How are we already halfway into January?! We have currently been lockdown for a month, and still haven’t heard anything from work about financial compensation. The lockdown has been extended to the 9th of February, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it will be longer. Also, our government resigned yesterday. So much fun stuff…
But, I do have loads of time to read now. I have already read 10 books (half of which are comics), and in those there has been both a DNF and a 5* read. I find myself in the middle of several books, which are:
I picked up the audiobook of Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull at the end of last year in a 2-for-1 sale, seeing as it is on my list of ’10 books that have been on my TBR the longest’. And I don’t really know what I think of it. I was tempted to DNF it very early on when the main character commented that the girl he has a crush on is pretty even without make-up… Dude, you are 12! I started this on a walk and with nothing better to do I listened on. I do like the concept and the world, just the characters annoy me… in the same way that many (American) teenagers in books annoy me. So I am not sure if I will continue this book. I hurt my foot and leg, so I don’t see myself going for a walk anytime soon… and will leave the decision to continue or DNF till then.
Last week I read a book that felt to me like the Witcher, but with Samurai (review for this will go up in the first week of February)… which made me want to continue the Witcher series. Like the first book this is a collection of shorter stories, although they do feel more connected. I have read 4 of the 6 stories so far, and really enjoyed most of them. Especially the fourth one, which is about mermaids and sea monsters, I really liked and hope they will include in the series. This is a bit of a weird one for me though. There are a lot of tits, and Geralt is quite the slut. Actually, all the characters are sluts. (Which I knew going into it). In any other book this would have really turned me off, and yet here I can forgive it. It is preventing me from giving this a 5* rating, but doesn’t bother me enough to put it down. I hope to pick up the 5th story later today, which I believe is where we meet Ciri so that should be exciting.
The Shark Caller is a middle grade book I received through Netgalley, which is set to come out in the first week of February. Set on Papua New Guinea, we follow a girl, Blue Wing, who lives with the island’s Shark Caller after her parent’s died. When an American researcher comes to the island, Blue Wing is told to keep his daughter company, and what follows is a clash of cultures. I love the writing in this… the island is shown beautifully (with the author’s own upbringing shining through), and the local vocabulary is mixed in very well with the English. I foresee grief becoming a big part of the story, and I feel it will be handled beautifully. I am about a quarter into this book, but it is a fast read so will definitely get through it in the rest of this weekend. And I am very excited!
What’s next? I’m not sure. I am letting myself mood read, and at the moment I feel I will pick up the following books next week:
So that is what my reading looks like at the moment. I know I said I wanted to slow down… and I kinda am. Last year I read 220 books, too many of which I can’t remember much from. So I wanted to change that this year. The comics are really helping for a quick read when I want to kill some time, saving the quality time for my ‘normal’ books so I can give them my full attention. So far (she says after only 2 weeks) I find it works really well for me.
Hoping you are well,