The past month, in brief

Whew, this past semester has been a bear. Also, it ended last Monday, I turned in my grades that Tuesday, and then the summer semester started that Wednesday. Basically, I was a mess for the past month because not only was I dealing with end of semester stuff, but I also went to a conference and a training and also a friend’s birthday out of town. Yes, that means I make poor choices (just the timing of the travel, not the events [and especially not the birthday trip]), but it also means I will make better choices in the future. Let us hope.

Along with the semester ending and a new semester beginning, I did read some books:

The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth, #3)The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

3.5 stars, rounding up

I really liked this overall and Jemisin has some beautiful language here, but she was back on the high fantasy world building train for a part of this, so it was a little harder for me to stay interested in the beginning and part of the middle. (Yes, I understand this is high fantasy. Yes, I can recognize that she’s really super good at it even as I understand that it’s not my jam and that it still affects my overall enjoyment.)

That mother/daughter stuff, though? And all that community building? And the commentary on trauma? WHEW.

I give the overall series 4 1/2 stars. Highly recommend!

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Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My children’s lit class picked this as their class read, so this is my third time reading the book. It holds up. Fun story, and we had a good discussion about gender and gender roles (How would the story change if Howl were a woman?).

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Bridal Boot Camp (Little Bridge Island, #0.5)Bridal Boot Camp by Meg Cabot

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was cute, but I would classify it as more of a short story than a novella, especially since it felt like it was over as soon as it began. I mean, really, it just made me want a full-length book, and since I’m pretty sure that was part of the point, I would say it did its job.

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Up next? Helping my daughter prep for her month-long trip to China and then prepping for my five-day trip to France. The summer just started, and it feels like it’s halfway over. Sigh.

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