I suddenly understand the hype

Just a quick note, here. I have only just read Brigid Kemmerer’s A Curse So Dark and Lonely. And yes, I know I’m way behind the times here. But I’m thinking I might actually be the lucky one here, because now I don’t have to wait for the second book to come out since it already is!

WOW, do I ever understand why this book was talked about so much! I tend to stay away from books that get a lot of hype until it dies down a little bit, because often I’m disappointed if I don’t like it as much as the buzz made me think I would. I should have known better for this one, though, because it’s BRIGID KEMMERER, and she wouldn’t disappoint. I think all the framing of the book as a retelling of Beauty and the Beast is not doing it any justice though, as that is a gross oversimplification for the world she built!

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!)

My first completed book of the year!

and it begins again…

My first book of the year was an accidental buddy read, one we’d been talking about reading since the months before the book had even come out. And we finally made it happen! I think 2020 is getting off to a great start, what with completing my long-term goals in the first week, eh? ๐Ÿ˜

So, the book was The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams and it was just as good as I expected – although the story itself wasn’t exactly what I expected! There was a lot more depth and truth to it than I’d thought a story like that would have. A lovely surprise!

I hadn’t planned on what the first book of the year would be (only planned my last book of the decade), but I think I fell into this rather nicely. ๐Ÿ˜Š

What to read now…

I’ve been reading books so fast that I actually got to a point this weekend where I didn’t have anything immediately queued up. Not even any ARCs or NetGalley items waiting! It was freeing, in that I got to look around my shelves for what was waiting, but it also felt kind of terrifying not to have that planned already! Luckily a friend recently lent me her copy of Slay by Britney Morris, which I’ve been so excited to read! Started that one up – and it has not disappointed. ๐Ÿ˜€

Here’s a quote from early in the book where I knew it would be as good as I hoped:

They give us our own shit to distract us from the fact that we don’t have control over their shit.

Slay by Britney Morris, p13

The clear inherent power in designating things for others and the inaccurate reversal of that power hit me hard here.

Melk Abbey is GORGEOUS

No photos are allowed in the Melk Abbey, so I’m not sure where these photos came from, but the library is amazing!! The library was completely gorgeous and I wanted to stay there forever. Even without heating. Fun fact: all the books were rebound in the 1700s (I think) to make them all look very similar for an aspect of harmony and to make it pretty for showing to guests.

And I’m Off!

So a quick update here, I’ve managed to snag a week long cruise through Germany and Austria for my mom and myself, and we’re leaving tomorrow! I’ve got some posts lined up, but I’ll likely be busy eating lots of desserts and shopping at the Christmas markets so there won’t be much response until I get back. Our ship has wifi, but I’m going to disconnect and enjoy the time with my mum on our little adventure. โ˜บ

Also using this trip for more fodder for a special post coming up once I’m home, which may or may not include ART. We’ll see how ambitious I’m feeling. At most, stick figures and venn diagrams. I’m on my way to becoming Randall Munroe!

It’s like a Moth story as an entire book

I stumbled across Jessica Pan’s Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come on hoopla a month or so ago and have had it on my list since then, waiting for the right mood to strike to pick it up. (Also I had some ARCs and library books to get through….) Well, on this rainy day post-party, THE MOOD HAS STRUCK!

I was pretty sure I would love this, and shortly in, I was loving it, and then she started talking about how much she loved The Moth, and then doing a show on The Moth, and then doing a show on The Moth with David Litt and my god, there’s probably no way I could love this more. Jessica Pan, how do I apply for friendship? I can visit London. I’m 100% willing to get into Deep Talk (just ask me about my difficulty sharing my passions with people!). I feel like this might be another five-star read. ๐Ÿ˜

Two sentence summary: Jessica blocked herself off from life by hiding behind her introvert label. Jessica forces herself to do socially terrifying things to overcome her depression and stagnation, like asking Londoners if England has a Queen.

Update: I don’t know the story of Frankenstein

As I’m reading The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein I’m realizing I either know very little about the original story, or this is so cleverly developed into it’s own world around the original basis that it feels entirely new. I’m inclined to believe it’s the second one, but now I’m doubting myself!

It’s quite fantastic so far though. I particularly love Elizabeth’s character, and how unapologetically flawed both her and Victor are. The darkness is delivering, and I felt like I could imagine the gut-turning stench of the attic in Victor’s laboratory. I admit though – the sojourn to Inverness got me immediately thinking back to Macbeth!