Normally I save these posts for Sunday’s but I’m shuffling things around a bit due to my schedule and being super behind in reviews. Sorry! Woke up Monday morning unexpectedly with a bad case of poison ivy spread over half my face and my eye a swollen mess (that’s what I get for trying to weed my back garden!) and today I have a root canal scheduled so, fun times! Hopefully things will settle down soon I’ll be back on my regular schedule next week. Crossing my fingers that I become less of a walking disaster area shortly. 😀
Without further ado…
A few new books have made their way to me this week, woohoo! New books! So excited! (At least something good happened!)
Starting from the bottom we have The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness. This is the third book in her All Souls trilogy. I really loved the first book, it has a lot of tropes that I love plus vampires! (I will not apologize for my lifelong love of vampires, sorry not sorry.) For some reason I picked up the second book but still haven’t read it. Still, when I was out and about I saw this on bargain so I couldn’t resist. This is also on my giant ‘list of series I need to finish’ so hopefully I’ll be able to finish them off sometime before the end of the year. (Maybe before summer ends because I think they’ll make great Summer reads…)
Next up is Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse. Thanks for the folks at Wunderkind PR and Saga Press for sending a copy of this my way! I’ve actually read this one already and have a review in the works. Love this book and looking forward to gushing about it. If you love post-apocalyptic fiction or urban fantasy or flawed protagonists that you still want to root for…this book has it all.
Cold Hand in Mine by Robert Aickman is a story collection that was recommended to me by my blogging partner and long time writer friend, C. J. Casey. What a wonderful surprise to come home and find he sent me a copy through the mail! Thanks, friend! (Book mail is the best mail.) Really looking forward to diving into some of the stories in this one and it also works out perfect because I haven’t yet ready any shorts for this year’s r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge.
The biggest tome in the pile is European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss. Thanks again to the folks at Wunderkind PR and Saga Press for sending this one my way! This is the second book in The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club series. (Yay, fun long titles!) I’ve been hearing so many great things about this series and am really looking forward to it. I just downloaded The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter on audio so hopefully I’ll be able to catch up and read this second one right after. At first the only hold up I had was that it’s based on previous literary figures which can either work really well or be kinda meh, but everything I’ve heard is great and I’m ready to visit this world!
Last, but certainly not least, is Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers. I am SO EXCITED for this book. I’m actively trying to figure out how to rearrange my immediate reading schedule to fit it in sooner because I absolutely LOVED the first two books in The Wayfarer series. Space Opera that is both fun and uplifting? Yes, I need more hopeful books in my life. If this is even half as good as the previous two books (reading them felt like a warm hug) I’ll be pleased.
Overall, I’m very pleased with my latest book haul. So many great books to look forward to! Are there any in this group that you’re excited for? One in particular you’d like to bump up to the top of your TBR pile? Leave a note, I’d love to hear your thoughts!