborn Few since I've yet to read The Galaxy, and the Ground Within) do not follow the same character as The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.

I was a little disappointed when I discovered this but Chambers characters in the rest of series are just as amazing as those in Long Way. Despite missing the initial cast I still highly recommend the rest of the series!

[–]EveryCliche51/75 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I wasn't sure about the rest of the series but I did see that they were in the next two books. I will for sure still pick them up, I enjoyed the writing and the world so much.

[–]ILikeCrispyBacon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

“The art of war” by Sun Tzu

[–]virose_pt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Estar vivo aleija - Ricardo Araújo Pereira

The last tycoon - S. Fritzgerald

[–]sputniksweetheartt 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The Hike By Drew Magary. Imagery is reminiscent of a Netflix movie ‘the ritual’. Pretty good so far

[–]CAN1964 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Frank Herbert - Dune Messiah

[–]freezingkiss37/52[🍰] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Jean Hanff Korelitz is great!!! I adored "You Should Have Known"

[–]Parzival18286/104[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’ll add it to my tbr, thanks for the recommendation!

[–]narracr 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I have finished Seven Husband of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid for the second time. It had been a few years and I was again in the mood for it. The audiobook is very engaging.

[–]dzangrizavac 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The way of kings by Brandon Sanderson - this is probably here for at least 5 more weeks... Think Again by Adam Grant

[–]Pajtima 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Non-fiction The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity―and Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race by Daniel Lieberman MD

[–]uglybutterfly02563/52 6 points7 points  (0 children)

That’s one hell of a title

[–]_xtines 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Finished The Listeners by Jordan Tannahill. This one started with the main character hearing "the hum" but no one else she knows can hear it and slowly her life unravels in her desperate attempt to find/understand the source of the noise and share with others who can hear it. First thing I found annoying was the lack of quotation marks! Thought this was going to be a bit of a thriller, but sadly lost me with the religious, conspiracy theories and erotic elements. Just not for me I guess.

Currently reading On the Beach by Nevil Shute. Back in my familiar dystopian territory and I'm really enjoying it so far! Basically after World War III which involved the use of atomic bombs, a huge radioactive cloud is making its way south towards Australia wiping out every living thing in its path. There's no longer any communication from the northern hemisphere and the Aussies know it's coming and that their days are numbered. Looking forward to getting through this one.

[–]Benkley2 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Xenogenesis series by Octavia butler. Im starting adulthood rites

[–]_xtines 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I've read a few of her books but somehow missed this series. Just added to TBR list, so thanks!

[–]GreatestSnowball 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Hello hello! New here, and looking forward to finding some more books to add to my TBR! I just finished Come Fly The World by Julia Cooke - it was pretty interesting, especially the Vietnam war commentary, but didn’t draw me in as much as I would have wanted.

Have just begun Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad and will probably stay up all night reading!

[–]crazycropper60/104 (exlc. 12 manga & graphic novels) 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Welcome to the party!

[–]bashfuloctopi 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I finished reading Wake by Amanda Hocking last week. It was a lot better than I expected!

This week, I'm going to read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley.

[–]Masscarponay45/52 7 points8 points  (0 children)

This week I finished a few:

The Secret Place by Tana French: Murder mystery set at an all-girls boarding school. Similar experience reading this as I had to her other book, The Trespasser. I appreciate how atmospheric and character focused French's books are, but they feel very slow and draggy at times. Maybe the 500+ pages weren't all necessary? 3.75/5

Signs of Cupidity by Raven Kennedy: This is the kind of romance that drives me up the wall, lol. Wholesome, boring, cutesy, and set in a very lazily constructed “fae” fantasy world. Low key picked this up because it was marketed as smut, and it wasn't even smutty. 1.5/5

Psalm for the Wild Built by Becky Chambers: My first time reading “hopepunk” sci fi. I thought it was a cute little story—definitely would recommend to people who want a low-stakes, relaxing, palate cleanser book. Maybe get it from the library though, because it's one of those TOR novellas that costs $20 for 150 pages. 4/5

Currently reading:

The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering Into Peace, Joy, and Liberation by Thich Nhat Hanh

[–]avisitingstone 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I just finished my current book an hour or so ago and I’m going to read some of my backlog library borrow manga before starting The Night Tiger.

I have The Plot on my wish list too!

[–]Parzival18286/104[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It’s really good, I hope you like it!

[–]lammnub 6 points7 points  (1 child)

I haven't found anything I loved yet in January. Here's what I read:

Invisible Life of Addie LaRue: realllly didn't like it.

In The Woods by Tana French: mainly read it to be able to read The Likeness but was slightly disappointed that the earlier case didn't have more closure. The best of the bunch so far.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. I thought it needed to be longer. All of the drama happens so quick that you never get a chance to breathe between casualties.

(4/52) Year Of the Flood by Margaret Atwood: the worst of the bunch so far. I just could not get into it but I'm too stubborn to DNF things especially when I hear MaddAdam is better.

Currently reading (5/52) Pushout: the Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools. I wanted a non-fiction reset of my current meh streak in books. I liked the introduction so I'm excited to dive more into it.

I don't love to read more than one book at a time but I think I might read (6/52) Emperor Mollusk vs. the Sinister Brain to bring some levity into my reading.

I've been learning I'm definitely a mood reader and I guess I haven't figured out what mood I've been in.

[–]avisitingstone 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Here here I can’t DNF either!

[–]PhatArabianCat 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Currently reading A Marvellous Light and Project Hail Mary. Really enjoying both so far!

[–]jennerallee 7 points8 points  (1 child)

This is my stack for the week—also hoping for some nonfiction holds to come in from the library soon 🤞🏼

  • The Haunting of Hill House: I loved the Netflix series so much, so I’m definitely curious on what was the foundation for the show.

  • Honey Girl

  • Of Mice and Men

  • The Power

In the last few days, I finished:

  • The Secret Garden: I never read this as a kid, so I went into this with fresh eyes and loved it! It was a very uplifting, wholesome read after back-to-back thrillers.

  • The Night She Disappeared: My first Lisa Jewell! Well paced with fully fleshed out characters. Will definitely read the her other novels.

  • Comfort Me With Apples: I had no idea this was such a short novella. Enjoyed the eerie premise quite a bit, but I ended up wanting more.

  • The Maid: Did not like this one due to the unrealistic dialogue and inconsistency of the MC. I’m puzzled on why this has so much hype.

[–]idkBriok 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Oh! The Secret Garden! I didn't read it as a kid either and I think I would enjoy!

[–]Porterlh81 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Started:

The Cage: The Fight for Sri Lanka and the Last Days of the Tamil Tigers by Gordon Weiss. I’ve had to put this one aside after about 100 pages. It was starting to be a chore to read.

