February 22, 2018

February 2018 Goodreads Update

I'm feeling a little antsy. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel of grad school. I am almost able to taste freedom. What I'm really looking forward to is being able to read again for fun. I have been collecting books and adding books to my TBR in anticipation of all the free time I'm going to have! (And no, I don't want to talk about the fact that I didn't read all that much before grad school). So I've been adding books to Goodreads willy-nilly. And now I'll tell you about them.

Eternal Life by Dara Horn - I heard this book discussed on one of my podcasts, and then I won a copy from the library giveaway. It's about a woman who made a deal with God way back in the Roman Empire to save the life of her son, and now she can't die. She's had numerous husbands and families over the centuries. I think it sounds fascinating.

The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova - I really thought this book was already on my list somewhere, so it might actually be here twice. It happens. I loved Kostova's previous works so I had to add this to the list.

The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish - This is a collection of personal essays by a stand-up comedian and actress. I've never seen her in anything, but she grew up in foster care in South Central Los Angeles, so that' interesting. And supposedly she's hilarious. I'm down with funny.

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey - Set in 1921 in Bombay Perveen Mistry is the first female attorney in India. She joins her father's law firm and takes on the will of a man with three wives. When all three widows donate all their money to a charity, she has to investigate. I'm intrigued by this whole set up.

The Immmortalists by Chloe Benjamin - The Gold children go to a psychic to hear their fortunes and find out the days they will die. They all go on to do very different things. I think this will be pretty interesting, but that's all I know about it.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert - I have heard this raved about all over the internet. Alice and her mother have been on the run her whole life from something bad that is always on their heels. Then they get word that her grandmother has died on her creepy estate, Hazel Wood. Her mother goes to deal with it and also disappears. So Alice has to go find out what is so scary about this place.

The Dry by Jane Harper - Another one that has been raved about everywhere I turn. Aaron Falk returns to his home town to attend the funeral of his best friend Luke, who provided an alibi when he was accused of murder as a teen. Now someone else knows they weren't entirely truthful about that night and Luke is dead. The next book in this series just came out, so I guess I'll add it to my list.

I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One woman's obsessive search for the golden state killer by Michelle McNamara - 3 decades after the golden state killer perpetrated 50 assaults and 10 murders in California, the author became obsessed with the case and figuring out who it was. She died suddenly while writing this book. Her husband, Patton Oswalt (the comedian), wrote the afterword.

Varina by Charles Frazier - Frazier wrote Cold Mountain back in the day. Varina returns to that time. Varina is a teen who marries Jefferson Davis just before the Civil War. The book is about the effects of that war on her life. Sounds fascinating.

A Princess In Theory by Alyssa Cole - I mentioned this in a recent post. I am reading this to fulfill a Read Harder Challenge goal to read a romance by or about a person of color. The main character in this book is African-American. I hear it's pretty good, so I'll give it a shot.

The Philosopher's Flight by Tom Miller - This was my February Book of the Month pick. It's about an alternate WWI era America where magic and science are combined. I picked it because of the magic.

The Idiot by Elif Batuman - This is about a Turkish student beginning her schooling at Harvard in 1995. It sounds like it might be a bit autobiographical. We'll see if I get to it.

Head On by John Scalzi - This is the sequel to Lock In, which I really loved. I've been waiting for this for years!

I found a bunch of lists of good books, and I actually found some to add to my list! I'm not sure if that's good or bad, but right now it feels good.