My reading is a little all over the place this month, as completing my mini reading challenge means it felt like I suddenly had so many options to choose from, and I took advantage!
The WWW Wednesday challenge is hosted at Taking on a World of Words, and very simply involves answering three questions about your reading.
What are you currently reading?
Raybearer – Jordan Ifueko
Synopsis: Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady.
The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of Eleven. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere.
But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust.
I have thoughts on this book (me @ me: 🙄), so I might do a mini-review or something, but that doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying it – which I am, A LOT. I cannot believe I took so long to finally start reading this, but luckily, the sequel is out later this year, so there is some bonus! If you also haven’t read this yet, now is a good time!
What have you recently finished?
Luster – Raven Leliani
Synopsis: Edie is just trying to survive. She’s messing up in her dead-end admin job in her all-white office, is sleeping with all the wrong men, and has failed at the only thing that meant anything to her, painting. No one seems to care that she doesn’t really know what she’s doing with her life beyond looking for her next hook-up.
And then she meets Eric, a white, middle-aged archivist with a suburban family, including a wife who has sort-of-agreed to an open marriage and an adopted black daughter who doesn’t have a single person in her life who can show her how to do her hair.
Oh no, another book that requires a mini-review… My main surprise at this book was that, although Edie’s relationship with Eric is a big part of the story, it seems almost minimal compared to everything else it contains. I mean, Eric felt like one of those plot devices that come along and spur you on a different life journey – and I really enjoyed Edie’s journey.
Also, the writing is breathtaking here, seriously. It’s one of the most accurate depictions of life in your 20s that I’ve read in a long time, simply because of the little moments.
What are you going to read next?
You Deserve Each Other – Sarah Hogle
Synopsis: Meet Naomi and Nicholas: the Perfect Couple. Their glorious, lavish wedding is coming up in three short months . . . and they are utterly, miserably sick of each other. Unfortunately, whoever backs out first will end up bearing the brunt of the wedding bill. When Naomi finds out that Nicholas has been feigning contentment too, the two of them go head-to-head in a battle of sabotage, pranks, and all-out emotional warfare to see who can annoy the other into surrendering first.
Now that they have nothing to lose, they’re finally being themselves. In fact, they’re having so much fun getting on each other’s nerves that it starts to feel like something else entirely…
Sometimes you’re in the mood for some fun romance? Plus, I put this book on a TBR post a while back, and there’s really nothing that makes me proud of myself more than actually reading books I said I would.
What are you reading rn? And do you have any suggestions for me?