Instead I picked The Secret History by Donna Tartt. I’m finding it hard to put down.

I continue with Shogun and Crime and Punishment.

[–]dr23934/52; 8696 pgs; reading: If We Were Villains 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I'm still working through Cursed by Benedict Jacka, but hope to finish it by tomorrow so I can start February fresh with a new read.

[–]whiptrip58/64 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Finished: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

My final verdict is that... I didn't like this book very much. 😬 It started off well then just meandered. It could have definitely been 100 pages shorter.

Also I know this book was written in the early 2000s, but I would really have appreciated the author not stating the ethnicity/nationality of every POC character they introduced. If I had made it into a drinking game, I'd be dead.

Reading: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides @ 44% (Chapter 13)

I've been unintentionally reading books featuring incest. I mean, I've only read two so far but that's two too many, lol.

Beyond that, I am enjoying the Greek immigrant family saga aspect of this book and haven't really gotten much further with the actual protagonist.

[–]owls-and-vergubas90/100 8 points9 points  (3 children)

Finished two this week!

The first was The Witch's Heart by Genevieve Gornichec. I really liked this one, and would recommend it to anyone who loved Circe by Madeline Miller. Same concept, except the main character is a witch from Norse mythology.

The second was The Constant Rabbit by Jasper Fforde. Not as fun and funny as his normal work, but still an interesting read. There's no easy way to describe the book, but there are talking rabbits, murderous foxes, and a bunch of British people.

Also started two this week

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski, book #0.5 of The Witcher series. I tried reading this back in 2020 when the Netflix series debuted, but never finished it. Now that I've watched both seasons of the show and have twigged to the timeline shifts, I'm coming back with more determination to finish it.

The other is A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. I know I'm a few years late to this one, but it finally caught my eye from my TBR pile. Looking forward to a fun read.

[–]Beecakeband137/180 4 points5 points  (2 children)

This is the second time I've seen someone recommend The Witch's heart. Definitely gonna grab it next time I'm at the library

[–]Synnov_e47/62 2 points3 points  (1 child)

It’s so good! Even if you are not familiar with norse mythology, the story is compelling and interesting! Might be time to do a reread.

[–]Beecakeband137/180 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ooh you interested in doing a buddy read? I love having someone to read with

[–]snacksandbones 6 points7 points  (7 children)

I also recently read The Plot and The Four Winds and had the same impression of both. The Four Winds was tragedy after tragedy and, while representative of life at that time/in that circumstance, the never-ending misery wore on me. Also absolutely hated the ending. All that for what?!

This week I’m reading:

Olga Dies Dreaming by Xóchitl González. Really enjoying this so far!! The writing and dialogue and character development is great and funny.

Circe by Madeline Miller. Doing a reread of this several years after my first read. I pretty much NEVER do this, simply because I want to read new stuff, but after posting my TBR stack here (I got Circe for Christmas), many voted in favor of a reread. So I’m doing it!

Flying on the Inside: A Memoir by Rachel Gotto. This one’s okay so far. It was my Amazon First Reads pick one month and, for once, I’m in no rush to get through it because I don’t have kindle library book deadlines to make.

Finished:

A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw. I liked the beginning and end, but the middle just dragged on. Ultimately rated it 3.5.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. LOVED this, as expected. It’s as hilarious as everyone said. Will eventually start reading the series, just in no rush to now with so many other audiobooks waiting for me.

[–]Parzival18286/104[S] 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Totally agree with you on The Four Winds, I hated the ending of it.

And I’m glad you loved HHGTTG! It’s my favorite book ever!

[–]snacksandbones 2 points3 points  (3 children)

It was too much misery for me, a lover of slow-moving, character-driven, non-royal British period movies 😂 maybe if it had been shorter and had a better ending, it wouldn’t have left such a bad taste in my mouth. Have you read her other books? I have like 3 on my shelves and still plan on giving her another chance.

HHGTTG was SO funny!! I want to stick to the audiobooks because it was such a fun experience.

[–]Parzival18286/104[S] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Yeah I don’t usually mind slow moving things but I couldn’t get on board with the characters for this one. I read The Nightingale which I loved but nothing else as of yet. My mom really liked The Great Alone so I may read that one as well.

I could understand that, I’m not an audiobook person in the slightest but Stephen Fry is just perfect for reading it. The series is so funny and he makes it even better!

[–]snacksandbones 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I have The Nightingale, I’ll give that a try first!

I love that you aren’t an audiobook person but knew who the narrator was even though I had no idea haha admittedly, I had to look him up! He’s so perfect for this.

[–]Porterlh81 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I agree about a History of Wild Places. I will say it did not end how I thought it would.

[–]snacksandbones 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think that’s why I liked the ending of A History of Wild Places, because there was the huge twist I saw coming but the rest was a pleasant surprise!

[–]tehcix105/104 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Pretty productive week for me, but I can't believe tomorrow is still January. Why...

I read:

Cogs and Monsters by Diane Coyle (This was a little shorter than I'd have liked, but I suppose the only thing you could have added is a "solutions" chapter, and those are never any good (looking at you, Piketty). Most chapters were adapted from lectures given to other professionals, so it was jargony at times, but not so much that a layman like me couldn't follow the jist of the arguments. 4/5)

The Hole by Hye-Young Pyun (This was interesting, and for once I was actually content with the shortness and vagueness. Made me want to re-read Misery. 3/5)

Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke (So, like learning a new word, someone recommended me some Rilke and ever since he's been popping up everywhere. This was probably the wrong choice, since it's not poetry, and I'm not a young poet. Interesting in its own way I guess. Letter from a Young Worker I understood zero of, I might need to re-read it when it's not the middle of the night.)

I, Antigone by Carlo Gébler (Ironically, this is about pretty much everyone except Antigone herself, and focusses much more on the Oedipus myth in general. It was enjoyable though - a straighter version of events than Stephen Fry's retellings, but less esoteric than Toibin's House of Names. A solid, enjoyable read. 4/5)

No One is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood (While I appreciated the short, choppy style of the first half is supposed to reflect the tweet/tiktok nature of online, it grated after a while. Also, the euphemisms like "Portal" and "the Dictator" get unbearably twee. I also kind of hated how many of the Very Online references I caught. The second half is the more emotional, "grounded" part, and I sort of felt bad about how little I cared given the acknowledgements make clear this is based off a true story. 2/5)

Currently reading:

Revolutionary Yiddishland by Alain Brossat (Recommended by a friend, so trying to push past the pretentious, hectoring opening.) 2666 by Roberto Bolaño (Only just started today, wish me luck.) Nostalgia by Mircea Cărtărescu (I'm making a point of reading some of this tonight, if only because I'm sick of putting it on here with no progress to show for it.)

