I've been promising to read and review this for Postcrossing's blog, and somehow it ended up in my hand today, so why not. It's certainly a fast read so far -- something about the letter format makes it fly by.
Received to review!
This one was lovely, weaving together a couple of different fairytale strands to flesh out a Beauty and the Beast retelling which doesn't quite follow the traditional lines. One of the main characters is aromantic and asexual, which is well-handled.
I loved Middlegame, but wasn't sure if I was interested in this spin-off. Turns out I was! It shares a fair bit of DNA with Cat Valente's Fairyland books, with a sliiightly less knowing narrator. On finishing it, I was irritated not to have the second book; I'd got really into it.
Welp, finally got a line! #BookSpinBingo I've pretty much abandoned my hopes of getting more than last time, but I should manage two lines, and probably three. I still need to read The Grief of Stones, so... to be honest, I might still manage four. 😅
It was nice to reread Dreadful Company, but I think this trilogy needs to wait a while before I can reread it again, lest it run out of magic.
Hm. That was most of a chapter of reconstruction, without telling me where the evidence comes from, which is not reassuring...
I'm barely reading at the moment, with my exams coming up and causing stress-stress-stress, but I am enjoying this in small doses -- Cahokia's not an area I know much about at all.
If anyone has recs for books about/adjacent to archaeology, I'd love that. I've read a fair amount in that genre in the past, but probably easiest to just rec me stuff anyway and I'll sift through for stuff I haven't read!
This was just the sort of thing I wanted right now during my exam revision period; I don't have the brainspace to get absorbed in people's emotional ups and downs too much, I just want to read about interesting things. I really liked the section on the family's letters, which was not what I expected from this book... really wished it would discuss the Gawain-manuscript or something instead of Beowulf like everyone else does.
I actually got this soon after it came out, because I liked Fortey's book that was heavy on geology way more than I ever expected to like anything about geology, and then didn't touch it until now. Oops. It's gentle, curious and exploratory; not everything was of interest to me, but it was interesting to poke around into the corners of the woodland.
I think this is about where I stand with #BookSpinBingo...
I found this very anecdotal, rather than based as strongly on studies as I'd prefer. It makes some very good points, but I'd like to see the numbers that would back it up, and make it harder for people to ignore. It also felt like it kind of meandered from stuff that you would directly peg as being to do with laziness.
Nonetheless, a lot of it rings true for me -- I'm not saying Price is wrong.
And done! I didn't get into it at first, and then I got to the chapter about the cathedral in Mexico City and that really piqued my attention. Agrawal does explain things well!
#BookSpinBingo progress, slow and steady. I'm currently reading Hidden Hands, The Wood for the Trees, Dreadful Company, Bitter and Ancillary Mercy, so I'm a bit all over the shop... but it's all what I planned.
Spent a good part of my lunch break infodumping at my wife about the subsidence in Mexico City and how it affected the cathedral there, because that's what I just read about.
That's how you can tell I'm enjoying a book! (And it's okay, my wife doesn't mind.)
Not much new for me here, but at times it broke into surprising levels of technical detail (like the specific receptors used by particular strains of influenza in order to enter cells). I don't know if I'd recommend it: it's quite dry, and yet the technical details I craved were few and far between. It leans more toward descriptive history.
I feel like it needed a more thorough rewrite given the current pandemic, because that dated it very fast.
I love the way Lucien is... forceful, in a way he has that arrogant confidence of his breeding... but he also very fiercely cares about everything that his family did not. He might pin Stephen to a wall, but only as long as he really wants to be there.
First square for #BookSpinBingo! I've got books on the go for that whole column, oops.
I've been planning an epic reread of K.J. Charles' work in order, so I've started on this. Very comforting and familiar, even as the stuff happening in the story is horrible. 😅
I've set up my #BookSpinBingo card, as usual... I might try to go for last month's six bingos again -- I've placed the TBR signs to point their way to the 3 verticals, 2 horizontals, and 1 diagonal I've marked out as possible.
Maybe I could even get the left vertical...?
If you're familiar with Icelandic sagas, this is probably especially delightful: Tolmie captures something of the rhythm and the language of them (albeit of course in English, but you might be familiar with it even from translations), and the way of thinking. It felt so familiar, like surely it must really be part of that tradition, right down to the interpolations by a later Christian author. I enjoyed it a lot.
Here's my list for May! As usual, if I read a book in a series for a slot, and it wasn't the end of the series, I've simply filled the slot with the next book. The circled letters tell you what months I've read that number in before.
Clearly I need to get to number 4 sometime soon. 😅 It's looking a bit neglected.
All of this series tends toward the personal and slices of life over big meaningful events, but this is probably the most of all. I found it very restful and hopeful, as Chambers' work usually is.
