It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme currently hosted by The Book Date. It’s a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week, and add to that ever-growing TBR stack.

I recently finished reading:

Citizen: An American LyricA Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

I decided to branch out beyond my nonfiction audiobook niche by listening to Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine, which is a short book of prose poems about different aspects of racism in the U.S. I thought that a lot of Rankine’s writing was extremely powerful and there were several lines that gave me chills, but it seemed like some passages were just so much stronger than others. I also found audiobook a difficult format for poetry; I was constantly rewinding to make sure I was fully appreciating the words.

I also finally allowed myself to finish A Court of Mist and Fury, after savoring it for about a month. This series is so romantic and dramatic; it was a fantastic sequel that definitely surpassed the first book. Recommended for fans of romantic fantasy.

The Color of Magic was a disappointment for me. I’ve read two other Discworld books (Mort and Small Gods) that I enjoyed, but this one unfortunately got really…boring. It started out well, with humor and an interesting setup, but then went rapidly downhill. I know that this is the first book in the series and isn’t widely considered one of the best, but I was still disappointed–particularly with the book’s treatment of female characters. I understand that Pratchett was satirizing a lot of aspects of fantasy literature, but it’s still really unnecessary, and in my opinion a turnoff to a lot of female readers, to have literally every female character be naked in this book.

I’m currently reading:

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (The Neapolitan Novels, #3)The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)

I’m about 1/4 of the way through Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay (the third book in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels), which so far is surpassing the previous book in intrigue. We’re getting more and more hints toward the future of the relationship between Elena and Lila, and things are happening really quickly. Also, in a not-so-shocking turn of events, I ordered the fourth book, The Story of the Lost Child, on B&N.com.

Also! I am 100% on board with The Raven Boys. I complain a lot about my pickiness with YA, but this book is hitting all the right notes for me. I purposefully didn’t read anything about the plot or characters before starting it (I picked it up entirely on recommendations from bloggers and bookstagrammers) and I think that was a really good decision. I love all of the characters, the setting, and the fantasy elements. It’s really unlike any other YA I’ve read before. I’m about 1/3 of the way through and already putting the second book on hold at my library.

And for audio, I picked up The Cuckoo’s Calling again after abandoning it about 2/3 of the way through this winter. I wasn’t in the right mood for it before, but I’m enjoying it more now, particularly as the plot is finally starting to pick up. Finally. I’m definitely going to finish it this time, but I doubt I’ll read the rest of this series.

Up next:

Men We ReapedThe Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)The Story of the Lost Child (The Neapolitan Novels, #4)

I think my next audiobook will be a book I’ve had my eye on for awhile: Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward. I’m really in the mood for some nonfiction, and this sounds so powerful yet personal. Here’s the Goodreads blub: “In five years, Jesmyn Ward lost five young men in her life—to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men. Dealing with these losses, one after another, made Jesmyn ask the question: Why? And as she began to write about the experience of living through all the dying, she realized the truth—and it took her breath away. Her brother and her friends all died because of who they were and where they were from, because they lived with a history of racism and economic struggle that fostered drug addiction and the dissolution of family and relationships. Jesmyn says the answer was so obvious she felt stupid for not seeing it. But it nagged at her until she knew she had to write about her community, to write their stories and her own.”

As far as print books go, I can see myself jumping right into the next books in the Raven Cycle and Neapolitan Novels next. It’s so weird–I feel like I NEVER read already completed series, and it’s such a nice feeling not to have to wait until the next book is released. Not that this will ever stop me from reading unfinished series, but it is quite nice.

 

What are you all reading this Monday? Feel free to link to your posts!

 

 

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9 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What are you reading?”

  1. I’m super-picky about YA but lately I’ve been thinking about picking up “The Raven Boys” after seeing it so many times. I’m glad you’re enjoying it! I’ve also seen the Elena Ferrante series a billion times but I’m always on the fence about it. I’m intrigued, but not enough to commit to it. And those covers always turn me off!

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    1. I want to talk to whoever does the marketing/cover art for Elena Ferrante’s books, because I think they are costing her a lot of readers! Trust me–ignore the covers because the books are so well-written. As a picky YA reader myself, I’d say you should give The Raven Boys a shot 🙂 Although I tend to hate a lot of YA series that most people love, so you never know!

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  2. Oh I loved Citizen and listened to the audiobook version as well, but found it very powerful. I just used the 30sec rewind thing sometimes if I thought I missed something, but it worked well. I also listened to Brown Girl Dreaming before that so perhaps that helped me get used to the style 🙂 Yay Jesmyn Ward, I need to read her book still, need to get a move on before the new one comes out. Hope you’re enjoying it! Happy reading 🙂

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    1. I think going for poetry on an audiobook as someone who has a hard time listening to audiobooks in general was too big of a step for me haha, although I thought some segments of Citizen were really amazing. So far, Men We Reaped is excellent–I’m listening to the audiobook and I also really like the narrator.

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