- People Like Us by Dana Mele (★★★★☆)
- For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten (★★★★☆)
- Persuasion by Jane Austen (★★☆☆☆)
- The Ophelia Girls by Jane Healey (★★★★☆)
- The Return of the Sorceress by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (★★★★☆)
MONTHLY TOTAL: 5
YEARLY SO FAR: 46
I started off the month by almost immediately DNF-ing POSSESSION by A.S. Byatt lmaooo, literally did not even make it 20 pages into the book before I put it down. Pretentious, distant literary fiction works for a lot of people, but it’s just really, really not for me except in a handful of circumstances, and I need to learn to stop forcing myself to try to like it. In any case, one of these exceptions was THE OPHELIA GIRLS, which I picked up completely on a whim after seeing a review on Goodreads, and I enjoyed it a lot even though it does have aspects of pretentious lit fic. It was beautifully written and full of mythological symbolism.
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This month three friends and I took road trip up to Maine, where we hung out for five days! After California, Maine is the state that I’ve always wanted to visit, since I’ve heard such great things about Portland and the seaside up there, and it did not disappoint!
Itinerary and photos below the cut!
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A few years ago I wrote up a similar post about books I’d like to reread, but I wanted to do an updated version that was more niche. In this case, these are books I want to reread for one of two reasons:
- I distinctly recall enjoying the book very much, but have almost entirely forgotten it, and could not recall specific details if my life depended on it.
- I read it when I was much younger and would like to reread it with a fresh, older perspective to see how I feel about it now.
Most of the books I mention fall under a combination of two of these conditions.
I am also trying to stay away from series starters, which fall under a whole other category (yes, several of the books I mention are technically part of a series but can also stand alone, so I’m not counting them).
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- The Mask of Mirrors by M.A. Carrick (★★★★☆)
- The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse (★★★☆☆)
- A Dead Djinn in Cairo by P. Djeli Clark (★★★★★)
- The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djeli Clark (★★★★★)
- Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (★★★★☆)
- Night Film by Marisha Pessl (★★☆☆☆)
- Working on a Song: The Lyrics of Hadestown by Anais Mitchell (★★★★★)
- In the Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland (★★★☆☆)
- A Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark (★★★★★)
- Emma by Jane Austen (★★★★★)
MONTHLY TOTAL: 10
YEARLY SO FAR: 41
I had a much, much better reading month than April, thankfully (though, the bar was admittedly very low). Not only did I read much more, I enjoyed so much more of what I read.
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