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Reading Check-In: February 4, 2023

This is the second full week I have been without my computer, which means I’m typing this week’s blog post through the mobile app. Yes, I’m able to use the app as easily as the website, but I know trying to write out or to copy-and-paste my review won’t be easy for me to do on the mobile app. Luckily, it’s the beginning of a new month, so it’s time for another Reading Check-In.

What have I finished reading recently?

I started this book back in December for January’s YA Book Club at the library where I work. I was sent this book in exchange for a review by the publisher (who have been extremely patient with me regarding that). This book does start off slow, but the more you read, the more you begin to start putting the pieces of the plots together. Then, a twist comes from out of nowhere and you’re drawn into the Falling Action of the narrative. Keep an eye out for my full review coming soon.

This is an excellent addition to Seanan McGuire’s portal fantasy series. You can read my review of the book here.

Yes, this sequel is as mind blowing as its predecessor. However, due to the ongoing Strike, I will not be posting my upcoming review anytime soon. So, until the workers at Harper Collins get their new contract, all I will say about this book is to BUY IT and READ IT! This book is worth the purchase.

This is the second book by Kelly Barnhill I’ve read. This novella is a retelling of a folktale, and a cautionary tale about familial obligations.

What am I reading right now?

This book is one of (at least) three or four 800+ page books I hope to read in 2023. It’s going to take me some time to read this book.

I need to finish this book ASAP!

I enjoyed this author’s first series, so I’m looking forward to reading this one. This series is supposed to be influenced by the stories of Sinbad.

I just started this e-galley and I’m enjoying the narrative and the characters.

What will I read next?

I’m hoping this book lives up to all of the hype.

I’ve been waiting for this sequel!

Remember when I said I plan to read 3-4 800+ page books this year? This is the second book.

Library Reads

The Mock Printz was a great experience for me. For the one I participated in, our selection actually won the award as chosen by the ALA Committee. Congratulations to Sabaa Tahir for her win. And yes, you should read ALL of these books.

I’m reading this book for the Umoja Book Club. I’m halfway through this book, and so far it’s an intriguing look into the long term effects of childhood trauma and mental health. Since many readers are interested in memoirs, I recommend adding this one to your TBR.

This is the YA Book Club Selection for March.

What am I watching right now?

I’m almost done with Season 2 of this series. I wanted to read the manga first, but the first volumes were all checked out at all of the public libraries.

I’ve been watching this series, too. And yes, this is the best Video Game to Film/TV Adaptation EVER!

Received/Approved ARCs & eARCs

I won this book in a giveaway!

This book arrived the day before my birthday. For those of you who don’t know, this book has NOT been released in the U.S., and there is no U.S. release date mentioned ANYWHERE. So, I preordered it from overseas. It’s not the first time I had to do this, and I know it won’t be the last time.

Both of the above books arrived as I was finalizing this post.

SCKA 2023

It’s official! SCKA 2023 is coming! Keep an eye out for a future post about this year’s nominees and this year’s judges! Will any of our nominees overlap the “larger” speculative fiction awards? This is going to be EPIC!

Hopefully, I will have my computer back with me within the next few days.

What have you been reading or watching?

5 thoughts on “Reading Check-In: February 4, 2023

  1. Thanks for sharing that about Godkiller. I thought it would be released in the US sometime soon, so I was patiently waiting.
    I’m really enjoying Last of Us too. I haven’t played the game though.

    Forgot to tell you that I read your article in SFWA. You made some great points in it, especially that the fantastical in SFF stories can help clarify and balance such harsh truths. Considering current conservative pushes to police certain topics in schools, and even educating itself (like in Florida), it’s becoming even more important to tell these stories.

    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one who was disappointed in the limited release of “Godkiller.”

      And, thank you for reading my SFWA article. I’m glad there’s still an audience for it, granted when I wrote it I didn’t intend for it to be so relevant in current events.

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