Happy Monday! Or unhappy Monday… whichever is more appropriate. This week has felt a bit like a juggling trick. I’m trying to wrap up all my homework to graduate in April, plan a readathon (also in April), keep up with reading and ARC deadlines, and keep my blog active. It’s a lot! I’m pretty exhausted but I’m really proud of the work I’ve been getting done.
I didn’t finish anything last week! I’m taking a slow month for reading after read so much in February and since I’m prepping for my April readathon. My audiobook (Monday’s Not Coming) also had to go back to the library so I haven’t finished that one yet.
I started two different books last week and I am loving both of them! First, I started All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders. I picked up this book for Bookcon last year and had the wonderful chance to meet the author, but it took me forever to start reading this book! Dani finally got me to pick it up and it was nothing like what I expected but I’m so intrigued.
I also got approved on Netgalley for Descendant of the Crane by Joan He this week so I took a break from my other read to review it before release. It is so good so far but I have a lot of questions about the plot so I’m very excited to review it once I’m finished.
I’m starting Roomies by Christina Lauren. This is a very different read for me since I typically don’t reach for contemporary romance, especially not NA or adult romance. I asked on Twitter about which Christina Lauren book I should check out so we will see how it goes!
Usually my last thoughts on Sunday are “oh no tomorrow is Monday.” Well, Monday is here, but so is a new blog post from your two favorite jellies! That’s something to celebrate, right?
Last week I read The Wicked King in one day because I just could not put it down. It was so, dare I say, absolutely magical; not just because it’s a fae world, but because Holly Black is pure magic herself. Although there are so many things about this series I really love and find myself drawn to, I am particularly fond of how Holly writes dialogue. It feels...ancient, almost. The way royals speak in this languid and beautiful cadence. It’s rich with superiority and respect, even when shaming and degrading others. It’s the kind of speech and word choice you’d find in old poetry or victorian novels, it’s really nice.
I am doing this super weird thing I never do, which is reading more than one book at once. I’ve really wanted to re-read the Harry Potter books because I can no longer remember them or distinguish between book and movie; it was a big part of my childhood and I wanted to relive it and appreciate it again now that I’m older. So I’ve decided to re-read the HP books in tandem with newer releases on my shelves I haven’t gotten to yet. Alongside the Sorcerer's Stone, I just started Blanca y Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore! I’ve read two other books by her and talk about magic. She has such a way with metaphors and with striking and specific imagery, it’s fascinating. Excited to get into this one!
Assuming I finish Blanca y Roja by next Monday, I think up next will be Earth to Charlie! I’ve recently acquired an ARC of this one, and I’ve been so excited to read it. This one’s been on my TBR shelf for several months, so it’s highly anticipated.
That’s me for this week! Check in next week to see my thoughts on Blanca y Roja and if I will actually finish an HP for the first time in like seven years. Until we speak next, may you have joyous days filled with magic and fun and turning pages!