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January 2016 round up

Books I’ve already talked about
A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
Picture Book Monday
Forget You by Jennifer Echols
Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold
Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Ships of Air by Martha Wells

Other books
First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen: I don’t think this is her best book, although part of the problem is that Garden Spells is my favorite of her books and therefore any sequel is going to have to really impress me. This one–felt a little slight. I certainly enjoyed it, and as usual her writing is lovely, but I didn’t find it as deep or touching as her others.

Gentleman Jole & the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold: Review for this coming soon!

Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith: I really liked the worldbuilding for this one, and the overall setup of the characters and plot. I don’t think it’s perfect, but it’s doing some fun, interesting things.

The Oracle Glass by Judith Merkle Riley: I…didn’t like this one much. Which is sad, because it was my last unread Judith Merkle Riley book, but it didn’t have the subtle humor that I love about her other books, nor was I super invested in the characters.

The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill: I feel like I was more excited about this one in the abstract than I actually was in terms of the book. Partly this is because I didn’t connect well with the characters, and didn’t feel super invested in the plot despite the marching band on a cruise ship setup. I did finish it, for whatever that’s worth.

Listen to the Moon by Rose Lerner: Review coming soon!

The Mystery of Art by Jonathan Jackson: One of my goals this year is to read 12 Orthodox books. I…argued a lot with this one in my head, which I think is partly because I wanted it to be something different (not fair of me, I know) and partly because it was pretty surface-level.

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge: I’m not sure if I technically read this book, because the copy of the ARC I had is missing the last chapter & a half. Since this is not my fault, I’m counting it anyway.

Updraft by Fran Wilde: This is a lovely fantasy with a really unique world and some nice writing. I was really intrigued by the society and the way it’s set up, as well as by the idea of the towers. I believe there may be a sequel coming, and I’ll be interested to see where the story goes.

Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink by Stephanie Strohm: A very light but also quite fun YA read about a girl working at a living history museum. I love this, as someone who spent most of her teens volunteering at one! It doesn’t delve at all into the complexities of living history museums and the stories they tell, but as a quick, fun read I’ll get behind it.

Other posts
Some reading and blogging resolutions
New additions to my TBR
10 favorite alt-history mysteries
Links: 1-14
Links: 1-27
Queen’s Thief news
Bullet Journal update
Making without context
Made & Making

TV & Movies
Star Wars: I saw it for the third time with a couple of people and loved it just as much as the first two times. STAR WARS.

Galaxy Quest: I had been meaning to watch this one for awhile and after Alan Rickman died, I decided it was the time. I enjoyed the commentary on fandom and geek culture a lot (reminded me a bit of DWJ’s Deep Secret), and of course Rickman was wonderful.

Father Brown: The first season of the recent BBC adaptation. Well, “adaptation”–G.K Chesterton is rolling in his grave. I don’t mind that it was changed, but I don’t think it’s particularly good as either a retelling or its own thing and I don’t intend to watch more, despite Mark Williams.

Jane the Virgin: I’m about halfway through the first season and loving it!

By Maureen LaFerney

My name is Maureen. I currently work as a library assistant in a public library in the Indianapolis area, and also just so happen to be a voracious reader. I frequently end up under a cat.

5 replies on “January 2016 round up”

I couldn’t finish The Trouble with Destiny. I was really excited about it too so that made me sad.

Galaxy Quest is so much fun!

I’ve been meaning to try Jane the Virgin. I need to get on that.

Yeah, I was in the mood for that kind of book, or I suspect I wouldn’t have finished it either.

I really like Jane the Virgin so far! Completely ridiculous, but also fairly thoughtful & heartwarming.

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