Hello book friends and happy Monday! I know it always feels like the weekends are too short, but this one was literally shorter with that hour taken away and I want to go back to lazing around on the couch! Thank goodness for coffee!
My newest current read is THE STARLESS SEA by Erin Morgenstern. This was a highly anticipated read for me and when a friend on Instagram started a buddy read, I of course had to squeeze this one into my TBR. We’re taking a pretty leisurely pace with the read, one section of the book over the next several weeks, but I’m excited to dive in. I didn’t make it too far before the abbreviated sleep the night prior had me fighting to keep my eyes open, but already I can see that the writing is beautifully done. And that’s really mostly what I can say at this point because I’m not entirely clear what all is going on yet.
THE STARLESS SEA opens with a couple brief snippets which have the feel almost of short stories without a connection. In one a pirate is set for execution and in another a boy finds a door marked with a bee, a key and a sword. From here we then meet Zachary Ezra Rawlins browsing the library and stumbling on an interesting book. It has never been checked out before and there’s no indication of who wrote it, but he is intrigued to take it out. As he begins to read, he hears about our pirate and then about the boy which is especially interesting because the boy’s story appears to have been written about an event in his history. I have seen some mixed reviews about this one, but stories within stories is right up my alley, so I’m excited to continue!
In addition to this one, I have (as always) quite a few more reads on the go for March:
THE HANDMAID’S TALE: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL by Margaret Atwood and Renee Nault. I have read the original story in recent years, but when a friend decided to do a buddy read for this one over on Instagram I decided to pick up the graphic novel. It is a great refresher, especially since I have THE TESTAMENTS by Margaret Atwood in my April TBR stack.
THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett is for the classics buddy read group on Instagram. This is a reread and it is a nice, lighter classic after a couple much heavier reads in recent months. I’m enjoying following Mary Lennox as she discovers the walled garden and works to bring it back to life, all while trying to adapt to her new life at her uncle’s estate.
Along with these, I am still working on (and really, really enjoying) ELANTRIS by Brandon Sanderson for the #Cosmerealong and SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman for a buddy read on instagram. I’m eager to pick these back up after I prioritize some of my female authored fantasy picks for the #FemmeFanTale readathon.
How was your weekend? What are you reading this week? I’d love to hear!