Sherlock in Love by Sena Jeter Naslund: This had been on my to-read list for ages, and after book club + Read Harder 17 last year, I’m trying to be a bit more intentional with creating room on my nightstand for stuff I want to read for pleasure. I had read Ahab’s Wife years ago and contend it a modern masterpiece so I was really looking forward to inhaling Jeter Naslund’s other work. Sadly, this did not deliver the same gut punch that did. Written in the style of a Sherlock story (which is such a cool idea!), she’s inverted his normal tropes by having him fall in love. It’s genius but it did not grab my heartstrings like I was hoping.
Prince of Cats by Ron Wimberly: This was on my list because of Read Harder 18 and while the idea is so cool (Shakespeare! with black characters, in modern times!), the truth is, I am not a comic book person and the illustration style was too cluttered or brash for me. It made it hard to focus on the words.
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: The Grisha Trilogy, part 1 🙂 I simply adored her duology, Six of Crows + Crooked Kingdom and I am so happy to have this trilogy to read too. It’s an inventive and fast paced story (read it before the movie comes out).
Molly on the Range by Molly Yeh: Another one on my to-read list for years and I’m not sure it should have been there that long. My patience for cutesy blog names is shorter than a blade of grass. The recipes were fine, but not inspiring.