April 17, 2020

Friday Reads 4-17-2020

Working 40 hours from home is hard when there is only so much to do. I can only do so many trainings, learn so much Spanish, post so many Facebook posts. It would be boring if I didn't love not leaving the house so much.

I'm planning to finish up a couple of books today.

The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte - I'm almost finished with this one. It's really interesting. In this world, post-tidal-wave-apocalypse, people can pay to revive their loved ones for 24 hours. Tempe revives her sister to find out why she killed their parents. From there, this book goes on an adventure with the two girls and the guy who was supposed to watch over them during the revival. This is a really shallow explanation of all the twists and turns this book takes.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas - This is the first in a loooong series of books that is a favorite of BookTubers the world over. I'm beginning to see why. I had thought it was cliche, but I'm really liking this first one. Celaena is an assassin who was sentenced to death in a salt mine. After a year, she was rescued by the Crown Prince of Adarlan to be his choice to compete to be the King's Champion. Luckily, the Prince and his Captain of the Guard are young and good looking. There's more to the plot than that including a murderous beast that is killing champions.

I'm also still working on this one:

Things to Do When You're Goth in the Country by Chavisa Woods - This is a book of short stories. I've only read two so far because you can't read them all at once. You have to let them set for awhile. The first one was very weird. It was about a woman who goes home for a visit and some very bizarre things happen in her tiny town. The second one was about two young girls who find a woman living in a mausoleum in the cemetery who is wanted for robbery and does a lot of cocaine, but also gives them cigarettes and whiskey and talks to them about grown-up stuff, so they don't turn her in. I'm doling these stories out to myself so I don't run out too soon.

After those are finished, I have a few (hundred) more to work on:

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu - I am hearing rave reviews for this one. I read about 30 pages of it and then got sidetracked. In the first couple of chapters, Nannerl Mozart and her baby brother Wolfgang are visited by faeries(?) who tell them to meet them at the bookshop down the street for an adventure. That's about all I know so far. But so many people say they are in love with it, that I can't wait to get started. Again.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare - I had this book on hold in ebook form from the library, and it came in! This is the first in another loooong series that is a favorite of BookTubers. In fact, this series still have books being added to it. Some of the later books are real doorstops. I don't really know what this is about, but I'll tell you when I know.

Lizzy and Jane by Katherine Reay - I need to read this for my O.W.L.s challenge to read a book with a heart on the cover. It's a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, I think. We shall see. I have a collection of Reay's books but have only ever read one.

The Ravenmaster by Christopher Skaife - This is a memoir by the guy who is in charge of the ravens at the Tower of London. I will read this for O.W.L.s challenge to read a book with a creature with a beak on the cover. As you can see there is a raven up there, who clearly has a beak.

I have more I want to get to, but I think this is a good start for a week, right? Wish me luck. My reading brain isn't all it could be these days.