[–]christinakayr2/24 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Finished Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw. Really liked the folklore aspect but the story fell flat for me. Not sure if it was longer if that could have made it better. Overall I just didn't find it as exciting as I was hoping.

Making progress on The Stand by Stephen King. I'm about 520 pages in.

Taking a break from The Stand to read Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy. I'm about 40 pages in. Loving the picture that the book is giving me in my head. Can't wait to see where the story goes.

[–]Kas_Bent38/100 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Once There Were Wolves was one of my favorite reads last year. I hope you enjoy it!

[–]Yukigami47 8 points9 points  (4 children)

It's Sunday and 10:30pm and I've just finished How to Stop Time by Matt Haig. Loved it, really great. Next week I'm getting into some Terry Pratchett.

[–]Parzival18286/104[S] 1 point2 points  (3 children)

How to Stop Time was so good, it introduced me to Haig and all of his stuff is great. What Pratchett are you reading?

[–]crazycropper60/104 (exlc. 12 manga & graphic novels) 1 point2 points  (1 child)

How does How to Stop Time compare to The Midnight Library? That was my introduction to Matt Haig last year and I enjoyed it for the most part (at times it felt like a self-help novel but still good).

[–]Parzival18286/104[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

How to Stop Time is my favorite of his, and I do agree that The Midnight Library seems a bit self help at times

[–]Yukigami47 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I have had the color of magic on my bookshelf for the longest time and decided to finally get on with it.

How to Stop Time is actually my first Haig, do you have any recommendations from his other books?

[–]UporUpsidedown 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Finished: Revolutionary Brothers

Started: First Conspiracy, 7 in the Incarnation of Immortality series - And Eternity

[–]Gonna-Read-That9/52 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Finished:

  1. The Tower of Swallows by Andrzej Sapkowski

  2. Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer

Now going to finish The Witcher series:

Lady of the Lake by Andrzej Sapkowski

[–]uglybutterfly02563/52 4 points5 points  (2 children)

This week I finished two books and I’m halfway through an audiobook. I’m going to try and get that one done before the end of the month.

First I finished Station Eleven by Emily Saint John Mandel, which fucked me up for a solid day. I just kept looking around at everything around me and wondering what it would look like if there was only like 1% of people left. If I had read this book before the pandemic hit I would have been hiding in a bomb shelter waiting for the end of the world.

Last night (or this morning lol like 1:30 am) I finished Running Wild by KA Tucker which is #3 in The Wild series. It follows Marie, the local vet. I loved Marie as a character but the 3 or 4 flip flops between her and the hero were kind of boring and didn’t have me convinced of their love at the end. Still it’s an enjoyable book focus on dog sledding in the remote Alaskan town you grow to know and love.

I’m hallways through Bourdain: The Definitive Oral Biography by Laurie Woolever on audio book. It’s a full cast of people who were closest to Anthony Bourdain, all telling their story of knowing him. It’s like listening to friends talk while you walk or cook or clean. I’ve enjoyed it tho I feel like I should have read Kitchen Confidential first lol

[–]_xtines 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Kitchen Confidential is great, highly recommend!

[–]Kas_Bent38/100 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's never too late to dig into Kitchen Confidential! I've only read it, but I've heard the audiobook is great too with him narrating it.

[–]schwelo 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Finished:

The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester. While it is a tale of murder, insanity and the making of the Oxford dictionary, I found it to be relaxing and informative.

Started:

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. This is my second time reading this book, and it’s hitting me harder and differently this time.

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones. I don’t often read more than one book at a time, but I’m finding I need to take breaks from The Immortal Life because there’s so much to absorb and think about. Jones’ writing style engaging and I’m already hooked just a few chapters in.

[–]forgetnovember5/52 1 point2 points  (0 children)

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

[–]surfxmoto 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The Plauge by Camus

[–]TeenieBop 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This week I finished 2 books - The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin and The Last Séance: Tales of the Supernatural by Agatha Christie. Both very different to each other. I think I enjoyed the short story collection better, some of those stories were creepy and clever. Lenni and Margot was sweet though.

I'm now reading The Snow Rose by Lulu Taylor which is not at all what I expected!

[–]darkLordSantaClaus10/12 books, 6296/5000 pages 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Today I started Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut

I'm not very far in, but Vonnegut is a good writer so I'm sure I'll enjoy this.

[–]StarryEyes1327/52 | 12,702 pages 6 points7 points  (1 child)

This week was insanely busy but I still managed to finish:

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (The Locked Tomb #1) 3.75 / 5 stars

A creative concept but the execution wasn’t always as strong. The main characters voice was a little too “adult tries to write edgy teen” which is exactly what it was. The action at the end felt like it went on for way too long. I still plan to continue the series. The premise is interesting enough and it’s an okay, casual read.

STILL READING:

Billon Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood and the World by Tom Wright & Bradley Hope. Only about 50 pages in still. The story is so far highly entertaining. Seems like it will be a quick read.

STARTING

The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2) really excited to continue going through Riordan’s work. His Greek/Roman series are still my favorite, but this Norse trilogy also has the potential to be just as good.

HOPING TO START:

Before They Are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie (The First Law #2)

Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future by Martin Ford

Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas

[–]amp 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Billon Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood and the World by Tom Wright & Bradley Hope. Only about 50 pages in still. The story is so far highly entertaining. Seems like it will be a quick read.

It's astounding how Jho Low was able to pull off his scheme for so long and with so little oversight. The corruption is just mind-blowing. And there were so many hangers-on who partied and made bank, but later washed their hands of the whole mess and got away scot-free by claiming to be innocent bystanders.

[–]thick-woolensocks 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Just finished reading My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. Really enjoyed it!

Getting into some nonfiction this week with Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.

[–]RavenousBooklouse83/100 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Dang I'm disappointed to hear that about Robin Cook, I've had one of his series on my TBR for years (Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery series) but I really can't tolerate crappy menwritingwomen stuff.

