I’ve been reading a lot of books lately, even if I’m not finishing them, so it felt like the perfect time to do a reading check-in! Also, it’s been exactly a month since my last WWW Wednesday so I can see how I fared with my past current reads (oxymoron?) and next read predictions.
WWW Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, and asks three important questions:
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What are you currently reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
In some good news, I finished one of my current reads from last month! It was a very slow reading month in terms of actually finishing books but I really enjoyed Yesterday is History by Kosoko Jackson. This YA debut follows a teen who finds he can time travel after receiving a liver transplant and is stuck in a love triangle of sorts when he’s drawn to a boy in the past and a boy in his present. I’ll have my review up soon but I loved this creative take on time travel and the deliberate and explicit call-outs of privilege in this and other time travel stories.
Still reading and catching up on ARCs, as I was last month, and Spark by Naoki Matayoshi is still one of my current reads. I haven’t hit a really gripping point in the story yet so while it’s interesting, there’s nothing grabbing my attention and bringing me back to the book just yet. I did start two other ARCs though and I’m close to finishing those: The Valley and the Flood by Rebecca Mahoney and The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner. Valley is my most anticipated read of 2021 and I’m loving this creepy paranormal, loose retelling of the Odyssey, with a big focus on the MC’s struggles with PTSD (which the author also has). The Lost Apothecary has similar foreshadowing vibes but it switches perspectives between a female apothecary in the 1700 who dispenses poisons to wronged women and a woman in the present day who stumbles on this secret. I’ll be sharing my review for the latter in an upcoming blog tour so keep an eye out for that!
I’m still trying to chip away at my ARCs so I’ll continue pulling from those for my next reads. What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo is next on my list, the book about a family of werewolves that was on my to-read list last month. I’m also planning to read On the Way to Birdland by Frank Morelli, an upcoming YA about a musical family torn apart by addiction and a journey to reunite them — to be featured in a special Music Monday! And if I still have time, I’m planning to read my book club’s next pick, The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See. It’s got a lot of holds at the library but hopefully I’ll get it in time. I’d really like to have a physical copy as I’m needing a break from digital books (all of my 2021 reads thus far have been digital!) so I may need to wait a little longer.
A lot of books on my plate but they’ve been great reads so I can’t complain. Except about digital books, I’d really like to give computers and e-readers a rest for a bit and read something on paper this month.
What are you currently reading?
Have you picked out a TBR for the month?
Cover images from Goodreads.