Happy Wednesday, book friends! This week has felt quite long, since I am in the midst of my first chronic pain flare up since we switched up my treatment plan in January.
Most likely it’s brought on by my recent return to two loves in life: being physically active and Diet Coke. The one is supposed to be a part of my treatment plan, but a too much too soon approach now that I’m fully recovered from COVID may have aggravated the situation. The second is a known trigger I shouldn’t indulge in so often, but it’s a stressful time between wedding planning and the approach of midterms here at work so I’ve leaned upon my favorite vice.
In spite of the less-than-stellar in body experience I’m having this week, we’ve enjoyed some sunshine here in Pittsburgh, which is always a gift in the winter months. Plus, Azula gets extra cuddly when she can tell I’m not feeling my best, so there’ve been plenty of snuggles to pair with my reading time.
I’ve started a few new books this week, so I’m quite excited to check in and share a bit about them!
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I finished Once There Were Wolves, which I mentioned last week is a bit of a genre departure for me. The language is beautiful and the book tackles the tension between wild and human worlds so effectively.
That said, I struggled with it because of some of the graphic depictions of violence to wolves, which felt too similar to dogs for my comfort. Because of the nature of the book’s protagonist, there are a lot of intense depictions of violence throughout, something that can be difficult to confront.
So I won’t say I enjoyed the book, even if I am glad I read it. I’ll certainly be thinking about it for a while. If you’re planning to check this one out, content warnings for on-the-page violence, sexual and otherwise, as well as harm to animals.
Audiobook-wise, I finished up the premium audiobook of Pride & Prejudice*, which was a ton of fun. It was a stellar performance by actress Adjoa Andoh, and a great way to revisit the novel, which I’d been wanting to do. I had the joy of an advanced listening copy courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley, but the audiobook just released on February 22nd, so you can get a copy as well, if you want.
I’ve just started my latest digital ARC, Sadie on a Plate* (out March 15th). I love a good food-centric romance, particularly ones that take place on reality TV shows. Such a natural tension and intrigue inside a world I’m not that familiar with, plus plenty of delicious food. I’m not that far in yet, but I’m enjoying the setup and getting to know the different characters. Also, it doesn’t appear to be dual POV — yay!
Audiobook-wise, I just started Amanda Montell’s Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language. I really enjoyed her most recent release, Cultish, on audio last year so you know I had to hit that backlog. (If you don’t know about Cultish, here’s my review).
Wordslut focuses on the ways in which language and gender intersect and impact one another, and I’ve learned a ton already. Like Cultish, the tone is friendly and accessible, which I love in my nonfiction. Give me all the personal passion for your specific subjects, please and thank you.
I am supposed to be reading my self-care book of the month for my buddy read, as well. It is… not going great. I am feeling unmotivated to revisit Women Who Run with the Wolves but know that once I sit down to it, it will feel valuable. It always does. It’s just such a dense book.
Up Next & On To You
I have recently learned that a deep-divey, behind-the-scenes history of the company that conceived D&D came out this week. Naturally, that has jumped to the top of my audiobook purchase wish list. Good thing I’ve got some March credits coming in hot in the next week or so, because I am going to read Slaying the Dragon: A Secret History of Dungeons and Dragons so hard.
In the ARC pile I’ll be headed for The League of Gentlewomen Witches* (out March 15th), but I’ll probably make a Bright Side Running Club pitstop first because I miss the feel of a solid paperback in my hands, if I’m honest.
That’s it for me this week, book friends. Now on to you — what have you been reading lately, and how is it going?
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