Weekly Reading Check-In: 08/21/22

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?

 The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy  60470162  The First Binding

Currently Reading: THE UNDERTAKING OF HART & MERCY by Megan Bannen and A DOWRY OF BLOOD by S.T. Gibson
Strap in kids, we’ve got a long update this week! After some hemming and hawing over what to read next, I decided to give myself a little extra space between “heavy” reads and go with the more whimsical tale of HART & MERCY. It tells the tale of an undertaker and a marshal (someone who travels the wilds near town and puts down undead) who can’t stand each other in person, but are actually unknowing pen pals. I absolutely adore YOU’VE GOT MAIL and THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER, the movies this is loosely inspired by, and so far I’m consuming HART & MERCY at a rapid pace. Should have it done in a few days!

I also decided to pick up A DOWRY OF BLOOD for nighttime reading. Normally I don’t like to read two ARCs at once, but a vampire tale kind of demands to be read at night during peak atmosphere, so I decided to read it during the evenings while HART & MERCY occupies daylight hours. I’m about 50 pages in and it’s sensually atmospheric. More soon!

Recently Finished: THE FIRST BINDING by R.R. Virdi and THE DRAGON’S PROMISE by Elizabeth Lim
I’M DONE AT LAST!! While I overall enjoyed my time with THE FIRST BINDING, two and a half weeks is a long time for me to spend on a book when it’s my main read, and I was ready to move on. I’ve posted a full-length review already, but the short version is that if you love epic fantasy, give it a try. Be warned that you’ll find a lot of similarities to THE NAME OF THE WIND, something the author acknowledges he did on purpose.

I shifted gears after that to a YA read, THE DRAGON’S PROMISE, sequel to SIX CRIMSON CRANES. This was a pleasant outing, although it didn’t quite live up to the incredibly high bar set by it’s predecessor. It’s still a good conclusion to the duology and worth reading if you read book one.

Recently (Did Not) Finish: THE EXTRAORDINARIES by T.J. Klune
This one hurt guys. I went in with my heart open because I have really enjoyed Klune’s adult fantasies. Sadly, I bounced off this YA contemporary adventure about a teen utterly obsessed with the in-world superheroes and his plans to become one of them. To the book’s credit, it opens with some (purposefully) HILARIOUSLY bad self-insert fan-fic that reminded me a little too much of my own teenage writing. Unfortunately, the main character I found to be a bit unbearable due to his self-centeredness. I should point out that the character suffers from ADHD, so perhaps this is accurate representation of his condition, but he was constantly tuning out other people’s problems for his own, and hyper-focused on completely ridiculous plans. I made it 30% before I realized that this just wasn’t the book for me.

Probable Next Read: BABEL by R.F. Kuang
After a couple palette cleanser reads to reset my brain, I’ll be ready for my next big task of the month: BABEL. I’ve seen nothing but glowing reviews for this tale of an alternate Oxford where magic is derived from meanings lost in translation. Language and translation is something I find increasingly fascinating, in part because of the fantasy works of various authors who have really made me understand the nuances that prevent translation from simply being a one-to-one affair. I’m very excited to be ready to start BABEL, even if it is likely to break my heart.

What are you reading this week?

7 thoughts on “Weekly Reading Check-In: 08/21/22

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  1. I hope you end up enjoying HART & MERCY! It was a nice change of pace. I definitely want to read A DOWRY OF BLOOD, but I’m afraid it’ll have to wait. 😦 With respect to your Klune DNF, I went to one of his book tours last month for book 3 of that series and he mentioned the fan fic writing is pulled from his fan fic writing he did when he was a teen haha. Almost makes me wish I knew where my own high school days writing went from when I used to role play on a fantasy forum website. (I just looked it up and can’t believe the site is still around! I don’t even remember my character name. So sad.) I’m sure what I thought was so clever is very cringe now.

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  2. I’m reading Spells for Forgetting this week. Dunno how you feel about Adrienne Young, but I’d recommend it. I still can’t believe I haven’t gotten into Babel. It just keeps sliding of my brain whenever I pick it up. Hopefully it works better for you!

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  3. I’m working my way through Babel now. I also filled up my happy-meter beforehand with Undertaking of Hart and Mercy and Secret Society of Irregular Witches. Babel is still kicking my butt – it’s engrossing, but oof, colonialism.

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