Reading project, week ending 1 Aug 2021

What have I read this week? Sorry, it’s late.

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

This is a science fiction novel about Mandella, a man who is drafted into an interstellar war. I was ambivalent. While I found the story interesting, I found it quite dated in some respects which really impacted on my enjoyment. I might read more by this author.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

This is a YA novel about Yadriel, a trans boy who is struggling to be accepted by his community. I really enjoyed this; Yadriel is a great character, as are his friends and family. The plot was interesting and it gave me a glimpse into a community I don’t know much about. I would definitely read more by this author.

© bardofupton 2021

Reading project, week ending 25 Jul 2021

What have I read this week?

Dr Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation by Olivia Judson

This is a nonfiction book about the many and varied ways in which life on earth reproduces, told in the form of a sex advice column. I found it really interesting, and very accessible to read. I would definitely read more by this author.

Even If We Break by Marieke Nijkamp

This is a YA novel about a group of five friends going to a cabin in the woods to play their roleplaying game for the last time. I enjoyed this; the characters are all interesting, and the plot kept me engrossed the whole way through. I would definitely read more by this author.

I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver

This is a YA novel about Ben, a young non-binary person, who comes out to their parents and is thrown out of the house. I liked this; Ben is an interesting character, and I really felt for him. I would definitely read more by this author.

The Effigy Engine by Scott Lynch

This is a short story about a group of wizard mercenaries who encounter their world’s version of a tank. This was fun; I liked the world and the characters. I would definitely read more by this author.

© bardofupton 2021

Reading project, week ending 18 Jul 2021

What have I read this week?

The Spider King’s Daughter by Chibundu Onuzo

This is a novel about two teenagers, Abike and Runner G, living in Lagos. I quite liked this. The world was really interesting, even if I didn’t particularly like either of the main characters. I would probably read more by this author.

In The Stacks by Scott Lynch

This is a short story about Laszlo, a young wizard taking part in his fifth-year exam: returning a library book. This was fun, if a little predictable. I enjoyed it, though, and would definitely read more by this author.

© bardofupton 2021

Reading project, week ending 11 Jul 2021

What have I read this week?

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Killing Vampires by Grady Hendrix

This is a novel about Patricia, a Southern housewife who belongs to a book club. I really enjoyed this; it’s an interesting take on vampires, and the characters were interesting. I would definitely read more by this author.

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

This is a science fiction novel about Cara, a young woman who travels between parallel universes. I really enjoyed this. The characters are fascinating, the world-building is interesting, and the plot kept me hooked. I would definitely read more by this author.

© bardofupton 2021

Reading project, week ending 4 Jul 2021

What have I read this week? Sorry, I wrote this and then forgot to post!

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

This is a YA novel about a trans teenager named Felix who is attending a summer art school. I really enjoyed this. Felix is a great main character, and it was lovely to have so many trans and queer characters intn the story. I would definitely read more by this author.

Gilded Ashes: A Cruel Beauty Novella by Rosamund Hodge

This is a novella set in the same world as Cruel Beauty. It is about a young woman named Maia who lives with her stepmother and two stepsisters. I really enjoyed this. Maia is a great character, and the plot is interesting. I’d definitely read more stories set in this world

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks

This is a nonfiction book about neurological conditions involving music, and the effects music can have on people. I enjoyed this; the cases discussed are varied and fascinating and I learned a lot. I would definitely read more by this author.

© bardofupton 2021

Reading project, week ending 20 Jun 2021

What have I read this week?

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

This is a fantasy novel about a young woman named Nyx, who has been brought up to be the bride of the demon prince who rules her land. I really enjoyed this; I loved the characters and the world, and I liked the way that even though I predicted some of the plot points, it still managed to surprise me. I will definitely read more by this author.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

This is a YA novel about Tash, an asexual teenager who is filming a web series based on Anna Karenina with her best friend. I quite enjoyed this; I found the character of Tash a little annoying, but the book was very readable. I also liked the fact that Tash was asexual; it’s good to see representation for our community. I would probably read more by this author.

© bardofupton 2021

Reading project, week ending 6 Jun 2021

What have I read this week?

Gideon the Ninth and Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

These are the first two books of The Locked Tomb Trilogy. They are about Gideon, a girl who is a trained soldier in a house of necromancers, and Harrow, a girl who is a necromancer. I really liked them; I enjoyed the characters, and found the plot interesting. I also really liked the world. I am looking forward to reading the third book when I get the opportunity.

The Mysterious Study of Doctor Sex by Tamsyn Muir

This is a short story featuring two characters from The Locked Tomb Trilogy. I enjoyed this: it was fun, and it was nice to learn a bit more about some of the other characters.

© bardofupton 2021