February 16, 2021

Goodreads Update Feb 2021 Pt. 1

Well, I haven't really been reading much lately, but I have definitely been adding books to my To Read list. Grab a snack and a blanket. This is gonna be a ride.

In the Garden of Spite by Camilla Bruce - So this is a novel about a real woman from the late 1800s. She is believed to have killed around 40 people, mostly men, on her rural Indiana property. Interest piqued.

Hana Khan Carries On by Uzma Jalaluddin - Jalaluddin wrote Ayesha at Last, a P&P retelling, that I enjoyed last year. This one seems to be a You've Got Mail retelling perhaps?

Wintering by Katherine May - I heard about this on a podcast where they talked about how great this is in a pandemic. I feel like this is what I have been saying. It's okay to stop pushing when you're falling apart.

Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews - Andrews is a fantasy romance author that I have been eyeballing lately. This is the first in a series. Thought I'd add it to my list and check it out. Someday.

Don't Breathe a Word by Jordyn Taylor - I just finished The Paper Girl of Paris by Taylor this month. This new one is scheduled to be published in May. This one is like the first in that it's told in two points of view and two timelines. It is different in that this is set in current day and also Cold War America. Also, there is a murder mystery. Nice.

Temporary Wife Temptation by Jayci Lee - There are a few things that made me put this on my list: 1. I'm more open to romance these days. 2. It's a fake marriage trope, which is one of my favorites. 3. Main guy is Asian. Hell yeah! We need more hot Asian dudes in books.

Broken (in the best possible way) by Jenny Lawson - I love Lawson's memoirs. She is so kooky and funny. She is internet famous for her blog The Blogess. She lives in a giant house in Texas with her much put-upon husband and teenage daughter and various animals. All the animals have punny names.

The Importance of Being Emma by Juliet Archer - So, the cover is pretty awful. And it might be a self-published title. And the ratings are all over the place. So we'll see if I can even get a copy, much less get through it. But you know how I feel about Jane Austen retellings.

Intimations by Zadie Smith - Zadie Smith is a top British author. This is a small collections of essays about living in lockdown. Yes, please.

Wuhan Diary by Fang Fang - Another based on my interest in living in a pandemic, we have this book about living in Wuhan during this one by one of the most prominent journalists in China.

Artificial Condition by Martha Wells - I read the first in this series in December and really enjoyed it. Figured I should add the next one to my list.

You'll Be the Death of Me by Karen M. McManus - This is literally not scheduled to publish until December, but I don't care. I love her writing, so I will be waiting with bated breath. There's no cover yet.

Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong - The first in this series was These Violent Delights, the Romeo and Juliet retelling set in 1926 Shanghai. These covers are amazing.

The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes - This is the sequel to my favorite book of 2020, The Inheritance Games. What else needs to be said?

Slow Reading in a Hurried Age by David Mikics - This title sound like something you've heard of before? Yeah. I am reading What We Talk About When We Talk About Books, by Leah Price, and she mentioned this one and the next one in the first chapter along with Reading for Pleasure in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs. So of course I added them to the list.

Why Reading Still Matters by Martha C. Pennington and Robert P. Waxler - I'm not sure if I'll be able to get a copy of this. Maybe from a University Library.

That's it! Once again, I'm glad I didn't put this off. I almost did. Well done me!