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[reading] Wednesday Reading

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Not sure how the day got away from me yesterday, but here’s this week’s belated Wednesday Reading.

What I’ve Read

TEN MILES PAST NORMAL by Frances O’Roarke Dowell (Book Depository link): Lovely, quiet contemporary about reluctant farm girls, family dynamics, girls playing bass, and Civil Rights activists. I know I’ve read the first half before, but I did not remember the second half at all, so I’m not entirely sure if this was a first time read for me or not. It was a lot of fun, and I’d love to spend more time with these characters.

SLEEPAWAY GIRLS by Jen Calonita (Book Depository link): A cute contemporary about a girl standing up for herself from her best friend for the first time and going away to camp for the summer. There’s a little bit of BUT THIS COULD BE FIXED IF YOU JUST TALKED TO EACH OTHER that annoys me no matter where it shows up, but it’s cute and fun. I just learned there’s a second book, so that’s exciting.

THE GIRL I USED TO BE by April Henry (Book Depository link): Received a copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley. A (fairly quiet) murder mystery about a girl whose mother was killed when she was just a toddler, and whose father was suspected of being the killer. Now, when she’s nearly an adult, additional evidence reveals that her father was killed at the same time, and the killer is still out there somewhere. It’s a fairly interesting story, but I had a hard time staying engaged with it, even though I liked the grumpy main character a lot. I’m working on a review of this one.

THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS by Sarah Jude (Book Depository link): Creepy horror\suspense that is super atmospheric and wonderful. A few decades ago, one of the townsfolk killed their May Queen and disappeared into the woods; they can still hear his screams. Now once again animals are being brutally slaughtered, and then girls start dying. There’s a sweet little romance, the descriptive writing is fantastic, and I ended up loving this book despite the fact that it falls squarely in the Kill Your Queers trope. (TV Tropes calls it Bury Your Gays, but that leaves out a lot of sexualities.) I really like horror set close to home, and this works for me a lot. If I could read it on its own, divorced from a world where there are so many dead queer girls in particular in fiction, I wouldn’t even have minded that the death drives the straight girl’s motivations and emotions, but I can’t. It doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Still, excellent book.

What I’m Reading

TRUST ME, I’M TROUBLE (sequel to TRUST ME, I’M LYING) by Mary Elizabeth Summer (Book Depository links): I really enjoyed the first book, even though it has some absolutely ridiculous parts, and so far, I’m loving the second one even more. These are fun grifter-gone-good stories with some awesome teen girls, and I am a fan of that combination.

LISEY’S STORY by Stephen King (Book Depository link): Yes, I am still reading this. I really like Lisey, and I love the way her history with her husband unfolds throughout the story, in pieces and present thoughts and scenes set back in what she remembers, but it is really slow paced and easy to put down, so it is taking forever.

TREASURES, DEMONS AND OTHER BLACK MAGIC by Meghan Ciana Doidge (Book Depository link): I think I’m at least going to finish the first trilogy. I don’t know if I’ll continue it after. We’ll see how much annoyance at the main character’s “quirky” traits (and my dislike of first person narrators) balances against the stuff I do enjoy. So far, the stuff I enjoy is losing out, but maybe once I’m done with the cliffhanger ending, I’ll like it more.

What I’ll Read Next

HOLDING SMOKE by Elle Cosimano: Received a copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley. It also came out this week, and I’m so excited to read it. It’s about a boy imprisoned for murder who can leave his body at will and the girl he teams up with to find the true killer.

EVERY HEART A DOORWAY by Seanan McGuire (Book Depository link): Don’t know why I haven’t read this yet, because I normally read McGuire’s work immediately, but I am looking forward to it.

DARK ALCHEMY by Laura Bickle (Dark Alchemy #1) (Book Depository link): I’m trying to avoid buying new books this year, except for a few favorite authors, but someone recommended the second book in the series to me recently, and I bought this book immediately. It sounds like western + magic + kick ass women, and I am here for that so hard. SO HARD.

