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Reading Check-In: May 14, 2022

So, A LOT happened during the past few weeks. First, my hay fever has died down, finally. Second, the Kindle app malfunctioned on me and I couldn’t read neither my ebooks nor my eARCs for over 2 weeks (those of you who follow me on Twitter saw my daily rants). Last, I started a new job! I am now a full-time YA/Teen Librarian; and, I work locally. So, listening to audiobooks won’t be occurring as often for the next few months.

I’m still adjusting to my new (full-time) schedule, but I’m loving my new job! And yes, I’ll be reading even more books; however, it will take me more time to read through ALL of these books because I have other responsibilities at work, but I try to read as much as I can with the free time I have. Otherwise, I’m making progress with everything, slowly.

And yes, the reviews will be posted as they are written.

What have you finished reading recently?

Besides this anthology, which is for charity for The Pixels Project, I’ve managed only to complete some of the SCKA 2022 nominees and a few other indie ebooks that caught my eye.

What are you reading currently?

I am so glad I got to meet the author of this book at Strand Bookstore (was anyone else there?). Without getting into too many spoilers, this novel is similar to The Witch’s Heart and other historical fantasy and mythological retellings such as the Winternight Trilogy.

Sometime ago, I received an eARC of this book. So far, this is a sweet yet quirky book about a young girl with magic from a non-magical family who attends a summer camp in order to learn about her powers, and about the societal expectations that come with them. As of now, this book is similar to Nnedi Okorafor’s The Nsibidi Scripts series.

As I mentioned earlier, my new job is closer to my residence, which means I won’t be listening to as many audiobooks as I was before. However, I have some yard work and planting to do around the end-of-the-month. I will finish this audiobook as I work. Afterwards, I’ll listen to the next audiobook whenever I can in the future.

That being said, this book is a powerful sequel to The Mask of Mirrors! I’m about 75% done with this book, and I’m already looking forward to read the last book in this trilogy!

What will you read next?

For now, I’m hoping to read these books as soon as I’m done with (most of) my current reads (including the ones mentioned on my Goodreads page):

SCKA 2022

I’ve been making progress with my readings of the nominees for SCKA 2022. Whenever the other participants and I select our choices for the finalists, I will post an update on this blog.

Book Haul

I still need to read the 1st book in this series.

I enjoyed the 1st book in this space opera trilogy, Shards of Earth, more than I thought I would. I’m looking forward to reading what happens next in this sequel!

I won this book in a Giveaway! Thank you Mike! Let’s see what the hype is all about!

This novella was sent to me from TorDotCom Publishing. There is an interesting plot that piques my attention.

R.I.P. Sergey Dyachenko

A few of you have learned from Julia Meitov Hersey that Sergey Dyachenko passed away last month. Many of you know I am obsessed with Vita Nostra, and I am glad the authors knew how much of a fan I was of their books (they read the reviews on this blog and on Fantasy-Faction). Literature and media from other countries have played a huge role in my life (I grew up during the “Anime Boom” of the 1990s), but reading these books by this husband-wife (Marina) Ukraine-Russian duo has raised my expectations of the speculative fiction genre to higher levels. I hope the rest of their books get translated, eventually. My condolences to Sergey Dyachenko’s wife, their family, and their home country. Thank you for your stories.

Read my review of Daughter from the Dark here.

I own, but I haven’t read these translated books yet.

If you haven’t done so already, then I implore you do so as soon as you can. They’re excellent stories waiting to be read.

One thought on “Reading Check-In: May 14, 2022

  1. Ooh, so many goodies. It makes me both happy and anxious when I see all these books. I want them all – but obviously I can’t possibly read them all. Ah well. Nice problems to have. Hope you soon adjust to your new job and find a good balance.
    Lynn 😀

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