Recent Reads

Time for some book talk! Here’s what’s been edging through my reading pile lately:

Air Awakens coverThe Air Awakens series by Elise Kova.
Humble library apprentice Vhalla doesn’t know she has magic, until she unwittingly uses it to save the life of Crown Prince Aldrik. Then she’s whisked semi-unwillingly into the world of magic, empire politics and uncomfortable proximity to Aldrik. This is pretty typical YA fantasy, but that doesn’t stop me from highly enjoying it. I tore through the first two books in this series in a day each, and am now impatiently awaiting the release of book 3 next week because the ending in book 2 was the most cliffhangery cliffhanger of all cliffhangers. For real. I’m at once super frustrated with it, and kind of admiring the author’s gumption in doing what she did, because I’m not certain it’s one of those cliffhangers that proves not to be as it seems. I think it’s exactly as it seems, which will make book 3 very interesting. If magic, political intrigue, and star-crossed love stories are your thing, pick this one up. 4/5 stars (so far).
 

Angel of Storms coverThe Angel of Storms (Millennium’s Rule #2) by Trudi Canavan.
I just posted a review of book 1 in this series last week, and since then have managed to read book 2. It continues the stories of both Tyen and Rielle, but it is way more action-packed and enjoyable than the first book! And happily, the disparate storylines start to come together and overlap in areas, which is part of what I’ve been waiting for. The intrigue around a particular ancient sorcerer grows thicker, and the two main characters get a chance to grow and show their strengths. I liked book 1, but I really liked this one. Unfortunately, now I have to wait til sometime later this year for book 3. Unspecified publication dates are the pits. 4/5 stars.
 

Leviathan Wakes coverLeviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1) by James S.A. Corey.
This is next up on my TBR list. We’ve been watching the SyFy TV show based off of this series, and I figured I should probably read the book(s), too. This first one is a bit of a beast at 560 pages, though, so it’s going to take awhile. The show is shaping up to be pretty interesting. If you haven’t checked it out yet and enjoy a good sci-fi mystery political thriller, give it a try. Rating TBD.
 
 

I’m also trying to finish off some of the books that have been living on my Currently Reading list for awhile. It’s not that I don’t like them, or intend to not finish them, I just get distracted by other books. So I’m making an effort to knock those out.

What are you reading lately? Any recommendations?

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Tuesday Treasure Trove

Tuesday Treasure Trove

  Mind-blowing video of the week: World’s Fastest Rubik’s Cube Solving Robot. Funny video of the week: Korean Girls Try American Barbecue for the First Time. I was not nearly as enthusiastic when I had Korean BBQ for the first time. New York Is Going to Turn Off Niagara Falls. Earth is actually two planets, scientists conclude. The Neurologist Who Hacked His Brain—And Almost Lost His Mind. This is actually really sad. What does laughter look like when you write it out in musical notation? Stop Erasing Women From Tech History When I Quit Cutting My Hair, I Learned How […]

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Book Review: Thief’s Magic

Thief's Magic

Thief’s Magic (Millennium’s Rule #1) by Trudi Canavan. Thief’s Magic starts the tale of two different young people, both suddenly thrust into a world of magic. Tyen is a archaeology student in a steampunk type world, where industrial pursuits are fueled by magic. On one of his digs, he unearths an unusual book: it can read his thoughts and respond to him, and claims to have once been human. It contains centuries of information, dating back to one of the greatest sorcerers of all time. Its existence sets off a chain of events as different parties vie to claim or […]

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Tuesday Treasure Trove

Tuesday Treasure Trove

  Cool news of the week: New evidence suggests a ninth planet lurking at the edge of the solar system. Though it’s really the 10th planet, sheesh. Poor Pluto. Scientists have traced folk stories and fairy tales back to the Bronze Age. The Future of Parking in the Age of Self-Driving Cars. Being frozen ‘to death’ saved this man’s life. It could save others, too. Tech’s ‘Frightful 5’ Will Dominate Digital Life for Foreseeable Future. Why the Next Uber Wannabe Is Already Dead. The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur. “The notion of the artist as […]

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Recipe: Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese

Slow Cooker Beef Bolognese

One of the meals I really fell in love with when we were in Italy was beef bolognese over pasta. If you think of the typical spaghetti beef sauce we find here in America, this is its grown-up, way more delicious cousin. So when the hubs got me a KitchenAid mixer for Christmas, complete with pasta-making attachments, I knew the sauce we’d try over our first homemade noodles would be beef bolognese. The below is a combination of two different recipes I found. I basically took the parts that sounded good from each and left out the parts I wasn’t […]

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Book Review: By Moonrise

By Moonrise

By Moonrise (The Chronicles of Sarducia #1) by Jackie Dana. By Moonrise is the first novel by Austin author Jackie Dana. It follows the adventures of ordinary Kate Norton, who finds herself transported to a strange world after inheriting her mother’s ring. Sarducia may seem like a medieval Europe at first glance, but it is a different world entirely. For starters, magic is not only very real, but a bit of a political issue. Everything seems to be a political issue, actually, as Kate finds herself sucked into the turmoil of a country dealing with religious and regal unrest. Figuring […]

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Tuesday Treasure Trove

Tuesday Treasure Trove

  Photo series of the week: Bull terrier and her human explore the abandoned buildings of Europe. This manages to be adorable and haunting at the same time. On The Inevitable Pettiness Of Creative Work. “Everybody’s artistic vision is constrained by time and place and what the judges and/or the public think … For that matter, there’s a long, illustrious tradition of artists giving the public, and/or their patrons, what they want.” Why (almost) everything you know about food is wrong. Basically, nutrition studies are a inaccurate hot mess. Meta: Baby carrots are not baby carrots. How obit site Legacy […]

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