So this week I decided to start slowing down my reading (I still picked up a lot of books this week though) so I can have more time to do other things more mindfully rather than constantly multitasking – I listen to books while I do a lot of things, and lately I’ve been feeling like it’s a bit too much. I miss reading slowly and taking my time, so that is what I will try to do for the next few weeks and see how it goes.
Weekly Wrap Up
The Jigsaw Man by Nadine Matheson (4 stars)
This thriller has strong Hannibal vibes (although there is no cannibalism!) and I actually enjoyed it a lot! I was not sure this would be my kind of book, and the start felt a bit too similar to so many other thrillers that I almost gave up, but this slowly grew on me. This was gruesome, entertaining and such a good book! The villain was amazing. I almost (almost!) cheered for him.
The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden (4 stars)
This is a bit of a divisive book, and my feelings for it are a bit mixed – there is something about the story that just could not always grip my attention and I struggled to focus on the story sometimes (the pacing was a bit off, for me), but in the end this was such a good story, the mix of futuristic world and magic made for such a cool setting and the characters so interesting, that I couldn’t give it any less than 4 stars.
Tryst Six Venom by Penelope Douglas (4 stars)
Okay, so I have a lot of thoughts about this books and I will maybe be writing a review – this is definitely not the usual F/F romance, which tends to be sweet and soft, this is quite heavy on the bullying and very steamy. Tryst Six Venom was a VERY entertaining read and the writing was SO good I am looking forward to reading more from Penelope Douglas!
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb (currently reading)
I’ve been recommended this series a few times and finally decided to pick it up! So far it’s a very classic kind of epic fantasy, with assassin training and the main character has some magical affinity with animals – nothing that I haven’t read before and it’s not blowing my mind, but it’s an entertaining read and I’m enjoying it a lot. This was originally published on 1995 so no wonder it feels like I’ve read all the tropes and magic before.
Braised Pork by An Yu (currently reading)
I just started this and it’s too early to tell whether I like it but I adore the cover and the fact that it’s a magical realism literary fiction. It has a rather low rating on Goodreads, which probably means I will love it.