Wassup! I’m back! It’s been a rough week. But I’m recovering nicely at last and I’m back to tell you what I read while I rested. Because what else am I gonna do, right? Some of these were read in the days leading up to the surgery when we were in quarantine. We were smart enough to stop by the library first, but then not smart enough to actually READ said books when we had nothing to do. I mean, I read a couple, but then I didn’t fancy most of the books I had actually checked out. Disappointing.
Library (winners to losers)
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei – YA Graphic Novel – Powerful – 5 stars
The Program (Tim Rackley #2) by Gregg Hurwitz, reread – thriller – Trigger Warnings – 4 stars
Cold Copper (Age of Steam #3) by Devon Monk – YA Steampunk – Just left me hanging – 2 stars
Turns out the last book in this series never got published, because the series got dropped. So if you want to read it, I’d just read book 1, Tin Swift, which was amazing, and stop there.
House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones – children’s/YA fantasy – 4 stars
I love this author. I was so sad when she passed, but she left a great body of work behind. Here’s a fun book with lots of magic and a cat and absolutely NO ROMANCE.
The Toll-Gate by Georgette Heyer. Reread. Needed a happy read after some disappointing ones (see below). This one delivered for sure. 5 stars!
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie. One of her very best. Great to read it again. I read it for a challenge category – a book made into a movie or TV show. Look for the one with David Suchet. Highly recommended. 5 stars
Sister of the Chosen One by Colleen Oakes & Erin Armknecht. YA Speculative Fiction. This was free from Kindle Unlimited and honestly, that’s why I got it, but it was just so dang good! 4.5 stars. Slow start, I thought, mostly because I didn’t like the characters in the beginning. But give it time and it gets terrific!
Tournament of Ruses, (Ruses #2) by Kate Stradling. Very nice follow up to a debut that needed it. 4.25 stars.
Rock, Paper, Scissors: Game Theory in Everyday Life by Len Fisher. Very readable and so enlightening. 4 stars. Recommended.
Lungdon (Book #3) by Edward Carey. Boo. After all the work I did to get a freaking copy of this book, it really let me down. Biggest disappointment of the year so far. It’s not the worst book of the year, but after loving books 1 & 2, I expected so much more. This was just sloppy and disorganized. New characters were just dropped in with no explanation and old characters disappeared with only a sentence. I was in suspense the whole book, but the resolution was absolutely not worth the wait. And what was that ending? I’m just so irritated. If it had been an Audible book, I would get my credit back, but it was just a Kindle download. I really have to take back my recommendation for the whole series now. But maybe the author will write something better next time.
And in other news, I am up to walking, but no lifting, and my cholesterol is down, my weight is down, but sadly, my a1c (diabetes) is up. But I’m still pretty happy with the general trend and I’m going to work on it.