I started this audiobook today and I‘m already enjoying it! Did you know that of the 20,000 cryptographers employed by the US Government during WWII, 11,000 of them were female?
I finished Schwab‘s first book a few days ago, and it‘s interesting to see how her writing has grown. The setting was an integral character in this book and it was very atmospheric. The plot itself was a bit slow, so I wouldn‘t recommend this as your first foray into Schwab, but for already established fans who are interested in seeing how it all started, it‘s worth a read.
Rainbow Rowell is one of my favorite authors, and Pumpkinheads did not disappoint! It was utterly adorable and so atmospheric— I want this amazing pumpkin patch to be real so I can visit and eat all the things! 😂 if you‘re looking for a cute, quick, October-y read, definitely check it out!
This historical fantasy is full of in-depth world-building, (which I think I‘m still wrapping my head around) interesting characters, and some political and social elements that still ring true today. I‘m excited to talk about it on this month‘s @EclecticReaders podcast episode and definitely looking forward to reading the next book soon!
It took a few chapters to feel like I was in the story (probably because I listened to the audiobook) but then I just wanted to keep listening! Getting different points of view, especially from two of the “mean girls” helped them to seem more like real people, and not just one dimensional villains. (Not that it made the terrible things they did okay!) I‘m not usually into drama-filled stories, but I‘m definitely looking forward to book 2!
I just finished reading There There to hear Tommy Orange talk last night & I‘m feeling lots of feelings. It‘s thought-provoking, insightful, and brutally heartbreaking at times. It really brings to question what does it mean to be a Native American when you don‘t live on a reservation; what does it mean to be an “urban Indian?” I enjoyed all the different points of view, and the story behind the title is interesting (I‘ll put it in the comments)
Today‘s library trip was a success! @jmtrivera @Nitpickyabouttrains and I made it to 3 libraries in the surrounding counties and got library cards. This brings me to 7 total library cards! 🎉 The newest branch we visited was very cool and even had a recording and mixing studio! (We also may have stopped for some wine 🍷) #librarylove
I finished my first Maggie Stiefvater book last month! This was an interesting read. Kind of a slow burn, but also intense all at once? I listened to the audiobook and the two POV characters were voiced by the same narrators as An Ember in the Ashes and they‘re sooo good! I‘m definitely interested in trying out her Raven Cycle series... maybe next year?
One upside of moving: I finally got new bookshelves! 😍📚
The story was okay. The pacing seemed a bit weird as some of it was funny and I read quickly, while other parts dragged a bit and seemed repetitive and the ending was quite abrupt. The use of narration was also a bit odd at times. I did like the main characters, though. Overall it was pretty fun but I don‘t feel the need to read more in the series.
I really enjoyed this retelling! I‘m not super familiar with Les Mis (aside from the musical) but I could see the retelling elements being weaves through the story without it feeling like an exact copy. The sci-fi elements were great and I can‘t wait to read the next installment when it comes out!
My buddy read of Wildcard with @jmtrivera was a lot of fun! It was actually a bit darker than I was expecting, and a couple of plot points surprised me, which was cool. I‘m still not sure if I‘m complete sold on the ending, but I don‘t want to give any spoilers, so I‘ll leave it at that.
Another adorable YA Romance from Menon! I don‘t think I liked it quite as much as “When Dimple Met Rishi,” but I loved Sweetie. She was such a great character! I also enjoyed that this story included the theme of self-love and acceptance, separate from the romantic storyline.
Apparently it‘s National Rum Day? Sounds good to me! 😂 I‘m planning to read Daughter of the Pirate King later this month, and this passion fruit and ocean breeze Princess Alosa lip balm by Bookish Balms is getting me in the pirate-y mood 🏴☠️ you can use my rep code MERE10 to save on your next order from her Etsy shop: etsy.com/shop/bookishbalms
I love listening to Carrie Fisher‘s books via audio. This was definitely a bittersweet book as she made a lot of jokes about dying, and while I did enjoy the excerpts from her diaries back from filming the first Star Wars movie, I felt the last 1/3 or so of the book dragged a bit. Definitely worth a read or listen, though! 3.5/5 stars.
