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Monday Morning Reading Check In

Hello book friends, I hope your Monday is off to a good start! I was a bit under the weather for part of the weekend, so got a bit lost in stupid computer games and TV shows and didn’t get as much reading done as I had hoped, but the readathon I participated in last week pushed me to finish a lot of good books, so it was time for a bit of a reading break.

My currently reading post today is a bit of a cheat because I did actually finish this one after I took the picture. Oops! THERE ONCE LIVED A WOMAN WHO TRIED TO KILL HER NEIGHBOR’S BABY: SCARY FAIRY TALES by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya is a short story collection translated by Keith Gessen and Anna Summers. The collection is an interesting mix of the macabre and the weird. It was also a mix of some I enjoyed and some I really did not. As you might imagine from the title, there is a large focus on death including the deaths of loved ones, suicide, murder, etc.

There were a few stories in the beginning that had me putting the book aside, but toward the end there were a few stories that I connected with well which left me with a generally okay feeling about the book. The title absolutely caught my eye (as do the titles of some of her other works (THERE ONCE LIVED A MOTHER WHO LOVED HER CHILDREN, UNTIL THEY MOVED BACK IN, THERE ONCE LIVED A GIRL WHO SEDUCED HER SISTER’S HUSBAND, AND HE HANGED HIMSELF: LOVE STORIES) and I do really appreciate her twists on the norm of fairy tales in this collection.

Now that I’ve actually finished this one, what am I really currently reading?

MY CALAMITY JANE by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows is my current audiobook and I’m really enjoying it. After loving their first book LADY JANE, I have immediately put each of the subsequent releases on my list. They take a story from history or literature and give it an irreverent and weird twist full of good humor. In addition to Calamity Jane, we’ve got familiar characters like Frank Butler and Annie Oakley with gun tricks and garou (werewolf) hunts. It’s a wild (west) ride so far!

I’m also still working on ASSASSIN’S QUEST by Robin Hobb which I talked about last week, but I’m a bit on pause waiting for my audiobook hold to come through again with the library and haven’t made it too far in. It’s a long one and I’ve found the audiobooks in this series to help with getting through the rather large books!

I’d love to say I’ll have both of these wrapped up by the end of the month and maybe one more, but we’ll see how well I do this week! I can’t believe the month is almost over?! What are you trying to finish up for July?

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