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[reading] Wednesday Reading

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What I’ve Read

CAMP FEAR by Carol Ellis: Out of print, but one of the Point Horror-esque books from the 90s that I love most. Mother’s Day is a difficult time of year for me, so I went back to some easy comfort reading. A bunch of counselors are getting a summer camp ready before the campers show up, but there’s an old secret about a dead boy that haunts them. (Also, I love Point Horror snarky recap sites: CAMP FEAR at The Devil’s Elbow.)

THE INVITATION by Diane Hoh (Amazon link): Another 90s Point Horror book (this time actually a Point Horror), but this one has been reprinted as an ebook. Biggest social party of the year turns into a Most Dangerous Game situation. More comfort reading.

HEIR APPARENT by Vivian Vande Velde (Book Depository link): Another comfort reread for me. Shocking, I know. Total immersion gaming goes wrong, and a teen player must solve the swords and sorcery game before her brain melts. This was my introduction to Velde, and I love it still.

What I’m Reading

THE GIRL I USED TO BE by April Henry (Book Depository link): Received a copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley. It came out this week, and I’m about halfway through. I like it so far. It’s about a girl whose mother was killed when she was just a toddler, and her father was suspected of being the killer. Now, when she’s nearly an adult, additional evidence reveals that her father was killed at the same time, and now no one knows what happened. Of course Olivia sets out to solve the mystery.

LISEY’S STORY by Stephen King (Book Depository link): Yes, I am still reading this. I really like Lisey, and I love the way her history with her husband unfolds throughout the story, in pieces and present thoughts and scenes set back in what she remembers, but it is really slow paced and easy to put down, so it is taking forever.

TREASURES, DEMONS AND OTHER BLACK MAGIC by Meghan Ciana Doidge (Book Depository link): I think I’m at least going to finish the first trilogy. I don’t know if I’ll continue it after. We’ll see how much annoyance at the main character’s “quirky” traits (and my dislike of first person narrators) balances against the stuff I do enjoy. So far, the stuff I enjoy is losing out, but maybe once I’m done with the cliffhanger ending, I’ll like it more.

What I’ll Read Next

THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS by Sarah Jude: Just arrived in yesterday’s mail. It’s supposed to be a creepy horror-esque book set in small town Missouri, and I can’t wait to read it.

HOLDING SMOKE by Elle Cosimano: Received a copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley. It also came out this week, and I’m so excited to read it. It’s about a boy imprisoned for murder who can leave his body at will and the girl he teams up with to find the true killer.

EVERY HEART A DOORWAY by Seanan McGuire (Book Depository link): Don’t know why I haven’t read this yet, because I normally read McGuire’s work immediately, but I am looking forward to it.

DARK ALCHEMY by Laura Bickle (Dark Alchemy #1) (Book Depository link): I’m trying to avoid buying new books this year, except for a few favorite authors, but someone recommended the second book in the series to me recently, and I bought this book immediately. It sounds like western + magic + kick ass women, and I am here for that so hard. SO HARD.

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[reading] Wednesday Reading

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What I’ve Read

GUARD WOLF (Amazon link) by Lauren Esker: GUARD WOLF is the second book in the Shifter Agents world. You guys, this has become the Seattle werewolf book of my heart, and I can’t wait for the third book, which is supposed to be out this year. I will be doing a review of the first two books later.

THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater (Raven Boys #4) (Book Depository link): Went ahead and read it to avoid spoilers. (Also, it gave me something to read that wasn’t online, so I could also avoid spoilers for Captain America: Civil War.) I liked it well enough, I guess, but I thought the pacing was off, especially in the ending. And I have some concerns. I will need to think about this further.

EARTHBOUND BONES by ReGina Welling (Amazon link): Received a copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley. I think the bones of the story were good (pun intended), but the pacing was terrible; the beginning, in particular, dragged, and then the ending felt rushed. I didn’t connect with any of the characters, in part because of the random head hopping. And I have a problem with the way angel-magic is presented as this cure for mental illness. I won’t be reviewing this in more depth (…probably), so I don’t want to get into great detail, but I was mostly left frustrated and annoyed. I wish I’d liked it better, though. The bones of the story were wonderful. (Basically, it is about an angel who thinks she has fallen from grace and is now trapped in a human body, the small town that embraces her, and the old mystery she solves.)

