Spent a good chunk of Victoria Day reading Red Sister by by Mark Lawrence, and I am pleased to report that this was a good life choice!
It’s like Harry Potter. Except instead of taking place in Britain, it takes place in a sci-fi Ice Age wasteland. And instead of taking place in Hogwarts, it takes place in a convent for magical battle nuns. And instead of starring a dude as the Chosen One, it stars a neglected young peasant girl with a heart made for war. And instead of having Neville Longbottom, it has a spoiled noble girl who is also a Chosen One candidate and who clearly needs to make with our protagonist, like, yesterday.
So basically Harry Potter + sci fi + murder + lesbians - whimsy.
I am so mad that the sequel doesn’t have a release date yet.
I survived triumphed over another 24-hour readathon, because that’s what you do when you got nothing else going for you but a stack of books! This year was a little less fun than the previous year (more people=higher stress, fewer places to sit/less ability to rearrange, someone’s girlfriend predictably getting bored and a little whiny about a lot of things. On the other hand I can say for a fact that I was awake and reading books for 23 hours and 45 minutes out of the 24 hours total. (Took a 15-minute nap at about 3:30 this morning.)
Here’s the total stack of books I read:
Terry Pratchett: The Wee Free Men
Terry Pratchett: A Hat Full of Sky
Jaye Robin Brown: Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit Domenica Ruta: With Or Without You
Claire North: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
Alastair Reynolds: Turquoise Days
Hannah Pittard: Listen To Me
Nina LaCoer: We Are Okay
Jacqueline Koyanagi: Ascension
Jen Mann: People I Want To Punch In The Throat
Miscellaneous George MacDonald fairy tales (The Golden Key, The Gray Wolf, The Day Boy and the Night Girl, The Lost Princess)
I really enjoyed The Emperor's Soul, by Brandon Sanderson. His books are usually bricks and doorstops, but by his definition this is a novella. Which means it's a book that is a reasonable length. Some cool magic systems in there too!
You had me at cool magic systems XD I’ll be sure to add it to my pile!
I don’t buy books I haven’t read, but I made an exception and pre-ordered “City of Miracles” by Robert Jackson Bennett. I already open the first two and I might as well complete the trilogy. Plus, the spines are very pretty on my bookshelf, and that’s important.
I have high hopes. I really love the world introduced in “City of Stairs.” I loved the issues of colonialism and cultural erasure, and the Russian and Indian inspiration, and I especially loved that Bennett got at the heart of Russia (it’s not fur hats, it’s absence and grief, LOOKING AT YOU GRISHA SERIES.) I loved the juxtaposition of “where did our gods go?” with “why didn’t we ever have a god of our own?” I loved the sneaky ruthless awful women in politics and the military and all their scars and muscles. I got goosebumps at the thing with all the knuckles.
The second wasn’t AS good as the first, but it wasn’t a letdown. “You are no true soldiers.”
If I haven’t recommended this series before now, let me go ahead and give it my stamp of approval.
I had time on my hands and went through all my read books on goodreads and divided them by gender, because my ‘most read authors’ always made me ashamed of how most of them were white men. I was actually pleasantly surprised; about 109 men and 87 women that isn’t as big a gap as I feared. The ‘most read authors’ is just skewed because I read long fantasy series and that’s still a bit of a boys’ club. I’m hoping to close the gap this year.
The biggest percentage, regardless of gender, is still white though so I’ll have to work on that.
7, 14, 21 because I'm not condoning the procrastination but I don't leave a fellow procrastinator hanging
I swear I’m gonna write today, mostly because I’m embarrassed that it’s been two days since I made words happened.
7. Harry Potter. I’ve never read Percy Jackson.
14. Usually alphabetical, but I totally understand the aesthetic appeal of organizing by color! I would take seven years trying to find a book, though. My mind simply does not work that way.
21. Random stuff. Before I had a kid, I would inevitably lose bookmarks, and I really liked my bookmarks, so I collected them, instead. Now, I use scraps of paper because ActionTot will inevitably try to eat whatever has been used to mark my place. (My mother has lost three bookmarks so far.)