Starting the year with the joy of a random day off ^.^

Hey y’all! I started 2022 off with an extra day off from work so I could bask in doing whatever the heck I wanted for a day while everyone else performed tasks. Suckers!!! 😁 Unsurprisingly, that turned into reading… all day… for literally about 6 or 7 hours.

I re-read the webcomic Let’s Play because the third season is out. I hadn’t planned to read it all in one day, but it’s all so good! 😊

So I took a little bit of luxury to start the new year. Yay for small condos.

Preparation begins!

Hey y’all! I’ll be getting a puppy in a few months, and to prep I just started reading some puppy training books! I haven’t had one before so I have a lot to learn. I’ve been taking mad notes so I’m ready, hopefully. ☺️ Thankfully my partner has had several puppies before so he’s pretty good with it. Still, I want to be able to do my part!!

I want something epic

I’ve been in the mood recently for dinner kind of epic, sprawling fantasy bicep. I think I might finish Dune (finally). I also have Empire of Gold on my shelf and waiting which I think would deliver. And then there’s The Poppy War, which works be s truer beastie too five into. But then…. Orson Scott Card. I still really want to read Pathfinder, and I think it would be easy and rewarding to sink into his familiarly excellent fantasy.

I think that settled it actually: Pathfinder is up next. 🥰

I think I found a book I’m going to DNF

I picked up The Break-Up Book Club by Wendy Wax from the library on a whim recently. It’s a book I’d heard of a little bit around when it was published earlier in the year, and I thought it might be a light happy read to round out the grimness of December. But just within the first few pages, I found three specific things that annoyed the heck out of me. Just one might have been forgivable, but three I couldn’t ignore.

That combined with 6 different characters, 5 of which I didn’t care about as people or stories, and I’m preeeetty much done with this one. I think I’ll read out the chapters for the one character I was interested in, and otherwise gently part ways with this one.

Tiny in-progress update

Hey y’all! A few weeks ago I posted a Fast Forward Friday about a book by Denise Williams, called The Fastest Way to Fall. It’s now out, but in the meantime I had decided to read another book by her that I have been wanting to read: How to Fail at Flirting. Y’all… I LOVED IT. It was sexy and sweet and scary all at once! Plus I got to barely meet some of the characters from the next book, which is a fun little extra.

I also started a book from Booksirens yesterday and have been absolutely devouring it!! It’s SO GOOD! I’m really glad I went for it! It’s to the point where I’m squeezing in a few pages at any moment — brushing my teeth, before bed, waiting for meals to cook. I’m going out for a fun event tonight, but I almost wish I didn’t have to so I could stay home and read more! 😅 Anyway, this one is called Fire Within and although that’s a pretty common title theme, the book itself is incredibly unique and captivating! I’ll have a full review soon I’m sure, because I’m reading it so quickly!

The best small things

Hey y’all! I’m just over here celebrating because I managed to snag a copy of No Words by Meg Cabot! It’s always a delight to be able to pick up a new book that I’ve been looking forward to. With this one, I got extra lucky: the library holds were all super long, but I found a less-popular digital format and was able to borrow it right away!

(EPub. It was ePub.)

I’ve already plowed through a third of it by the pool last night and am about to dive back in (har har). Hopefully this Fast Forward Friday book was worth the hype!

Disappointing?

I’m in progress with HONEY GIRL right now and in surprisingly disappointed by it. The love interest has that attitude of a broken butterfly, calls herself a monster, says she’s broken… but without any reason really? And she has the tendency to say things as though they are profound and philosophical but just sound like a high person rambling their discoveries. I’m surpassingly not into it. Trying to finish it since it goes quick when I’m not rolling my eyes through it though…

Thoughts so far on Half Sick of Shadows

Hey y’all! I’m in the middle of Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian right now. “In the middle” might be a little optimistic, but I’m at a solid 200 pages now! This is a slower read for me, and I’m not hating it.

Since the main character is an oracle, the style reflects that mindset, and it has a really engaging effect for me. Elaine is constantly bombarded from all sides as she remembers her past, navigates her present, and weaves (literally) the future. In turn, the reader gets snippets of her past interspersed with the present, and of course the pepperings of glances forward, the possibilities, the problems she worries will be created in the future by her actions right now.

I really sink into whenever I sit down, and I find myself thinking about it often throughout the day. I love a book that sticks with you!