Currently Reading

I haven’t finished a book I felt could use a full review since my last review, so instead today I’m talking about 3 books I’m currently work my way through. Here’s the latest picks from my TBR pile:

arenaArena by Holly Jennings.
One of my recent NetGalley grabs. It tells the story of Kali, a competitor in the virtual gladiator-like RAGE tournaments. Mix war games with the Matrix, and turn it YA, you might end up with this. I’m not quite halfway through yet, so I haven’t gotten to the sinister twist that I’m sure is coming (it is filed under dystopia on Goodreads, after all). Right now gamer lifestyle is just like LA lifestyle: unhealthy with fame and drugs, but that’s what they sign up for. It’s… ok, so far. Not terrible, not great. I’m just at the point where things are getting interesting, though, so here’s hoping.
Stars: Looking like this will be a 3/5 but we’ll see.
 

sevenevesSeveneves by Neal Stephenson.
I’ve had this book (the actual, physical hardback book) for awhile, but hadn’t gotten around to starting it until a few days ago. It’s just so BIG. And the pages are super thin paper, and the type isn’t all that large, so it’s even LONGER than you would think. That aside, it sounds intriguing. Eons-spanning science fiction epic? Yes, please. The world is ending, and humanity makes a last hail Mary for survival, shunting the chosen to far outer space. Five thousand years and some genetic changes later, they’re coming back. Awesome premise, yes? I really just need to buckle down and dive into this.
Stars: Far too soon to tell.
 

shadow cabinetThe Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London #3) by Maureen Johnson.
I’m finally catching up with this series. I really enjoyed the first two books, and I remember the 2nd book ended on a bit of a heartbreaking cliffhanger, so we’ll see if I can pick up the thread of events again after such a long break. I quite liked Rory as a narrator, and am looking forward to the nice blend of snark, mystery and ghosts in this one, too.
Stars: just picked up from library yesterday, but if it follows the rest of the series, 4/5.
 

I also picked up some audiobooks for my upcoming roadtrip to South Carolina. I’ll be listening to Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff, and Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. I may need to pick up one more; it’s a long drive there and back. But for a good cause! (sister’s baby shower)

Any recommendations for a final audiobook to add to the list?
 

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Tuesday Treasure Trove

Tuesday Treasure Trove

  Funny video of the week: Watch Jimmy Fallon Force Blake Shelton to Try Sushi for the First Time. I feel your pain, Blake. Not a sushi fan. Cool video of the week: This is what a lute sounds like. If you’ve ever read a fantasy or Renaissance novel and wondered. How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist. Sunk: the story of the epic Chinese underwater fantasy blockbuster movie you’ve never heard of. This is all sorts of bizarro. Stealing food if you are poor and hungry is not a crime, Italian court rules. The magical […]

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Book Review: The Ninth Life of Louis Drax

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax

The Ninth Life of Louis Drax by Liz Jensen. The Ninth Life of Louis Drax tells the story of accident-prone 9-year-old Louis Drax, who is now in a coma. It’s told alternately from his point of view, and the point of view of the doctor hoping to wake him up. The story begins shortly after Louis’ most recent accident, which left him comatose and his father missing. The only awake and available person who knows what really happened is his mother. As the story progresses, it becomes clear that things are not as they seem – and not always explainable. […]

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Tuesday Treasure Trove

Tuesday Treasure Trove

  Video of the week: It’s still legal to make women wear heels to work in the UK. So the Stylist team asked the men in their office to wear heels for a day. Don’t Call it a Tramp Stamp: How the Patriarchy Ruined My Tattoo. Bustin’ Makes Boys Feel Sad — Why the New Ghostbusters is So Hated. Five Signs Your Story Is Sexist – Against Men. Actually an interesting read. “Patriarchy enforces strict standards of masculinity that are impossible to meet. But because masculine traits are glorified, it’s easy to lose sight of how toxic they are to men.” Hail […]

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Book Review: Passenger

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Passenger (Passenger #1) by Alexandra Bracken. Etta thinks that she’s a normal girl. Well, maybe not normal. She is a world-class violinist approaching her debut, after all. But one night something goes horribly wrong. Etta wakes up not only somewhere else, but somewhen. Her mother and her haven’t been close in recent years, but you’d think she’d have mentioned that Etta comes from a line of time travelers. But now, separated from everyone and everything she knows, she has to figure out this new ability and why she’s been wrenched from her life and how to get back to it. […]

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Tuesday Treasure Trove

Tuesday Treasure Trove

  This week in all you know is a lie: Vikings never wore horned helmets. Follow the breadcrumbs: why fairytales are magic for modern fiction. Personally, I am loving the prevalence of fairytale-based and inspired works lately. How Breakfast Became a Thing. Because it wasn’t always its own separate thing with it’s own food groups. The Post Office Almost Delivered Your First E-Mail. Why do all old statues have such small p****es? (NSFW) You know you’ve always wondered. The secret lives of movie-star newborns: who are they, and what is all that goo? Actually a fascinating read. How game theory […]

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Recent Reads

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It’s Thursday, and you know what that means: book talk. Here’s what I’ve been reading recently: Frost Arch (The Fire Mage Trilogy #1) by Kate Bloomfield. This is a book I picked up randomly off of Amazon. It tells the story of Avalon, a fire mage struggling to control her power. The world is interesting; it’s set in our world in the far future, with much of the past forgotten. Humanity has branched into two distinct groups: Mages, with extraordinary powers born from (one assumes) mutation; and regular humans, who are nothing but slaves to the Mages. The plot is […]

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