I don’t know about you lovely bloggers, but I always struggle to come up with content. I have a few book reviews I need to write, but I’m not feeling like it right now. I could of course share some stuff about my WIP except that that has almost completely stalled. I could share more pictures of my cat, but she’s sulking after a trip to the vet and I can’t find her.
I thought I would try something new. I have a list of a few books I’ve heard about or discovered recently and I want you folks to help me decide if they’re worth reading or if I should pass. My GoodReads TBR list is currently over 2000, so even if I read another 200 books this year, it really won’t make a dent. I’ve got to do some major cleansing. It’s not like there’s an actual limit, so that huge imaginary list isn’t actually hurting anyone. But it makes it hard to find the books I really, really want to read in there compared to all the books I’m just thinking about.
So here are the ones I’m currently considering:
CODE NAME VERITY by Elizabeth Wein
What it is: sort of spy thriller thing set in WWII
Plus: All my friends who’ve read it have really enjoyed it.
I like spy thrillers when they’re good
Minus: Kind of a little tired of WWII setting
Sounds a little slow for a thriller
Verdict: Maybe wait a bit on this one
THE MERMAID’S SISTER by Carrie Anne Noble
What it is: Magical realism with family dynamics and mermaids
Plus: By a local author I want to support, free on Kindle Unlimited
Minus: I mostly hate magic realism, reviews tepid, afraid of leaving a bad review for someone I “know”
No reviews by friends on this one, so I’m on my own. I guess I’ll give it a try – it is available for free – but not right away.
FOR THE MOST BEAUTIFUL by Emily Hauser
What it is: Historical fiction about the Trojan War
Plus: Love the subject and the idea, girl power
Minus: No reviews by friends on this one, and the reviews are rather split. Also not sure if it’s at the library.
I really am undecided on this one. I think I’ll see if it’s at the library. Maybe if I can read through it a bit, I can decide if it’s a good fit for me.
THE WAKE OF VULTURES by Lila Bowen
What it is: Dark fantasy with strong female characters, some queer representation (I think) and a creepy vibe.
Plus: Love female drive fantasy, getting lots of positive buzz.
Minus: Not sure? A little hesitant about wondering just how dark it is. I’ve gotten more careful about that since my mental health has kind of gotten more fragile.
I think I will take a chance on this one and move it up the list. I’m sure the library will have it and I hope it will be a good book for me.
DIARY OF A BOOKSELLER BY Shaun Bythell
What it is: A memoir by the owner of an independent bookstore in Ireland
Plus: Books! Written by a guy who loves books!
Minus: Yeah, the only one I can think of is that this is going to KILL my TBR list!
I heard about this one from a friend and I love the idea of it, so this is one I’m definitely going to look for at the library. If they don’t have it, I might even request that they buy it.
Right, that’s where I’m going to stop for now. I like the way this post turned out so I think I’ll redo it later with some more books. Have you read any of these title? Do you have any of them on your TBR lists? Let me know your thoughts!