- A Study in Silks, Emma Jane Holloway
- A Study in Darkness, Emma Jane Holloway
- Three Parts Dead, Max Gladstone (audio)
- Raven Strategem, Yoon Ha Lee
I hadn't planned to bother reading this, because the first book was so slow and difficult, but after reading a lot of commentary that said it starts right in with action and is much easier to follow, I put a hold on it at the library. Those commentators weren't wrong; I couldn't put this down and am dying to know what happens next.
- Velveteen vs the Multiverse, Seanan McGuire (audio)
- The House of Binding Thorns, Aliette de Bodard
- Everfair, Nisi Shawl
- City of Stairs, Robert Jackson Bennett
- How Jesus Became God, Bart D Ehrman
- Out of the Black Land, Kerry Greenwood
- City of Blades, Robert Jackson Bennett
- Slavery by Another Name, Douglas A. Blackmon
- Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty
- Not So Good a Gay Man, Frank M. Robinson
- The Card Catalog, Carla Hayden
- Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly
- The Other Einstein, Marie Benedict
Abandoned after one chapter. Sounded so promising, but I didn't care for the voice given to the first-person narrator.
- The Refrigerator Monologues, Catherynne M. Valente
- City of Miracles, Robert Jackson Bennett
- Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen
- Gateway, Sharon Shinn
- Welcome to Nightvale the Novel, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (audio)
- The Cost of Lunch, Etc, Marge Piercy
I got this expecting poetry, because I've heard of Piercy as a poet, but it turns out to be a short story collection. I read part of the first four stories, found all of them sordid and tawdry (detailed descriptions of unpleasant toilets, for example) and bailed on the book.
- Little, Big, John Crowley
This book is famous, but I found it disappointing. Lush beautiful writing, but not much There there.
- Norse Mythology, Neil Gaiman (audio)
- I Will Not Be Moved, Maya Angelou
- The Collapsing Empire, John Scalzi
- The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman (audio)
- Miniatures, the Very Short Fiction of, John Scalzi
- Velveteen vs the Junior Super Patriots League, Seanan McGuire (audio)
Started this months ago with Tammie while on a road trip to visit her mother in Alabama, but we didn't finish it. I was saving it to finish with her but finally gave up on waiting. Turns out we were in the middle of the last chapter. Just started the next book in the series.
- The Paying Guests, Sarah Waters
- Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood
- Murder on the Ballarat Train, Kerry Greenwood
- John Dies at the End, David Wong
That's some weird shit, yo. I finished it, but I didn't really get it or enjoy it, and I don't think I'll read the sequels.
- Gather Her Round, Alex Bledsoe (audio)
- Conspiracy of Ravens, Lila Bowen
- Art of the Pie, Kate McDermott
This was the "Big Library Read" for March-April. I consider myself a pie aficionada and also something of an expert at pie baking, so I was interested to see if there would be anything to learn. And there was A LOT.
I think I'm going to end up buying this one.
- The Highland Dragon's Lady, Isabel Cooper
- Night of the Highland Dragon, Isabel Cooper
- Swan Song, Robert R. McCammon
Abandoned after like two pages. I really don't want to read a book about nuclear war with the Soviet Union given the current state of the world.
- When the Moon Was Ours, Anna-Marie McLemore
- The Traitor Baru Cormorant, Seth Dickinson
- Infomocracy, Malka Older
- Furiously Happy, Jenny Lawson
- Magic for Nothing, Seanan McGuire (audio)
- Hollow City, Ransom Riggs
- Library of Souls, Ransom Riggs
Lots of travel combined with jury duty this month means lots of reading time.
- Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
- Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (audio)
- My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante, abandoned 40%
I got bored. Lovely writing about annoying people, and nothing much happening. I just read an interview with Ursula K. Leguin where she called Ferrante overrated, and I'm afraid I have to agree.
- The Burning Page, Genevieve Cogman
- Chapel of Ease, Alex Bledsoe (audio)
- Seven Surrenders, Ada Palmer
- Attachments, Rainbow Rowell
- Ready Player One, Ernest Cline
- Rasputin, Faith, Power, and the Twilight of the Romanovs, Douglas Smith
Abandoned 40%. Got lost on all the Russian names and went to something else and it expired. Didn't care enough to renew it.
- The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander
- The Core of the Sun, Johanna Sinisalo
- Borderline: The Arcadia Project, Mishell Baker
- An Accident of Stars, Foz Meadows
- The Natural Way of Things, Charlotte Wood
- No Proper Lady, Isabel Cooper
- Hunger Makes the Wolf, Alex Wells
- Wake of Vultures, Lila Bowen
- Legend of the Highland Dragon, Isabel Cooper
- Wishful Drinking, Carrie Fisher (audio)
Raw and funny.
- A Closed and Common Orbit, Becky Chambers
- The Princess Diarist, Carrie Fisher
- Last Year, Robert Charles Wilson
- Digger, Ursula Vernon
- A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett
- The Invisible Library, Genevieve Cogman
- The Magicians, Lev Grossman (audio)
Claudia described the TV series as "the characters are horrible people but it's oddly compelling". I can't really argue with or improve on her summary.
- Career of Evil, Robert Galbraith