What I’m Reading

THE GIRL I USED TO BE by April Henry: Received a copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley. It came out this week, and I’m about halfway through. I like it so far. It’s about a girl whose mother was killed when she was just a toddler, and her father was suspected of being the killer. Now, when she’s nearly an adult, additional evidence reveals that her father was killed at the same time, and now no one knows what happened. Of course Olivia sets out to solve the mystery.

LISEY’S STORY by Stephen King (Book Depository link): Yes, I am still reading this. I really like Lisey, and I love the way her history with her husband unfolds throughout the story, in pieces and present thoughts and scenes set back in what she remembers, but it is really slow paced and easy to put down, so it is taking forever.

TREASURES, DEMONS AND OTHER BLACK MAGIC by Meghan Ciana Doidge (Book Depository link): I think I’m at least going to finish the first trilogy. I don’t know if I’ll continue it after. We’ll see how much annoyance at the main character’s “quirky” traits (and my dislike of first person narrators) balances against the stuff I do enjoy. So far, the stuff I enjoy is losing out, but maybe once I’m done with the cliffhanger ending, I’ll like it more.

What I’ll Read Next

HOLDING SMOKE by Elle Cosimano: Received a copy of this from the publisher via NetGalley. It also came out this week, and I’m so excited to read it. It’s about a boy imprisoned for murder who can leave his body at will and the girl he teams up with to find the true killer.

EVERY HEART A DOORWAY by Seanan McGuire (Book Depository link): Don’t know why I haven’t read this yet, because I normally read McGuire’s work immediately, but I am looking forward to it.

DARK ALCHEMY by Laura Bickle (Dark Alchemy #1) (Book Depository link): I’m trying to avoid buying new books this year, except for a few favorite authors, but someone recommended the second book in the series to me recently, and I bought this book immediately. It sounds like western + magic + kick ass women, and I am here for that so hard. SO HARD.

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[reading] Wednesday Reading

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I haven’t read a ton of fiction the past couple months, in part because I’ve been writing a lot and focused on that and in part because I’ve been reading a ton of essays and articles instead. Still, here are a few things on my radar.

What I’ve Read

“Chasing Bigfoot” (link to author’s website) and HANDCUFFED TO THE BEAR (Amazon link) by Lauren Esker: “Chasing Bigfoot” is a free short story set in Esker’s Shifter Agents world. I hadn’t read either of the two novels set in the world, but gave “Chasing Bigfoot” a try, and was so charmed and delighted by the characters and the world I immediately bumped HANDCUFFED TO THE BEAR to the top of my reading list. (I’d purchased it awhile ago, but it, with so many other books, lingered on my To Read list.) HANDCUFFED TO THE BEAR is a fun, tense, sometimes sad adventure full of tropes and amazing characters, and I read it pretty much in one sitting.

What I’m Reading

GUARD WOLF (Amazon link) by Lauren Esker: GUARD WOLF is the second book in the Shifter Agents world. I started it literally the same minute I finished HANDCUFFED TO THE BEAR, and guys, I have fallen in love with Avery. This is not a huge surprise, because he is a werewolf, and my love for werewolves is perhaps a little bit common knowledge, but he is a werewolf who was disabled while serving in the Army, who has PTSD addressed by the text, and who actually thinks he doesn’t know how to werewolf because of his terrible childhood. I love him a ton and I want everyone to give him cuddles until he feels better, which I know doesn’t actually work (and also, he’s a fictional character), but that is what I want. I have also fallen in love with Nicole, who is an Australian-Chinese koala shifter. KOALA SHIFTER. This whole series is tropey and id-tastic and wonderful.

LISEY’S STORY by Stephen King (Book Depository link): Yes, I am still reading this. I really like Lisey, and I love the way her history with her husband unfolds throughout the story, in pieces and present thoughts and scenes set back in what she remembers, but it is really slow paced and easy to put down, so it is taking forever.

