Sunday, April 23, 2023

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | April 23

Hello, friends! Today I'm catching up on things around here as I was away for Easter weekend and tax weekend.

How has your reading year been so far? I feel like I haven't read as many books this year, but the quality of what I've been reading has been so good.

Finished Reading

Tell Me What Really Happened by Chelsea Sedoti Beach Read by Emily Henry Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

Tell Me What Really Happened by Chelsea Sedoti [dnf] - This was a dnf for me. It's written in interview format which will be fun for some readers. I couldn't suspend my disbelief enough to put up with these teens being sassy, sarcastic, and annoying in the police interviews after their friend was ripped apart in the woods. I get it - but I don't want to read it. I'm the wrong demographic so don't discount this for the right YA reader.

Beach Read by Emily Henry ⭐⭐⭐⭐★ - I went to the beach for Easter, and this was the perfect slump buster to bring with me!

Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel ⭐⭐⭐⭐★ - Yay for book club this month! I finally got to read Sea of Tranquility. I thought it was great.

Currently Reading

In the Lives of Puppets by T.J. Klune

In the Lives of Puppets by T.J. Klune - I'm 100 pages in and loving it so far. The characters are so unique and the messages are lovely so far.

Added to the TBR

The Reformatory by Tananarive Due Looking Glass Sound by Catriona Ward The Scourge Between Stars by Ness Brown

The Reformatory by Tananarive Due - Eeek! I'm so excited about this one, and it's chunky!! "A gripping, page turner set in Jim Crow Florida that follows Robert Stephen Jones as he's sent to a segregated reform school and sees the horrors of racism and injustice for both the living and the dead." I love Tananarive Due. Thank you to Saga Press for sending me this. It releases in October.

Looking Glass Sound by Catriona Ward - I will read anything by Catriona Ward. Anything. This is a "twisty psychological horror". Many thanks to Tor Nightfire for the review copy.

The Scourge Between Stars by Ness Brown - An interstellar space horror and it's a debut? YES! This is going to be one of my next reads. Probably next weekend so I can binge it in one sitting. Again, thanks to Tor Nightfire.

Infinity Gate by M.R. Carey Camp Zero by Michelle Min Sterling

Infinity Gate by M.R. Carey - I love M.R. Carey. He's another must read author for me. This chunky multiverse scifi is supposed to be "genre-defying" so I'm excited to see what's in store. Thanks go to Orbit for sending this to me!

Camp Zero by Michelle Min Sterling - I had been eyeing Camp Zero so I was excited to see it in the Book of the Month selections. It was meant to be.

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


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  1. In the Lives of Puppets is on my list! I am glad to hear that it is so good. But, Klune is so good, and I have only read one of his books so far!

  2. You know, I had given Sedoti two tries. The books have great premises, but there is something lacking in the execution. I loved Beach Read even if it wasn't a beach read. I was sobbing. That scene on the boat. Gutted. Glad it busted your slump.

  3. I saw that In the Lives of the Puppets was coming out, but I haven't seen any reviews of it. I look forward to seeing what you think.

    I'm glad you enjoyed the two you finished. I often find that a book is not the right one for me; I hope I make it as clear as you did that that does not mean it's not right for others.

  4. I loved Beach Read and I can't wait to get my copy of in the Lives of the Puppets!

  5. I still need to read Beach Read, I’m currently reading Happy Place which is due out next week.

    Wishing you a great reading week

  6. I liked the Scourge Between Stars. I didn't realize how short it was- it's definitely perfect for one or two sittings.

  7. I've been finding some really good books so far this year too. A few duds but for the most part good ones.

  8. I enjoyed Beach Read, too. Looking forward to her new one! Have a good week.

  9. The Scourge Between Stars looks really good to me! On to the TBR list is goes. :D I hope you have a good week...and happy reading all of these.

  10. Ugh, I'm sorry you asked about my reading year. I've only read 10 books so far and the last one read was back in February. Sea of Tranquility looks good!

  11. I really enjoyed Beach Read and I'd like to read Infinity Gate. Happy reading.

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  13. Great titles here! I need to ry Sea of Tranquillity, as well as Klune!

  14. As you already know, I DNF Sedoti's book as well, and for the same reasons as you - the style ended up not working for me, and I couldn't buy the characters' attitude. I hope you like Infinity Gate better than me...not a bad book by any means, but I had different expectations for it.

  15. I really enjoyed Infinity Gate! But I also just finished The Scourge Between Stars and wasn't as impressed. I hope you'll have a better time with it than me!

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