Weekend Reads for June 4-6

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The week is almost over, and after the week I had I plan to relax as much as I can this weekend! I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t work a job where I get the whole weekend off. The only day I am guaranteed to be off is on Sunday, so that is my Read and Relax day.

This weekend, I want to make some progress with The Dragon Reborn (I say this every week but this week I mean it). I also plan to continue to listen to Leviathan Wakes by James S A Corey. I have finally started reading the Expanse series, after the first 3 books have been sitting on my shelves gathering dust for about 5 years now.

I was very excited to see my preorder of For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten come in, and if I get the time I will be diving head-first into it. I have been waiting for so long for it to finally come out, and since I follow the author on Twitter I kept seeing posts about it and reviews about it, and I have been chomping at the bit to get to it. AHHH, I’m so excited to get to this one!!

If that isn’t enough to cram into one weekend, I also want to read a couple more of the comics that are finalists for the Hugo. I still need to read the graphic novel adaptation of Parable of the Sower and the first 5 volumes of Monstress. Then I will be done with this category and can move on to finishing the novellas and novels.

I think I have a busy weekend ahead of me 😂

What do you plan to read this weekend? Let me know in the comments! 💜

Weekend Reads 5/21-5/23

It’s the weekend again! I haven’t done a weekend reads post in a while, and I’m excited to bring them back.

I’m going to be listening to the last couple hours of The Burning God by R. F. Kuang, the third book in the Poppy War trilogy. I’m enjoying it so far, but Kuang seems to like to torture her characters so listening to these books is a careful balance of trying to not become too attached to any characters. I’ll tell you now – if anything (permanent) happens to Kitay, I’m rioting!

I’ve also been reading The Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse. I’m not all that far in, but the worldbuilding I’ve seen so far has been very interesting. I’ve heard it ends in a pretty gnarly cliffhanger, but it’s on the shortlist for the Hugo Awards so I gotta do it. I’m sure it will all be fine and I won’t be angry about it at all 😇

I also want to work on reading the comics up for the Hugo, so I’m going to read the first 2 volumes of DIE by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans and possibly the first 2 volumes of Invisible Kingdom by G. Willow Wilson and Christian Ward.

Is anyone else reading for the Hugos? Or are you all waiting until the voter packets are sent out?

I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend and reading some amazing books!!

Weekend Reads for Sept 11-13

It’s the weekend once again! I have to work on Saturday (boo) but I plan to read as much as possible (yay)

I’ve been plucking away at The Sea Witch by Katee Robert for a couple days now and it’s pretty interesting so far. It’s a dark romance about characters from the Little Mermaid but set in the real world. It is part of Katee Robert’s series that weaves together a bunch of Disney movies and characters into a dark, modern romance series. I haven’t read the first 3 books but there’s a BDSM club?? I’m a little lost, honestly, but I think I might be getting a handle on the book as it goes. I might go back eventually and read the first 3, but that will depend on how much I enjoy this one. I’m not usually one for BDSM stories, but I couldn’t resist what is essentially an Ariel/Eric/Ursula menage story (but they’re called Zurielle/Alaric/Ursa for copyright reasons).

I’m also still working on my Space Opera September TBR. I’ve finished The Big Jump by Leigh Brackett and Aurora Blazing by Jessie Mihalik. I might be picking up a novella next, or I might jump into The Down Home Zombie Blues by Linnea Sinclair for the over-500-pages challenge.

What do you plan to read this weekend? I hope everyone is staying masked and safe out there!

Weekend Reads for 8/28-8/30

It’s Friday!! And I actually have the day off from work! Let’s talk books.

August started out fine and I was getting back into my reading groove, but this last week/week and a half has really knocked me for a loop. There have been staffing issues at my work due to folks being out due to COVID, so I have been focused on keeping the place afloat and also have been training a new person who is very, very green.

I am STRESSED. But I am determined to read some good books this weekend!

I am currently listening to Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb, the first book in the Liveship Traders trilogy, which is the second series in her Realm of the Elderlings universe. I recently finished the Farseer trilogy and really, really loved it. I am not loving Liveship Traders like I did Farseer, but I am only about halfway through the first book, and am hoping once the main action starts I will connect with it more. I am mostly constantly aware of how much I hate Kyle. I think most of the problems in the beginning of this book could be fixed by just taking Kyle out of the equation. Althea would be happy, Wintrow would be happy, Ronica would be happy…

I digress.

My pre-order of The Nanny by Brandy Bush/Katrina Jackson just hit my Kindle app, so I will probably pick that up this weekend. It seems like it’s going to be a good time.

