This has been a bit of a slower reading week for me, but I still managed to finish a bunch of books. I’ve been attempting to spend less time reading and more time doing other things and have mostly succeeded this week, although there’s still a long way to go.
Weekly Wrap Up
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb (4 stars)
Okay, so this was slow and a bit too generic for a long time, but the ending made it really worth it! Maybe this was helped by the fact that I’m in the mood for chunky fantasies, and it definitely helped that I read this as an audiobook in speed 2x, otherwise I don’t know that I would have had the patience. I warmed to the characters and the world and immediately picked up the next book – I’m really excited to dive into all the series by Robin Hobb!
Braised Pork by An Yu (4 stars)
This is a quiet, magical story about a woman whose husband dies and she finds a mysterious drawing by him of a fish with the head of a man. As she goes on a quest to understand the drawing and face her own uncertain future. This is not a book for everyone (I think no one else I follow on Goodreads enjoyed it), but it was a perfect fit for me. If you prefer stories plot-driven and nicely tied together, this might not work for you. I really liked its dreamy flow.
Brood by Jackie Polzin (4 stars)
I adored Brood! Marija was right, you should all read this. This packs quite a punch in less than 250 pages. I loved reading about the chickens, and was surprised by how dark, funny, heartwarming, heartbreaking this novel is. Truly a gem!
Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb (currently reading)
I am enjoying this send installment more than the first one, but this series doesn’t quite have my heart just yet. I think her other series will be much more up my alley but still this is a very solid fantasy series! I think the audiobook format does not quite help the story, so the next Robin Hobb series I pick up might be in paperback.
If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha (currently reading)
I am LOVING this. We follow four narrators who are connected to each other and through their eyes we get to experience a bit what it’s like to be a young woman in Korea, the pressures of the beauty industry, extreme surgery, motherhood, obsession – this is the kind of book I love, the kind of darkly funny sharp look into society, our values and where we went wrong. I’m still a third into this so it’s probably too early to say, but this might be a 5-star read for me!