Weekly reading, vol. 5

Happy New Year, everyone! My vacation is nearly at an end, which means I’ll be back to work tomorrow. Luckily, I still have a few weeks until library school starts up again. I’ll only be taking two classes this semester (as opposed to three like in the fall), so hopefully I’ll be able to keep up with blogging this time around. And reading, of course!

Anywho, here’s what I’ve been reading this week. Some of them I’ve already reviewed, and so shall link to their posts!

nine lights over edinburgh i heard him exclaim lumberjanes 2 friendship to the max this one summer

Nine Lights Over Edinburgh by Harper Fox ★★★ is a m/m romantic thriller set during Christmastime, but is not actually a very Christmas-y book. It IS a pretty good thriller, however!

Lumberjanes vol. 2 by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watter, Brooke Allen, Maarta Laiho ★★★½ wraps up the first story arc in a very fun way. I do so love the art and the colors in this series; it’s cheerful and mysterious as the same time.

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki ★★★★ is about two weeks at a summer cottage, friendship, the downsides of being a tween on the cusp of puberty, family, and loss. Has excellently detailed backgrounds, which I particularly liked.

I Heard Him Exclaim by Z.A. Maxfield ★★★ is an adorable Christmas romance between a newly-parented younger man and an older fellow who used to be Santa but, after a health scare and a lot of weight loss, is feeling somewhat iffy about the holidays. Featuring an adorable child, overwhelming friendly family, snow and decorations and trees, and a lovely romance at the center. wake of Vultures

Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen ★★★★½ was the last book I read in 2015 AND IT IS AMAZING!! I’d gotten it from NetGalley months ago (shame!) and despite its rather somber tone, got sucked into it shortly after Christmas, stayed up way too late to finish it and went off on Twitter about it immediately after finishing it:

I shall be writing a little more about it in a separate review post later on this month, too!

lagoon nnendi okoraforLagoon by Nnendi Okorafor ★★★★ was the first book I read for 2016! It’s about aliens crash-landing into Bar Beach, Lagos, Nigeria and all the trouble that causes for both humans and animals alike. There are three protagonists (though other POVs chime in when necessary) and they all have super-powers, rough histories, and a massive love for Lagos and Nigeria. It took me a while to get used to the main writing style, which is a bit choppy but rhythmic in a way which reminds me of certain storytelling styles. I think this must be on purpose because it changes in the last half of the book, which is told in different POVs altogether than the first half.

It’s a very stylishly written! And I loved how in love with Nigeria it and the characters all were, despite all the difficulties that occur with “bad” characters and so on. I also liked how spooky the aliens were, how otherworldly and different from humans they were and how they made the humans uncomfortable in multiple ways. There was even some interesting genre-blending at the end, when the gods of Nigeria took form and interacted with the aliens as well! I had an immensely enjoyable time watching the story unfold and I’m definitely looking forward to reading the other Nnendi Okorafor books I have on my TBR.
eidolon jordan l hawk Eidolon by Jordan L. Hawk ★★★★½ is a short story in the Whyborne and Griffin series set directly after the first book, during their first Valentine’s Day together. I’m currently doing a reread of the first four books before continuing onward through to the newest one (no. 7), but this time I’m adding in the short stories! I very much enjoyed Eidolon— it’s Griffin’s POV and it’s was lovely to see a little of his viewpoints regarding their relationship, Whyborne, Griffin’s past, etc. The main books are in Whyborne’s POV and he’s constantly worried about not being good enough for Griffin (at least until, like, book 4, anyway). Here, Griffin worries about being good enough for Whyborne, and has a whole set of romantic Valentine’s plans to show off (what he thinks) are his assets. These plans get waylaid by a case, but it of course turns out okay by the end and ends very happily. tournament of losers megan derr

Tournament of Losers by Megan Derr ★★★★★ is the BEST Megan Derr book I’ve read so far. It’s about a poor man who joins a tournament for peasants where the winners get to marry into the nobility! He only does it in order to get enough cash to pay off his father’s debtors, but along the way discovers lots of interesting things about himself, his lover, his city, and so on. It’s got completely adorable characters with wonderful worldbuilding, nifty things with gender, several wonderful discussions about class and what it means to be prosperous, and it is occupied by enough women and people of color to please anyone (especially considering how I complained of the lack of women in one of her earlier series). Honestly, I could read twenty more books like this one and be a very happy person! As it’s not published yet, so I won’t say too much more about it until I do a proper review, but I have more Twitter squee to post for funsies:

Currently Reading

So I started reading Swords and Scoundrels and then realized that actually I wanted to be reading Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner! I’d tried listening to the audiobook several years ago but hated the weird half-full cast half-read-by-the-author thing, so gave it up. So far the ebook is going much better! Though I’m only 3% into it, so things might yet turn. swordspoint ellen kushner

Here’s what it’s about:

On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the Hill turn to duels to settle their disputes. Within this elite, dangerous world, Richard St. Vier is the undisputed master, as skilled as he is ruthless–until a death by the sword is met with outrage instead of awe, and the city discovers that the line between hero and villain can be altered in the blink of an eye.

What have you read this week?

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