It’s Monday! What are you reading? (1/25/2016)

January 25, 2016

My eyes have still been bothering me, so I’m still limiting screens, which means I haven’t been able to comment on as many blogs as I want to. Or be on the internet as much as I want to. Or watch as much TV as I want to. In short, it still sucks. But I have read a bunch again, so that’s good.

This past week, I finished:

Shadows of Sherwood (Robyn Hoodlum, #1)Shadows of Sherwood by Kekla Magoon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well, that was delightful. Great characters, excellent premise, delightful set up for the rest of the series. More gender and race swapped retellings, please and thank you.

Read Harder 2016: middle grade, first book in a series written by a person of color

Alex + Ada, Vol. 1Alex + Ada, Vol. 1 by Jonathan Luna
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Beautiful artwork and it was actually kind of sweet. Aw.

Alex’s grandmother is the best, naturally.



Giant Days, Vol. 1Giant Days, Vol. 1 by John Allison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked this. It’s kind of random even as each section does have a through line. Very vignette-y, which is a thing I dig in stories because that’s how life goes sometimes.

Plus also, female friendship is at the very core.

I do find the cover a bit misleading, though.


The Life We BuryThe Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Soooo, this was basically like reading two different books. The first half or so of this novel is about a college kid interviewing a convicted murderer and learning something about the man and himself. The second half is a suspense/thriller.

I much preferred the first half.

Mostly, too, the shift in the second half took the focus off of (view spoiler) SO DISAPPOINTING. Alas.




Note: if you’re doing Read Harder, Giant Days and Alex & Ada both qualify for the graphic novel category.



Also, I know it’s not a book, but I finally jumped on the Hamilton train this week. I have many thoughts about it, but the one I’ve been thinking the most is that this is why you should write the story you want the way you want. Or why I should. Talk about permission to write a story. Man.

As of today, I’m reading:



So, I’m still listening to Crazy Rich Asians, and I don’t think I’m going to make it to the end before the audio is due back to Overdrive, so I may have to switch to the print version.

A couple of weeks ago, I was listening to Yes, Chef, but I found that it wasn’t working for me, so switched to the print version. I am enjoying it much more in print and will probably finish it soon.

I also started Jessica Jones: Alias, Vol. 1 by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Michael Gaydos. I like the storyline so far, but I am not loving the art. I know they were going for dark and gritty, but this particular style doesn’t work for me.

Original now hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date. Children's lit version hosted by Jen Vincent @ Teach Mentor Texts & Kellee Moye @ Unleashing Readers.

Original now hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date. Children’s lit version hosted by Jen Vincent @ Teach Mentor Texts & Kellee Moye @ Unleashing Readers.

I hope everyone else is having and/or anticipating a good reading week.

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  1. Sara

    Great job on the solid reading week last week!

  2. Katherine

    Shadows of Sherwood does look like a lot of fun! I won a copy of Yes, Chef last year and still haven’t gotten to it. Glad it’s working out for you. Happy Reading!

  3. Ms. Yingling

    Hamilton has come across my radar a couple of times. Our district bought DVDs of it, even though there is some question about the language. Need to watch, I guess.

  4. Kay

    Shadows of Sherwood looks like fun!

  5. Jade @ Reading With Jade

    The Life We Bury sounds like an interesting read… Although your own thoughts aren’t the most positive. I may look into that one a little deeper.

    Happy Reading!

    • Akilah

      Don’t let me put you off of it. Almost everyone else in my book club loved it.

  6. Crystal

    I totally had fun reading Shadows of Sherwood. I have been on the Hamilton train for a while. There are some issues, but the music and lyrics are just so well done. I could listen to it on repeat for hours. Oh, wait. I have listened to it on repeat for hours. 😉

  7. Myra from GatheringBooks

    I’m also supposed to read Crazy Rich Asians for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge – I hope I can get to it soonest. 🙂


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