After last week, in which I read a bunch of books that underwhelmed me, there were a lot of standouts this week. Two books let me down: Ancillary Justice, which people have been raving about for years, and Children of Blood and Bone, which has gotten a ton of hype. I truly hated Ancillary Justice and was just so-so on Children of Blood and Bone. But every other book I read this week I absolutely loved.
BOOKS I FINISHED
The books I finished reading this week. Links go to my full reviews.
Ancillary Justice by Anne Leckie
2/5: Despite the recommendations of many people I trust, I hated this book. Go figure. Maybe you’ll love it.
Eleanor Oilphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (audio)
4/5: I highly recommend it.
Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
4/5: I highly recommend it, but prepare yourself for the brutality.
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (audio)
4/5: I highly recommend it.
Comics for Choice edited by Hazel Newlevant, Whit Taylor and O.K. Fox
4/5: I highly recommend it! If I had to pick one book I read this week to give to everyone I know, this would be the one.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
3/5: This book has gotten a ton of hype. I thought it was fine, but I wasn’t wild about it. I seem to be the only one, though, so who knows.
BOOKS I’M IN THE MIDST OF
The books I’m reading right at this very moment.
The Future Is History by Masha Gessen
The Black Unicorn by Audre Lorde
WHAT I’M READING NEXT
Next up in the never-ending cycle of too many books and too little time.
The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst
Why I’m reading it: I loved the only other book I’ve read by Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, so I was excited when this library hold came in. The Sparsholt Affair is a multigenerational epic that spans several decades–from the 1940s to the present. That’s my favorite kind of book.
Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee
Why I’m reading it: I enjoyed the first book in Lee’s subversive superhero series, and I’ve been meaning to get to the second one for a while now. My electronic hold just came in on Overdrive, so it’ll be my fun bedtime reading this week.
Books published this week that I cannot wait to get my hands on.
The Astonishing Color of After by X.R. Pan
Why I’m excited about it: I have heard nothing but amazing things about this book. It’s waiting for me at the library right now, and I can’t wait to go pick it up tomorrow.
Stray City by Chelsey Johnson
Why I’m excited about it: It’s a book about the queer community in Portland and queer family. Need I say more? This line from the Goodreads blurb was all I needed to make me want to read it: All of us were refugees of the nuclear family . . .
The Gunners by Rebecca Kauffman
Why I’m excited about it: I like books that explore relationships (especially non-romantic ones), grief, and what happens after trauma. This one about a group of childhood friends who reconnect after one of them commits suicide. Frankly, I got a little overexcited when I was perusing the internet for books out this week, and this one caught my eye.
OVER AT BOOK RIOT…
I gushed about my favorite audiobooks of all time, as well as some graphic essays and short story collections I loved.
- Graphic Essays and Short Story Collections to Add to Your Comics TBR
- The 4 Most Perfect Audiobooks I’ve Ever Read
MEANWHILE, THE OCEAN:
That’s it for me this week. How was your week of reading?