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?

June TBR, featuring Anti-Racist and Queer Books

Unless you’ve been living on Mars or are being willfully ignorant, you have seen the unrest going on in the US recently. The US has always been a country that pats itself on the back for being a beacon of freedom, while also building a system that favors white men over all others. Police brutality has always been an issue, but the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless others have fanned the fires into an inferno.

I’m white and southern, which means I have been steeped in racism from birth. I have tried to be informed and aware of the privilege that comes with my pale skin, but there is always work to do. Hence why I am dedicating the majority of my June TBR to anti-racist nonfiction. I will also be reading queer books, because it’s Pride month.

I was originally going to participate in the Seasons of Reading: Sci-Fi Summer Readathon this month, but with the way the world is looking I feel like I need to read more anti-racist texts right now.

I currently have 4 audiobooks downloaded, 2 on Hoopla and 2 on Libro.fm. There are a couple more I have bookmarked on Hoopla that if I get through these I will try to add.

  • Eloquent Rage by Brittany Cooper has been on my radar for quite a while. I own this in print, but will be listening to the audio as well. I started this book when it first came out, but put it down because I was slumping super hard and couldn’t finish anything. I think listening to it on audio will make sure that doesn’t happen again.
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo has been recommended to me a couple times and was on a couple anti-racist playlists I saw. I feel like this will help me be more conversant on racism – I feel like just knowing racism is awful is not enough, and being able to talk about it and its impacts on people is essential.
  • White Fragility by Robin Diangelo is probably the most popular anti-racist book right now. It’s out of stock basically everywhere in print, and I see it mentioned on Twitter almost constantly these days.
  • The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale seems to be getting to the heart of the matter – that our current system of policing is violent and is frankly not working for our society, and that alternatives have to be implemented.

That’s a lot to get through on audio, but if I do manage to finish them all, I will be reading Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi and The Half Has Never Been Told by Edward E. Baptist. If you have any anti-racist recommendations, please leave a comment down below. I am very interested in recs.

As for queer books, I feel like happy queer stories are essential for Pride month. Especially to offset the heavy reading I’m going to be doing on audio. I have a couple books lined up to balance things out.

  • Veterinary Partner by Nancy Wheelton comes out on June 16 and I got myself an e-arc. I think I’ve mentioned before that I work at a vet clinic, and I couldn’t pass up an f/f veterinary romance when I saw it on Netgalley. It will either be really good…or really bad.
  • Met Cute Club by Jack Harbon looks like the fluffy, bookish m/m romance of my dreams
  • The Hideaway Inn by Phillip William Stover is a small town, m/m, second-chance romance and I am here. for. it.
  • I am currently listening to Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes, which has a kind-of f/f romance, and I don’t know if it ends happily but I guess I’ll find out in about 4 more hours.

I don’t know what else I might pick up this month. Y’all know I’m a mood reader and might choose completely different books that I planned. Let me know in the comments what you plan to pick up this month.

I want to leave a link to the Libro.fm anti-racist playlists page. There are some very good recs on there for anyone who wants to educate themselves. I am not personally affiliated with Libro.fm, I just really liked how they promoted BLM books on their main page and in their playlists.

Stay safe out there.

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?

March Reading Plans

Good morning, readers! Somehow it’s already March. I officially hit my Goodreads reading goal of 50 books on March 1, which means every book I read from now on is a bonus and my stress levels will probably drop by at least 10% from now on.

Which is exactly why I set my goal at 50 every year.

I have a couple books that I need to read this month for some reason or another, and even though TBRs basically guarantee I won’t read anything I say I will, I want to run down a few of them here.

I have been reading The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin and I need to have it done by Thursday because that is when my book club meeting is. I’m only 92 pages in right now, which is…not great. I’ve also got to read The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware for my other book club that I’ve volunteered to moderate (lolsob why did I volunteer for this) in 2 weeks.

Sidebar: if anyone has any Mystery/Thriller novel suggestions that are good for book club discussions, let me know! I’m always looking for new books to try out.