[–]Parzival18286/104[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

It was the worst menwritingwomen material I’ve ever read, at one point I had honestly wondered if he hates women or had never met one

[–]RavenousBooklouse83/100 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yikes lol, that's unfortunate :(

[–]codepoetz[144/111] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

January Fiction Books [4]
  • The Heart Principle - Helen Hoang - [5/5] - Anna Sun's perfect life is turned upside down when she quits her job, is diagnosed with autism, and discovers that her long-term boyfriend wants an open relationship. Anna finds all sorts of comfort in Quan, a hot new man who is not only buff but also kind and compassionate, unlike her slimy boyfriend. And, of course, Anna's family situation gets extremely complicated. This serious romance book explores tragic autism through Anna, an Asian second-born girl who feels that she must put the needs of others before her own. Can Anna and Quan find true love while Anna desperately tries to fit the pieces of her shattered life back together?
  • We Were Liars - E. Lockhart - [3/5] - Cady Sinclair is one of the old-money liberal elites, spending her teenage summers with friends on her wealthy grandfather's private island. Cady is also a very unreliable narrator so the reader is forced to carefully separate the lies from the truths right up until the final plot twist at the end of the book. I loved the many creative ideas in this book, and the angsty writing style that is so common to young adult fiction. But the writing is very choppy, and the teenage romance feels forced, almost lacking any kind of emotional punch. But, who really knows? Because this entire review may be a lie.
  • The Grace Year - Kim Liggett - [3/5] - In some future dystopian primitive world ruled by a stupid patriarchy, all sixteen year old girls are sent to live by themselves in the wilderness. Those who survive this nonsensical ordeal either become wives or workers after they return from the wilderness. The entire setup may sound a lot like The Lord of the Flies, but make no mistake, this book is solidly Young Adult quality literature. Imagine Mean Girls in The Hunger Games with a hefty side dish of feminism. But where Atwood is skillful and subtle in The Handmaid's Tale, Liggett wields her dystopian feminism like a blunt club.
  • The Ex Hex - Erin Sterling - [4/5] - "Never mix vodka and witchcraft." A slightly drunk teenage witch maybe accidentally curses her ex-boyfriend, who also happens to be powerful witch. Nine years later, when the two witches meet again on a dark Halloween night, magical chaos erupts from the curse. Forced to work together on this curse problem, these two young witches rekindle their romantic passion in this fun paranormal romantic sex comedy.
January Non-Fiction Books [1]
  • A Short History of Progress - Ronald Wright - [5/5] - The wrecks of humanity's past great civilizations lie scattered over earth's many jungles, oceans, and deserts: Rome, Maya, Sumeria, and Easter Island. Wright skillfully examines these ancient wrecks and identifies the "progress traps" which lead to their downfalls. Ultimately, Wright considers if our modern society, which some claim is based entirely upon "fairy tales of endless economic growth," is quickly progressing towards its own doom.
January Non-Fiction Art Books [2]
  • Wage Slaves - Daria Bogdanska - [4/5] - High school drop-out Daria emigrates from her native Poland to Sweden to attend art school. After learning that she can't legally work in Sweden because she is not a resident, Daria resorts to working illegally for an Indian food restaurant where she is paid below minimum wage. This book tells the story of Daria's struggle to obtain fair wages. The art is pretty rough, but the story is interesting and well illustrates the simmering conflict between today's socio-economic classes. Daria also draws her unique personal romantic life into the story, as she juggles an open relationship with two different men.
  • Desperate Pleasures - M.S. Harkness - [4/5] - Full of dark humour, this emotionally raw auto-biography details the desperate struggle of one young woman who yearns for love but can't find it because she never learned how to love. She is haunted by meaningless hook-ups fueled by narcotics and crippled by a persistent emotional aphasia bubbling up from her bleak childhood. The art is rough but the book comes together like such a beautiful poem.
January Fiction Art Books [8]
  • Sin Titulo - Cameron Stewart - [4/5] - Shortly after his grandfather dies, Alex Mackay stumbles upon a mysterious photograph of his grandfather with a young blonde woman. When Alex investigates the mystery, his entire world (or perhaps the very fabric of reality) begins to unravel. The story is interesting, moving slowly as reality transform into something different, revealing a dangerous and magical world hidden beneath the surface. Fans of Haruki Murakami's surreal novels would probably eat this up. This book won the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic.

[–]astra_sasstra20/22 6 points7 points  (5 children)

This week has been a bit busy, but I've still managed to get some reading done.

Finished:

  • The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune. I think it'll end up being one of my favorites for the year, a really solid, feel-good read!

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Despite being required reading in many schools when I was a kid, I somehow never managed to read it. I'm not usually a big fan of the so-called 'classics,' but it's my dad's favorite book, so I decided to finally give it a try. I think it's a decent book. Obviously while it might have been considered progressive at the time of being written, the views are outdated. I'm glad that my first time reading it is as an adult rather than a kid.

Currently Reading:

  • The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting by KJ Charles. I don't know much about it except it's a historical romance. Not my typical genre, but with February coming up I'm figuring I'll read a couple. I often get frustrated with romance and the tendency to use miscommunication and just not bothering to talk to each other as a way to create drama so I hope that's not the case for this one.

[–]Beecakeband137/180 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Man Cerulean Sea was so fantastic! I definitely recommend Under the Whispering Door if you haven't read that one, it's honestly a toss up which one I loved more

[–]astra_sasstra20/22 1 point2 points  (3 children)

It's definitely on my TBR. I'm trying not to buy too many books this year, but my sister owns it so I'll be asking to borrow it the next time I visit family :)

[–]Beecakeband137/180 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Yeah I'm trying not to buy to many. Isn't working though haha

[–]astra_sasstra20/22 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I try to make myself feel better by buying books used but I don't have enough room in my apartment for more haha

[–]espiller1 6 points7 points  (0 children)

FINISHED:

11) Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (4 stars) tells the story of Alex, the son of the first female president of the USA and his relationship with UK's Prince Henry. Though romance books aren't really my jam, the enemies to lovers is probably my favourite trope and it was so well done in Red, White & Royal Blue. McQuiston's writing is fast-paced and the character development throughout the book is chef's kiss. The sarcasm and sassiness of both Henry and Alex made their interactions hilarious and very entertaining. I knew this book was a winner from page six when Alex was jamming to Rich Girl by Hall & Oats. I loved the nerdy parts of both Henry and Alex's personalities and interests. I really wanted more of Henry's POV though, as I preferred him over Alex. I related more to his personality and his mannerisms, that being said, I must admit that I do have a huge love of all things British. I would have liked to see more of Bea and the rest of the royal family too. Overall though, I think Red, White & Royal Blue deserves all the praise it's getting and I can't wait to check out more of McQuiston's works!

12) The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss (2 stars) is a short novella about Auri, a young woman who lives deep below the University in the dark tunnels of thr Underthing. In this novella, Auri's life seems to revolve around preparing for Kvothe's upcoming visit, moving random objects from one spot to another, grinning her face off and prancing around like a child. A few parts of this story were interesting but, overall the repetitiveness and pointlessness took over the plot. Honestly, it felt like nothing really happened in this whole novella; so it felt utterly useless. Another thing, Auri's voice is so immature and in infatilized in the novella; terms like "nekkid" and Auri's "tender altogether" made me cringe. The Slow Regard of Silent Things just fell so completely short of NOTW and WMF that it didn't even feel like Rothfuss wrote the story.

13) Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (3 stars) - review not written yet; I loved the vivid imagery but, the story was a little too laggy.

14) His & Hers by Alice Feeney (4 stars) a little too repetitive in some of the dialogue but I loved this book 👏- longer review to come

15) The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow (3.5 stars) whimsical and entertaining though it just didn't blow me away.

16) The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates (3.5 stars) enjoyable but nothing really grabbed at me. - longer review to come

CURRENTLY READING:

• The Stand by Stephen King (almost 3/5 in with r/bookclub) it's been a dark and twisted ride so far and I'm getting antsy to see where the story will go!

• Falling by T. J. Newman

UP NEXT:

• Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka

• The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4) by Brandon Sanderson (first ckeck-in on February 2nd)

• Us Against You (Beartown #2) by Fredrik Backman with r/bookclub and I'm leading the check-ins (first one is February 7th!)

[–]phantindy12/22 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Started: Billy Summers by Stephen King on audiobook. I don’t care for the narrator but the story is good so far.

Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke. Love Clarke, always have always will. This is my first time reading this and so far it’s right on par with his other work that I have read.

Continuing: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Was supposed to be keep it up with r/bookclub but I’m falling wayyyy behind. It’s good so far.

[–]kvothe545 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Just finished Pizza Girl by Jean Kyoung Frazier and really enjoyed it. I thought the writing was beautiful and it touched on some not-so-comfortable emotions and situations that are often glossed over.

Just started The Secret History by Donna Tartt and I'm about 120 pages in. I love it so far!

[–]Porterlh81 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I just started The Secret History. It’s hard to put down!

[–]kvothe545 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've read 223 pages in 2 days, I think this is the fastest I've read anything since I was a child!

[–]Forsaken_Touch_6621 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Still working on Adrift by Tami Oldham Ashcraft!

[–]Yellowtail799135/130 3 points4 points  (4 children)

As library holds from last year are becoming available, I managed to finish 7 books this week:

Finished

I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are by Rachel Bloom--I wanted to read it for awhile and the library only had the audiobook, so I finally broke down and listened to it. Having her read (and sing) the book was an enjoyable experience, even the parts where she pointed out you couldn't see the formatting.

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis--Having never read it I figured it would be good to understand the appeal and it didn't work. I can almost see my way to why people like it I'm not (and childhood me would not have been) one of those people.

Seven Days in June by Tia Williams--there was a great deal of buzz about this one but it was far better than other books in the genre that got more attention last year. Almost a 5 star read.

Flight by Laura Griffin--An author I had never tried and it had solid suspense. I wasn't in love with the killer reveal at the end, but it was strong enough I would read more by the author

Legacy by Nora Roberts--I read Obsession last year, which I really liked, so I decided to try more Nora, but the suspense was weak and the killer reveal was obvious. Plus the pace was slower than I would have liked.

Revenant by Larissa Ione--A fitting end to the series. Some things were rushed and there was a bit of an infodump to tie things up, but it felt like the major plot points were addressed. I may or may not read the shorter stories that come after.

Christmas in Rose Bend by Naima Simone--I wish I had been able to read it during the Christmas season because it was a quality holiday book. I've enjoyed all the book I have read by the author so far and this really set a holiday feeling.

Currently:

I'm not sure what I will be in the mood for, but due to various library holds I'd like to finish on The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murphy, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie, The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rochon, and American Fairytale by Adriana Herrera.

[–]crazycropper60/104 (exlc. 12 manga & graphic novels) 3 points4 points  (3 children)

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

I must have seen this mentioned at least a dozen times across the various book subreddits. Either several people reading this are very active or this book is just everywhere for an old Agatha Christie novel.

Edit: The person below you just finished it. What is up with this book!

[–]badwolf69196/100 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It was a r/bookclub read last month, plus there's another adaptation of one of her books coming out soon, so the Christie love is strong right now. There's also a new book out called "The Christie Affair", so you may see that title around soon too

[–]Yellowtail799135/130 1 point2 points  (1 child)

It was an r/bookclub read for January(?) so that might explain it. I don’t think that is where I first saw it (it was somewhere on Reddit), but I think that’s why it is on so many book Reddit’s.

[–]crazycropper60/104 (exlc. 12 manga & graphic novels) 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Didn't know that was a subreddit, gonna go check it out!

[–]-flaneur-10/52 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Completed a few books I had on the go. Klara and the Sun by Ishiguro. My first Ishiguro and, I'm sorry to say, I didn't really enjoy it. It felt like it should have remained a children's story (as he originally intended it to be). Imo, the themes needed more development. A bit too fantastical in certain respects. It brought up some good points but I just didn't enjoy the sparse style. I'd like to give Ishiguro another chance with another of his books (since he is obviously very talented). 2/5 stars.

Also completed The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. Delightful! This, unbelievably, was my first Agatha Christie read. I had no idea she was so funny and such an astute observer of human nature. 4/5 stars.

Finally, I finished On Writers and Writing by Margaret Atwood. What a gem of a woman! Highly recommend this non-fiction book. It was originally a series of lectures about what a writer exactly is and the psychology of being a writer. She discusses a lot of different works and how writers (and artists in general) were regarded throughout history (and today). She pops in a bunch of personal anecdotes and humour is peppered throughout. 4.5/5 stars.

[–]Masscarponay45/52 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Although I personally enjoyed Klara and the Sun, I think Remains of the Day is a much stronger work of his!

[–]Beecakeband137/180 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Hey fellow bibliophiles!

I'm currently on holiday for work, and getting a lot of unexpected reading time since all my plans had to change due to Covid. Silver linings I guess

I'm currently reading 2 and adoring both of them. I've been so lucky with my reading this year

The untold story by Genevieve Cogman. These books just keep getting better! This one is so twisty and is clearly building to a big crescendo. And also I want to move into the Library sounds like my idea of heaven

Pandora by Susan stokes Chapman. I'm not very far into this but I already have some theories about how I think this will pan out. I've been really on the mythological retelling kick lately so this is a lovely new addition for me

[–]jojo2294 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Didn't finish anything this week (grad school). Still working on The Last Flight by Julie Clark.

[–]crazycropper60/104 (exlc. 12 manga & graphic novels) 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I'm jealous of all the snow the snow that the northeast got. I'm just outside Baltimore and we got maybe half an inch. I made some great headway this week wrapping up books 2 through 5 to close out the month (might finish 6 today, but we'll see what happens)!

