The Burning Sky, The Perilous Sky, and The Immortal Heights (The Elemental Trilogy) by Sherry Thomas: I LOVED these so much! I have really enjoyed all of Thomas’s work I’ve read this year. I found this fantasy trilogy to be fast paced, engaging and inventive. I would totally read more if she writes more in the world.
The City We Became by N. K. Jemisin: I’m well on my way to being a Jemisin completist. I found this sci-fi novel to be fresh but didn’t connect as much as I wanted to because of my deep dislike of New York City.
Dear Girls by Ali Wong: This memoir by Ali Wont was funny, light hearted and enjoyable. Worth a read/listen.
What Doesn’t Kill Us by Scott Carney: I picked this on Melissa Urban’s recommendation and I am really glad I did. I have been doing the whole cold shower thing and I liked how well Carney balanced his personal story and the science.
A Beautiful Work in Progress by Mirna Valerio: This memoir was just OK. I wanted more long trail run details but it feels like that was just the angle to get this book sold.
ok….but why is this all non fiction? No wonder it was a slow month!
While COVID 19 put quite the damper on my plans for my sweet Little C’s birthday, I know I wanted to do something. I ordered us all matching shirts and then spent quite a bunch of time on designing a space themed dessert! I made a custom sprinkle mix and then made these decorated cupcakes with candy. Our beloved little man is now 1! (I know I need to go back and finish his monthly posts, I have been without a computer for a while and now I have one! Yay!)
The Thief (The Queen’s Thief #1), The Queen of Attolia (The Queen’s Thief #2), & The King of Attolia (The Queen’s Thief #3) by Megan Whalen Turner: What a series! I am now not-so-patiently awaiting the fourth book in the series. Set in a fictional version of Ancient Greece, this story marries just enough new world building, historical feeling, and good old adventure and politicking to be captivating.
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins: This was recommended by a friend and I found it very compelling until I was about 75% of the way thru it and then another friend sent over an article sharing that this story was written by a white author, telling the story of Mexican nationals. I found this hard to reconcile and it made me feel like the ending was not earned.
The Marvelous Misadventures of Ingrid Winter by Janne S. Drangsholt: A drag. Almost a DNF. (Women who’s personally lives are charmingly a mess finding themselves thru the acquisition of material objects are not a compelling narrative for me.)
How Long ’til Black Future Month by N. K. Jemisin: Another from N. K. Jemisin in my quest to be a Jemisin completest! Short stories aren’t usually my bag but I loved how easy this was to pick up and put down while nursing the baby.
Palm Trees in the Snow by Luz Gabas: I got this for free.99 from the Kindle first store and that is the right price to pay.
White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg: A tome! I feel like this book had a moment a few years ago but I am really glad I read it now. It is important to recognize and fight against, how the ruling class in the US has used race and racism to keep the working classes divided to their own benefit.
Nine Elms by Roberta Bryndza: This thriller about a disgraced female detective was a fast-paced joy to read. I was hooked and could not wait to see how it ended.
A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas: The second in the Lady Sherlock series, I loved this so very much – as you’ll see below!
The Hollow Fear by Sherry Thomas: These stories are told so closely to the end of the other, they aren’t really serialized like the traditional Sherlock stories. I loved the attention to detail – the food, clothing, and household accessories that are often overlooked give this series such an incredible sense of time and place.
The Art of Theft by Sherry Thomas: And with this fourth installment – I have to wait for the next book Sherry Thomas releases! I really loved this Lady Sherlock series and found it to be fun, frothy, and FEMINIST retelling of the classic tales. Please check this series out!
Still I Miss You by Inez Pedrosa: I really struggled with this one. I think stories that are told as two voices in dialogue either need to be labeled or consumed as audio books with two different narrators. I struggled to tell them apart for the first third or so and then couldn’t get into it. I raced to the end to just get it over with.
All the Lies We Tell by Megan Hart: I read this on Kindle and it was a fairly good romance novel but I suppose the title lead to believe it would be more a thriller? I did reserve the next ebook from the library so I do care enough to see where it goes.