Books I finished
The Winged Histories by Sofia Samatar [review] (A reread of one of my favorite books from 2017; it holds up marvellously and I loved it so much.)
Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrand [review]
The Prince & the Dressmaker by Jen Wang: A cute mgish graphic novel! I liked the overall story and representation. But sheesh, I really am a pedant, because I could not get over the fact that this is supposed to be Paris and Brussels in the 19th century and the visuals of the fashions were a weird amalgamation and the history doesn’t line up. I guess you could make an argument that this is the Disney treatment? It’s “Paris” the way Belle lives in “France”? But it really bumped me out of the story because I kept trying to make sense of the choices instead of just reading.
I, Claudia by Mary McCarthy: A loose retelling of I, Claudius. The premise and voice are both pretty great, but I’m curious about how well it would hold up as an independent story if you haven’t already read Graves’ book.
European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss: I really like the Athena Club books! They’re long, but they’re zippy reads. As someone who has enjoyed Goss’s short fiction for ages, it’s fun to see her working with a larger canvas.
Frederica by Georgette Heyer: A reread, from when I was craving some comfort books last month.
What I’m reading next
Here to Stay by Sara Farizan
The Spy with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke