I’m surprisingly keeping up with my Goodreads goal so far, and am likely going to keep doing so, unless of course, the entire Six of Crows duology sets me on a book hangover that I can’t quite get out of. But we shall see, right?
I like this idea of one-line (one-sentence?) reviews, so I’ll do that as I go along, too!
Ten Most Recent Books I’ve Read
(Not Counting rereads, DNFs, and mandatory class-related assignments, mind).
The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner – Other than the audiobook being narrated by Richard Armitage, it’s not exactly a riveting British village drama that surrounds Jane Austen’s history.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Also known as the one heist book I didn’t know I needed but now can’t stop talking about to everyone I know because NO MOURNERS NO FUNERALS dammit.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig – Really awesome alternate-reality setup that takes place in a friggin’ library, so what’s not to love about that?
Lore by Alexandra Bracken – Kind of enjoyable Greek myth battle royale, if you ignore the glaring modernity of it all, because why shank someone with ancient Greek weapons when you can shoot your enemies with a plethora of firearms?
The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis – Really good book, faithfully depicted in the Netflix series of the same name, and Beth Harmon is just the bees’ knees.
The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel – Highly recommended reading for fictional WWII enthusiasts who also hope for romance on the side–though prepare the tissues if you’re a sap like me.
Legend by Marie Lu – Also known as me going backward to Lu’s original series after having enjoyed the Warcross duology, though to be fair, this one was pretty good and hit eerily close to pandemic times.
Midnight Poppy Land by Lilydusk – (Listen, I sunk quite a bit of time reading this Webtoon, so I’m counting it on my list!) Mafia boy falls for innocent cute girl and shit happens, but I stayed because those tattoos on that beautiful body…and the story, of course.
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates – Magical realism meets American slave story and things just get strange, but I’m fairly unsurprised that the biggest Underground Railroad Conductor is also a water dancer.
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong – Romeo and Juliet fighting against monsters in 1920s Shanghai just sounds overkill, but damn, it worked really well in preventing me from another rant about how much I hate the story of Romeo and Juliet.
Yeah, I think my reading has been a wee bit eclectic lately? Then again, I’ve gone back to fantasy, so there’s that.
2 thoughts on “TTT: Most Recent Reads 2021”
Great list! I’m very intrigued by The Book of Lost Names.
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I highly recommend! It was surprisingly good, and I loved listening to it as an audiobook.
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