I have a couple more romances that I want to read this weekend, including Better Than People by Roan Parrish and Eidolon by Grace Draven. I just finished Radiance and I absolutely loved it (and I was not expecting that! YES to unexpectedly amazing books), so I am excited to get to the next book, but Better Than People is about 2 animal lovers who bond over their shared love of dogs and I would eat that shit up.

What books are you going to ignore the world currently on fire with this weekend? I hope you are all doing well, and I will see you soon with a Space Opera September TBR 🙂

Weekend Reads for June 19-21

Happy Friday, frands! I hope you all are keeping safe and are planning to read amazing book this weekend.

I will be working all weekend :/ so most of what I plan to read will be audiobooks. I just started listening to Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi, and I will also be listening to Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski (the 3rd Witcher novel). I have been listening to one non-fiction and one fiction audiobook at the same time, and so far it has been working for me. It has been keeping my reading from getting stale.

If I somehow get to read something in print this weekend (very doubtful but who knows), I will be reading Veterinary Partner by Nancy Wheelton or Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon. I’ve started Veterinary Partner and so far it is pretty bland and the dialogue is super awkward. I’ve been trying to get into it but it’s just…not great. I want to push through, but I’m also worried it will push me into a slump.

Not the most exciting weekend plans, but it’s what I can manage right now.

What’s on your radar this weekend?

Weekend Reads for 5/29-5/31

Happy weekend, friends!

I have to work all weekend (we’re suddenly open on Sunday now?? To catch up on work after COVID-19, oh yay) so most of my reading with probably be on audio. I’ve just started listening to The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski, which is the second Witcher novel. I probably won’t finish it this weekend, but should be able to get through most of it. I’ve decided to listen to all the of Witcher books on audio, because I want to know if the hype for this series is due to the video games or if the books themselves are worth the hype.

So far the evidence is leaning toward the games boosting the popularity of the books, but I’m holding out hope that the quality improves the farther along I go.

If I manage to read anything in print, I will be finishing Office Hours by Katrina Jackson, which is a short romance between 2 professors, one who has tenure and the other who is still working toward tenure. There are a lot of grammatical errors, but it hasn’t taken away from the story at all. There has only been one error that stumped me, and I just gave up on figuring out what it was supposed to say and kept going. I think my many, many years of reading fanfiction has inoculated me against grammatical errors. As long as I can understand what the author meant, I am fine with it.

I am also in the middle of The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente, which is a short story collection exploring the lives of comics heroines that have been “fridged” to give the hero a tragic backstory. I have been piecing out the stories every couple days this week. The stories contain so much anger that it makes it a little hard to read all at once. I like to read just one story either before or after work, and then I try to decide which comics heroine the story is based on. So far, the first 3 stories have been based (I think) on Gwen Stacy, Jean Gray, and Harley Quinn.

I wish my reading plans were more elaborate, but I work basically the entire weekend (yay) and will not have much in the way of free time.

What’s on your weekend TBR?

My #24in48 Readathon: Social Distancing Edition TBR

I am so excited to participate in the #24in48 Readathon! I was bummed when the January readathon was cancelled, and I just love having a (better) excuse to not do anything but read for 2 days.

I work tomorrow (BOO) but I will be joining in after work and on Sunday.

I have a small stack of books that I want to get to as soon as possible!

1. I want to finish The Making of a Marquess by Lynne Connolly. I’m currently 30% in and it will be the perfect book to start me off right.

2. Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie looks like a thrilling new SF title to sink my teeth into. It’s an ARC that I’ve been meaning to get to for forever.

3. I have one more Murderbot novella to read until I am caught up for the full-length novel coming out in May, so that is a distinct possibility for this weekend.

4. I am listening to The Burning White by Brent Weeks on audio right now, so any time I have to (unwillingly) do non-book things I plan to listen to it. It’s so long that every time I update my Goodreads it just barely moves the percentage point, so I doubt I’ll finish it this weekend.

What’s on your TBR this weekend? Anyone else doing #24in48?

Weekend Reads for March 13-15, 2020

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It’s Friday the 13th!

I don’t really think it brings all that much bad luck, I just felt like pointing out that it’s Friday the 13th.

I think I’m finally coming out of my reading slump, and it feels so nice. I have book club this weekend, so I am planning to finish The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware in the next couple days. I am enjoying it so far – I’m currently 92 pages in, so nothing has really happened yet. It does start out with a pretty ominous tone, though, so I am prepared to be spooked.

