Okay instead of having my TBR page (like I did in 2019) telling you what I’ve read, what I’m reading, and what I plan to read this year, I’m going to have this post “sticky”. Here, always found at the top of my blog, you’ll see what I’m currently reading and/or listening to and what I just read. If I know for sure I’ll tell you what’s next. There might also be some notes about how I’m feeling while reading/listening. Feel free to comment.
Currently Reading/Listening to:
- The Bone Jar (Detective Lew Kirby, #1) by S.W. Kane – Kindle edition – mystery, thriller
- I won this through a Goodreads’ Giveaway (thank you!) though I didn’t discover that fact until last night. Probably I should have waited to finish some of these books but I had my tablet and…sigh… Who doesn’t need a good mystery book in their lives? I used to read a lot more of this genre.
- Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro – Audible audio, narrated by the author – memoir
- Wow. I’m a little more than half way through this audio book. It’s super intriguing. This far in I can’t believe there’s still so much more to hear! I highly recommend this book if you’re interested especially in this subject matter (I always have been). I expect this book will continue to be a 5 star read that I will finish sooner than later.
- In Search of Black History with Bonnie Greer by Bonnie Greer – Audible original, Audible audio book, narrated by the author – nonfiction, history
- This is a really, really informative book and essential reading. Most of these stories and facts I did not know, sad to say, but I am thankful for this resource to have crossed my path. The only reason I haven’t finished it (I’m on the last chapter) is becasue I want to listen with more focus.
- This is a book I will come back to again and again so that I may better retain the information. I recommend it to everyone.
- Akata Warrior (Akata Witch, #2) by Nnedi Okorafor – hardcover – fantasy, YA
- Really enjoyed the first book, Akata Witch, and so far this one does not disappoint.
- What’s disappointing is my ability to sit down and read an actual physical book! Lol.
- Kind of Coping: An Illustrated Look at Life with Anxiety by Maureen Marzi Wilson – harcover – nonfiction, graphic novel
- This is a cute but interesting little book. I’ve read half of it so far. I appreciate the light-hearted nature of this book though the subject is something very serious. I do recommend it to anyone with anxiety or who knows someone with anxiety. It’s nice to laugh while relating about something that’s not so funny, and sometimes drop a tear to know I’m not alone when feeling X.
- Thick: and Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom – Hardcover
- This find is thanks to the podcast Reading Women. Do check out my page about the podcasts I listen to, mostly about reading and/or writing. Those lovely women raved about this book. There have been others talking about it as well and then I saw it on display at a local bookstore. I said okay, let’s go, you’re coming with me. It’s been looking at me ever since and well, today I figured what the heck, they’re essays so I can read them as I please. So far, so good. I’m looking forward to seeing the life of a person so different than me through their lens.
I desperately need to finish Voyage of the Basilisk – The Memoirs of Lady Trent #3 by Marie Brennan (started, oh, forever ago last year). So I’m kind of also currently still reading that though admittedly I keep forgetting about it…hm…what does that say about this series that I’ve liked but…ugh…
Recently Finished: ( since I’m behind these are from June, July, Aug)
- Vicious by V.E. Schwab, narrated by Noah Michael Levine – Audible audio – urban fantasy, maybe mafical realism?, super powers…
Finished August 6, 2020
- Now this is a different book and it was great. It’s all about anti-heroes.
- 5 stars on the story/book, but if I had to I’d knock it to 4.5 because of the narrator. He’s not terrible, horrible no. In a lot of ways he fits, but I really didn’t care for the newscaster feel to his performance, though he did manage different voices well. So it strangely works, but…
- The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow, narrated by January LaVoy – Audible audio – fantasy, historical fiction, magical realism
Finished August 4, 2020
- This was as great as I’ve heard other bloggers say. Not that I read any real reviews because I wanted to be surprised, but in my opinion it’s worth the hype. And I teared up a few times. 5 stars
- Race the Sands by Sarah Beth Durst, narrated by Emily Ellett – Audible audio – fantasy, adult & YA?, adventure
Finished July 20, 2020 —> My 5 Star Review
- The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie, narrated by Adjoa Andoh – Audible audio – fantasy, adult
Finished June 24, 2020
- Found this as an Audible daily deal and I couldn’t resist. Let me tell you, I do not regret it. This was a really intriguing and different story. And narrator did a beautiful job. 5 Star review coming soon (promise, just need to post it).
