What I’ve been reading

November 16, 2021

Today, I thought it'd be fun to make a short list of some of my more recent reads. I'm a consistent reader, so every now and again I like to round up the standouts. Surprisingly, I've gotten really into young adult (and sometimes adult) fantasy. Taking a break from reality and being able to suspend my disbelief is something I thoroughly enjoy, and I feel silly ever having doubted the genre. Be warned: there won't be as much contemporary or literary fiction on this list like there have been in the past. That being said, let's jump in!

Currently Reading:

Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

I’m only halfway through this book and I’m absolutely loving it. I love Greek Mythology and this book is really doing it for me. It's telling the story of Theseus and the Minotaur but from the perspective of Ariadne, who assisted in the Minotaur's defeat. Ariadne is the daughter of Minos and half-sister of Asterion (later deemed as the Minotaur). The storytelling is beautiful, and I'm taking my time reading this because I don't want it to be over. I'm letting myself be absolutely consumed in ancient Greece. When adding this book to my currently reading list over on Goodreads I noticed that the author has another book, Elektra, set to release next year, and I cannot wait! You can add me as a friend on Goodreads here!

I'd been waiting on this book to cycle through on the "Member Faves" section on Book of the Month Club and I'm so happy that I was finally able to pick it up. I bundled it with Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (pictured below) which I also can't wait to get to. You can try out BOTM with my link here. I'm not sponsored in any way by BOTM, but I do enjoy checking out their monthly picks and choosing one for myself if it piques my interest. Plus, their membership saves you money on brand new hardcovers, with the option to skip a month and not be billed! I've been using BOTM for over a year now and I'm still enjoying it.

Current Library Loans & TBR:

Recent Reads:

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

This is by far my favorite book I've read lately, I'd even go as far as saying it's one of my favorite books I've read, full stop. I wasn't sure what to expect other than a 12 Dancing Princesses retelling. I don't like to read descriptions if I can avoid it. I stick to sources whose recommendations I trust and let the book surprise me. And this one did just that. The horror elements added to the suspense, and have turned me to looking for more horror reads. If you have any, drop them below!

My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Read this book, just do it. It's short and sweet, but the story it tells was great. The novel follows Korede as she's forced to deal again, and again with her sister Ayoola's habit of, well, killing. The story sucked me in and was both succinct and thought-provoking. How much would you sacrifice for somebody you love?

The Caraval Trilogy by Stephanie Garber

Caraval and Legendary have taken me on such a great ride, and I cannot wait for the trilogy's conclusion in Finale (also pictured in the stack above). I picked these up the moment I finished the summer term for school and devoured both of them prior to the start of the fall term. It's stories like this that have turned me onto YA fantasy. The excitement, the twists, the story-building, and magic system are *chef's kiss.* I plan on picking up Finale as soon as I finish with Ariadne.

All the Stars and Teeth by Stephanie Garber

This book is part of a duology that follows Amora Montara, the next in line to rule the Kingdom of Visidia. Things go awry, as they must, and the what ensues was a story that was again filled with great worldbuilding and magic systems. Similar to House of Salt and Sorrows, the atmosphere is as gritty and as briny as the sea. Like Legendary, I plan on finishing off this duology soon with All the Tides of Fate.

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What are some of your favorite reads this year? Let me know!