Hello book friends, I hope your final Monday of 2019 is off to a good start! It is very hard to be back at work after a full week off, but I have tomorrow and New Year’s Day off to look forward to, so it isn’t TOO rough! The real pain will hit next Monday with five full work days before the next break, but we won’t think about that right now!
I started reading THE VANISHED BIRDS by Simon Jimenez last week while I was off work and I’ve been enjoying it. I have about 25% left so hope to finish it before 2019 draws to a close. Thank you to Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine for the eARC.
In this book a mysterious young boy winds up in the custody of Nia Imani, a woman who travels through time and space to collect and deliver the harvest of distant worlds. The introduction of the boy into her life changes everything and she winds up caring for him more than she expected. There is something unique about the boy and there are threatening forces looking for him. I’ve been enjoying this one, though it is a bit slower paced than what I expected. The author has put a lot into the world building and the backstories, though I am seeing where those back stories are starting to be drawn back together as the book heads toward its conclusion. I’m looking forward to seeing how this one ends.
I was excited when I unexpectedly received notice from the library that my audiobook came through for CHILDREN OF VIRTUE AND VENGEANCE by Tomi Adeyemi. I read the first installment of the Legacy of Orïsha series earlier this year and was therefore really excited for the new release. Being in my car less without work and just a bit busier in general I haven’t been making my way through the audiobook as fast as I normally would but I’m really enjoying both the audio and the print version I picked up from the library. I am close to finishing this one.
I also decided to start another book this weekend, HUM IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE WORDS by Bianca Marais. I don’t know a ton about this one and haven’t made it too far into the story, but it is set in South Africa in the 1970s with two points of view. Robin is a young white girl living in Johannesburg and Beauty is a Xhosa woman who comes from a small rural village. This has been on my TBR for quite a while (and it likely will still be on my January TBR as this is the one I don’t anticipate finishing before the new year rings in. I have this one in print and on audio, so likely will do a bit of both once I finish my current audiobook.
Lastly, I’ve started the first few chapters of ANNA KARENINA by Leo Tolstoy. this is January’s #classicsbuddyread book and it is one that has intimidated me a bit so I decided to get a head start. I’m only about 50 pages in but thankfully I find it actually to be very approachable so far!
Apart from these books, I am excited to dive into the rest of my January TBR which I of course I’lll be posting soon (spoiler alert, it is rather HUGE).
Best wishes to you for the happiest of happy new years! What are you reading this week?