- Heaven, My Home (Highway 59, #2) by Attica Locke, narrated by J.D. Jackson – audible audio – mystery, thriller
Finished June 19, 2020
- What’d I say, I had to get to it. New fan of this author, as well as the narrator.
- Bluebird, Bluebird (Highway 59, #1) by Attica Locke, narrated by J.D. Jackson – Audible audio – mystery, thriller
Finished June 15, 2020
- I devoured this book! I didn’t know there was already a second but jumped on it quickly. Really looking forward to more.
- This book comes to me at a great time, the time we’re living in. It’s good to experience the experience of others even through fiction. There is ugliness and wretched human nature, but also beauty here. Review coming soon[er than later]
- Akata Witch (Akata Witch, #1) by Nnedi Okorafor – Hardcover – YA, fantasy, children’s middle grade
- Just started this 8 May after finishing Lagoon by the same author. I’m about 3-4 chapters in and interested. The main character is a young albino girl born in New York City to Nigerian parents who moved back to Nigeria. She gets bullied and makes new friends, so far and there’s something going on, something different about these kids. Even though Sunny gets bullied for being albino, which some in their culture affiliate with witches, she is touch and sassy. It’s great.
- The Name of All Things (A Chorus of Dragons, #2) by Jenn Lyons, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld, Dan Bittner, Lauren Fortgang – Audible audio version – Adult Epic Fantasy
- I actually started this at the very beginning of May. I think the third book comes out this fall so I decided I should go ahead with this.
- So far I don’t love that the main narrator is new, well different from the last book. I get it, it’s someone else reading the story of what happened but from an audio book perspective it isn’t great to now hear your main character with a totally different voice. That said I’m enjoying it, four chapters in. Looks like this book is going to be a lot more about dragons than the first.
What Else I’ve Read this Year
Now that we’ve moved into August, I see that it is not efficient to leave the list of titles and notes that I’ve already finished. Therefore, I will continue to share notes and thoughts of what I’m currently reading and recently finished however I will archive older notes and just list the books I finished and a short bit of thoughts, that is only if I don’t have a review available. Recently finished, by the way, will refer to books I finished in the last month and so far in current month.
- Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor – Hardcover – sci-fi/fantasy, first contact
Finished May 8, 2020
- Got another five-star read here! As I write this this was my most recent finish and it was great. Very unique and original first contact story that takes place in Lagos, Nigeria. I recommend this book and this author. To read my review CLICK HERE.
- Storm of Locusts (The Sixth World, #2) by Rebecca Roanhorse, narrated by Tanis Parenteau – audible audio book – Fantasy, post-apocalyptic
Finished April 30, 2020
Awesome fast-paced story. I think it was even better than the first, not that the first was less than but rather this adds to what was already built there. Definitely a five-star read/listen. I really like listening to Tanis Parenteau read this story as well.
In this story you get new scenery as well as some really cool new characters. I highly recommend this story though I will be anxiously awaiting the 3rd book. The author says on Goodreads that she has two more books planned for this series, four total. HECK YEAH! 😀
- Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin & Ezekiel Kwaymullina – Paperback – YA, paranormal fantasy, mystery
Finished April 24, 2020
- I really enjoyed this short novella and give it five stars. It’s different, it’s original, it’s an easy read, and I highly recommend it.
- Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee – paperback
Finished April 19, 2020
- Update: I really enjoyed this book and gave it 5 stars. This story is intense and emotional. Read my Review HERE.
