It’s been a long week, and yet, I only managed to finish two books and haven’t blogged at all. Ugh. In my defense, one of my books was very long, I’ve got four other books in process, and I’ve hosted three Sense & Sensibility watch parties on Zoom this weekend. 😬
Books I finished:
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas Goodreads
I so loved The Hate U Give, and I’m not sure why I waited so long to listen to this book. It’s so good! I love how Angie Thomas writes YA—the teenagers do stupid shit teenagers do, and that’s sort of refreshing. This book deals with a lot of hard stuff, and I was mad and sad in parts, but it’s ultimately a happy story. I absolutely chose to listen because Bahni Turpin is one of the great narrators of audiobooks. She doesn’t disappoint here. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
The Empire of Gold by S.A. Chakraborty Goodreads
I finished this last book of the Daevabad trilogy yesterday and have been trying to compose my thoughts since. I loved this series, including this book. Amazing world-building, a blending of Arabic mythology with fresh fantasy, and lots of political intrigue. But the best part was definitely the characters. The heroes are heroic. The baddies are really bad. You feel for the various peoples of the magical world. As much as I was hoping for a different ending for one character in particular, I am a grown-up woman and I can appreciate that Chakraborty ended this fantastic series the way it needed to be ended. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Other bookish stuff:
- Still working my way through two book club buddy reads.
- Started my first Dorothy B. Hughes novel on Friday and had my mind blow around page 50.
- Watched SO MUCH Sense and Sensibility… this watch party hosting gig is no joke.
- Netflix has audiobooks now. My ratio is screwed.
- On a related note, I need a NetGalley Review-a-thon in August. Badly.
I’m going to have to get some serious reading done this week if I want to meet my ridiculous goals for July. If I can just stop watching Dominic Cooper movies! 😂