So I thought I’d gone pretty hard last month with 13 books…. oops I read 14 this month. Audiobooks are reaaaally carrying me here and there are just so many good books I missed the initial publication hype that I finally have time to read now! All of this is to say library digital lending systems are amazing and I’m so grateful mine has such a good collection.
Alice Isn’t Dead by Joseph Fink – 2/5
- A letdown given how much I love Welcome to Nightvale. I didn’t like either character and the story got progressively more, ‘wtf why?? how???’. I did enjoy the body horror
Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki – 5/5
- A surprisingly slice of life story that explores the trauma and recovery of three women coming together. Odes to the LA food scene, the diverse Asian diaspora community, the Asian music community, and the pain and joys of the trans experience. This book made me cry.
A Marvelous Light by Freya Marske – 4/5
- Edwardian m/m romance between two mid-level bureaucrats, sunshine/grumpy pairing where grumpy is a socially-anxious bookish nerd mage and I will protect him at all costs
- Cute m/m small town murder mystery ft a vampire/vampire hunter pairing. Fun overall and I’m excited to see this relationship develop
Forest of Souls by Lori Lee- 2/5
- Had to force myself to finish this audiobook. Character supposedly trained by the best court spy/assassin has no brains, mindlessly murders people then makes others deal with the consequences.
- A book about cannibalistic nuns that lacked in both the cannibalism and the religious aspect. Pretty meh all around.
A Clash of Steel by CB Lee- 4/5
- Never read Treasure Island before, but I loved the worldbuilding and the lush mixture of Vietnamese and southern Chinese culture. With the pacing was a liiittle bit faster.
Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots- 5/5
- The villain protag of my dreams + data science competence porn + that’s definitely monsterfucking (it’s canon I swear). Love books abouts villains exposing the two-faced-ness in superheroes
The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark- 5/5
- Rich Egyptian/Northern African/Middle Eastern worldbuilding in an alt-universe 1930s Cairo, with in-universe theological/folklore mythology and a tight plot. This ought to be the gold-standard for novellas and I can’t wait for more in this universe.
And What Can We Offer You Tonight by Premee Mohamed – 4/5
- A surreal novella with a dream-like slice of life prose, about a courtesan forced to confront her dystopian society while taking revenge for the death of a fellow courtesan
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir- 5/5
- Finally getting to this book, three years late. Oh my god this book was amazing. Fascinating necromancy (but also sci-fi???) worldbuilding, an excellent cast of morally gray (of all shades) characters, with an strong narrative voice in Gideon. And the writing style. My god I’m in love.
Witchmark by CL Polk – 4.5/5
- This one really grew one me! A gaslamp, victorian english-inspired fantasy ft. a war veteran doctor and an immortal being brought together to investigate the country’s magical plight and a cute m/m romance.
Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir- 5/5
- Trippy, confusing, and absolutely fantastic. So different from Gideon, yet that writing, prosaic flair really shines. Fantastic meme-y puns and holy worldbuilding. Amazing sequel.
She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan- 5/5 (re-read)
- As amazing as the first time I read this. I can’t believe I missed so much the first time around. And I have to wait ??? months for book 2?? Pain
Books in Progress:
Monkey Around by Jadie Jang – 6%
- Early on but I’m loving the MC’s voice! Urban fantasy set in SFF with an Asian protagonist so this should be pretty promising
Reviews written for books read this month found above
- A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers – 4.5/5
- What We Devour by Lindsey Miller – 2/5
- Darling by K Ancrum – 4.5/5