Sunday, November 22, 2020

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | November 22

Happy Sunday, all. I want to apologize for not being around much, but I know everyone understands what 2020 has been like. I have some time off this week so I'm planning to do some catch up around here. I'm also getting my reading mojo back so that's exciting.

It's almost December, and I'm looking forward to seeing all of the best of lists. I've been trying to catch up on my 2020 reading now that I have a little mojo and a little time.

I host Thanksgiving for my family at my house every year, but this year I told everyone they will just have to make their own plans. My husband and the kids and I still plan to feast. We are going to spend the day smoking a turkey on the barbecue pit and just trying to enjoy a more relaxed pace this year.

Finished Reading

Horrid by Katrina Leno was the November Ladies of Horror Fiction readalong pick. This is one of my favorite covers! I just love it. I'm landing somewhere around ⭐⭐⭐⭐★.

I think Long Bright River by Liz Moore was the first book I bought in January so I'm glad to have finally read it. It was a lengthy read, but I loved it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

I'm on such a good streak. I started The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson yesterday, and I couldn't put it down. I finished reading it this morning. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Currently Reading

I think I'm going to start reading Megan Goldin's The Night Swim today.

I'm also reading and loving Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega. It is the perfect read for me so far.

Added to the TBR

A Primer to Han Song edited by Eric J. Guigard The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf Beward the Silent Woods by Svetlana Chmakova

I love the Exploring Dark Short Fiction series so much. Many thanks ro Eric J. Guignard for sending me out a copy of A Primer to Han Song for review.

I'm planning to greatly increase the amount of middle grade horror I'm reading so I ordered Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega (pictured earlier), The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf, and Volume One of The Weird Books: Be Wary of the Silent Woods by Svetlana Chmakova.

Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan Nightmare Flower by Elizabeth Engstrom The Women of Weird Tales

Thank you to Atria for sending me an ARC of Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan. I'm really excited to check it out.

I also bought two of the books in Valancourt Press' Monster, She Wrote series: Nightmare Flower by Elizabeth Engstrom and The Women of Weird Tales. I'm excited to visit these stories from some of the original women horror authors.

The Burning God by R.F. Kuang Rythym of War by Brandon Sanderson The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn by Tyler Whitesides

It's finally time to start The Poppy War trilogy. I didn't purposely wait until all three books were out, but here I am! The Burning God (The Poppy War #3) by R.F. Kuang arrived this week.

When am I ever going to have a chance to read The Stormlight Archives? AAH. I need to make time for these behemoths! Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson arrived this week this well.

I also bought the first two books in the Ardon Benn/Kingdom of Grit series by Tyler Whitesides. These came highly recommended to me. The third one will be released in December, and I will need to find the time for these chunky monkeys, too!!

So what about you? Let me know what you're reading (or watching) this week or leave me some links!

This post is being shared as part of Book Date's It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Caffeinated Book Reviewer's The Sunday Post.


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  1. I love all the year end lists in December too! I have read other books by Leno, but I don't really do horror. Glad you enjoyed it though (and that cover is so creepy)

  2. Our Thanksgiving is going to be small this year, too, but I'm okay with it if it keeps everybody safe. All those new books you've added to your shelves look really good. Happy reading this holiday season. :)

  3. You definitely have some chunky books there! Good luck with your reading, and I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving😁

    1. Right? I feel bad for the chunky ones. I love them so much, and they so often get left unread.

  4. You have some fantastic looking books there! Happy reading!

  5. Long Bright River and The Night Swim both look great. We're doing the same thing with Thanksgiving. It's just too risky otherwise. Hope you have a great one!

  6. Lots of great reads. I should read the Poppy war now that the whole trilogy is available. We'll be doing a whole week of Top 10 posts the week of Dec 20 so hopefully you can join us. Smart that you are keeping things safe and small this year. There will be other years. Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy your time off to relax and read!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

    1. Yes! I need to get my act together and join in on some best of challenges.

  7. Man I completely understand. In a stupid move this past week my husband's employer ended up exposing him to COVID. He was safe and in protective gear but he was still worried so I had a test Friday and am awaiting results. I feel fine but just wanted to be safe. We are just cooking for the two of us and the dogs this Thanksgiving as well. He plans on smoking ours too. Hope you manage to have a nice, relaxed holiday. The most stressful thing I anticipate is trying to a land a PS5 on line!

    1. Ugh, I'm so sorry you guys are having to deal with that! Good luck with the PS5. That situation has been madness this year.

  8. Ah yes, I have so many books for "Catch up December" that I don't think I'll be able to get half my list completed. They're all HUUUUGE tomes like The Burning God and Rhythm of War too!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  9. End of the year festivities are going to be tame, aren't they ? I hope we'll be able to make up next year. Enjoy your beautiful books :)

    1. Yeah, it's kind of nice but also really depressing.


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