Y'all I'm feeling the burn. Maybe reading from 5 books a week is too much. I struggle to get my reading done every day. And then I spend weekends catching up. IF I have a weekend. I had half a day last weekend. This weekend I have a whole day but only one. Maybe I should factor that into my reading plans. What a novel idea! Planning ahead! I'm still learning.
So this weekend I plan to finish up:
The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos - I'm about halfway through this and I think I like it. I like the main character which is a bonus. I'm not sure I think the other characters are really catching on to what's happening as fast as they should. They don't seem too dumb, but they are missing the point. We'll see.
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He - I am really enjoying this one. The main character is a brand new queen after her father died. The first thing she does is open an investigation into his death because she thinks he was poisoned. She finds out a lot of things about the courtiers around her, her friends, and her father and the country is on the verge of war with a neighboring country. She has 30% of the book to figure out how to fix it.
The Pioneer by Bridget Tyler - I also really like this one. Jo's spaceship had a spot of bother on the way to this planet they are supposed to explore and her brother died. When they get to the planet, things are not what they were told they would be. Jo and her friends (because how does a group of teens always end up being the ones) find sentient beings on the planet as well as predators. Also, the smart one of the bunch has worked out that if the group back at the base goes ahead with stage 3 of the settlement, it could wipe out the whole planet. They are too far away to tell them to stop and they have no communication. Whatever shall they do?
Next week I plan to keep reading:
An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley - I'm struggling with this one a little bit. This young woman is an alchemist in King Louis XIV court. Her mother has her make a highly destructive poison for a man who regularly beats his wife. Only then her mother gives it to the king in a huge overthrow of the monarchy. Mira is not pleased. She's helped kill the king and now her mother and another guy are setting up as the new rulers. I have a heard time telling who is real and how this lines up with actual events of the time. I recognize some names, but I'm not sure. I really don't want to do more research.
I'm also planning to start:
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter - This is the book club book for September. It's only 133 pages, so I waited to start it until we were closer to the date. It's a post-apocalyptic (or maybe mid-apocalypse) story about a woman who gives birth just as London is flooding. The family must escape and also try to keep newborn Z alive.
Let Me Hear a Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson - I liked the other Tiffany D. Jackson book I read. This one is set in the 1990's and is about a girl rapper. We shall see.
The Dry by Jane Harper - This book fills one of the few remaining Read Harder challenges I have left. I should be able to wrap up this year's challenge next month. Woo hoo!! This one is about a Federal Investigator who ends up investigating his childhood best friend's death in a home town that hates him.
So that's my reading sorted for the next week. What do you have going these days?