A weekly post updated every Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and where I am with them in addition to what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list. Title links go to Goodreads to make it easier for interested parties to add any books that might strike their fancy. I attempt to use the covers for the edition I’m reading, and I’ll mention if this is not the case. If you have a Goodreads account feel free to friend me! I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.
Books Currently Reading: 3
Title: The Mabinogion Tetralogy
Author: Evangeline Walton
Date Added: August 24, 2014
Date Started: July 31, 2016
I’m still on the Third Branch, and I just keep climbing the tree. The poetry in this compendium is magnetic.
Title: The Ghost of Buxton Manor
Author: Jonathon L. Ferrara
Date Added: August 16, 2016
Date Started: October 17, 2016
I’m starting to really not like a particular character whom I don’t want to mention so as to not spoil anything, but I’ll say I don’t think he has Rupert’s best interests at heart. The eponymous ghost is such an endearing character. His adorable descriptions of modern objects is so charming, for example how he calls Aaron’s laptop a “futuristic typewriter.”
One thing I’m enjoying about this novel is the mystery. How the hell are Rupert and Aaron ever going to be together when the former is dead? I have no doubt Mr. Ferrara will have an amazing solution/conclusion, and even if I’m write about that fore mentioned character, it won’t take anything away from the narrative.
Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Series Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Date Added: June 15, 2016
Date Started: November 20, 2016
I made some serious progress on this book this week. As mentioned before the ends of the chapters lend themselves to dive into the next. Additionally, the novel has a serious Beauty and the Beast vibe to it.
Feyre is becoming less annoying, but I have to bring up a particular critique usually unique to romance stories. Since the blurb already mentioned it, this isn’t a spoiler. We the readers are made to know that Feyre and Tamlin are going to fall in love, lust, or what have you. The issue I have is how quickly it occurs. Now, I’ve written enemies to lovers stories…in fact, that’s pretty much all I write (wow really??), and one of my worries is just that: the change is too abrupt, but the one thing I try to do in order to forestall that is establish attraction even amongst loathing early on (this was far more important in my original novel The Serpent’s Tale, but not so much in Northern Lights since the enemies thing was already mitigated by time and circumstance, though I still established early attraction) This sets the standard and also adds a layer of potential self-loathing/self-criticism for each character in finding their enemy or adversary attractive. However, when the turn comes, it flows a bit better, because we know there was attraction between the two sides that can be explored once the source of the hatred is either mitigated or extinguished.
My issue with Thorns/Roses is that it happened far too fast with nothing to really lead up to it. It’s an abrupt change in Chapter 18. It’s certainly not a deal breaker in terms of me finishing the novel, but it was highly noticeable.
Fanfictions Finished: 0
In Progress Fanfictions Read: 1
Hoping the author updates again soon. I’m dying to see how she handles the finale of the game and how Celes and Setzer’s relationship is going to work out in the aftermath especially since the last chapter I read had them finding Locke #lovetriangle
Fanfictions Currently Reading: 0
Fanfictions Added to TBR List: 0
Books Added to Goodreads TBR List This Week: 2
Title: The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter
Author: Theodora Goss
Date Added: December 11, 2016
One of my old high school friends marked this as TBR, which brought it into my sphere of notice, but Ms. Goss is already an author I follow on Goodreads and here. This is a tale of “monsters'” revenge, women created through terrifying experimentation. If you’ve been following this blog for any amount of time, you’ll know full well that characters created by cruel and obviously unconsenting experimentation is a morbid fascination of mine, and questioning who the true monster is is a favorite pastime. I’m incredibly interested in this story.
A brief note that may lead me to annoyance. This book is currently rated at 1 star with no review as to why, and I worry the rater might be a troll. Even if I don’t finish a book, I don’t give it a rating lower than 3 stars without explanation, because bestowing such poor measure on a novel without reason is detrimental to authors, and as a wannabe one, I’d never subject a potential contemporary to such treatment. I feel this way about all artists. I haven’t read a novel by Ms. Goss yet, but I have read her blog, and I find little there to warrant such a meager assessment.
Title: Rest in Piece
Author: B. W. Ginsburg
Date Added: December 12, 2016
This is a debut novel by fellow blogger G.W. Ginsburg that was brought to my attention by the well read Kim of By Hook or by Book. Ms. Ginsburg (whom I will be following as soon as I finish writing this up) has a blog with the same title as the book here and an informative and creative blog here. You should know by know I highly favor supporting up and coming authors, so I recommend checking out her blogs as I have done.
The blurb for this story reminds me of The Lake House; even though I’ve never that movie, I’m still aware of that facet of plot. The two characters are connected even though they’re decades apart, and Louise holds the key to saving a nine year girl who disappeared two decades earlier. It sounds like there might be time and space shenanigans going on, and I’m interested and intrigued.
Total Books on Goodreads TBR List: 530
Change from Last Week: +2
Books Added to Goodreads To Be Reread List This Week: 0
Books Purchased This Week: 0
What are you currently reading and/or what’s on your radar to read next? What would you recommend based on my current and recently added? As always I look forward to your comments and suggestions!