Finished April 3, 2020 —> My Quick Review Here
- The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle #1) by Patrick Rothfuss – Audible audio book, narrated by Nick Podehl
Finished April 22, 2020 —> My Sort of, For Now Temporary Review
- Lady Midnight (Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare – Paperback, fantasy, YA, romance
Finished April 4, 2020 —> My Review – 3 stars
- This has been on my list since March of 2019. Ms. Victorious over at Victorious Pages
- The Ruin of Kings (A Chorus of Dragons, #1) by Jenn Lyons, Audible Audio edition narrated by Feodor Chin, Vikas Adam, Soneela Nankani
- So I went back through my notes to see how I found this book. It does not appear I learned of it through any book bloggers. Honestly I don’t know how I found this book! I think she was on a podcast but I can’t find the one. It could have also been NPR but I don’t think so. Maybe it was a fellow blogger and I didn’t write it down…? Ugh…notes are great…
- This is an epic fantasy, which means it’s a really big book. Which is also part of the reason I chose to listen to it: not a heavy book and much cheaper because I used the book “credit” I get from audible for the month. I’m in Chapter 26 and still have 19 hours to go. So if you need a big long story, here you go.
- It is a long drawn out storytelling that’s for sure. But I don’t say drawn out in a bad way. It’s getting more and more interesting. I won’t be surprised if in the end I say it could have done without being this long but we’ll see. So far I like it, not super in love with it, but it’s cool. 😀
- Upon finishing: What I said above came to be, I really liked this book. However, I don’t feel that it would necessarily be served by cutting it down. This is a journey and taking the journey makes for a complete story. Could some sections have been shorter and the story still great? Sure thing. But it’s still an excellent book. I’m giving it 4 stars. I do recommend it and I will continue with the series THAT I DIDN’T KNOW WAS A THING! 🙂
- Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse, narrated by Tanis Parenteau – Audible audio book – loved this, highly recommend and will read next –
- Oh and while editing this to adjust for my review of Strange the Dreamer I discovered that I think I can thank SilverWolfReads for this book. She picked up the sequel during her Great American Book Haul! That’s at least plus 2 for you girl!
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor , narrated by Steve West- Audible audio book
- [Here’s what I said before:] I’m in about Chapter 10 I think? So far I’m disappointed because this book is taking so long to be interesting. Lazlo, the main character (MC), really feels flat to me at this point. Given the number of roaring reviews I’ve discovered there to be (saw, didn’t read just glazed over a few) I have faith that this book improves but if I was given an ultimatum I’d be tempted to DNF this.
- You know a book is taking too long to really grab you when you almost forget you’re actually supposed to be paying attention to what you’re listening to and you struggle to want to.
- This book I found thanks to SilverWolfReads after her trip to NYC and her giant book haul. Please do visit her blog (click the link above) and read my review of this book. I most recently finished this book & after what I’ve said above you’ll be surprised to know I’m rating this 5/5 stars.
We’re just getting into May and the sun is shining more and more. This last month has been pretty good for reading. However, as the weather warms I won’t be inside as much but I will need to get some sun – time to read and write – and I’ll be doing yard work which is conducive to listening to audio books and podcasts. 😀
A little while ago I wrote a post for anticipated reading among other things. I’ve since finished some of those, altered plans a little bit and added on to it.
Reading Plans for May & June [I promise I will update the following soon!]
- At the time of writing I’ve just started Akata Witch (see above). I was going to read the first then some V.E. Schwab but since I already have Akata Warrior I will read that immediately following Akata Witch.
- After those two I’ll start A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (finally 😉 ).
- Following that will be Lanny by Max Porter and Interference by Sue Burke (sequel to Semiosis, I need to read this before too much time passes).
- I don’t know what I’ll listen to when I’m finished with The Name of All Things (A Chorus of Dragons, #2) but I have The Wise Man’s Fear (sequel to The Name of the Wind), The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow;
- Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke, among some others.
- I’m also thinking I’ll start a nonfiction (after I finish Thick), Birds Art Life by Kyo Maclear and The Art of X-Ray Reading by Roy Peter Clark.
- Let’s see what else? Hmm… do you think I should just read A Darker Shade of Magic trilogy in a row? I also have Planetfall by Emma Newman on my mind and Where the Line Bleeds by Jesmyn Ward. Any thoughts?
I really love engaging with folks in comments. I’d love to hear what you think about this list and I really thank you for taking the time to read this.
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