Over the last weekend, I finished reading five books — instead of writing out five blog posts and scheduling them (what, each for a day this week?) I figured I would do a summary blog post.
One of these, I started at the beginning of the month, made it partway through the month and a library hold I was excited about came in, then I started a comic collection (two of these fall into that category). Combined with a relatively mellow weekend, means I have a few books to share about.
This is actually a great example of books the publisher built hype around vs. books that readers and reviewers built hype around. While not distinctly different pre-release (the publishers want reader/reviewer hype, thus the ARC process), I think there is still enough difference to be notable.
A Ruin of Kings starts with our hero
4/5 Stars on Goodreads.
I was reading dozens of comics by the issue until a few years back when I switched to trades or digital because I stopped being able to keep up with the pace I was reading. I reserved this at the library as soon as they had it listed (maybe mid-December). This is, I believe, the first run of Captain America since
3/5 on Goodreads
I started watching the show at the beginning of the month and made
I started reading dystopia, a genre this seems to fit into, in high school. So much of the dystopia that is common in the classroom is written by men – I have read Brave New World (Huxley), 1984, (Orwell), V for Vendetta (Moore) and even Bellamy’s Looking Backwards. Sure, some more recent YA dystopia is not written by men – but as far as the range of classics that could be assigned in a classroom, Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale seems to fit right in. All that to say, I cannot believe it took me this long to read The Handmaid’s Tale. Set in a reality where The Patriarchy has usurped the US government, women are little more than slaves for childbirth.
While I struggle with flashback storytelling in
I placed the sequel on hold at the library, so we will see how that goes in a few months.
5/5 stars on
The short version of this review is “everything this man writes is incredible.” The slightly longer version is “I hope he writes a novel soon.”
P. Djèlí Clark also wrote The Black God’s Drums, which was one of
While I do begrudge unnecessary continued storytelling in the same universe, I do love seeing characters from the lens of other characters in additional works – perhaps a holdover from when my mom and I listened
This story starts out with two government agents out to resolve a problem with a haunted tram car and ends up engaging in cool and clever ways with lots of non-western mythology. Most importantly, Clark’s writing reads like a hot knife through butter – I could not put this book down and ended up reading it in about an hour.
5/5 on Goodreads.
Ms. Marvel Vol 9
Since learning that G. Willow Wilson would leave Ms. Marvel (and rightful she should, I’m hoping to pick up a copy of The Bird King soon, and it is always nice to see how comic characters grow when handed to new creators) I have been rationing Ms. Marvel trades in much the same way I have never finished Little Women or On The Road (I like them so much, I know that once they end, they never come back).
I saw this volume at the library on Sunday and picked it up – it is a fun adventure where Ms. Marvel’s friends step up for her while she takes the time she needs
3/5 stars on Goodreads.
Coming up next…
I am excited for both A Memory Called Empire (Martine) and the new volume of The Expanse (Corey), both coming out this week. I’m trying to leave my reading list mostly clear for these (and hoping to come across a copy of The Light Brigade in the next few weeks too). Following those, I want to finally finish the Cixin Liu’s Remembrance trilogy (The Dark Forest has been next to my bed for months).
What books are you currently reading, or excited about in the near future?