Being in South Carolina has had an impact on my reading. Twenty books in June as opposed to the 30+ of previous months. It’s still relative given the fact that most people (probably) don’t read even 20 books in a given month. Just think what my reading totals would be if I didn’t work…
Off to Be the Wizard was entertaining, especially if you game or play(ed) D&D. I liked it better than Master of Formalities, but not enough to read the rest of the Magic 2.0 series. The Republic of Pirates was also interesting, but not what I was expecting. It focused mostly on the lives of several men and their impact on Caribbean piracy, and not on Caribbean piracy as a whole. Though it could be argued that by focusing on these men, the whole was being examined. Neil Gaiman is as always awesome. Trigger Warning was beautiful, odd, and somewhat haunting. Multiple times I had to pause my phone in order to digest the story as it unfolded or finished. If All the Single Ladies and Spinster should be on all women’s TBR lists, Confessions of a Scary Mommy needs to be right there with them. Women face pressure to get married and have children. And once those children have arrived, to be a perfect, self-sacrificing mother. Motherhood is full of barf and judgement, and while we love our children, it is very hard to reconcile society’s expectations that we completely subsume our needs to those of our family’s. Scary Mommy shows the warts, embraces the warts, and tells you that it is normal to be an imperfect mother.
For most of the twelve books I read, I have only lingering impressions. I enjoyed both Rebel of the Sands and The Star-Touched Queen, and will read their sequels. The Star-Touched Queen had a darker feel to it, in that the love interest was not perfect and happy (think Cruel Beauty or A Court of Thorns and Roses). The Regional Office is Under Attack! was odd. I liked the premise of an elite assassin business being attacked by other elite assassins, but it took me until 2/3rds of the way through for the writing style to gel. A Court of Thorns and Roses is still a favorite, and given that it was my third time reading it, I noticed clues of foreshadowing that I hadn’t noticed before. A Court of Mist and Fury was amazing. Even better than ACOTAR, if that’s possible. Feyre started to come into her own, was encouraged to embrace herself and not allow herself to be shut into a preconceived box. Sarah J. Maas has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Pride & Prejudice is one of my favorite books, and Eligible did not disappoint. Both the plot and characters were cleverly transported to modern times, scathing wit intact. It is not as subtle as P&P, but then Austen’s wit has been watered down because we do not have the social understanding to catch all the snarkiness she puts forth.
I’ve enjoyed Lucy Knisley’s other books, and her chronicle of her path to the altar in Something New was no less entertaining. I like that she shows both the ups and downs that surround weddings. Rat Queens, Vol 3: Demons was disappointing. The plot felt flimsy and incohesive. Nothing really happened; nothing really advanced. The Queens didn’t act like themselves. The illustration style also felt weird. Their features and body shapes were different enough to be somewhat jarring.
Children Read Alouds (1)
I ended up liking The School for Good and Evil more than I thought I would. I had issues with Sophie as a character until I realized what exactly was going on – good isn’t always good, evil isn’t always evil, and what looks like it should be one can end up being the other. I have no interest in reading the rest of the trilogy, so my daughter decided to listen to the rest of the books on audiobook.