The highlight of everything I've read since my last update was definitely The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern that I posted about yesterday. So good. Recommend it highly.
I also finished The Saints of the Lost and Found by T.M. Causey which only annoyed me the more it went on. The heroine turned into one of those characters where all men think she walks on water. And the ending was annoying. But hey, I finished it.
I read two other books I haven't mentioned before, Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift and The Deviant's War: The Homosexual vs. the United States by Eric Cervini. The former was a short literary novel about a single day in March of 1924 in the life of a young woman named Jane Fairchild. I can't really say much more than that except I didn't enjoy it very much. It was way too literary for me, meaning focus on description and mood for the sake of putting together pretty sentences rather than anything else. Not really my kind of story.
The Deviant's War is a biography of Frank Kameny, the first person to sue the American government about anti-LGBT policies. He was a rising astronomer who got fired in 1957 as soon as the government discovered he was gay. Because his field required security clearance for any kind of job he'd be qualified for, he couldn't find work and held the government responsible. Which they were. I didn't know very much about this era of LGBT rights history, so I found it all fascinating for a long time. Kameny intersected with a lot of other rights activists, so it turned into more of a history book than a biography which wasn't really what I was looking for. I ended up skimming the last third because it was too dry and boring. All facts and no real personal engagement.
DID NOT FINISH
I gave up on All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister for much of the same reason I ended getting bored with The Deviant's War. The history was boring. Plus, the author kept making assumptions to get to a point she wanted without considering other arguments at all. It got very frustrating. Two others that I gave up in the first chapter were The Brotherhood of the Wheel by R.S. Belcher and Oasis of Eden by Genella deGrey. I gave up on the first because of the overwrought descriptions and headhopping, while the latter had editorial mistakes and an annoying voice.
WHAT I'M READING
1. I'm still reading Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai. I got distracted by The Night Circus.
2. Masked by Moonlight by Nancy Gideon: Just started. It's a shapeshifter romance set in New Orleans. That's about all I know at this point.
3. Silver on the Road by Laura Gilman: It's the Old West meets the paranormal, where the Devil presides over a chunk of the country west of the Mississippi River. Sixteen-year-old Isobel, who has lived almost her whole life in the Devil's saloon, has just become his Left Hand and is going out into the world under the mentorship of Gideon Kasun to learn the ways of the Road in the Territory. The world-building is intricate and fascinating, but I'm 2/3's of the way through the book and it's just not getting past the world-building fast enough to get into the actual story. I wanted to love this so much, so it's disappointing. But I'm still going to finish it.
4. Shades of Dark by Linnea Sinclair: This is the second book in the Dock Five series. It's still following the delicious Gabriel and the indomitable Chasidah, and so far, so good.