I had heard of this book by Patrick Ness around the time it came out, but I was sure I would never have the time to get around to it, so I kind of forgot about it. Then a friend of mine listened to the audiobook and raved about it – after admitting she’s never watched “Buffy.” Being a huge “Buffy” fan myself, that just intrigued me more, but again, I didn’t have time so I forgot about it.
I loved Heart-Shaped Box and the reviews for this doorstop by Joe Hill all raved about it, so I couldn’t wait to read it. I bought the ebook when it was on sale last year and it sat on my kindle until November. I wanted a spooky read for Halloween, and even though I knew this one wasn’t creepy in the same way Heart-Shaped Box was, and even though I didn’t start reading it until after Halloween, it still satisfied my craving.
The Fireman is about a plague, called Dragonscale, that covers people in black and gold swirls before they eventually burst into flames and burn to death. So in addition to the usual panic associated with plagues with no cure, there’s the added fear that the infected will burn everything and everyone around them.
The main character is a woman named Harper who also happens to be a nurse. She gets infected and her less-than-stellar husband blames her for volunteering to work with the sick and thereby jeopardizing his health. To make matters worse, Harper soon finds out she’s pregnant, and they don’t know if she’ll be able to safely carry the baby to term, but she’s determined to try.
This was my first time reading anything by Agatha Christie and I enjoyed it much more than I had thought I would. When we realized the movie was coming out, my mom went out and bought a copy of the book, devoured it on vacation and then passed it on to me. I’m not a fast reader, but it only took me about a day and a half to get through this book in which the famous detective, Hercule Poirot, is aboard the Orient Express on his way to take a vacation when the train is delayed because of massive amounts of snow on the tracks. The same night the train gets stopped, a man is murdered.
My mom got an ARC of this memoir by Pamela Paul and thoroughly enjoyed it. She offered me her copy when she was done with it and I turned it down, but then I ended up at my parents’ house unexpectedly after my dog had dragged me over. I was unprepared with my own reading material, but I saw this one lying around, decided to give it a try, and was instantly hooked.
This debut, YA novel by Nic Stone just came out last year, so I hurried to read it. One of my friends called it one of the best YA books of the year, and I was like, “Sorry, but that title has already gone to The Hate U Give.” But then I read Dear Martin and … it’s a tight race, you guys. Like, really, really tight.
Both books deal with the Black Lives Matter movement. Both have black main characters that are witness to their best friends getting gunned down by cops, then have to testify and deal with the aftermath. Both are dating (or want to date) white people and they have mixed feelings about that. Both have white friends, some of whom are “woke,” others not so much.MORE +
I had never read anything by Gabriel Garcia Márquez before this, but Book Riot challenged me to read a book set in South America or Central America by an author from South America or Central America. Someone else in my IRL Read Harder book group mentioned Márquez, so I decided to read this book. I had heard the title before, but didn’t know anything about it and figured I should educate myself, especially since Márquez won the Nobel prize for literature.
Everyone was raving about this book by Mohsin Hamid so I added it to my TBR. Despite the fact that it’s super short, I figured the chances of my getting around to reading it would be slim, and since I’ve gotten into listening to more audiobooks lately, I decided to audiobook this one.
Hamid narrates it himself, and he’s an OK narrator. He has a soothing voice, but it’s also pretty monotone. I would have livened it up, but far be it from me to tell a writer how they should tell their own story.
What It’s About
The novel is about emigration, specifically refugees who often get shuttled around the world to various places where no one wants them, but they can’t go home, so they get stuck living on the fringes of society in unfamiliar worlds.
A little over a year ago, I committed to reading more books by and about people of color, and part of that included a commitment to learning more about the history of Native Americans and reading more Asian literature. I think I’m doing pretty well on my African American literature, but wanted to be sure to branch out to include other groups in my reading.
I wanted to see “Carol” when it came out a few years ago, mostly because it has an excellent cast and because of the few Oscar nominations it got. But being me, I wanted to read the book first, so I grabbed a copy when I was in an indie bookstore with my dad a year or two ago.
Then BookRiot challenged me to read an LGBTQ+ romance and that was my excuse to rush Patricia Highsmith’s book to the top of my reading list.
Considering how excited I was for it, I’m not sure how I feel about this book. I liked it, but I didn’t love it as much as I was expecting.
I read The Devil in the White City as soon as I heard Leonardo DiCaprio had bought the film rights (still waiting on that Leo…). I loved it, so when Erik Larson came out with this book a couple years ago I couldn’t wait to read it.
Of course, with my massive TBR list, this one kept getting pushed back. Probably because it’s nonfiction.
But lately I’ve been listening to more and more audiobooks, especially nonfiction, and finally I realized I didn’t have to make time to read Larson’s latest book. I just had to make time to listen to it.
Hurray for audiobooks!
It was totally worth the wait, though. I had forgotten what a phenomenal writer Larson is, but this book lost no time in reminding me.MORE +