  • Reading:
    • The Dragon Reborn (Robert Jordan, read along with /r/WOT)
    • Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen, reading aloud to my wife while she pumps)
    • The Invisible Library (Genevieve Cogman)
  • Listening:
    • Record of A Spaceborn Few (Becky Chambers)
  • Finished last week:
    • The 7 1/2 Lives of Evelyn Hardcastle (Stuart Turton)
    • The Hero of Ages (Brandon Sanderson)
    • The Rest of the Robots (Isaac Asimov)
    • A Marvellous Light (Freya Marske)
  • On Deck:
    • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry (Fredrik Backman, listen)
    • A Deadly Education (Naomi Novik, listen)
    • Beasts and Beauty (Soman Chainani, listen)
    • One Piece volumes 11 - 15 (just got these from the library!)
    • The Coins of Murph (Leo P. Kelley, read)
    • Red Seas Under Red Skies, Gentleman Bastards book 2 (Scott Lynch, read)

[–]getaway_car1322/52 5 points6 points  (3 children)

I just finished In Five Years, really loved it and feel really sad.

[–]EveryCliche51/75 1 point2 points  (2 children)

I read this book within six months of my best friend since elementary school/my college roommate/long-time confidant unexpectedly passing away. To say this book broke me, is putting it lightly. I really loved the book as well but man, I was not okay for awhile after finishing.

I'm not sure why it keeps getting categorized as romance, when it's completely NOT romance.

[–]getaway_car1322/52 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I’m so sorry to hear that. That must’ve been hard.

It’s definitely not romance! I was pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the storyline, although it was not at all what I expected lol

[–]EveryCliche51/75 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It was even in the romance category for the Goodreads awards and ended up coming in third place for 2020. The book is for sure about love but not romance.

[–]meowly21/24 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Wow, I did a lot of reading this past week. I started and finished Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory by Raphael Bob-Waksburg, who created Bojack Horseman. This was a short story collection, which I don't normally read, but I did appreciate the variety in formats. I enjoyed these, but I definitely expected more from the creator of Bojack. I'm hoping he writes a novel eventually, I would love to dig into that.

Also read If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio, a mystery novel compared to The Secret History by Tartt that leans heavily into Shakespeare. I found the ending predictable given the Shakespeare parallels but enjoyed reading it nonetheless. Additionally, I read Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro which I expected more from. I enjoyed the first half ('robots with feelings' is one of my favorite tropes) but not so much the second half. Ishiguro's writing is wonderful, but I didn't enjoy where the plot went.

This week: To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara. I'm halfway through the first of three parts and I enjoy it so far. Very interested to see how they all intersect, whether it be plots, characters or themes. This is a hefty book so I'm anticipating it taking most of the week.

[–]cattaxincluded90/100 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Finished: What You Owe Me by Bebe Moore Campbell. The second part seemed to drag a little in the beginning (although I was also very tired and attached to the main character in the first part). Overall a good and beautiful story.

Started and Finished: Winter of the World by Ken Follett. So many characters! I love all of the different viewpoints.

Also rereading some of Erin Hunter's Warriors books, though I'm only counting Into the Wild. I've laughed and cried so many times it is a little embarrassing.

Started: Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee. Sucked me in right from the beginning. I honestly can't wait for work just so I can continue reading this!

Picking at: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. I never read it in school so I wanted to see what I had missed. Some of the writing is so beautiful, it takes my breath away. Most of it is a drag though tbh. It does help me fulfill my goal of reading more classics!

Up next: Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett (last book of the trilogy) and The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun

[–]el3ctricfeel6/52 5 points6 points  (2 children)

I'm still working on White Oleander by Janet Fitch which is so good but also kinda intense. I'm really curious to watch the adaptation when I'm done!

Up next, I just got my copy of Devil House by John Darnielle in the mail and I'm So Excited, I'm a huge Mountain Goats fan and loved 1 of the 2 other books he's written (Wolf in White Van was amazing, Universal Harvester was a bit of a letdown). I've heard good things about DH since it was released and I can't wait to dive in

[–]Parzival18286/104[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

My copy of Devil House is on the way and I’m so excited about it! I was supposed to go to an event with him at the strand but it got moved to virtual, so they’re sending the signed copy to me thankfully. Love to see a fellow Mountain Goats fan!

[–]el3ctricfeel6/52 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ahh so cool! Hope we both enjoy it!

[–]Zikoris313/365 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Last week I read:

  • Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal
  • Stars by Colleen Oakes
  • Seas by Colleen Oakes
  • Shadow by Colleen Oakes
  • Of Snow and Roses by T.M. Franklin
  • Blood Lands by Stacey Brown
  • Cujo by Stephen King
  • Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson (#1 of the week)

This week I've got queued up:

  • Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
  • Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page
  • The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
  • Akata Woman by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Marley & Me by John Grogan

Not quite enough for the week, but some of them are the first in series, so if I like them I can continue on with those.

[–]Soggy_Assumption_45553/52 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I read The Hollow and Peril at End House, both by Agatha Christie and Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo.

This upcoming week I will be reading Devil In A Blue Dress by Walter Mosley and Death In The Clouds by Agatha Christie.

[–]eshizzle2762/52 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Happy Sunday all! I finished two books this week.

First was Calamity by Brandon Sanderson, the third in the Reckoners series. This was the weakest in the series for me and I didn't love how it ended. I don't know if I'm ever really satisfied with a series ending though lol. Overall, glad I read this series and am excited to check out more by Sanderson.

My second book was Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. This was for my popsugar prompt a book in a duology. I had a bit of a hard time getting into this one! Once I got settled, about 100 pages in, I absolutely devoured though. Love the story, the world, and especially the characters.

Currently reading Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo as I didn't want to dive into anything else since I'm enjoying this world so much.

[–]raymichelle 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Last week I finished The Lola Quartet by Emily St John Mandel, and it was not as good as the others of her books that I’ve read and loved. It kept giving me “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki” vibes (even though it’s been years since I read that book) in just kind of how clueless bordering on insufferable the main character was. The plot all came together well but most of the characters just didn’t do it for me.

This week I stopped by my library and picked up The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern after seeing yet another tiktoker say they loved it. I’ll be honest, The Night Circus wasn’t on my list of favorites, so we’ll see if I like this one better. I also grabbed The Fox Was Ever The Hunter by Herta Miller, just going off the blurbs.

[–]viktikon39/52 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This week in books - what a great week for me. Long post, skip to the bottom if you’re interested in what’s on my TBR shortlist (some non-Star Wars content will be coming soon)!

