Lately, our reading has been pretty up and down. It seems like we’re reading books we absolutely love or can’t stand. Anyone else having that lately?
Thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl for this week’s topic!
Piranesi by Susanna Clarke
This whimsical fantasy novel set in a realm of statues, classical Roman architecture, and surging oceans turns dark quickly when one of the realm’s two inhabitants begins uncovering the secrets of the world and his own past.
Sabriel by Garth Nix
A young and capable necromancer searches for her father across countries and realms of existence in this grim yet charming fantasy adventure.
The Galaxy, and the Ground Within by Becky Chambers
Several spacefarers find themselves stranded at a remote hotel and take the time to learn about each others’ cultures and backgrounds in this mellow slice-of-life.
Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson
Sanderson compiles several short stories, novellas, and a graphic novel in this Cosmere collection—Edgedancer stands out as the strongest (and most entertaining) piece.
The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham
A young writer chronicles the life of a bizarre and deviant artist who commits a series of atrocities while pursuing his work.
How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue
A weighty and wise book about what happens when a small village fights back against an American oil company destroying its land and water.
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Powerful epic about a Korean family who immigrated to Japan.
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black
A dark and twisted tale, with not as much romance and a lot more political intrigue than I expected.
Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Strange and complex story of necromancers in space.
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
A YA Knives Out—does it get any better than that?