Hey y’all! I’m here with another weekly wrap-up and TBR. I honestly did not read very much this past week. I only finished one book via audiobook and the physical book I’m reading I didn’t finish. So let’s get into what I read this past week. I’m also including a book that I finished yesterday.
BOOKS I COMPLETED:
Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire – This is book two in the Wayward Children’s series and I enjoyed it a lot more than I did Every Heart a Doorway, book one. We follow Jack and Jill who are twin sisters who have completely structured lives. Their parents have ideas of how they want their children to behave and have set up strict structures for how each twin lives. One day they open a trunk and follow these stairs that have appeared and that’s all I’m going to say. In this book we explore gender roles, parenting expectations, and sibling bonds. I LOVED this story and I’m interested to see where we go next with Beneath the Sugar Sky, I have the audiobook on hold at the library. I think the audiobook is definitely the way to go with these books and the author reads the books.
Autonomous by Annalee Newitz – I ended up not finishing this one. I was listening to it on audio and I just couldn’t follow the story. I blame this mostly on me because this is a story that requires you to pay attention and I just wasn’t. I have shelves this for now and will probably pick up the physical book.
The Library Book by Tom Chapin – This is a children’s picture book that is basically a song. It follows a little girl who on a rainy day goes to the library where she encounters all of our favorite storybook characters. I loved the illustrations in the book but it didn’t really flow how I wanted it to. I couldn’t hear the song in my head.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – This is a young adult contemporary that was really popular last year. I picked this up on audio on a whim. The story follow Dimple who’s attending a camp for coding in which they get to create an app in 6 weeks. She’s strong, independent, and is not interested in following her parents traditional Indian lifestyle. Rishi is an Indian American boy who is all about tradition. He wants nothing more than to please his parents. When Rishi’s parents send him to the same coding camp as Dimple so he can meet the girl they have arranged for him to marry, he is all about it. From there it’s a contemporary love story. I have seen reviews where the biggest complaint is that there wasn’t enough about the coding aspect of the camp. There isn’t and if you go into this book expecting more than a young adult contemporary romance, you will be disappointed. I really enjoyed this book. Dimple and Rishi were adorable. I greatly enjoyed that Dimple didn’t change who she was at the end of the story. Plus Indian culture is so interesting to me. If you are looking for a diverse, contemporary romance, I recommend this book.
BOOKS I’VE STARTED OR ALMOST FINISHED:
City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty – I have about 200 pages left in this book. I will be doing a full review of this book when I’m done. Right now, I’m not sure how I feel about this book.
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig – I’m barely 20 pages into this one but I am enjoying the ease of the writing and the story so far. This book is about a man named Tom Hazard who looks 41 years old but he is actually much older due to a condition where he ages very slowly. There is only one rule among people like him and that is to not fall in love.
Sugar Money by Jane Harris – This is the story of two brothers who live in Martinique in 1765 and are dispatched to Grenada, where they originally called home, to smuggle back slaves that are now claimed by English Invaders. I don’t often read books set in the 18th century but I’m enjoying this so far. It’s very interesting to read a story about slaves not set in the United States.
All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1) by Martha Wells – This is a Tor.com novella about a muderbot. I don’t know anything else about it but it was nominated for the #booktubeSFF awards and I am reading a couple of books off the shortlist here and there. It’s really short and I should finish it soon.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy – I started this audiobook yesterday. I’m only about an hour in, so I don’t really have an opinion on it other than Roy is an excellent writer.
I mean did you see the currently reading section? I don’t really have one for this week. I’m feeling a little slumpy, so I will probably pick up some graphic novels this week and try to finish my currently reading stack. I did A LOT of book shopping last week and some intense housework over the weekend, I just did not do any physical reading really.
What are you planning to read this week? What have you finished the previous week? Let’s chat in the comments.
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