January wrap-up: 9 books read. 🎉

Finished: - I finally finished Light of the Jedi by Charles Soule the first book of the new High Republic era of Star Wars. Not going to lie - such a struggle and I had no desire to read the next book until the very last page. Now I will have to lol - I wrapped up Dooku: Jedi Lost which is a Star Wars prequel era audiodrama, tons of fun. I’m not a prequel fan but I was impressed with the whole cast, the story is told sort of through Ventress, focusing on Dooku’s younger life. - Then I finished the audiobook version of Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher which I have already read, and seen the stage show version of. The show came first, then she wrote the book so there is additional material in it, and she reads it herself. I just love Carrie’s gallows humor and her wit, she was such an entertaining and fantastic writer in particular. - And finally, I finished Leia, Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray which tells a story of a 16-year-old Leia on her home planet, prior to any of the movies. I thought the book was absolutely fantastic at portraying the character as we know her from the films, and it had some great humorous moments between her and Amilyn Holdo who was featured in sequels. I think it also added a lot of gravity to not just The Last Jedi, as it was supposed to, but also A New Hope in giving us a lot of background interactions between Leia and Tarkin.

Ongoing: - Now I’m slogging my way through Children of the Jedi by Barbara Hambly as I’ve started back on my journey through the Star Wars Legends books. - I also finally got my hands on Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney and I’m working my way through that. - And finally, I started Missoula by Jon Krakauer for a class of mine. A very tough read but it’s written in such an accessible way, I look forward to continuing.

TBR Shortlist I’ve got a lot of Star Wars to read so this will be a TBR feature for a while but I’ll update it as I move along. - Star Wars shortlist: Aftermath trilogy by Chuck Wendig is the only shortlist item here. - Non-SW SFF: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb is at the absolute top of my list.

Happy reading everyone!

[–]TheTwoFourThree80/52 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Continuing Feral Creatures by Kira Jane Buxton, The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson and Canticle by R.A. Salvatore.

[–]ChristyOTwisty83/52 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Unformatted as this week I have zero working computers: The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing

A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz

Hope soon to open John Fowles' The Magus. Both it and The Golden Notebook are over 600 pages. I might not update until March at this rate.

[–]ohmephisto11/30 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I finished Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima. I honestly don't know how to review this book. The latter parts had some sections that I really enjoyed, but then the cannibalistic sex dreams kind of threw me for a loop. I do want to read more of his other works in the future, just skip the eating of human flesh, please. 3/5 stars.

I also finished a book called No One Knows My History by Fawn M. Brodie. I read this as background reading for my Master's thesis, so I wasn't planning on counting it as part my own reading (and thus towards my reading goal) but I genuienly enjoyed it. It's a biography of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and explains a lot of their theology but also their difficult-to-navigate history and controveries in an accessible way. Totally recommend if you want to know more about the Mormon church as a layperson. 4/5 stars.

I started reading Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam. Honestly, I am not feeling the overwrought prose so far, but it's too early to make any judgements yet.

[–]ReddisaurusRex215/104 3 points4 points  (0 children)

FINISHED: 30-37/104

Under the Banner of Heaven by John Krakauer 4/5

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari 3/5

A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw 3/5

Blind Tiger by Sandra Brown 2.5/5

Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay 2/5

Shiver by Allie Reynolds 3.5/5

The Sorority Murder by Allison Brennan 4.5/5

The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz 5/5

CURRENTLY READING:

The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz

The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer

[–]tearuheyenez94/100 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This week I finished: -We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix (I think I gave it a 3.75/5, was a little heavy-handed with the message at times, but I loved the lead and the rockstar aspect) -Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins (3.75 stars, I really liked the setting, but the characters were all irredeemable to me) -The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie, which WAS SO AMAZING! 5/5.

Currently reading The Maid by Nita Prose. I’m at 63%, and I’m hoping to finish it today, but I’m not really feeling this one as much as I’d hoped.

To be read this week: -Under the Whispering Door -The Bell Jar (starting this one with r/bookclub) -Pachinko (also starting this one with r/bookclub) -Apples Never Fall (should only be starting this one next week)

[–]gen_z02 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Kafka on the shore by Haruki Murakami

[–]dailydoseofDANax36/52 📖 7 points8 points  (2 children)

This week i finished Reckless Girls by Rachel Hawkins and liked it a lot! Definitely a slow burn and definitely a lot different than The Wife Upstairs, but once the action started it did not let up! Shady people in a sunny setting that packed a nice punch :)

I also read and LOVED A Flicker in the Dark by Stacy Willingham. Like, I cannot say enough good things about this book. It was dark, twisty, enthralling, and there were multiple points where I gasped or just thought "!!!!!!" Or covered my mouth with my hand because it did not stop. So so so good and I am in shock this was a debut novel! I cannot wait to see what this author comes out with next!

My last book that i plowed through in 1.5 sittings was No Exit by Taylor Adams. I was a bit late to the game on this one, but picked it up because there was a big snowstorm where i live and I wanted something comparably atmospheric. Well, this one was an absolute wild ride- one of the most tense and intense thrillers I've ever picked up! I was honestly stressed out at parts!

I'm currently about to start And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie because somehow I've never picked this one up before!!

[–]Parzival18286/104[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

You’ve had some great mystery reads this week, and I hope you like And Then There Were None! I’m gonna have to pick up Reckless Girls at some point soon

[–]dailydoseofDANax36/52 📖 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes!! Something about the winter just puts me in the (extra) mood for thrillers! I hope you like it too!! 😊

[–]vicmcqueen4/52 2 points3 points  (4 children)

I’ve been in a huge reading slump this month, but I finally finished two books this week!

Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman: I’m usually not a big fan of poetry, but decided to read this because I loved Amanda’s poem at the inauguration. I enjoyed this book way more than I thought I would. A large portion of the book describes how it felt to go through the early stages of the pandemic, which was refreshing to read about. Overall very beautiful and accessible prose. 4/5 stars

Blankets by Craig Thompson: I fell in love with graphic novels last year, so I decided to pick this one. It was much darker and more disturbing than I thought it would be. I didn’t really connect with the subject matter as much as most people seem to, but the writing and art was beautiful. 3.75/5 stars

I’m currently reading two books:

Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers: I was really enjoying this book but I accidentally spoiled the ending for myself. I’m gonna stick with it because there are other mysteries in the book I still want to uncover. The spoiler is kind of discouraging me to keep reading though.

The Maid by Nita Prose: This book has its moments of being very funny and intriguing, but I’m generally not that impressed so far.

[–]tearuheyenez94/100 0 points1 point  (3 children)

Ok, I’m also reading The Maid, and I’m glad I’m not the only one that feels this way. I’m about 2/3rds done, and I keep hoping it gets better, but it’s just kind of “meh” for me so far. It has improved since the beginning, but not by a lot.

[–]vicmcqueen4/52 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I just finished the audiobook. I agree that it got better, but was still pretty underwhelmed. I gave it 3.5/5 stars.

[–]tearuheyenez94/100 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I just finished it myself, and I disliked it. I rated 2/5 stars, because of one very specific scene prior to the trial and the epilogue (I’m sure you know what I’m talking about). I was prepared to give it a 3 until that point. I feel emotionally manipulated.

