Since my last check-in, I attempted five of the books on my list and finished two. So that means I have completed four of the twenty-four books on my list but can cross off seven since, you know, I gave the others a fair shot.
As a reminder, these are the books on my list:
Since my last check-in, I finished:
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was all set to write my review, and now I’m distracted because I see that they whitewashed the cover. UGH.
Anywheedle, tonight I discovered that I dig this series because I am a huge fan of the long con, and all three of the books in the series I have read have delivered on this point. “Why am I digging this book so much?” I kept asking myself. And now I know. I love seeing how it all comes together.
Also, Gen is A+++. As is Attolia. So there is also that.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
So I have a thing for self-help books, which means I totally appreciate the premise of this book, which is that Marty is trying to get her life right so starts writing things down as recommended in one of the many (many!) self-help books she’s read.
What I liked about this is that as Marty writes about what’s happening in her life, the reader gets to see just how abusive her mother–who at first pass seems to just be kind of mean and rude–really is.
I also LOVED the reason for her mom giving up her older brother.
What I didn’t like about this is that the ending is thoroughly realistic and therefore completely unsatisfying.
Also–MILD SPOILER HERE–I am just horrified that the book mentions therapy but Marty never once seeks it out, especially after what happens in Taiwan. Again, realistic, just unsatisfying. In fact, it never once occurs to her to try it. I just…sigh.
Great characters and I liked the exploration of family here.
I tried but couldn’t finish:
Aug. 19, 2017: 38% in and I am either too stressed to read this or too bored to continue. It might even be a combination platter.
Sept. 3, 2017: I’m at 18%, and I am really trying to give this book a chance because I’ve heard so many good things, but at this point, it is too much science and not enough fiction.
I also gave Sorcerer to the Crown a go, but it didn’t work for me. (I can’t remember how far I got into it, though, and didn’t do a Goodreads review. It wasn’t very far.) However, a lot of the reviews I’ve read say it picks up once Prunella appears, so I may give it another shot…someday.
I am more likely to read the fiction than the non-fiction (aside from the Robert Rodriguez memoir and Hamilton book). However, I have access to two new library systems and need to see if any of the biographies are available via audio. If they are, I will probably give the Ida B. Wells or Defiant Brides a shot before the year is out.
1. Black No More by George S. Schuyler
1984 by George Orwell
3. The Fire of Freedom: Abraham Galloway and the Slaves’ Civil War by David S. Cecelski
4. The Mother by Yvvette Edwards
Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu by Yi Shun Lai
6. The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner
7. Defiant Brides: The Untold Story of Two Revolutionary-Era Women and the Radical Men They Married by Nancy Rubin Stuart
8. Ida: A Sword Among Lions by Paula J. Giddings
9. Josephine Baker: The Hungry Heart by Jean-Claude Baker
10. The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refused to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan by Dahr Jamie
11. Rebel Without a Crew, or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker with $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player by Robert Rodriguez
The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
13. March: Book One by John Robert Lewis
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
16. Trade Me by Courtney Milan
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
19. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
20. Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story by Peter Bagge
21. Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda
22. Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit
23. True Love: A Story of English Domestic Life by Sarah E. Farro
24. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley