July 12, 2021

Goodreads Updated Pt. 1

You might want to get a snack and a drink for this one. I put a lot of books on my list in the last 2 weeks.

The Hidden Palace by Helene Wecker - This is a sequel to The Golem and the Jinni that came out in 2013. I read it in 2014. It's been a long time. But, I liked it, so hopefully I don't need to reread that one to read this one.

The Woman The Could Not Silence: One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear by Kate Moore - I heard about this on a podcast. It's about a woman whose husband was threatened by her intelligence, so he had her committed to an insane asylum. While there, she met other, perfectly sane, women undergoing the same suffering. This happened more than we like to think about. And it went on longer than we like to admit.

A Dead Djinn in Cairo by P. Djeli Clark - I've heard this is great. It's very small. 43 pages. P. Djeli Clark writes novellas mostly. I haven't read anything by them, yet, but I keep putting their books on my list. As one does.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir - Confession: I have never read The Martian by Weir. I did read Artemis and really liked it. Some people I've heard from think this was better than either of those two. My hubby has it right now, but he hasn't started it.

Nickel and Dimed: on NOT Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich - I had this on my list for so long, I finally took it off because I figured it wasn't even accurate anymore. Then I saw they are re-releasing it with a new forward or something. So I added it back to my list.

Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Cosby - This was on a lot of best-of-2020 lists and I had been eying it. When I went to Barnes and Noble last week to spend my gift cards, I picked up a paperback copy of it. It's a "one last job" type of heist novel. Our main character is an infamous getaway driver turned honest mechanic. He decides to pull one last job to pay his bills and then he'll go straight. Famous last words.

Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian - I was kind of leery about this because I have been burned by Camelot retellings in the past. But I've heard several people say this one is better, so here's hoping.

Paradise: One Town's Struggle to Survive and American Wildfire by Lizzie Johnson - This is definitely on my most anticipated list. I heard an interview with the author sometime last year I think. It's just fascinating. I know I'm into disaster porn. I've decided it could be worse.

Today a Woman Went Mad in the Supermarket by Hilma Wolitzer - Another one from my most anticipated list. I like what I've read from this author, so I'll try some short stories.

Matrix by Lauren Groff - All the other books I've read by Groff are weird contemporary books, but this one is historical fiction. That is exciting to me. I'm looking forward to this one.

A Lot Like Adios by Alexis Daria - I enjoyed her first book in this series, so I added this to my list. I guess I'm fully embracing my romance reader status.

Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach - I avoid Roach's grosser nonfiction, but this one looks like it will be super fun.

Under the Whispering Door by T. J. Klune - I don't think this one needs any explanation.

I Hate Reading: How to Read When You'd Rather Not by Beth Bacon - I'm hoping this one will have tips for when I have to read an award book I'm not looking forward to,  or a book club book I have attitude about, or anytime I'm in a reading slump.

Morningside Heights by Joshua Henkin - This is a family saga about a woman who marries her professor and then thirty years later, everything has changed. I've heard great things, so I added it to my list.

Queen Isabella by Alison Weir - I have attitude about English ruler historical fiction. But I think Alison Weir is the way to go. I feel like she's a historian as well as a fiction author and that her books will be better for it.

Decluttering at the Speed of Life: Winning Your Never-Ending Battle with Stuff by Dana K. White - One can hope.

The Editor by Steven Rowley - This is the author of The Guncle that I just finised and adored. This is also about one of my favorite people, Jackie O.

Land of Big Numbers by Te-Ping Chen - This is a collection of stories about people in various locations, classes, situations, etc. in China. Another thing I'm super into reading about.

The Department of Rare Books and Special Collections by Eva Jurczyk - That last name could stand to buy a vowel! anyway, this is sort of a cozy mystery. Our main character works in the rare books collection at a university and their most rare and priceless book is missing. Then someone dies. raccoon fingers

Finally at the end! I really didn't realize I had added that many. Anything here catch your eye? I realize some of them were on my anticipated reads list last week, but only a few.