Uncategorized

Wrap-Up: March 2019

  • The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso (★★★☆☆)
  • Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri (★★★★★)
  • Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng (★★★★☆)
  • Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho (★★★★★)
  • Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier (★★☆☆☆)
  • The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore (★★☆☆☆)
  • Fires of the Faithful by Naomi Kritzer  (★★★★☆)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 7
YEARLY SO FAR: 23

It’s been an interesting reading month! March started off with the #FemmeFanTale readathon, during which I managed to read…two books, I think? Or three? Fair enough, I suppose. But I kept the momentum going for the rest of the month and read only fantasy books, which was so much fun! I fell short of my #FemmeFanTale TBR by five books, but I also supplanted two different books, so really, I only fell short of my overall reading goal by three books, which isn’t terrible. And I hope to read at least some of those five #FemmeFanTale books next month! This readathon has definitely reminded me of how much joy fantasy brings me. Last year one of my goals was to expand my reading and step out of my comfort zone, but I think this year, now that I’ve gotten a better idea of what I like and don’t like, I can veer back into fantasy for a bit.

I am currently reading…nothing, actually. I literally just finished my last book of the month and have yet to decide what to pick up next. I’m thinking The Silent Patient, since it’s been getting a lot of buzz and I’m in the mood for a thriller, but I also really want to read We Set the Dark on Fire, which I’ve been anticipating for three years. I’m gonna be flying to Chicago on Sunday, so I need a good plane book, and I’m thinking that would be the thriller. I also want to read at least one horror book in April, but I don’t know what that will be.

TV Update: 

Well, I finished Salem, which was…something. I kind of want to scream at somebody about it, but I don’t know anyone who has watched it. Then I also binged Shetland, which is a British police procedural that takes place on the Shetland Islands. It’s so great. I actually really like the lead male detective and the mysteries are very interesting. Plus the views are gorgeous! But other than that, I didn’t watch very much TV, as I tried to focus more on reading!

Uncategorized

Short Fiction Friday

short fiction friday 23

 

I’m bringing back Short Fiction Friday after being inspired by Acquadimore’s short fiction posts. This feature is essentially me featuring at least three short stories that I’ve read and enjoyed recently. I’m doing this in an effort to read more short fiction, as I certainly don’t read enough of it.divider

deaddjinn_full_xlA Dead Djinn in Cairo by P. Djeli Clark (Tor, May 2016): STEAMPUNK CAIRO. STEAMPUNK CAIRO. STEAMPUNK CAIRO WITH HINTS OF COSMIC HORROR. This is a short story set in an alternative 1912 Egypt, where supernatural creatures have infiltrated the world. The main character, Fatma, is a suit-wearing investigator with the Egyptian Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments, and Supernatural Entities. As she attempts to solve the murder of a dead djinn – an Old One, at that – she realizes that something very nefarious is going on. This was AWESOME; one of the best short stories I’ve ever read. Incredibly fun, incredibly atmospheric, and so well-versed in the nuances of Egyptian culture that I had to look up whether the author was actually Egyptian (he’s not). This is everything I’ve ever wanted from a short story and I will definitely be picking up the author’s novella set in this world!


Apex-Magazine-KindleBargains by the Slant Light by Cassandra Khaw (Apex, October 2018): Very short and very creepy. It features exactly the type of twisted interaction I enjoy. In this case, a girl has made a deal with a devil, and he tears apart nightly. This is the kind of story that I feel is too short; it’s a microcosm of an interaction. I want more, much more; I want to see the bargain being made and all the reasons behind it. Nevertheless, I enjoyed this snapshot.


intothegray_fullInto the Gray by Margaret Killjoy (Tor, April 2018): This was an enjoyable and straightforward story about a trans woman who leads men to their death-by-mermaid, and this mermaid also happens to be the woman’s lover. I enjoyed the morbid tone of this story and appreciated the monster lover trope between two women. I also liked that this was a relatively straightforward story; nothing mysterious or cerebral about it.

Uncategorized

Wrap-Up: February 2019

  • The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden (★★★★★)
  • The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden (★★★★★)
  • Hannah Mary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso by Kali Nicole Gross
  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor (★★★★☆)
  • White Fragility by Robin Di Angelo (★★★☆☆)
  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge (★★★★☆)
  • A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne (★★★★☆)
  • How Long ’til Black Future Month by N.K. Jemisin (★★★★☆)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 8
YEARLY SO FAR: 16

I accomplished two things this month that I’m pleased about:

I finished TWO series that I’ve been meaning to finish for a very long time: the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and the Winternight trilogy. Enjoyed both very, very much, and am very glad to have finished them both.

I actually read 4/5 books out of my Black History Month TBR! I didn’t get to Ijeoma Uluo’s book, but perhaps next year…

I also finally read the latest John Boyne, A Ladder to the Sky, which I’ve been meaning to read since the day it came out and it was absolutely delightful, a wild ride from start to finish.

I’ve also totally dropped the ball with posting reviews to this blog, for some reason. I have no idea why. I’m still writing reviews and posting them on Goodreads, but I’ve just been too lazy to cross-post here. Eh.

I am currently reading The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso, getting started on #FemmeFanTale a bit early! So far I’m enjoying it very much. Looking forward to March being fantasy month.

Writing Update:

After spending a couple of months bouncing around between seven different ideas, I’ve finally settled into one, which is such a freaking relief. I’m referring to it as my Throne of Glass pastiche, since it’s inspired by Throne of Glass (I know, I know), mainly in the sense that it’s about an assassin. But that’s all the similarities the books share, I swear! It’s also adult fantasy, not YA, so there’s that. I’m about 10K words into it, but I have little to no outline, which is unusual for me. Even my worldbuilding is basic at best. But I’m just writing and hoping I’ll stumble my way onto something.

TV Update: 

I binged that Netflix show, Dating Around, and it was…fine? I couldn’t look away, but I also really didn’t like it and it made me so glad that I don’t date. Still working on season 3 of Salem, but it’s stressing me out, so I’m going slow. Then I watched all of Derry Girls (which isn’t saying much, as it’s only six episodes), which is a freaking hilarious sitcom set in 90s Northern Ireland. I’m also catching up on season 3 of One Day at a Time, another sitcom.

I also watched some random episodes of Escape to the Country after a coworker recommended it to me – apparently it’s about Brits who are moving to the British countryside and go look at houses there??? I’m not kidding – some episodes had me on the verge of tears because the views are so fucking gorgeous. I just. Why do I continue to suffer in gross NYC when places like this exist?