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What I read while sick on the couch

Hey y’all! While this day was supposed to be time to work on the house (as always) I instead have spent it feeling terribly sick and unable to stand since the wee hours of the morning. And so instead, I remained on the couch distracting myself with fake worlds. Here’s what I read to escape my body in the past 18 hours.

1am – the well-timed end of a binge read

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January 2021 wrap up: a lot of stuff besides reading


How many books that I planned did I read?

I planned eight. Of those eight I read — one. One. Because I got distracted by a bunch of other books instead (6 total finished). My mood reader-ness hit hard this month, and I actually don’t hate it!

The Plan:

The Result:

So I read 6 in January, and only 1 was planned (the one that had already been in progress, of course. ๐Ÿคฃ) The rest are still on the backlog to read through. I did attempt one other from the list, but gave up about 75% of the way through.

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Too many perspectives

I’m a bit disappointed to say that so far reading Shadowlands has been pretty difficult. I’m no slouch when it comes to keeping track of multiple perspectives in a story, but this one seems to be a different person every chapter. There have been a few that were repeated characters, but we’ve had probably 10 or so different people in 13 chapters. It’s making it pretty hard to get really settled into the story, since we keep jumping from person to person and place to place. I really want to enjoy the plot but the delivery is making it difficult.

The shadows are rising

I finally started reading Shadows Rising, which is the next book in the World of Warcraft series before the upcoming Shadowlands expansion. I’m so excited, for both! The books add so much to the lore, and I’m pumped to get more. So far it seems to focus on Talanjii and Nathanos Blightcaller. My S.O. got the game beta so I have an inkling of where things are headed, but I still can’t wait!!! ๐Ÿ˜„

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In Progress with The Japanese Lover

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

Progress: page 202/323 (61%)

Okay.. I realize that’s kind of a weird (and possibly misleading) title for this post. My lover is not Japanese, but I am currently reading The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende. Here’s how it’s going so far!

Why did I start reading it?

I’m so close to having completed the A-Z title challenge for 2020. I only need a few more letters, and one of them was J! This book was also one on my TBR that I’ve been wanting to include for a few months, plus one of my bingo prompts this month is a title that begins with J. The fates simply aligned!

Words I’ve Learned:

Lines that linger

In itself age doesn’t make anyone better or wiser, but only accentuates what they have always been.

There are a lot of good people, Irina, but they keep quiet about it. It’s the bad ones who make a lot of noise, and that’s why they get noticed.

Happiness is not exuberant or noise, like pleasure or joy; it’s silent, tranquil, and gentle; it’s a feeling of satisfaction inside that begins with self-love.

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Underwhelmed yet again

I had nothing on my immediate reading list when I finished my last book, so naturally I looked up some deals on Amazon and went a little nuts. One of the books I got was The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli.


Basic premise: Almost-30 Indian girl Raina in Canada is being set up by her grandmother on tons of dates under the insistence that she get married ASAP because 30 is basically ancient in these matters. Raina is hung up on her ex who never had time for her, and hates all the dates. Somehow this leads to Raina letting her grandmother believe she is actually lesbian, and —

Do I really need to go on? That point alone is where I knew I should have stopped. Unless she realizes she actually is gay and that’s why she’s not interested in any of the guys from her grandmother, I’m not a fan of this plot angle.

I also just finished Ayesha At Last, which I was also meh about. Why are all the books I find with Indian characters only about a woman and arranged marriage? Surely there’s more to the culture than that. Any recommendations for books with Indian characters that give them more depth?

There are a lot of reasons I should stop reading this book, primarily just that I’m really not enjoying it.


I don’t really have an answer, honestly, though at some times it was the only one I had available so the only option. Not anymore, though! And boy is this likely ending up on the Attempted shelf…

Ayesha At Last Update

It’s kind of unfortunate that this book I’ve been looking forward to reading, and had expected good things from, is letting me down a bit. I’m nearly done, but about halfway through I realized the only character I liked was Clara. She’s a friend who pops up occasionally, so I’m a bit out of luck.

The two MCs and their primary sidekicks are all their own kinds of annoying. Fickle, painfully naive, cruel, despicable… it’s hard to really root for anyone here. Maybe Zareena. We’ll see where this one ends up in the end, but I feel like this is trending towards “meh.”

Genre craving

I’ve just had that rare and unsettling moment when I finished all my current reads, and didn’t have anything immediately up for what was next. I gave it some thought, though, and realized what I was in need of was…. some epic fantasy.

And what better epic fantasy than to jump back into some World of Warcraft books? ๐Ÿ˜ I’ve got to get ready for Shadowlands, which means devouring all the Lich King and Death Knight lore I can get my hands on. Rise of the Lich King, here I come!! (But first, Cure of the Worgen!)

Sons of Fire Update

Pretty dope cover, though

Currently reading Sons of Fire by Tracy Auerbach (thanks Netgalley) and it’s both what I expected and not at the same time. I think I was imagining something a little more grandiose, with larger stakes for the world. I mean, you’ve got two Princes of Fire running loose on Earth, and that seems like a significant issue when their primary energy force is human souls.

It’s smaller scale than that, but it does have the fun “learning-to-be-human” aspect of it. I’m grateful that’s present, as it’s always entertaining. I just want there to be more to it, more depth to hold my interest.

These are demons; I don’t want this to end up feeling like a typical high school crush novel. That said… this quote made me absolutely crack up. ๐Ÿ˜‚

I would set all the world’s lands ablaze or boil the seas if you asked me to. I have the power, you know. I’m a Prince. A Fire prince.

Sons of Fire by Tracy Auerbach; Aidan, attempting pick-up lines while smashed

PS – this is releasing tomorrow, for anyone interested in a copy!