Welcome to my first weekly update post. I wanted to go back to doing weekly update videos on my Booktube channel, but lately I just have more time to blog than I do to film. So I have made the decision to move the weekly updates to the blog, which will help me have consistent blog content too. Once my schedule frees up some (HA!) maybe I will start filming them again as well.
Books I have finished
I have finished three books this week and one short story.
The Changeling by Victor LaValle
This was the first book I finished this week. I read this as part of Russell at Ink and Paper Blog’s Around the World in 1000 Pages read-a-long. Each month through June he is reading a book from an author on a different continent (not including Antarctica) and this month to kick it off was North America and this was the book he chose. I have full a review post for this book here, so all I will say in this post is that I ended up enjoying Victor Lavalle’s writing more than the story. Not say I didn’t enjoy the story, but there were some things that bothered me.
NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
I was, very loosely, buddy reading this with booktuber James Chatham but we ended up really out of sync with each other on it. He finished it weeks ago and I finally just finished the audiobook Monday, and as I am typing this I still haven’t sent my final thoughts because I haven’t had time to fully process my thoughts LOL. However I did really enjoy this book, though I felt it was a bit longer than it needed to be. I thought it was interesting take on a vampire novel. Instead of a creature that sucks blood, it is more of a mental draining. Joe Hill always throws in nods to his father and some of his favorite authors and those are always fun to find too. I listened to the audiobook of this and I highly recommend it. Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway – ST Voyager/Red – OITNB) narrates it and she is just fantastic. Her voice for the antagonist Manx gave me chills. I do plan to do a review post of this book, so be on the lookout for that.
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
This one was a re-read for me, though I have not read it since I was a kid. I read this for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge prompt of a children’s classic published before 1980. I actually just finished the audiobook of this about an hour before I started writing this post. This really is a classic. Listening to it just gave me all the warm childhood nostalgia feels.
Short Story – Sour Milk Girls by Erin Roberts
This is short story was published in Clarkesworld Magazine issue #136, January 2018. A group of orphans whose memories have been taken, to be replaced when they turn 18 and are released into the world, are in disbelief when a new orphan arrives claiming to still have her memories. When it is discovered to be true, one of the others needs to find out why. This was just a great short story and the ending just punched me right in the gut.
Before They are Hanged by Joe Abercrombie
I am buddy reading this with Julie at A Girl and A Book. We read the first book in this series together and both loved it. I am only on Chapter 4 right now but it feels so good to be back in this world.
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
I am buddy reading this with Robyn at The Driftless Reader. I am currently in the middle of Chapter 5. This book is a chunker, the Kindle edition comes in at 1044 pages. I am hoping conquering this book really helps me get over length intimidation. I am really enjoying this book so far. It is long but Ken Follett’s writing is very easy to read, though a little over descriptive at times.
Robots vs. Fairies edited by Navah Wolfe and Dominik Parisien
If you follow me on Twitter you’ll know that I was tweeting pretty hard about this book as it’s release was coming up. This is a short story collection with half the authors writing robot stories and half writing fairy stories. I currently have only read one of the stories in this book, so I’m not very far in at all. However, I was at the ConFusionSF convention in Novi, MI last weekend and six of the authors and both editors were there. So I got my copy signed by Navah Wolfe, Dominik Parisien, Delilah S. Dawson, Max Gladstone, Annalee Newitz, Jim C. Hines, Sarah Gailey, and John Scalzi. I also got to hear each of them read a five-minute sample of their stories, and as a bonus in a different reading session I got to hear Sarah Gailey read her full story, which was amazing. So now I am even more pumped to get into these stories.
I am hoping to make some decent progress in all three of these over the next week, especially since I never know what else I may end up picking up. Struggles of being a mood reader. Also deciding what audiobook I am going to start next, since I just finished one.
Have you read any these books? What you currently reading? Let me know in the comments.