It’s been another pretty busy week, but I managed to sneak in more reading than I expected – I’ve added audiobooks to my list again, which means I get to listen to books when I’d otherwise be doing chores listening to podcasts/music/Youtube. It also helped that I picked up 2 novellas to listen to, so I got through them pretty quickly.
Also – did you notice that the reusable blocks function from WordPress changed? It seems to me like you cannot separate the blocks you saved anymore, meaning every time you use a reusable block, you are effectively changing the block in every post you’ve used it. This change was introduced with NO warning, which is ironic after a year of letting us know they would change the classic WordPress to blocks and how useful they were. I’m honestly pretty pissed about this.
Make Up Break Up by Lily Menon / 2 stars
As romances go, this did not stand out to me much, it’s all fluff but I could not connect to the characters or the story.
The Unbroken (Magic of the Lost #1) by C.L. Clark / 4 stars
I really enjoyed this political fantasy – first of all, I love how many Sapphic characters there are. So many! It’s lovely. Also, I really liked how the author did not shy away from giving the characters very difficult relationships with each other, with their political views, their feelings, their pasts, their identities. I don’t like the writing style much, though, and had some issues with the pacing, which is why I won’t give this 5 stars, but I’m deeply impressed by this debut and will look forward to the next books in the series!
Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark / 3 stars
This was both fun and terrifying – I adored the concept of this book, its themes and how the author turned the real-life horror that is the KKK and the racism that the movie The Birth of a Nation helped turn socially acceptable, and he turned them into monsters and spells. I’m really impressed. The story itself was a little too predictable for me plus there was so much info dump, so I ended up giving it 3 stars but I’m really excited to read more by this author in the future!
The Empress of Salt and Fortune (The Singing Hills Cycle #1) by Nghi Vo / 4 stars
This was so, so lovely and enchanting – but honestly I need to re-read it. I listened to it on audio and was too focused on the stuff I was actually doing and missed on a few parts. Plus I found a bit confusing to follow on audio the change from past to present. However, the writing was beautiful and I adore that this is a quiet fantasy kind of book. I don’t usually love novellas, but I loved this one! I wished this was a full length novel instead, but I always wish that when it comes to novellas.
The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling / ongoing
I JUST started this (I’m at like, 2%) so there’s not much to say except that I’m excited to read a tech-y horror!