I finally finished Ninefox Gambit. I loved it, and…I probably need to read it again. It took a lot of mental energy to follow it while in the midst of a physical and emotional burnout. I definitely crawled my way across the finish line, although I tentatively give it 4/5 stars. A review won’t be forthcoming until I process it for a bit, maybe re-read some sections. But it’ll definitely be a series I continue on in the future.
With Wyrd & Wonder officially over, I’m continuing my usual posting fare of reviews, literary finds, music and art. I had a few reviews that I didn’t post because I had finished the books in April, so I’ll start releasing them soon. I came away from W&W with a whopping 33 new books for my TBR shelf. I’m not the kind of person that can just randomly collect books on a list that never depletes, so this makes me a little anxious, but they all seem so good.
On my To Do List this week: catching up with the bajllion blog entries I keep letting slide by due to my burn-out recovery schedule (I’m offline for a good slice of the week.) I’m getting to them, I promise!
I’m currently reading V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic, which is part of my 2020 Book List (i.e. books I definitely want to get to this year.) I’m 14% in and enjoying it so far, but I’m always wary about sharing my feelings towards a book until I’ve finished it.
The Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club on goodreads is currently reading The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo. It’s a Chinese and Malaysian romance fantasy, and it sounds so compelling and interesting. But everyone who knows me knows that I don’t do romance. Still, as I told Jorie (a Wyrd & Wonder founder and romance fan), the event really exposed me to the sheer scope of the fantasy genre, and had me questioning a lot of my preferences. I want to be a “YES!” person when it comes to books. Why not try something new every once in awhile? I can always DNF it. (I’m too old to stubbornly finish books I don’t like, as I did when I was younger.) So The Ghost Bride is currently sitting on my e-shelf. As of right now, it’s unread as I gauge whether I can pull off reading two books at the same time.
Make that three. I’m also reading through the beginning of a self-published book, and I haven’t figured out whether or not I should commit to it. I really want to like it because I know the author could use a review, but I’m having issues with it. It’s breaking my heart a little bit, so I’m pushing through further than I usually would. I hate to DNF something that needs a boost.
Well, it’s time to read some blog posts! The beginning of the month is always exciting because everyone posts their TBR lists for the next few weeks, or shares interesting books they’ve discovered. I’m sure that’s not going to make me rabidly shove everyone’s list in a sack to dump back on my own TBR list.
Not at all.