It’s the fall 24-hour readathon!

Today is Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, and I’ll be participating! Yay!

I’m doing it real loosey-goosey this year. I don’t have a set reading pile, just my entire TBR list. I don’t have snacks set aside (though I do have food, no worries). I didn’t even bother waking up at the start time! I’m really just going to enjoy reading as many books as I can and not worry about anything. And have lots of fun, of course!

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And then…

My #lunchtimeread is: Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold

I’ve finally started my reread of the Vorkosigan saga! I loved the first eight or so books when I read them last year, and so far I’m loving them just as much this second time around. I’m currently somewhere in the last half of the second book, Barrayar, and I’m having a hard time putting my Kindle down to do things like, y’know, going to sleep at night. 

In her first trial by fire, Cordelia Naismith captained a throwaway ship of the Betan Expeditionary Force on a mission to destroy an enemy armada. Discovering deception within deception, treachery within treachery, she was forced into a separate peace with her chief opponent, Lord Aral Vorkosigan – he who was called “The Butcher of Komarr” – and would consequently become an outcast on her own planet and the Lady Vorkosigan on his.

Sick of combat and betrayal, she was ready to settle down to a quiet life, interrupted only by the occasional ceremonial appearances required of the Lady Vorkosigan. But when the Emperor died, Aral became guardian of the infant heir to the imperial throne of Barrayar – and the target of high-tech assassins in a dynastic civil war that was reminscent of Earth’s Middle Ages, but fought with up-to-the-minute biowar technology. Neither Aral nor Cordelia guessed the part that their cell-damaged unborn would play in Barrayari’s bloody legacy. (from Goodreads)

This series is so enthralling! I love scifi anyway, but I particularly love scifi when it’s wrapped around deep emotional development and whatnot. It elevates the fantastic from something merely cool, y’know?

My lunch is less spectacular: shrimp-flavored ramen. I’m a little low on eatables at the moment, though, so it’ll do in a pinch.

What are you reading during your lunch break?

Currently Reading: The Girls at the Kingfisher Club

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine comes out this June; I got my copy from NetGalley! 

Omg y’all! This book is so amazing! It’s a rebelling of the twelve dancing princesses fairy tale, set in 1920s New York with flappers! I’m about 25% into it and I am LOVING everything about it. The writing, the characters, the dancing and flapping! (Flappering?) 

Admittedly my suspension of disbelief is taking a tumble as the sister have lived both a very sheltered life trapped in the upper three floors of their huge house (the oldest has never seen the dining room!) while also sneaking out almost every night to go to underground clubs, but I’m having fun.

A great thing about this version is that I’m getting a sense of what sort of person each of the sisters are, individually! The focus is more on the oldest, Jo, than any of the others, but enough time is spent on each of their POVs that I can actually tell them apart from one another. Woohoo!

Do you like fairy tale retellings? I feel like the twelve dancing princesses one is very popular– I’ve read more retellings of that story more than any other– but I also really like East of the Sun and West of the Moon retellings. What’s your favorite fairy tale retold?