One more weekend of competition. One more weekend. I can do this.
FINISHED SINCE THE LAST UPDATE:
The Jane Delury novel is one that reads like a collection of short stories that are loosely tied together. Having read similarly structured novels in the past, they tend to be something I enjoy, but I will admit to struggling with Ms. Delury’s version. Part of the fun is figuring out just how these stories connect, outside of the fact that they all at least partially occur on the same estate in France. Unfortunately, remembering the wide cast of characters and unraveling the threads that tie them is quite challenging especially because the stories are not chronologically linear. Even worse, some stories jump back and forth through time in the story itself. I found myself scrambling to remember characters that were introduced a few short stories prior and questioned more than once what the point was of the collection. I still have no answer to the latter, making this a disappointment and one I wish I had ended up DNFing after all.
Jonathan Maberry’s newest novel is being touted as a thriller, but I am here to say it is not a thriller. It lands firmly on the side of horror, and it is creepy af. Intense too. As well as depressing and surprisingly philosophical. I can’t say I enjoyed it as much as I expected or as I had hoped, but I will have to dwell on it for a few days for my final assessment.
DID NOT FINISH:
It was close with the Jane Delury book, but I held strong.
April Review Copies:
At least I finished the March review copies before May. I need two good readathons here to catch up, I fear.
So, what are you reading?
Oh, I’ve been eyeing Dread Nation! Will look forward to your thoughts about this one. The Oracle Year intrigues me too, but I haven’t read much comments about it yet.
I am so far behind in writing reviews that there might be some short ones in the future. I will be sure to include them all though!
I recently read one of Simon Lelic’s novels, which didn’t impress me that much. Currently reading Tomorrow, by Damian Dibben, which I am liking a lot so far.
I have at least one of his other novels. I started reading it and liked it at the time but set it aside for one reason or another and never picked it up again. We shall see about this one.
I extremely need a readathon to catch up, and I’m super hoping that I can use this weekend to at least make a start. I have a ridiculous amount of library books checked out, and that’s not even getting into the review copies.
I don’t know how effective or efficient I am going to be this weekend since Friday night is going to be a LATE, LATE night for Holly and me. I don’t expect to get home until well after midnight. Having to get up at 7 AM to start the readathon may be more than I am willing to do.
Reading Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser and it’s good. Up after that is I Am Anastasia.
ooooh I can’t wait to hear about Dread Nation! I need to start Tangerine and Children of Blood & Bone before the library comes looking for me.
I am surprised you haven’t read Dread Nation yet! You need to get on that one.
Let me save you some time…skip How to be Safe. Coming from me and Susie at Novel Visits. Prioritize Circe I hear…but haven’t read it yet. Plan to soon!
I am going to try How to be Safe. It has gotten better reviews than Wonderblood, which I did DNF. The opening chapters intrigued me, but I do go into it with very low expectations based on your comments.