What I Read: Jan ‘17

Stiletto (The Checquy Files #2) by Daniel O’Malley: Another entry into the Checquy series following the Rook, a book I wholeheartedly enjoyed. “The Checquy—the centuries-old covert British organization that protects society from supernatural threats, and…The Grafters—a centuries-old supernatural threat. But as bizarre attacks sweep London, threatening to sabotage negotiations, old hatreds flare” (via). I really enjoyed this book and that it’s set in the same universe as the Rook but doesn’t explicitly follow Rook Thomas’s story but allows the world to expand. If you like supernatural thrillers, you would probably really enjoy this book (and trilogy!).

*The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury by Brandon Thomas: This is my first comic book ever! Yes, I know! I really enjoyed this story – more than I was expecting and was really thrilled by how well the drawings served the story. Definitely not your common ‘white guy saves Manhattan’ comic book – certainly worth checking out!

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance: Hoooo boy, this book. I was on the wait list for this forever and I’m glad I read it. It’s always thrilling to see locations you are intimately familiar with in super popular books (yay Columbus!) I think Vance has some interesting and challenging things to say about white working class culture in the Rust Belt but honestly, I could not get past something he said incredibly early on in this narrative. I have a hard time finding empathy for folks who do not show up for work (not Vance) and I should probably leave it there.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor: I was recommended this fantasy novel in a flurry of post-election fluff suggestions and I’m so glad I picked it up! The story follows “Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.” (via). I added the rest of the series to my ‘to read’ list but we’ll see if they break thru to the library holds queue.

*denotes Read Harder 2017 entry

So, what happened to #nowhitedudes2017 you say? Great question! O’Malley and Vance were on my library hold list from 2016 and I did want to read those books so I checked them out as they came up. Since it’s my reading challenge, I can do what I want and right now, I’m going to do the 24 task books with #nowhitedudes2017 and will try my best to seek out non-cisgender, non-white authors for pleasure reading as well.

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