I have been listening to The Sharing Knife series from Lois McMaster Bujold for last couple weeks, and I have 2 more books left in the series. I am definitely going to finish this series in March, and will probably start listening to her other fantasy series, The World of the Five Gods. Speaking of: there is a really nice hardcover edition of the first couple of Penric novellas that just came out, and the cover is absolutely stunning.

The 3rd volume of Heartstopper by Alice Oseman has finally come out and I am looking forward to bingeing that some rainy afternoon. I flipped through it the day it arrived on my doorstep and it looks like it tackles a couple hard-hitting topics, and I like the way it’s going.

I have to finish The Burning White by Brent Weeks. I have renewed it twice and I’m still only at around 50 pages (out of like 900). I will read it! Maybe. I really wish they had it on audio. 900 pages goes by so much faster in audiobook format.

Lastly, I want to read The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu. I’ve owned it since not long after it came out and I still haven’t read it. Book club is finally going to force me to, which is probably my favorite feature of being in a book club.

Reading the books you’ve owned the longest – what a concept.

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?

Weekend Reads for January 17-20, feat. a mini readathon

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It’s Friday night and I have so much reading planned this weekend!

The #24in48 Readathon was cancelled, but I was smart and didn’t cancel my PTO request for this weekend, so I have Saturday through Monday off work. I plan to use that time to read, read, read.

I am part of a private online book group that has a Slack account, and a group of us are going to have our own little readathon this weekend. It’s a pretty loose one – some folks started today, others are doing just the weekend, still more are incorporating Monday in as well. The objective is just to read and relax as much as you want, which is my main objective in life anyway.

I have a stack of books and a cupboard of snacks all set to go (and 6 Red Bulls, so I’m REALLY ready to go).

I want to read a pretty big chunk of The Burning White by Brent Weeks, which is book 5 in the Lightbringer series. It’s…enormous, so I highly doubt I will read the whole thing this weekend (it’s over 900 pages). I also have A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kimmerer to read, which is a book that I have been looking forward to for a while now.

I might even try to finally finish Fate of the Fallen! You’re right, probably not.

I have several romances I could read as well. I have a copy of the new Rebekah Weatherspoon, A Cowboy to Remember, waiting for me on my kindle. I also could dip into A Fake Girlfriend for Chinese New Year by Jackie Lau – I absolutely love her holiday romances, and I love that she has romances for all kinds of holidays, not just Christmas.

If I go anywhere this weekend, or decide not to be a lazy daisy, I will be listening to the audiobook of Boneshaker by Cherie Priest. I just started it today and I am enjoying it so far. There are 6 books in that series (how do I keep choosing these longer series to start) so I will be kept busy for a little while with those.

If I get time, I want to make some progress on the Vorkosigan saga. I started Diplomatic Immunity back in November and I want to finish it sometime soon. My library does not have it on audio, so I am reading it in print, then I can finish the rest of the series on audio. I have better luck finishing things that are available on audio.

I can’t think of anything else I added to my stack. I’ll let you guys know how I did this weekend sometime next week!

Let me know if the comments what you plan to read this weekend, and if you are going to be having a mini-readathon yourselves.

Weekend Reads for Dec 20-22

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Hello, beautiful readers! It’s Star Wars release weekend and I’m super excited to not go see it this weekend because I hate crowds. 🙂

I will, however, finally be reading Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse. It sets up the new Star Wars movie, and as I will be avoiding social media like the plague until I see it this book will be scratching that new Star Wars itch. I’ve been meaning to read it since it came out a in November (October? I don’t remember when it came out whoops).

I will also be reading The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier. It is the January choice for my local SFF book club and I really need to get some of it read. Usually I’m cramming for book club the night before and I super don’t want to do that this time.

I have so many books that I want to finish before the end of the year, and they are the same books that I’ve been saying I want to read these last several months. Fate of the FallenDiplomatic Immunity, Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow, and on and on and on. There are only 10 days left in the year (!!!!) and I am more than a little anxious about finishing the books I started in 2019. I have a couple days off next week, so I might just take those days as lazy, reading all day days and make a push to finish some books.

What are y’all reading this weekend?