TREASURES, DEMONS AND OTHER BLACK MAGIC by Meghan Ciana Doidge (Book Depository link): I think I’m at least going to finish the first trilogy. I don’t know if I’ll continue it after. We’ll see how much annoyance at the main character’s “quirky” traits (and my dislike of first person narrators) balances against the stuff I do enjoy. So far, the stuff I enjoy is losing out, but maybe once I’m done with the cliffhanger ending, I’ll like it more.

What I’ll Read Next

EVERY HEART A DOORWAY by Seanan McGuire (Book Depository link): Don’t know why I haven’t read this yet, because I normally read McGuire’s work immediately, but I am looking forward to it.

THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater (Raven Boys #4) (Book Depository link): My copy showed up yesterday, after about a billion emails from Amazon over the last few months changing the date and then changing it back, over and over again, so I am unfortunately super annoyed with it already, which isn’t fair to the book itself. I am debating whether I should reread the rest of the series real quick before I start this one, but to avoid spoilers, I may go ahead without taking the time to do that.

DARK ALCHEMY by Laura Bickle (Dark Alchemy #1) (Book Depository link): I’m trying to avoid buying new books this year, except for a few favorite authors, but someone recommended the second book in the series to me recently, and I bought this book immediately. It sounds like western + magic + kick ass women, and I am here for that so hard. SO HARD.

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[reading] Wednesday Reading

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What I’ve Read

Mostly comfort rereading.

BATTLE MAGIC and MELTING STONES by Tamora Pierce, set in the Emelan world. BATTLE MAGIC is about beloved characters caught in a war, and MELTING STONES about volcanoes and magic and learning how to be a good person. They’re pretty wonderful.

What I’m Reading

Time to drop everything else for a new Incryptid novel! CHAOS CHOREOGRAPHY by Seanan McGuire came out yesterday, I received my copy today, and I am already well into it. I’ll probably be done by tonight. I love the Incryptid stories so, so much; they are stories of family and monsters and making the world better for everyone, not just the people like you, and they are such satisfying reads. (Even though I’m not all that fond of either of the two main narrators so far; I’m holding out for the Antimony books myself. Still, they are fun, and I reread the whole series at least once a year. CHAOS CHOREOGRAPHY is book five, though there is a sixth book in the same world.)

BEHOLD THE BONES by Natalie C. Parker is the sequel to BEWARE THE WILD, which I read and reviewed last year and really loved. I’m about halfway through BEHOLD THE BONES, and it is already even more enjoyable and wonderful than BEWARE THE WILD. I love the main character, Candace, and her sharpness and her drive and her logic an unbelievable amount, and I can’t wait to finish her story.

LISEY’S STORY by Stephen King: Yes, I am still reading this. I really like Lisey, and I love the way her history with her husband unfolds throughout the story, in pieces and present thoughts and scenes set back in what she remembers, but it is really slow paced and easy to put down, so it is taking forever.

TREASURES, DEMONS AND OTHER BLACK MAGIC by Meghan Ciana Doidge: I think I’m at least going to finish the first trilogy. I don’t know if I’ll continue it after. We’ll see how much annoyance at the main character’s “quirky” traits (and my dislike of first person narrators) balances against the stuff I do enjoy. So far, the stuff I enjoy is losing out, but maybe once I’m done with the cliffhanger ending, I’ll like it more.

What I’ll Read Next

DARK ALCHEMY by Laura Bickle (Dark Alchemy #1): I’m trying to avoid buying new books this year, except for a few favorite authors, but someone recommended the second book in the series to me recently, and I bought this book immediately. It sounds like western + magic + kick ass women, and I am here for that so hard. SO HARD.

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[reading] Wednesday Reading

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What I’ve Read

Haven’t finished anything new just yet.

What I’m Reading

LISEY’S STORY by Stephen King: Yes, I am still reading this. I really like Lisey, and I love the way her history with her husband unfolds throughout the story, in pieces and present thoughts and scenes set back in what she remembers, but it is really slow paced and easy to put down, so it is taking forever.

