Saturday, August 6, 2022

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | August 6

I just learned you can pin posts to the top row of your Instagram page. Did you know? I'm sure this is Instagram 101, but I'm terrible at Instagram 😂

Instagram Grid

You can follow me on Instagram if you want more proof!

Seriously, though, I'd love to use Instagram more, but it's such a struggle. My feed seems to only be reels and sponsored posts that aren't even about books. It's kind of miserable. But I enjoy scrolling back and looking at what I've read so I'm trying to get in the habit of using it more.

Posted Last Week


Book Review | Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky ⭐⭐⭐⭐★


Finished Reading


Paper Girls, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan The Sandman : Sleep of the Just by Neil Gaiman Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

I read Paper Girls, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan ⭐⭐⭐⭐★ and reread The Sandman : Sleep of the Just by Neil Gaiman ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ in hopes of starting each of the Netflix series soon!

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky ⭐⭐⭐⭐★ - I also finished my reread of Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Glad to have read this one again.


Currently Reading


Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr - Cloud Cuckoo Land was my pick for this month's book club. I'm starting to love it. I was worried at first due to all of the POVs and the sprawling timeline, but I have high hopes for this one. I just need to figure out how to squeeze in 600+ pages this weekend 😆


Added to the TBR


Mister Slaughter by Robert McCammon The Providence Rider by Robert McCammon The River of Souls by Robert McCammon
Freedom of the Mask by Robert McCammon Cardinal Black by Robert McCammon Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney

Mister Slaughter, The Providence Rider, The River of Souls, Freedom of the Mask, and Cardinal Black by Robert McCammon are all finally available in trade paperback editions so I had to order them! I'm hoping to finally catch up on the Matthew Corbett series. These are books #3-7.

Daisy Darker by Alice Feeney - I was keeping my fingers and toes crossed that Daisy Darker would be a selection for the August Book of the Month box, and it was! I enjoyed Feeney's Rock Paper Scissors, but more importantly the reviews for Daisy Darker have been so great. I'm looking forward to reading it!

Currently Watching


Daniel Vogelbach Mets blowing bubble Yordan Alvarez at bat

Baseball. Baseball, baseball, baseball and not much else.



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Jennifer

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Thursday, August 4, 2022

Book Review | Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Children of Time is the first book in Adrian Tchaikovsky's Children of Time series.

Children of Time (Children of Time #1) by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Adrian Tchaikovksy's award-winning novel Children of Time, is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet.

Who will inherit this new Earth?

The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age -- a world terraformed and prepared for human life.

But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has borne disastrous fruit. The planet is not waiting for them, pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind's worst nightmare.

Now two civilizations are on a collision course, both testing the boundaries of what they will do to survive. As the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, who are the true heirs of this new Earth?

So I hate spiders. But what I do love is reading about alien life forms. That is a favorite thing. There are uplifted (intelligent) spiders in Children of Time, and they are honestly the best story line of the book.

Children of Time also follows a dual timeline of a ship crewed by the last humans.

I originally gave this book 3 stars when I read it back in 2019, but I can't remember why my rating wasn't higher. It has remained with me and I've been wanting to reread it ever since. As per usual when I reread something, I'm upping my rating. Children of Ruin (the sequel to Children of Time) came out a few years ago, but I haven't read it yet. It's been hard for me to read the chunky, epic books that I used to read, but I've made a few changes to my reading life this year that will free up more time for the chunky SFF books I've been missing.

I recently found out the third book (Childen of Memory) will be coming out later this year so this turned out to be perfect timing to jump back into this universe.

The only other book I've read by Adrian Tchaikovsky is Walking to Aldebaran which I really enjoyed as well. I'd love to read a lot more of his catalog. I've heard amazing thing about his fantasy novel Guns of the Dawn.

If you haven't read anything by Adrian Tchaikovsky, it sounds like you can really start anywhere with his books, but I do recommend this one if you love science fiction and discovering new species (even if that new species happens to be spiders!).

4/5 stars
⭐⭐⭐⭐★


Jennifer

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Sunday, July 31, 2022

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | July 31

Have you seen Everything Everywhere All at Once yet? We saw it last night, and I'm obsessed. I think it may be one of my favorite movies of all time. Fair warning - it's an A24 movie so it's weird, but it's one of the best movies I've seen in a long time.