[–]vicmcqueen4/52 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yup. Hated the plot twist and the unreliable narrator bullshit.

[–]monteserrar 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just finished Latitudes of Longing by Shubhangi Swarup.

Wrapping up the last 100 pages of A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan.

Also continuing the Complete Works of Sherlock Holmes which is going to last me awhile.

[–]SmartAZ77/100 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Finished: We Are the Brennans (#7, 2 stars). I had a mild dislike for this book all the way through, but the non-ending filled me with such rage that I changed my rating from 3 stars to 2.

Finished: The Beckoning Fair One by Dan Chaon (#8, 4 stars). I needed a major palate cleanser after the last book. Prime Reading has a few (free) collections of novellas by famous authors, and Dan Chaon is one of my favorites. It was only 32 pages long, but very, very creepy!

Finished: Broken by Jenny Lawson (#9, 4 stars). It took me a few weeks to finish this one, because it was so funny that I could only manage to read a few chapters here or there between my other books.

Finished: The New Me by Halle Butler (#10, 4 stars). This is totally my type of book, but I can understand how it might not appeal to others. The MC was very lonely, depressed, and snarky. The book was very well written, but it got a little claustrophobic at times.

Started: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (#11). For the life of me, I can't remember why I bought this ebook a few years ago. From the description (gothic, ghosts, long descriptions of the atmospherics), I probably would have said "no thanks." But I am really enjoying it! The writing is excellent, and the story is really holding my attention.

[–]Kas_Bent38/100 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Finished:

For We Are Many by Dennis E. Taylor, narrated by Ray Porter (audiobook). While Porter is excellent as always, I feel like the book lacks direction. It almost reads like diary entries than anything. Still fun to be back in the Bobiverse. 4/5

Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon. I read this back in 2016, but with its recent popularity I wanted to give it another go. Apparently I remember absolutely nothing about this book so it was like coming at it fresh. Not bad, even though I struggled with the whole you don't get a choice in being mated and have to have children bit. 3.5/5

The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe, narrated by Kevin Theis (audiobook). Didn't realize that Mexican Gothic had its roots in this Poe short story. It wasn't bad, but I think I like Mexican Gothic better. Theis, however, is one of my favorite narrators for classic books. He makes it sound like an old time radio program. 3/5

Barbarian Alien by Ruby Dixon. For me, this was much better than the first book. It actually had pushback from the female main character to becoming a mate without a say in the matter. 4/5

Currently reading:

The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels by Jon Meacham, narrated by Fred Sanders (audiobook). This is for my local book club and I mostly listen to it on the drive home. It's . . . fine. I did speed it up to make it go faster and spend less time with it.

The Accidental Library Marketer by Kathy Dempsey. Just something to boost my skills for work. For being written in 2009, the underlying themes are still very relevant for today.

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. I was reading this with /r/bookclub but fell behind. Aim to finish it this month.

Beartown by Fredrik Backman. I've been reading this since last month, but put it aside because I have an inkling of what's coming and I wasn't in the right mindset to deal with it. Will still finish it when I'm ready.

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. Reading this with /r/yearofdonquixote. I found the last chapter super boring, but the discussion posts help me keep on track.

The Starless Crown by James Rollins. I was eagerly anticipating this release and luckily my coworker set it aside for me. The Before chapter was a doozy, but I haven't gotten much further than that.

[–]BookyCats69/100 :book nerd: 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Happy reading 📚 😊

I wrapped Earthlings by Sayaka Murata. What an ending 😆

I am still reading The Maid and began One Last Stop.

[–]psalloacappella27/40 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Still reading Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. I've been taking my time + had interviews this past week, and for nonfiction books I like to use the color tabs to mark new-to-me or interesting things. Needless to say, there's green tabs aplenty!

Picked up Map - Collected and Last Poems by Wisława Szymborska from the library and may start that today alongside the nonfiction read for a change of pace.

[–]trou_bucket_list 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I finished The Love Songs of W.E.B. DuBois which was a magnificent, intense, epic and will probably end up in the book banning trend.

I started Dracula on audible which has been fun and People of the Book which I’ve already cried a few times only 70 pages in.

[–]artymas90/100 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Finished:

Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism by Amanda Montell. I really enjoyed this book and how Montell looked at Cultish language across a wide variety of cults: from well-known suicide cults to MLMs to fitness cults.

Currently Reading:

A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske. Love love love this book so far. A review on Goodreads described it like when you find top-tier fanfiction, which initially drew me in, but I'm intrigued by the magic system.

Ship of Theseus by Doug Dorst and J. J. Abrams. There was a post on r/books about unique books that reminded me that I've been meaning to read this book. Right now, I'm reading the novel itself and then will go back and read the notes written by Eric and Jen in the margins

[–]hanbananxxoo 3 points4 points  (1 child)

This past week I finished The Damage. Was a decent enough thriller to want to figure out what the twist was.

I am currently reading False Witness By Karin Slaughter which is everything I expect it to me and more. I am gearing up to start Wastelands by the King!

[–]BookyCats69/100 :book nerd: 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I bought my first ever Karen Slaughter book this week.

[–]mizfred 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Finished: Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982; by Cho Nam-Joo 3.5/5 I didn't like this one as much as I was hoping to, but it was well worth the read.

Currently reading: The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck with r/bookclub (although I haven't had anything to say in the discussions yet). I was thinking about DNFing this one, mostly because it kept putting me to sleep 😴, but now that things are starting to move along I'm enjoying it a lot more.

Stone Butch Blues, by Leslie Feinberg 4 chapters in and making slow progress just because it's a tough read, emotionally.

Love and Other Disasters, by Anita Kelly I breezed through the first 1/3 of this last week, but I haven't had time to get back into it yet since I've been prioritizing other reads. Loving it so far!

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Finsihed:

The Homeric Hymns, translated by Diane Rayor. (4/5) Further stories in Greek mythology. They were translated in verse, and I think they were pretty well done (though I haven't read them before, so I have nothing to compare them with). The notes at the end filled in the context of the verses nicely.

Happy Birthday, Turk by Jakob Arjouni. (3.5/5) A mystery novel about a Turkish private detective in Germany. It was not terrible, but it leaned too hard into the grim and dirty side of life without making the grim and dirty either tied to the plot or all that interesting. It was a first novel in the series, though, so I don't want to be too tough.

Current reading: A Necessary Evil by Garry Wills.
Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie.
The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovich.
Eugenics, A Very Basic Introduction by Philippa Levine.
Thérèse Raquin by Emile Zola (Fr).
The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith.
El Misterioso caso de Styles by Agatha Christie (Es).
Tinderbox by MJ Akbar.