TREASURES, DEMONS AND OTHER BLACK MAGIC by Meghan Ciana Doidge: I think I’m at least going to finish the first trilogy. I don’t know if I’ll continue it after. We’ll see how much annoyance at the main character’s “quirky” traits (and my dislike of first person narrators) balances against the stuff I do enjoy. So far, the stuff I enjoy is losing out, but maybe once I’m done with the cliffhanger ending, I’ll like it more.

MR MERCEDES by Stephen King: In the middle of my traveling, I decided I needed entertainment that wasn’t electronic-based, and so I grabbed a copy of a Stephen King I hadn’t yet read. So far, I like it a lot; I’m about a quarter of the way through, and I like the main character, the retired detective, far more than I expected. I generally hate bad guy point of views in books like this, but it’s not terrible here.

What I’ll Read Next

DARK ALCHEMY by Laura Bickle (Dark Alchemy #1): I’m trying to avoid buying new books this year, except for a few favorite authors, but someone recommended the second book in the series to me recently, and I bought this book immediately. It sounds like western + magic + kick ass women, and I am here for that so hard. SO HARD.

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[reading] Wednesday Reading

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What I’ve Read

VERONICA MARS: MR KISS AND TELL by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham: Another reread. Following up on that unexpected road trip from last week (during which I read VERONICA MARS: THE THOUSAND DOLLAR TAN LINE), I had a couple long days of travel, and this was an excellent way to pass the time. I think the narrator, Rebecca Lowman, was in a bad position; pretty much no one was going to be happy with any narrator except for Kristen Bell, especially after the movie and the first book. I like Lowman as a narrator, but it was a transition.

What actually frustrated me the most is that Veronica Mars is no longer the only point of view character. While I know the show and the movie aren’t a tight first person point of view on her, it’s always seemed like her story, and to have scenes from her dad and Weevil’s point of view was weird.

What I’m Reading

LISEY’S STORY by Stephen King: Yes, I am still reading this. I really like Lisey, and I love the way her history with her husband unfolds throughout the story, in pieces and present thoughts and scenes set back in what she remembers, but it is really slow paced and easy to put down, so it is taking forever.

TREASURES, DEMONS AND OTHER BLACK MAGIC by Meghan Ciana Doidge: I think I’m at least going to finish the first trilogy. I don’t know if I’ll continue it after. We’ll see how much annoyance at the main character’s “quirky” traits (and my dislike of first person narrators) balances against the stuff I do enjoy. So far, the stuff I enjoy is losing out, but maybe once I’m done with the cliffhanger ending, I’ll like it more.

MR MERCEDES by Stephen King: In the middle of my traveling, I decided I needed entertainment that wasn’t electronic-based, and so I grabbed a copy of a Stephen King I hadn’t yet read. So far, I like it a lot; I’m about a quarter of the way through, and I like the main character, the retired detective, far more than I expected. I generally hate bad guy point of views in books like this, but it’s not terrible here.

What I’ll Read Next

DARK ALCHEMY by Laura Bickle (Dark Alchemy #1): I’m trying to avoid buying new books this year, except for a few favorite authors, but someone recommended the second book in the series to me recently, and I bought this book immediately. It sounds like western + magic + kick ass women, and I am here for that so hard. SO HARD.

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[reading] Wednesday Reading

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What I’ve Read

VERONICA MARS: THE THOUSAND DOLLAR TAN LINE by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham: Reread for me. I had an unexpected road trip, and needed something to listen to, so I pulled this up on Audible again. I really enjoyed it, and of course love Kristen Bell as the reader.

INDEXING: REFLECTIONS by Seanan McGuire: Enjoyed the hell out of this second book in this series. (I hope there will be a third.) I liked it a lot more than the first one, and as I said before, I liked the first one a lot, especially on a reread. Loved the twisty worldbuilding in particular, and Sloane being amazing, always.

