It’s WWW Wednesday, a tag hosted on Taking on a World of Words It’s easy to do, just answer the three questions below! This is late and also the only post I’ve had since last week because I went into a “first-autumn-cold coma,” but I’m alive now! (Sort of)
What are you currently reading?
I’m currently struggle-bussing my way through the Charms Extra Credit readathon hosted by Book Roast, and by that I mean it’s day three and I’m only 7% into my first book…. I’m listening to Muse of Nightmares and I’m struggling to get into the story. Wish me luck or I’ll have to write off this readathon altogether.
My buddy read doesn’t fit into any of the challenges, but we started my next Wheel of Time book. No new thoughts on that series so far.
What did you recently finish reading?
Rage Becomes Her (★★★★☆)
I already had this audiobook checked out when MrsMurphyReads on Bookstagram started the #ragealong. I “enjoyed” this book as much as you can a book that makes you even more angry. But, I do have to acknowledge this book wasn’t what I necessarily wanted it to be. If you’ve read anything about gender studies, most of what’s in here won’t be new to you.
I liked the beginning and ending most, when the author was most focused on the topic of anger rather than what women have to be angry about. Several times one sentence mentioning anger would close out a section, making it seem like it was just tacked on to make it seem like a chapter, say on the inequitable division of labor in a family, was actually about anger. All in all, I still recommend the book, especially as an introduction to gender studies, but I wanted more from it. (Audio via Libby)
I Hate Fairyland Vol. 4 (★★★★★)
After the repetitive middle two volumes of this series, this is a great story with wonderful, which makes me sad that it’s the end of green-haired Gertrude’s journey through Fairyland. (EBook via Hoopla)
The Book of Joan (★★★★☆)
I devoured this short little book. I only had 3 days left on my loan, but I didn’t need it. This is a literary science fiction story that doesn’t really care if it gets the “science” right. It’s set in 2049, in a future where the planet was decimated and the richest few try to survive in a de-evolved state in a space station above the Earth. The prose of the first section hooked me within a few minutes, and that comes back at the end. I loved what this book had to say about gender and storytelling. But the story did drag a bit for me when it shifted to tell the story of Joan back on the ruined Earth. This book is absolutely not for everyone (evidenced by the really low and scattered ratings on Goodreads). But if you’re into “odd” literary examinations, you might like this.
Lethal White (★★★★☆)
Robin and Strike 5ever, amirite? I don’t have many thoughts about this latest edition of the Cormoran Strike mystery series because I listened to it while heavily dosed with DayQuil, but I really liked it. The relationship between our partners is the driving force of this story, while the many many strings of the mystery unravel in the background. Some have complained about the length of this one, but I never noticed it as a problem. No part dragged for me. Not sure what kept this from a 5 star, maybe the case not being as exciting to me? Not sure. If you like the series, you’ll like this. (Audio via Libby)
City of Miracles (★★★★☆)
And that’s a wrap on this series. It’s a solid 4 star series for me. No major disappoints, but not my new favorite either. I really liked this last book, as I think it told a much more human story than the first two, which were much more focused on the divines. Saying that, there is a lot more actual “divine” elements to this story throughout, not just at the end. I really liked Sigrud as the main character this time around, as well as the new characters we encountered. I recommend. (Audio via Scribd)
What do you think you’ll read next?
I’m excited to pick up Record of a Spaceborn Few, which my library finally got on audio (which is how I read the first two books in this series). Besides that, I’m not sure which books I’ll turn to next.
What I’ve acquired: Because I was sick pretty much the entire time between posts, I ~only~ got two new-to-me books, one of which was my Book of the Month pick (An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, which I listened to and already reviewed). The other was a Little Free Library pick: Migraine by Oliver Sacks.
And I don’t have any other bonus categories with things. BUT my area has THREE library book sales this weekend, so I’ll be doing my monthly haul post after that.