And that's my sixth line (three verticals, two horizontals, one diagonal)! #BookSpinBingo
I will never be this successful again, I'm sure. 😆
This reread was like a warm comforting bath for me; it's getting a little over-familiar (I probably shouldn't reread it again too soon), but I'm not constituentially capable of skipping it and skipping straight to the second and third, which I've read less often. I adore Ruthven and Fass.
And here we go, 5th line of the #BookSpinBingo.
Received to review! This one makes the reader do a lot of work; it did pay off in the end, but I wasn't sure during the journey.
And this gives me my third #BookSpinBingo line. I still hope to get a 4th, 5th and 6th line tomorrow (by finishing Nemesis Games, reading the whole of Strange Practice, and then if I can reading the Becky Chambers)... but I feel I've done pretty great.
Arghhh! Relationship advice Dalek moment: comm-un-i-cate! Comm-un-i-cate!
This was fun, but frustrating in the sense that I always get on badly with lies and stupid misunderstandings between couples in a romance. I get that it's a powerful driver of conflict, but it just isn't enjoyable to read about for me. I do enjoy Henry, Vincent, Lizzie and Jo, all the same, and here's hoping the third book features less by way of idiocy.
I did enjoy this, but I've only got one book left already purchased and I won't buy more if Colin's character doesn't improve. Honestly he was half the villain of the piece to me. Wtf.
Anyway, here we go, another step towards my smorgasbord of intended bingos this time. #BookSpinBingo
I have so many questions, and so few answers. Whoa.
And there we go: second line for this month's #BookSpinBingo! Because when I over-achieve I REALLY overachieve, I'm aiming for six lines in all: three verticals, two horizontals, and a diagonal. It's a bit ambitious still but pretty sure I can do it.
In a way, I'm annoyed I took so long to read this... especially with my mum and my wife both giving dark hints about it. It's no surprise that I think it's great -- it's N.K. Jemisin! But it IS kinda dark, and I haven't always been in a great headspace for that. So I don't really regret leaving this for when I can enjoy it!
Just discovered who the narrator is. Interesting...
This book is very much about British colonial history, because much of the development of curries (from Collingham's chosen perspective, at least) happened in reaction to British rule.
I haven't had a lot of curry, especially not traditionally cooked curries, so I sometimes struggled to imagine the dishes and tastes she was explaining, but now I have some new things to try.
Moving toward my second line in #BookSpinBingo!
And tada, I met my goals for my mini-readathon! This was a reread, and I still loved it; I want to reread the last couple of pages tomorrow morning and sit with them a bit, because I think it's beautifully expressed stuff about doing what you can in the face of events too big for one person to stop.
Went a bit too fast over big earth-shaking stuff, but there were some intriguing ideas (like the trans folks forming a Rookery together, and mostly just the idea of a dragon vet).
I feel like it could've been a fascinating novel, or with less scope a solid novella, but as it was it felt rushed.
Dang, that's a heck of a ride. I love how much Will and Kim love each other, even though it took some hecking work to get to here.
And a quick update on my #BookSpinBingo, where I'm solidly tempted to go for four lines, or even a blackout. I have Curry and The Obelisk Gate on the go already, wouldn't hurt to pick up Bone Orchard, Dangerous to Know, Nemesis Games, Persephone Station and Fallow... surely?
Starting this before I study today since I got a lovely box of books! I've read the Tensorate books before, and Sisters of the Vast Black, but I fancied a reread and to be able to keep them in my collection. And Eclair was just feeling friendly this morning when I was taking a picture; we don't mind that he stole the show, right? #BunniesofLitsy
There's a twist in this book, which didn't entirely work for me, but I know other people come across it and love it. I enjoyed the reading experience and trying to figure out what was up right up until the point the twist hit, though!
I've also read EM Harding's Moon-Sitting, which I had a similar experience with; broadly enjoyable, but didn't quite hit the spot. So that's two more free spaces on #BookSpinBingo filled!
This was an enjoyable reading experience, though I'm not entirely sure it came together -- some of the stories don't feel like they contribute to the narrative, but there is a strong narrative binding many of them together.
Aaand this helps me work toward one of the other lines I want to get in #BookSpinBingo. I'm on a roll, this month!
Not quite my thing, and I guess I found the ending kind of predictable in a way... but I think that's part of the horror genre, a trope that's baked in, like the happy ending in romance. Bit too much basketball for this rugby-watching Taffy.
Still, glad I gave it a shot.
And I'm so close to a bingo and it's only the 8th! #BookSpinBingo
These short stories become rather formulaic after a couple of them, and the characters are usually fairly wooden. I was curious enough about the different tricks in each murder to read on, but not exactly riveted.
And that's my #BookSpin done! It's not part of one of the lines I'm going for, but oh well, at least the #DoubleSpin (already finished) was.