Weekly Reading Check-In: 02/17/21

Time for another weekly check-in using WWW Wednesday, a meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Want to participate?  Simply answer the three questions below and tag the host site!  Book covers link to Goodreads.

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

 Out Past the Stars  We Lie With Death  23621277

Currently Reading: OUT PAST THE STARS by K.B. Wagers
I’ve swapped over to sci-fi this week, working on the last book in THE FARIAN WAR trilogy, the second trilogy to star Hail Bristol, gunrunner-turned-empress. It took me a bit to get into this one because it picks up literally two seconds after the last book ended with absolutely no reminder or primer on what happened before and BOY did I need my memory jogged about what was going on in space politics. I’m now about 80% through and having a good time watching Hail be the blunt hammer necessary to get two sides of a war to talk peace options. I’ve spent so much time with these characters that it’s just warm fuzzy comfort food at this point, and who doesn’t need that in their lives right now?

Recently Finished: WE LIE WITH DEATH by Devin Madson
My review for this one should be posted later this week, and boy did I have a tricky time writing it! It’s one of those weird cases where I enjoyed the book, but am having difficulty putting my finger on if “different” than book one means “less than” book one. Book one was about nations on the brink of (and eventually, embroiled in) war, and book two is about what happens afterwards, in that uneasy peace where one side has kind of won, but a stiff breeze could probably knock them off the throne. As a result, it was a quieter book than the first, with plenty of tension, but less forward momentum. I’m still very invested in the characters and where this story goes, but book two was certainly a change of pace from WE RIDE THE STORM.

Probable Next Read: THE THIEF WHO SPAT IN LUCK’S GOOD EYE by Michael McClung and/or A DESOLATION CALLED PEACE by Arkady Martine
After I wrap up OUT PAST THE STARS, I’m going to take a quick dip into the backlist bucket and tackle my self-published read for the month! I’ll be returning to life of thief Amra Thetys for her second adventure, and will likely have this done by the end of the weekend, if not sooner, as it clocks in at a tidy 200 pages. Then I’ll be swapping back to space opera for A DESOLATION CALLED PEACE, the sequel to one of my favorite reads of 2019, A MEMORY CALLED EMPIRE. MEMORY was a murder mystery wrapped inside a court drama with a splash of colonial politics on top, and I’ve been waiting for book two for months now. The sequel releases in early March and I’m hoping to have a review up before then, so stay tuned!

And that’s what I’m up to this week – what are you reading?

10 thoughts on “Weekly Reading Check-In: 02/17/21

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  1. I kind of dread reviewing 2nd books in a series; oftentimes the tone changes so much. I know it’s by necessity, but I never know how to talk about the next book without looking at the series in as a whole. Must be stressful for writers.

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