This has been a lighter week at work, so I had a lot more time for reading than usual. I was also quite in a reading mood this weekend so I plowed through The Jasmine Throne, listened to When The Tigers Came Down the Mountain at high speed while going to the supermarket, started both Girl in the Walls and Howl’s Moving Castle. All books I finished this week were solid 4 stars and although I hoped to get at least one 5-star read, it’s still a very good reading week!
This latter one is the result of a Twitter poll I put up on Saturday, which it won by a large margin!
Weekly Wrap Up
Unspeakable Acts: True Tales of Crime, Murder, Deceit, and Obsession edited by Sarah Weinman / audiobook / 4 stars
I finished this rather quickly: and while the collection of true crime was interesting and varied, it was also bit uneven. This was to be expected, since it’s a collection of essays by different authors, but still, it made my interest and attention to each story also uneven. This was a bit of a mixed bag but overall an interesting read and it makes the reader wonder at the fascinating with true crime and all the ways people are more interested in the perpetrator than the victims. I thought for some reason this was the author of The Five, but she’s not. She did write The Real Lolita though, which I am not sure I will read.
The Final Revival of Opal & Nev by Dawnie Walton / audiobook / 4 stars
This was such a fantastic read! It filled the void that Daisy Jones & The Six left – it’s a book telling the story of the band called Opal & Nev, a sensation in the 60s and what happened to them since. It has such incredible depth and characters that are complicated and charming, and does not flinch away from how awful the US in the 60s was to Black people and how it continues to be. I liked the first half a lot more than the second, but still this was a brilliant read and the full cast narration was amazing.
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri / eARC / 4 stars
This wonderfully Sapphic fantasy felt a bit too long and took such a long time for me to warm to, but once I did warm to it, it was a great read! I love a good scheme-y, ruthless character, so I loved Malini. I was not too happy with the way the world was exposed (it felt info-dumpy) and the writing did not agree with me a lot (I prefer it more lyrical, plus the story dragged in the start and middle), but I think this will be a great match for fantasy readers and the ending was incredible and made up for my
When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo / audiobook / 4 stars
This was a 2h20 audiobook, so I just powered through it while going to the supermarket (at very high listening speed) and organizing things on the pantry. I felt really like a multitasking queen. It was a great, magical book and cemented my love for this series. Quiet fantasy is a subgenre I did not realize I craved before starting it. If you love the idea of books centered around storytelling, a quiet, magical story (the audiobook narration is done so softly, I loved it) and wonderfully LGBT+, I highly recommend this.
Girl in the Walls by A.J. Gnuse / ebook / ongoing
I am buddy reading this with Chelle – I had not heard of this 2021 release before and I’m so glad she suggested it! It’s a creepy story about a girl living inside a house where she used to live with her family. It’s more a creepy mystery than a thriller so far and I am enjoying it a LOT. It’s hard to put it down for sure, and quite a fast read.
Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones / audiobook / ongoing
I just started this one, as it won the poll, and I have to say I was not too excited for it but wanted to put it out there since it’s one of the books I’ve had the LONGEST on my TBR, but this is so whimsical and adorable and I love the writing. It’s the perfect comfort read.