DELICATE MONSTERS by Stephanie Kuehn: I won this in a giveaway, and devoured it the second it was delivered. For the most part, I loved it, and I’ll be reviewing it soon. It did give me feelings about bipolar secondary characters, and I need to write something about that, too, because there have been a handful of books lately that all feel like being punched by the bipolar secondary characters. In a bad way, generally.

What I’m Reading

LISEY’S STORY by Stephen King: Yes, I am still reading this. I really like Lisey, and I love the way her history with her husband unfolds throughout the story, in pieces and present thoughts and scenes set back in what she remembers, but it is really slow paced and easy to put down, so it is taking forever.

TREASURES, DEMONS AND OTHER BLACK MAGIC by Meghan Ciana Doidge: I think I’m at least going to finish the first trilogy. I don’t know if I’ll continue it after. We’ll see how much annoyance at the main character’s “quirky” traits (and my dislike of first person narrators) balances against the stuff I do enjoy. So far, the stuff I enjoy is losing out, but maybe once I’m done with the cliffhanger ending, I’ll like it more.

What I’ll Read Next

DARK ALCHEMY by Laura Bickle (Dark Alchemy #1): I’m trying to avoid buying new books this year, except for a few favorite authors, but someone recommended the second book in the series to me recently, and I bought this book immediately. It sounds like western + magic + kick ass women, and I am here for that so hard. SO HARD.

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[reading] Wednesday Reading

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First Wednesday Reading of the year for me. My reading goals this year are pretty similar to last year: read at least 100 books, 50 of which come from my To Read list. My other goal is to sort out a library card here, which I still haven’t done.

What I’ve Read

WILL OF THE EMPRESS by Tamora Pierce: Started the year off with a reread. I love the chosen family aspect of this series so much, as well as the way their magic works. Daja is the absolute best, forever and always. So much love for her.

CUPCAKES, TRINKETS AND OTHER DEADLY MAGIC by Meghan Ciana Doidge (Dowswer #1): (Amazon link because the ebook is free as of the date of this post.) Picked this up because someone mentioned it in one of their Wednesday Reading posts, and I liked it enough to pick up the next book once I finished this one. Basically, a witch whose powers are purportedly pretty weak owns a cupcake shop in Toronto, and her world is turned upside down when werewolves start to turn up dead and she’s dragged into the supernatural investigation. The world building is interesting, but the main character is often incredibly (sometimes willfully) obtuse, flat out ignoring things around her. This is addressed a little bit in the second book, but I still found it annoying. There’s a bunch of casual ableism and body image stuff, too.

TRINKETS, TREASURES AND OTHER BLOODY MAGIC by Meghan Ciana Doidge (Dowser #2): The main character continues to deal with the fallout of book one. The story opens with a really terrible scene about the white characters trespassing on Native land and a bunch of stuff about wiping out the indigenous people (with their secret magic) who respond, and even though the main character points out some of the issues with this, it really came across as badly handled. I really liked the rest of the story’s adventures (even though, again the main character being willfully obtuse), until the ending, which wasn’t an ending at all. I later learned that though this is a longer series, the author considers the first three a trilogy that completes a part of the story, and then the next three will be another trilogy within the series. I might have found this ending less frustrating had I known that going in, but I’m not sure. I may just be too harsh on cliff hanger endings.

INDEXING by Seanan McGuire (Indexing #1): Another reread for me. The second book in the series is just finishing this month, so I reread the first one in preparation for it. I actually found myself enjoying the first one a lot more on the second read; the first time, I found the main character incredibly annoying, even though her brand of sharpness and anger is generally right up my alley, but loved the side characters and the world enough to finish it. This time, I really liked Henry, and absolutely adored the side characters and the world.

What I’m Reading

LISEY’S STORY by Stephen King: Yes, I am still reading this. I really like Lisey, and I love the way her history with her husband unfolds throughout the story, in pieces and present thoughts and scenes set back in what she remembers, but it is really slow paced and easy to put down, so it is taking forever.

TREASURES, DEMONS AND OTHER BLACK MAGIC by Meghan Ciana Doidge: I think I’m at least going to finish the first trilogy. I don’t know if I’ll continue it after. We’ll see how much annoyance at the main character’s “quirky” traits (and my dislike of first person narrators) balances against the stuff I do enjoy. So far, the stuff I enjoy is losing out, but maybe once I’m done with the cliffhanger ending, I’ll like it more.

