As I’m sure many of you have noticed, I’ve been absent for awhile from this site, and I am so, so sorry. I’ve had many new life changes in the past month that have taken me away from almost everything having to do with blogging. I HAVE been reading though, and I feel like I’ve been reading more. I’m glad for this.
I started work at my local library, which keeps me pretty busy. I love what I do. I get to work with books all day, and I get to talk about books and promote literacy and education all day. What could be better than that? What this also enables me to do is have time in the evenings, nights, and off days to devote to reading–something I didn’t really have before when I taught school. I knew this change was the right decision for me. It’s proved to make me happier. So, I’ve taken this time to adjust, devote myself to things that make me happy, and to come back to this blog with something to say.
My TBR has gotten longer, but the amount of books I’m reading has also grown. The following are what I’ve currently got stacked on my coffee table.
3. Walkaway by Cory Doctorow
Doctorow has been a favorite author of mine since his novel Little Brother, which is a staple on my top ten favorite books list. With Walkaway, Doctorow presents a novel for adults this time that explores themes such as revolution, social and political justice, freedom, etc. that are consistent with his writing and that his readers will be familiar with.
More pointedly, this book tells the story of:
Hubert Vernon Rudolph Clayton Irving Wilson Alva Anton Jeff Harley Timothy Curtis Cleveland Cecil Ollie Edmund Eli Wiley Marvin Ellis Espinoza—known to his friends as Hubert, Etc—was too old to be at that Communist party.
But after watching the breakdown of modern society, he really has no where left to be—except amongst the dregs of disaffected youth who party all night and heap scorn on the sheep they see on the morning commute. After falling in with Natalie, an ultra-rich heiress trying to escape the clutches of her repressive father, the two decide to give up fully on formal society—and walk away.
After all, now that anyone can design and print the basic necessities of life—food, clothing, shelter—from a computer, there seems to be little reason to toil within the system.
It’s still a dangerous world out there, the empty lands wrecked by climate change, dead cities hollowed out by industrial flight, shadows hiding predators animal and human alike. Still, when the initial pioneer walkaways flourish, more people join them. Then the walkaways discover the one thing the ultra-rich have never been able to buy: how to beat death. Now it’s war – a war that will turn the world upside down. (via Goodreads).
2. The Black Witch by Laurie Forest
This book is WONDERFUL and INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT, and it’s gearing up to be one of my top books of the year. It’s unique and fresh in the world of fantasy fiction that delves into some serious themes that need to be addressed in our world, and Ms. Forest does it with a raw and uncomfortable honesty.
This novel tells the following story:
Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch, Carnissa Gardner, who drove back the enemy forces and saved the Gardnerian people during the Realm War. But while she is the absolute spitting image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else.
When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University to embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother’s legacy. But she soon realizes that the university, which admits all manner of people—including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of all Gardnerians—is a treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.
As evil looms on the horizon and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away. Her best hope of survival may be among the most unlikely band of misfits…if only she can find the courage to trust those she’s been taught to hate and fear. (via Goodreads)
1. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
The Queen is back again with her final installment in the Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy and the world of Feyre and Rhysand. This was my most-anticipated book of 2017, and I wasted no time in diving into this–but I’ve decided not to rush, and instead to savor this novel (I read ACOMAF in two days and was sad it was over for another year). Maas brings the sexy back, and all of the beauty, romance, high fantasy, and thrilling plotting and world-building into a story that brings this trilogy to a climactic and spectacular close.
For this story:
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places. (via Goodreads).
Last, if you’re looking for some new and thoughtful (and thrilling) reads for your summer TBR, pick these three releases up. I highly recommend them, What are you looking forward to reading or what are you currently enjoying?