Weekend Reads for Dec 6-8, 2019

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This week has been awful at work, and I still have one more day to go before I can finally have a day to myself! I plan to sleep and read and sleep some more, then maybe read if I’m feeling frisky.

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I’ve been listening to The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer #2) by Brent Weeks on audio. It took me a while to get used to the narrator. The first book was narrated by an American who gave one of the main characters a total surfer dudebro voice, and this book is narrated by an Brit who gives that same character a more dignified voice. It caused some cognitive dissonance for sure.

I just finished the book for next week’s Mystery/Thriller book club (A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson) more than a WEEK early, which is so unlike me. Usually I plan to start it the Sunday before, and then I’m scrambling to finish it the morning of book club. Now I guess I will continue my productive streak and start The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier, which is the selection for the SFF book club next month.

I’ve made a list of books that I want to finish before the end of the year, and I think if I have time I will try to make some progress on some of those titles. I have several books that I’ve started this year and then put down for some reason, and I want to wrap those up this month. That includes Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade and Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow by David Gemmell.

Then again, it’s also likely I won’t pick up any of these and I will just gorge myself on holiday romance novellas. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Weekend Reads for 11/22-11/24

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Happy Friday! I’ve been in a bit of a reading rut recently, but over the last couple days I have managed to pull myself out of it somewhat and I’m back to reading. I have a few books that I want to get to this weekend, so I thought I would share what’s on the docket with you all.

I’m currently listening to The Black Prism by Brent Weeks on audio – I’m only about 4 hours in so far (out of 22) and it’s okay. Everything is still being set up – the magic system, the characters, etc – so I’m just plodding along until the main plot starts up. The magic system is intriguing – it hinges on light and the color spectrum. Flintlock rifles also exist in this world, which adds a different element than I’m used to in fantasy novels.

I was approved for an arc of Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi, so I want to read a bit of that to get the feel for it. Even if I finish it, my review won’t go up until January at the earliest, but it sounds so good! Also my ratio on Netgalley is a bit of a mess, so I gotta work on that.

I am still reading Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade. I’m only 100 pages in, but every couple days I read a chapter or two over breakfast. I’m liking taking it slow for now.

I’ve found that I tend to binge ebooks and read physical books more slowly. Why, I honestly couldn’t tell you. It’s one of those weird brain quirks.

I started reading Find Me by Andre Aciman (the sequel to Call Me by Your Name), but then put it down and haven’t picked it up again. I think I might make some time for it this weekend as well. I’ve read the first 30 pages of it, and so far it is going okay. It seems to be more focused on Samuel (Elio’s father) this time, and it starts with him flirting with a young woman on the train. I couldn’t decide if I was creeped out or not, because it was this self-aware, I-know-I’m-too-old-for-her flirting. And yet she seemed into him? I’m reserving my judgement until I get farther into the book.

I think those are all the books I’ve been dipping into lately. What’s on your weekend TBR?

Weekend Reads 9/13-9/15

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Happy Friday! I have to work tomorrow, but I hope all of you have a great weekend. Here’s some of what I will be reading.

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Gideon the Ninth by Tamsin Muir finally came out this week and my preorder came in late Wednesday afternoon! I’ve put aside the book I was reading just because I’ve been looking forward to it since early this year.

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Once I finish Gideon, I will go back to reading Games of Command by Linnea Sinclair, which is the last book I need to read for Space Opera September (yes, I’m almost done with the prompts for this readathon, I’m very proud of myself). It’s a very interesting space opera romance that follows 2 couples and deals with some pretty gnarly political machinations.

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Next Sunday I have Mystery/Thriller book club, so I really need to start reading The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith/JK Rowling. I’m not super enthused about the choice this month, but it’s nowhere near as bad as the James Patterson book we read a couple weeks ago.

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I’m halfway done listening to Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold – are we surprised I’m reading another Bujold book? I’ve been reading her books in order since like May. I think I might just start back at the beginning when I run out of books that she’s written. I don’t know what I would do without my daily dose of Miles Vorkosigan and his crazy family.

What are y’all looking forward to reading this weekend? Let me know!