What I’ll Read Next

DARK ALCHEMY by Laura Bickle (Dark Alchemy #1): I’m trying to avoid buying new books this year, except for a few favorite authors, but someone recommended the second book in the series to me recently, and I bought this book immediately. It sounds like western + magic + kick ass women, and I am here for that so hard. SO HARD.

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[reading] Wednesday Reading

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I can’t believe how few Wednesdays we have left in 2015. It’s been a pretty terrible year for me and mine, but at least it is almost over. (Not that there’s any guarantee 2016 will be better. We all had hope 2015 would be better than 2014, and that was very much not the case. And 2014 better than 2013, 2013 than 2012 — 2012 really started the spiral of terrible things.)

But 2015 has been filled with excellent reading, so there’s that.

What I’ve Read

DAUGHTERS UNTO DEVILS by Amy Lukavics: Oh, this was wonderful. I ended up reading it in one sitting, late into the night, and the creepiness of it was a joy. It’s rare that any horror stories make me tense, make my skin crawl, but this definitely had its moments. Funny enough, I didn’t read about the comparison most people make until after I’d finished the book. If I’d known that sooner, I would have read it the second it came out. People often describe it as Little House on the Prairie meets horror, and that’s a pretty good combination for me. I definitely got Little House vibes off of it while reading (though it lacks the charming attention to detail and descriptions of food that are part of the foundation of my love of Little House, despite some of the terrible things it has to say about Native Americans), and the horror was a nice addition. My biggest complaint is that I want more; the story is rushed by the ending, and I thought Lukavics could have delved deeper into the horror and the resolution. Can’t wait to read her next book, though.

THUNDERHEAD by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child: This was a reread for me. I love the Agent Pendergast series that starts with RELIC (which is, amazingly, both a book and a movie that I love, even though the stories are very different). While THUNDERHEAD doesn’t include Pendergast himself, it does fall into the timeline of the series and has at least one character who appeared in earlier books. I’m always leery about reading a book by white guys that focuses a lot on Native Americans, especially as the villains, but this is fairly nuanced for its time, and has some great creepy moments that have little to do with any human threat and everything to do with being a small group of people alone in an inhospitable wilderness. Nora Kelly is a joy and a delight forever, too, as she leads a tiny archaeological crew deep into the USA southwest in search of a long lost Anasazi city.

THE HAPPINESS PROJECT by Gretchen Rubin: Finished this book for the second time just in 2015. As I said before, I generally like Rubin’s writing, but there are so many times I end up rolling my eyes because her perspective is — well, she’s a rich straight white woman, so. There are many things she says in her writing which she doesn’t mean as harm, but they come across as harmful. I find the rest of her writing soothing (as well as her podcast with her sister, which makes me want to do more creative projects with my sisters), and I hope to make myself happier in 2016, even if everything goes wrong like it has the past few years.

What I’m Reading

LISEY’S STORY by Stephen King: Still working my way through this one, though this past week didn’t involve a lot of reading time. (The holidays are coming, plus I have a couple short writing projects I’m trying to get done before the end of the year.)

HAPPIER AT HOME by Gretchen Rubin: As a part of my Rubin reread this year, I’m about halfway through HAPPIER AT HOME now. I still prefer THE HAPPINESS PROJECT, but it is interesting to see what has changed (and what hasn’t) between the two.

What I’ll Read Next

No idea. I hit my reading target for 2015 (100 books finished), and I’ve been reorganizing my books, which always makes me want to reread things I love. I may let myself stick with rereading for the rest of the year, and then start my 2016 target. (Which will be 100 books, with a goal that at least 50 of them will be books from my To Be Read bookcases. Yes, plural bookcases. According to LibraryThing, where I track it, I have almost 700 books marked To Read. That’s a terrible number.) (My other goal is to get a library card and make better use of it. The local library here is small, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have a lot of fun with it.)

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