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Weekly reading review: 9/23-9/29

What a week! What an awful week! Wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t have to say that, oh, every single week? Anyway, in the midst of *gestures towards the world* this mess, I did finish some books that on the whole were pretty good.

What I finished:
The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss: I really enjoyed this one–and it’s been a bit since I found a book purely enjoyable. It’s super white, but I otherwise liked it immensely & found in it a bit of hope.

A Festival of Ghosts by William Alexander: Alexander’s books pretty much always hit the right spot for me, and this one is no exception. A sequel to A Properly Unhaunted Place, there’s a nice depth to this continuation of Rosa & Jasper’s stories.

Point of Dreams by Melissa Scott & Lisa Barnett: The other Astreiant books are all ebooks and not owned by my library, so I jumped ahead to this one. These are nice for a certain reading mood, and I appreciate the worldbuilding here a lot.

Sadie by Courtney Summers: This is a searing read, with a spot-on replication of a true crime podcast. I appreciate the heart and the technical ability here. I also keep wondering if this is a book for teens, or a book about teens. Neither is better or worse, exactly, but I guess I question the YA label for this one a bit.

Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys: Oh, such mixed feelings here. The surface level writing and characterization are pretty cool, and I appreciate the intent of the project. Buuuuuuut, I felt mildly to very uncomfortable with some of the nuances and conflations underneath the surface.

What I’m currently reading:
The Likeness by Tana French [ebook] (I kind of forgot about this one, whoops)
Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova: I liked Labyrinth Lost quite a bit, so I’m excited about this one. Not very far yet, but it’s pretty gutsy and engaging so far!

What I’m planning to read next:
A Trust Betrayed : The Untold Story of Camp Lejeune and the Poisoning of Generations of Marines and Their Families by Mike Magner
Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett
Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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.

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