I didn’t mean to skip last week, but trust me when I say that this has been A Week, and posting on Wednesday seemed a bit silly. I guess I should be more organized and try to write these posts through the week instead of panicking on Sunday afternoon. What an idea!
What I finished
Capsized! by Patricia Sutton: review up tomorrow
Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King: I decided to try the Mary Russell books again–I’d started the first one several times. I don’t absolutely love them (notably I am not wild about the Russell/Holmes romance thread, and they seem to reproduce some gross attitudes about class/the Empire rather than interrogating them) but they satisfy the craving for a decent mystery so I read the second one too.
Drum Roll Please Lisa Jenn Bigelow: A cute music camp story–are there any other music camp stories out there? this one was adorable–and yet another take on middle school friendship! I’m a fan of this mini-trend, so please keep them coming, publishing. Also nice to note that this is partly a story about a f/f middle grade crush, and also navigating the tricky waters of having a first crush and keeping your friends, in a totally age-appropriate way. Yay!
What I’m currently reading
Jade City by Fonda Lee: Dark, complex fantasy about a fictional Asian country where jade confers magical abilities and powerful clans vie for territory and influence. This one is a bit darker than what I’ve been reading recently and I’m liking it a lot.
Persuasion by Jane Austen: I’m really enjoying rereading this, and I’ve been livetweeting my thoughts about it.
Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman: YA contemporary about a girl whose sister has just died. It’s a strong book and the prose is really nice, although I’m not finding myself totally caught up in the story. We’ll see what I end up thinking!
What I’m reading next
Dragon’s Green by Scarlett Thomas
City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty