November 18th, 2020

books - reading dreaming: coloryourdream

What I'm Reading Wednesday

It's been a few weeks. Oops.

1. I finished two of the books I was reading on my last post: The Kill Clause and Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Once I got past the vigilantism of the first, the book flew by. It just took me about half the story for the main character to come to his senses. I'm going to try the second in the series, but it probably won't take much for me to give up on it at this point. The latter was very well written, but so damn depressing.
2. Chocolate on a Stick by Carole Bellacera. A romcom about two senior citizens in love who go on the run when their children decide to break them up. Not as funny as I'd hoped, but mildly charming.
3. Written in Red by Anne Bishop: An urban fantasy set in a world similar but different to ours, where the Others - shapeshifters, vampires, elementals, etc. - are the real power and view human beings as meat primarily, only allowing them to survive as a species because people create things that amuse/entertain them. It opens with a young woman running away from something and finding sanctuary amongst a group of the Others, where human law doesn't apply. I've had this book on my TBR pile forever, and I fell in love with it. The world building is phenomenal, and the characters are fascinating. Meg, the young woman, borders on Mary Sue because it seems everyone falls for her (not in love but charmed as friends/protectors), but I didn't care about that because the rest of it just sucked me in. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
4. The Darkest Edge of Dawn by Kelly Gay: The second book in the Charlie Madigan urban fantasy series. I read the first one back in June and liked it enough to try the second, but this one didn't grab me quite as much as that. The action is still top-notch, but the attempts to add romantic interests fell flat for me. Still, I'm curious enough to keep going. At some point.

I gave up on The Edge of Lost that I'd been reading before. While the writing was fine, I had only gotten about 60 pages into it in almost two months and wasn't compelled to pick it up. I decided that was long enough to try and just gave up.

There were four other books I gave up on:
1. Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre: About how the big pharma is ripping us all off. Too boring and repetitive
2. Mr. White's Confession by Robert Clark: A historical mystery I gave up on in the first chapter because it was just sooooooo overwritten.
3. Breath of Heaven by Cindy Holby: Historical romance about a knight forced into an arranged marriage. The hero was a jerk, and the stilted language worked against the story rather than set a mood.
4. Choice Cuts by Mark Kurlansky: A collection of food essays/pieces from around the world and through the ages. I didn't realize when I got this book how much it would be like bathroom reading, and the snippets I read just weren't that compelling or interesting.

1. I'm on my reread of the second Hunger Games book, Catching Fire.
2. Nuts by Alice Clayton: A romantic comedy about a private chef who has to return to her small NY town to run the family diner for a summer. I bought this book at RT several years ago, after hearing from so many people how funny and refreshing the author was. While the story is definitely light, I haven't laughed out loud yet, which just goes to show yet again how subjective humor can be. That's not to say that I'm not entertained. But we'll see how it goes.
3. Sandstorm by James Rollins: This is the first book in the Sigma Force series that I inadvertently read the fifth book for earlier this year. I only just started this so no opinion yet. I don't even know the plot (since I don't read blurbs prior to starting a book for the most part). All that's happened so far is an explosion at the British Museum. So we'll see.