It’s time for the fall update! I didn’t do the spring one because I didn’t read anything. IMAGINE MY SURPRISE that I have actually read some of the books on my list.
Here’s the official list:
Here’s the update:
I started this because my book club chose it, but could not gain traction on it in either print or audio.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
There was not nearly enough Betty in this book. Just…not at all. Also, I’m not sure how I feel about Reggie’s character being so summarily dismissed. I guess the collective has decided that he’s less important/interesting than previous incarnations.
At any rate, I’ve gotten a good enough feel for how this series does things, so I don’t think I’ll be reading anymore. I really wish I had kept all my old Archie comics. My need for nostalgia is running deeper than I had imagined.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Whew, this one is better than the first–mostly because the world is established so that need to establish the world is gone and also because we find out what happens to Essun’s daughter AND there’s a lot of talk of generational trauma.
Also, at some point when Jemisin was describing Castrima, all I could think is that I understand why some people HAVE to write because imagine carrying all of that around in your head forever. I’m just saying.
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!
1. Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello
2. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
3. The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
4. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
6. Ghost by Jason Reynolds
Archie, Vol. 2 by Mark Waid
Archie, Vol. 3 by Mark Waid
The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
10. Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
11. What I Leave Behind by Alison McGhee
12. Breakout by Kate Messner
13. Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert
14. Sadie by Courtney Summers
Becoming by Michelle Obama