Weekly Wrap-up (A Belated WWW Wednesday)

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! Work is crazy busy and stressful right now and will be until after the election, so apologies in advance that my posting is going to get more erratic for a few weeks.

What are you currently reading?

I started both of my current reads on Tuesday, so I don’t have too many first impressions yet. My buddy listen is Lirael, the second book in Garth Nix’s Abhorsen series. So far, I have a feeling I’m going to enjoy this story more than the first. Then my main solo listen is Record of a Spaceborn Few (finally!) by Becky Chambers. This was on my “what I’m hoping to read next” answer weeks ago, so I’m glad to finally start it despite hearing some so-so reviews of this latest Wayfarers.

 

What did you recently finish reading?

 

 

Last week was Spookathon, so most of these complete challenges for that readathon.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Vol. 1: The Crucible) (★★★:

This take on Sabrina the Teenage Witch takes it back to the grim, Satanic origins, and I like how dark and unsparing the story is. However, aside from the first and last issue, Sabrina herself feels like a side character, not in control of her own story. And this volume feels a lot like setup for what’s the come, like the origin story/prequel story that doesn’t feel like it should stand alone.  (eBook via Hoopla)

0085a455-690f-4c7e-87ee-2cc4b57cb8acThe Haunting of Hill House (★★★):

When I first picked up this story, I thought I didn’t know the premise/hadn’t seen any adaptations. Turns out I had seen the panned 1999 film, so it was interesting trying to track what I remembered from that story with the original. Eleanor’s character was fascinating, and I definitely think I’ll be returning to this story for a closer read. It was haunting in a creeping, looming way much more so than a jump scare sort of way. I’m eager to see the Netflix adaptation now. (Audio via Hoopla)

Sabriel (★★★★☆): 

I had heard a lot about this YA fantasy series. So many people loved it growing up, and from the very beginning of this story, I could see the appeal. The opening gave me such a nostalgic feeling of reading magical stories as a kid even though I hadn’t read this particular story (the British narration could’ve helped with that, as it reminded me of listening to Harry Potter). I like how the story isn’t as light as many other books in the genre, dealing with necromancy and the like. But I know I would’ve enjoyed this more if I’d read it when I was younger. There are points of instalove and other tropes that tend to annoy me more now than they did then. I’m still continuing with the series. (Audio via Libby)

img_2028Undead Girl Gang (★★★):

I don’t have much to critique with this high school murder mystery story. It was a fun, quick read, but there was also nothing that wowed me. The red herring suspect was ridiculous enough that you knew there had to be a twist, which was easy to predict. I do like how the story dealt with issues of body image, consent and girl-on-girl hate, but still, nothing to write home about. Would recommend to YA readers. I liked the audio, which was narrated by Rebecca Soler (one of my favorite YA voice actors). (Audio via Libby)

Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds (★★★): 

My first 5-star book in nearly 2 months! Finally. And of course it’s a Brandon Sanderson. I hadn’t read either of the first Legion novellas before starting this, so it was great to enjoy all three back-to-back. This isn’t your typical Sanderson fantasy, but instead a sci-fi-esque mystery series. I can totally see this series working as a TNT police procedural, which to others might sound like a terrible thing but those shows are my guilty pleasure. Each of Stephen’s aspects are uniquely drawn. Sanderson plays on well-trodden tropes but, if you’ve read Sanderson before you know, gives them his own twist. 10/10 would recommend. (Audio via Libby) 

1ac2813a-1e53-4a4a-8852-9026c2d398c7The Tattooist of Auschwitz (★★★☆):

I picked this historical fiction (based on a true story) for my new IRL book club. I was wary going in to it because it’s not my typical genre (and I’m wary of “book club books” in general), but I was trying to keep an open mind. The story, of course, is harrowing, just like all Holocaust stories. But it was so surface-level that I couldn’t truly get into the story. It was very “He did this, she said that and this is how they felt,” rather than anything deeper or more well-developed. Apparently the author originally intended to write a screenplay instead of a book, which really shows. But, this has really high Goodreads ratings, so if this sounds like your kind of book, I’d still recommend checking it out. (Audio via Hoopla)

What do you think you’ll read next?

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If Lirael goes well, I’ll continue on with Abhorsen to finish up the main trilogy in that series (I’ll probably take a break before going on to the 4th and 5th books). After the Wayfarer’s book, I’ll try to squeeze in one last fiction read before Nonfiction November starts. I want to pick up The Silence of the Girls because I’ve been eager to read that since I got it as a Book of the Month a couple months ago.

Bonus Round

What I’ve acquired: I’m super pleased that I didn’t acquire any new books since the massive library haul.

What I’ve borrowed: I took out a physical copy of Binti: Home. I originally listened to Binti, but I didn’t really like the audiobook/it was hard for me to stay focused on. So I’m going to reread Binti in physical form and then continue on with Binti: Home. I also took out the Sound Recording (aka CDs) of A Discovery of Witches, because I can’t find the audio through my usual methods.


And that’s it! What was your favorite read of last week?

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