I just finished The Three-Body Problem  by Cixin Liu, but as it is very heavily technical, I don’t really feel comfortable reviewing it here. I think it’s just too far over my head. From what I did manage to understand, I enjoyed it. I think it’s very much summed up as Math: The Novel.

I have been trying to catch up on the ARCs I have from Netgalley, and I’m currently reading The Making of a Marquess by Lynne Connolly, and it’s, um, not the best. So look forward to that review sometime around the end of March.

I am planning to start The Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold as my next audiobook, the sequel to The Curse of Chalion, which I read last year. Paladin has a different narrator to Chalion, so I hope she does a better job. The guy who narrated Chalion was SO bad, and he his voice for the main character was a mumble. Just…awful.

If I have time, I want to fit in the last Murderbot novella, Exit Strategy, so that I am prepared for the full-length novel that comes out in May.

What’s on your TBR for this weekend?

Weekend Reads for 2/21-2/23: Living that Slump Life

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Happy Friday, fellow book nerds! I am slumping pretty hard right now, but I have short work shift today and tomorrow. I plan to kick this slump to the curb by picking something short and easy, possibly even something sleazy (eh? eh? bad joke? sorry)

A Cowboy to Remember by Rebekah Weatherspoon comes out on Tuesday and I *need to finish it* so I can have the review up on time. I will read it this weekend. I will. If I keep saying it, it will eventually become truth. I learned that from the internet.

I also want to finish the last Murderbot novella this weekend. I started reading Exit Strategy week before last and put it down to read something else. I want to see where this story arc is going before the full-length novel comes out in May.

I still haven’t finished The Burning White by Brent Weeks and it’s due back at the library on Wednesday. 50/50 chance I’ll even pick it up this weekend. I really wish the library had the audiobook.

Finally, I need to start reading The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin, which is the March book for my IRL SFF book club. I’ve been looking forward to reading this series since it came out.

What are your reading plans this weekend?

Rainy Sunday Reading Update

Well, well, well, look who finally remembered to update her book blog. I watched Tuesday roll past and told myself I would definitely not miss Friday, then watched Friday roll past. It’s been once of those weeks where I just can’t bring myself to write anything. The first 3 days I worked this week were very emotional. I was starting to believe I was cursed because both Monday and Wednesday I stayed late because we had to euthanize some of our oldest patients, which is always highly emotional. I mean, every euthanasia is emotional, but when it’s a pet you’ve been seeing for years and years it feels almost like euthanizing your own pet. Then on Thursday we euthanized another long-time patient, and I was just done for the week.

I just realized that I maybe have not mentioned on this blog that I work at a veterinary hospital, and that all this talk of euthanizing patients might seem a little out of nowhere. Hi, I’m Sarah, I work at a veterinary hospital when I’m not reading books. Sometimes it’s the most rewarding job ever, other times it breaks my heart.

Anyway. Y’all don’t want to hear about that. Y’all want to know about the books.

Well, whoops. My reading has been sadly lacking this past week or so. I’ve been listening to the last 2 books in the Vorkosigan saga by Lois McMaster Bujold. I finished Cryoburn earlier in the week and I’m now about 3/4 of the way through Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen. Cryoburn was very much a sci-fi mystery story, with Miles solving some political drama in his role as Imperial Auditor. I always enjoy listening to Miles hyperactively suss out whatever slippery situation he’s gotten himself into, and the ending of this one absolutely broke my heart.

Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen has a completely different feel to it. There’s no central mystery plot and is mostly about Cordelia and Jole grieving Aral, and finding a way forward now that Aral is gone. It’s about grief and moving through your grief to find happiness and meaning again. It’s about growing older (Cordelia is 76, Jole is about to turn 50) but still living your life. Life doesn’t end at 40; people over 40 still live and love, still have many years left to fill. I’m not there yet – I just turned 32 in January, but the older I get the more I enjoy these looks into growing older but still living life.

I haven’t really been reading anything in print lately. I have a couple things that I need to get to this coming up week. My copy of The Burning White by Brent Weeks is due back on the 26th and I’m currently on page 63 of over 900 (YIKES). I also want to finish reading A Cowboy to Remember by Rebekah Weatherspoon, which comes out on the 25th. I want to get my review of that up ASAP for you guys. I’ve been sitting at around 20% on that one for about 2 weeks now, and I just need to push through my reading slump to finish.

It just hasn’t really grabbed me yet, you know? It has an amnesia plot that I’m not 100% sold on yet, so it’s been slow going. I will finish it this week and get the review up, so be looking for that!

Have a great week, and I’ll (hopefully) see y’all again for another post on Tuesday.