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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

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Weekly reading review: 9/16-9/22

I’m attempting something new here–a weekly round up of my reading. If you have any feedback about the format, etc, leave me a comment!

What I finished:
Blood Oath by Amanda McCrina–The second in a duology? series? I wasn’t quite sure based on the ending. Amanda is a friend, but I also genuinely like her books a lot. If a historical fantasy with echoes of Megan Whalen Turner and Rosemary Sutcliff, strong characterization and taut dialogue sounds like your thing, I’d recommend Blood Road & Blood Oath.

What I’m currently reading:
Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie–I’ve literally JUST started this one, so I don’t have much of a sense of it yet
The Likeness by Tana French [ebook]–trippy setup and a bit reminiscent of Brat Farrar; I’m liking French’s prose a lot
Point of Dreams by Melissa Scott and Lisa Barnett–I liked the first one in the series and expect to enjoy this one too; they’re quieter reads so it’s a good book to dip in and out of

What I’m planning to read next:
Sadie by Courtney Summers
Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse