This week was a long one. Mostly because I was sick (again). But also because I was kind of in a reading funk; I’ve just been having trouble getting into anything lately. And the power went out for most of Friday (when all I wanted to do was come home from work and take a hot shower and have a cup of tea). But I got through it, and in the end, managed to finish two books.
On Friday, I decided to take advantage of the blackout and read a book on my phone. My local library had Caraval, so I borrowed an ebook through Overdrive. I actually read the entire book in about three or four hours during the blackout, which made it semi-bearable. I’ve almost bought this book three times now in Target, and I am so glad I kept putting it back on the shelf. Because I didn’t love it. And I would have been kind of upset if I’d spent that much money on it. The story was okay. The characters were fine. But the writing made me want to pull my hair out. I kept reading just so I could find out what happened and not wonder about it later. But it was not an enjoyable read. I’ll have a full review up tomorrow and you’ll find out why I didn’t like it. (I did initially rate it three stars on Goodreads, but just bumped it down to two, because the more I think about it, the more I realize I didn’t care for it all that much.)
I also finished the audiobook of Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology. I love when Gaiman reads his own audiobooks, because his voice is almost as magical as his writing. And this one was no exception. I absolutely loved this book! It was entertaining and fun and I learned a ton about Norse mythology, which is something I hadn’t read all that much about. I think he did a brilliant job, and this might just be a book I will read again and again, even if it’s just a story or two at a time. Highly recommend it! (Side note: Gaiman just announced a sequel to Neverwhere – my favorite of his books – called The Seven Sisters, and I’m so excited about it!)
Currently, I’m working my way through an ARC of Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves, which I am enjoying for the most part (though it’s reminding me why I sometimes feel like I’ve grown out of YA). I’m also slowly working on Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi. I’m really enjoying this one, but it’s kind of dense, so it’s taking me like a month to read. Which I’m kind of okay with. And I just started the audiobook of The Night Circus by Erin Morgestern. I loved this book when I read it a few years ago, and have been wanting to reread it for a while, and I think the audiobook might be a fun way to do it.
This week, I’m also planning on reading Out of the Fire by Nathanael Green and Evan Ronan. I absolutely adore their Tomahawk and Saber series, and this is a relatively new release that they were kind enough to send me a copy of. It looks incredible, and I’ve been waiting until I’m in the mood to really appreciate it. Hopefully I’ll have a review up for you soon!
I hope you’re all having a great weekend! Let me know what you’re currently reading in the comments!