Friday Reads

Friday Reads ~ September 15, 2017

This is two weeks worth of reading, since last week was solely a Challenge Update Post. At least that means there will be something for each category — I wasn’t sure for a while there that I would have a “finished” book to report on. I’m still in a bit of a reading slump, but maybe the change in weather will help with that.

I didn’t end up wanting to read the “Cat in the Stacks” book by Miranda James before it was due back to the library, so I returned it instead of renewing it. Maybe I’ll check it out again when I actually feel like reading it. (Well, to be fair, I felt like reading it when I checked it out this time, but the feeling faded before I finished the book I was in the middle of.)

WHAT I READ:

I finished Soul Ink by J.C. Nelson. I was… not thrilled with it. The main character (Marissa) was not someone I could relate to. The supporting characters were not much better. The plot was amusing, but it was buried under the questionable feeling I got from the characters, so it was hard to enjoy. Reading this makes me wonder why I liked the first book, and has prompted me to remove the second book from my TBR list.

WHAT I’M READING:

I’m still reading Curiosity Thrilled the Cat (Magical Cats mystery #1) by Sofie Kelly. Still finding it amusing.

However, after watching “Mulan” the other day, I really wanted to re-read The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston. (I read that in sophomore year of high school, and the general impression of it stuck with me.) So since I haven’t been able to stop thinking about that book, I paused the Magical Cats book and started reading the Kingston book. It’s fascinating to compare the actual book with my memories of it.

And on my e-reader I’m still working on Dragon’s Egg by Robert L. Forward. It seems like it’s going to be a neat book, but I haven’t gotten too far into it yet. (Been working on the Kingston book more than any of the others.)

My current audio book is The Spaceship Next Door by Gene Doucette. So far it’s amusing as well, but I have a slight concern that the narrator won’t work for me as far as the girl’s voice. Some men can do female voices well, and some can’t. The jury’s still out in this case. (This of course is also true of women with male voices, and narrators of different ages than their characters, etc.) Still, the book’s plot is interesting, and I’m enjoying the story.

WHAT I’LL READ NEXT:

I think my next paper book will be another re-read. Something about the slow change to fall weather gets me nostalgic, and I think I will encourage that this year with comfort books. Maybe I’ll pick up The Prydain Chronicles and re-read those.

As for audio and e-books, I have no idea at this point of what I’ll decide to pick up next.

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