I think the reading slump might actually be over! I read four books this week, two of which got five stars from me. I’m still trying to catch up with all the reading I need to do in the wake of grad school (I requested SO MANY February ARCs), but I’m getting there. Kind of.
The first book I read this week is The Perpetual Now by Michael D. Lemonick. It is about a woman who, after losing a significant portion of her brain from a devastating virus, can only remember about 10-15 minutes at a time. I enjoyed reading it, and learned a lot. Review here.
Then I read Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. This book is completely unlike anything I’ve ever read, and I loved it! It’s sort of a ghost story, about Willie Lincoln’s first night in the cemetery after his death. Really interesting, and such a fun and unique read. Review here.
After that, I finished Gilded Cage by Vic James. I really enjoyed this one! It’s a fantasy/dystopian/sci-fi novel about a family who begins their “slavedays”, a decade during which they will serve as slaves for the benefit of the wealthy and powerful class. The upper class rules through their use of “Skill”, which is basically a variety of magical powers. This book had the potential to be really unoriginal, but I think it worked really well, and had a few elements that made it stand apart from books I thought would be overly similar. You can read my review here.
Finally, I finished the audiobook of Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove, which I loved! It’s about a curmudgeon-y old man who is trying to figure out what to do after his wife dies. It was cute and heartbreaking and funny and just so good! I am really looking forward to reading another of Backman’s books! (I may or may not write a review for this one, but let me know if that’s something you’re interested in.)
I also started reading a few books (because when am I not). The first one is Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman, because I needed to start it right away. I’m listening to the audiobook, which is read by Gaiman himself – he has the best voice. I’m really enjoying it so far! And, because I was in the mood for some more fantasy/dystopian/sci-fi after finishing Gilded Cage, I started an ARC of Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves. I’m about a quarter of the way though, and liking it so far. It’ll be out at the end of March, so I’ll probably have a review up next month sometime.
I am so glad this slump is over and I am back into reading lots of wonderful books! I still have a few books I really need to get through soon, and then I can kind of relax and read more of what I really want to read.
Let me know if there are any posts you’d like to see from me in the next few weeks – I’m working on some more discussion posts, so hopefully I’ll have those up soon!
I hope you’re enjoying your weekend!