I have a serious movie hangover so please tell me something you've enjoyed watching lately - movie, series, sports, youtube...


Posted Last Week


Upgrade by Blake Crouch


Book Review | Upgrade by Blake Crouch
⭐⭐⭐★★


Finished Reading


Upgrade by Blake Crouch

Upgrade by Blake Crouch ⭐⭐⭐★★ - I enjoyed this for all of the reasons I love Blake Crouch, but it wasn't a favorite {Upgrade review}


Currently Reading


A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers - I love Becky Chambers. She always makes me feel seen and so hopeful.

Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky - I'm enjoying my reread of Children of Time. I have ~150 pages left. I'm excited to be able to read Children of Ruin soon.


Currently Watching


Everything Everywhere All At Once

I mentioned Everything Everywhere All At Once in the beginning of my post, and I'm mentioning it again. Loved it.



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Thursday, July 28, 2022

Book Review | Upgrade by Blake Crouch

Upgrade by Blake Crouch

The mind-blowing new thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter and Recursion

“You are the next step in human evolution.”

At first, Logan Ramsay isn’t sure if anything’s different. He just feels a little . . . sharper. Better able to concentrate. Better at multitasking. Reading a bit faster, memorizing better, needing less sleep.

But before long, he can’t deny it: Something’s happening to his brain. To his body. He’s starting to see the world, and those around him—even those he loves most—in whole new ways.

The truth is, Logan’s genome has been hacked. And there’s a reason he’s been targeted for this upgrade. A reason that goes back decades to the darkest part of his past, and a horrific family legacy.

Worse still, what’s happening to him is just the first step in a much larger plan, one that will inflict the same changes on humanity at large—at a terrifying cost.

Because of his new abilities, Logan’s the one person in the world capable of stopping what’s been set in motion. But to have a chance at winning this war, he’ll have to become something other than himself. Maybe even something other than human.

And even as he’s fighting, he can’t help wondering: what if humanity’s only hope for a future really does lie in engineering our own evolution?

Intimate in scale yet epic in scope, Upgrade is an intricately plotted, lightning-fast tale that charts one man’s thrilling transformation, even as it asks us to ponder the limits of our humanity—and our boundless potential.

So. Much. Science. That was all I asked for, and that's what I got!

Upgrade is Blake Crouch's latest science thriller. I enjoyed Dark Matter and I loved Recursion so I was really excited to read Upgrade.

All I knew going into Upgrade was it dealt with genetic engineering. This was correct, but it was quite different than I was expecting! I loved all of the science in Upgrade. One could argue there was too much science, but I love the way Crouch introduces all of the science in his books. He makes it so accessible. He can make the most complicated science understandable.

My biggest complaint with Upgrade is I just didn't care about the characters. There were high stakes and there was a lot of action - I just didn't have that connection with anyone that would have made the action and the stakes so much more suspenseful for me. Even with the entire world at stake, I kind of feel like I've already been living that since 2020. It's not Blake Crouch's fault, but I don't even want to read about viruses or pandemics anymore. I'm over it.

Overall, I enjoyed Upgrade. I got just what I was asking for, but it's not going on my list of favorites for the year. I need more character development so I can root for someone. I will still be standing in line for the next Blake Crouch science thriller, though. The science is certainly something I will continue to want more of. 

⭐⭐⭐★★
3/5 stars


Jennifer

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Sunday, July 24, 2022

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | July 24

Thank you so much to everyone who shared their review process with me last week. If you also need some motivation or inspiration, please feel free to read back through the comments on my post last week. I really appreciate you all sharing your process. It's going to be so helpful.

I've set a goal to write a review (or two) today. You'll know if I was successful if you see them this week!


Currently Reading


The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien Upgrade by Blake Crouch

I'm still reading The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (reread) and Upgrade by Blake Crouch. It was a stressful week so I didn't have much reading time. The good news is I'm enjoying them both.


Added to the TBR


What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher The Clackity by Lora Senf

What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher - I may read this next!

The Clackity by Lora Senf - This was a preorder that would never arrive!! It kept being back ordered and back ordered so finally I canceled my order and bought it from Amazon. Of course it came in two days... I'm excited to finally have it.


Currently Watching


Only Murders in the Building

I finished season one of Only Murders in the Building. I laughed so hard at the finale. If you aren't watching this show, do your self a favor and start watching it!



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Jennifer

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