I actually ended up reading so much F/F this week that reading any sort of straight romance was funny. I was not planning on it, but I am still attempting to get all my most anticipated reviewed ASAP, and a lot of them are F/F. I also ended up receiving an eARC for Harrow the Ninth, which made me pick up Gideon the Ninth as an e-book. I’d actually ordered it a month ago, but they had to buy my edition from another country and it just never arrived. So e-book it is! These covers are so awesome, so maybe I end up buying the physical copies if I love the series!
From Edelweiss, I received:
Weekly Wrap Up
The Last True Poets of the Sea, by Julia Drake / ★★★☆☆ Goodreads
I started out really loving this book, but by the end of it I was kind of… tired of it. The story was interesting, but I think I’m still burned out from reading YA and it started getting super predictable and I lost interest. But I did enjoy the book, especially the parts about the shipwreck!
Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernadine Evaristo / ★★★★☆ eARC Review
This had been on my maybe-TBR for a few months, and then it won the Man Booker Prize and a couple weeks later I got accepted for an eARC, so I got to it immediately! This book is a brilliant study of empathy and how you don’t really know anything from someone else’s life. I loved how it forced me to understand a little better and empathize a little more with characters that I had nothing in common with. Also this is gloriously LGBT+, with several lesbian characters, a few of them polyamory, bisexual MCs, a gay MC, a trans woman MC, a non-binary MC (maybe others that I’m forgetting, as well), and shows how different being a black person in the UK can be, how people had to deal with racism in the 50s, in the 80s, nowadays.
Bibliophile, by Jane Mount / Goodreads Ongoing
I didn’t actually pick this up this week, oops.
Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen / Goodreads Ongoing
Didn’t pick this up this week either.
This is how you lose the time war, by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone / Review to come ★★★★★
I loved this book so much! It took me a while to really get into the writing and the world, but the second half of the book flew by. This was such a heartbreaking read, with beautiful writing and it’s one of the best books I read all year. Space opera, historical fiction, time travel and falling in love with your enemy through letters – it was breathtaking.
Gideon the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir / Goodreads Ongoing
I am having SUCH a good time reading this book, it’s hilarious, deliciously creepy, and I love the futuristic world with spaceships and necromancers – this is so great. Also Gideon is awesome and I love her.