This was such an interesting book! Having a tidally locked planet as the setting was different and add that to the themes of time, climate change, colonialism, the “alchemy of being seen,” and transformation was ambitious but done so well. There were many times I was disoriented, or it felt like the story dragged a bit, but I think that was the point. This is a super smart book that I‘d recommend if you‘re looking for a different type of story.
I just finished a reread of Carry On in anticipation of Wayward Son and I think I liked it even more this second time around! This photo shows me in my natural summer reading habitat: sitting in my lounger out on my balcony when the weather‘s nice and before the sun comes beating in while I‘m sipping on some Strawberry Mojito herbal iced tea by The Forest Witch Tea in my Owl Crate mason jar mug. Pretty much the epitome of me. 😂
I‘m so excited Pierce Brown stopped by a local book store on his Dark Age tour; not only so I could meet him, but so that my husband could meet him as he‘s his favorite author. My husband‘s never been a reader, so I was giving him audiobooks to try and he devoured Red Rising and the rest of the trilogy. Brown is such a nice person and seriously brilliant! (M & T for Meredith & Tyler 😊)
I‘m in the mood for some fun reads this month! Carry On will be a reread via audiobook, and I‘m also finishing up The City in the Middle of the Night and need to read Sky Without Stars for my YA book club, which I‘ve got waiting for me on my Kindle. What are you hoping to read this month? #tbr
I read 5 books in July & here‘s my breakdown:
2 Graphic Novels (Saga Vol 8 & 9)
1 Audiobook (Red Seas Under Red Skies)
1 Paperback (To All the Boys I‘ve Loved Before)
1 Ebook (Iron Gold)
Seeing that two of these were over 500 pages I‘m pretty happy with what I got read!
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I finished Iron Gold, and, wow! I had a bit of trepidation starting this book after loving Morning Star so much, but it did not disappoint! The depth and breath of this world and its characters are truly amazing, and I can‘t wait (but am also scared) to see what‘s in store for us in Dark Age!
This episode was so fun to record because for the first time in 4 years of podcasting all 4 of us cohosts were in the same room! We gush a bit about the Good Omens mini series, talk a little about the theatre, and then find out we may be bunburyists while discussing The Importance of Being Earnest. Listen at eclecticreaders.fireside.fm/67 or on Apple Podcasts/your favorite podcast app under “Eclectic Readers” #EclecticReaders
My sister-in-law got me a giftcard to one of my favorite local indie bookstores! She lives in a different state, so she must have called them up and the store mailed it to me with these cute bookmarks and a handwritten card with a note she must have given over the phone. What a sweet and thoughtful gift! (And they ship too if you don‘t have any local indies in your area and want to support a small business!)
I just finished this book last night, and it was SO cute!! It was also unexpectedly cool that it was set in Virginia. Hopefully I can continue with the next two books soon! And now that I‘ve read the book I can finally watch the movie 😅 I‘m repping for an Etsy bookish themed beauty shop on my IG for a few months, so if you‘re looking for body scrubs, lip balms, or lip scrubs (pictured) use my code MERE10 to save 10% etsy.com/shop/bookishbalms
I had a great book haul this month! See any that are on your TBR or that you‘ve read and loved? The Rosie Project was my book club‘s pick 5 years ago, so when we got together last weekend to celebrate 10 years we wrote notes to each other in our copies of the book 💖 And I ended up reading 10 books this month, which is a huge number for me 🎉
This was an interesting novella with some great worldbuilding for something so short. I‘m glad I didn‘t know anything going into reading it and I‘m looking forward to seeing where the story goes next. And I got in some reading by the pool with friends, which was really nice!
I finished my first book of the #EclecticReadathon! 🎉I only had about 15 minutes left of the audiobook when the Readathon started, so it‘s nice to already feel accomplished! I think I‘ll dig into some graphic novels next.
Here‘s my initial TBR for the #EclecticReadathon starting in less than 30 minutes! I‘m also about to finish Persuasion on audiobook so I‘ll have to pick something else out to listen to as well.