In this time of protests, marches, and long overdue confrontation of systematic racism, my reading has definitely shifted. I’ve moved several books related to antiracism and criminal justice up on my tbr, and I’m reading a bunch of different books at once and juggling a whole lot of library books that holds all came in for at once (as they do).
Books I finished
I finished three books this week, which I’m pleased with since I feel like I spent a lot of time on news stories and twitter.
First, The Rose & the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh:
The second book in Ahdieh’s The Wrath & the Dawn duology, which I had on hold since the moment I finished the first book. I loved this book. The characters, the beautiful writing, the world building, the pace and excitement of the storyline, and I love love LOVE that the author stopped at two books and didn’t stretch this out unnecessarily. Not without it’s heartbreaking and what-the-🤬 moments, but with a satisfying ending that I really needed right now. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Next, I read Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption:
This true story is powerful and affecting. After finishing the book on audio (read wonderfully by the author), I watched the movie adaption, which is free right now to watch on all platforms. My review of the book and the movie are here on the blog. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Finally, I finished The Wicked King by Holly Black:
Another fantasy series that has me putting the next book on hold as soon as I finish one. This second installment in The Folk of the Air series was even more back-stabby and twisty and sexy than the first book. There’s something deliciously fun about royal court drama and political intrigue in a fae realm, especially with conniving, tricky humans involved, and Lordy, can Holly Black write. Love this world, and can’t wait for my hold to come in on book 3, because holy hell, what an ending. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Books in progress
Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen: still working my way through this old favorite, one chapter per day, with my Austen fan club on Litsy. I must say, it’s been a remarkably comforting reread so far.
The Torture Letters: Reckoning with Police Violence by Laurence Ralph: not an easy read, but a necessary one.
The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes by Suzanne Collins: I was fortunate to get a library copy of the audio shortly after the book released, and I’m finally listening to it. I’ve seen a whole lot of negative reviews about it, but so far I’m enjoying it.
Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia: I chose this biography for a read-around-the-world challenge on Litsy (June is Saudi Arabia). The subject matter is somewhat interesting, but I’m really struggling with the writing.
Here’s hoping for a peaceful, educational, and effective week for everyone. ❤️