Welcome to my WWW Wednesday post! WWW Wednesday’s is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, and all it involves is answering three simple questions:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
I feel like this is a month of brightly colored covers for me, probably because I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary romance (note, none of these are contemporary romance).
Arsenic and Adobo is my audiobook, and I am not moving very quickly through it but I am loving it. Passing Strange is a novella about 1940 San Francisco that I just started, and I haven’t actually opened Outlawed yet but it’s on my Goodreads Currently Reading list (I’m working through Passing Strange first).
Before you get all impressed, Invisible Armies and War of the Flea are actually part of my research for Book 3 of the Satura Trilogy. I’m happy I’m ready both at the same time, because these authors could not possibly be further from each other on the political spectrum. I’d read a couple of Max Boot’s earlier works when I was in the Marines, but didn’t really notice his conservative slant *as much* (it was there, but at least he *kinda* tried to be objective) but whoooo nelly. I always find it incredibly fascinating and sad that conservatives always criticize leftists for being too naive about how the world operates, but the conservatives tend to always side with the people in power instead of the population under subjection.
Granted, I’m not very far into Taber’s War of the Flea, and while it is idealistic (this was written in 1965 and he was given the Gold Star treatment as a journalist in Castro’s Cuba), he does do a good analysis on how guerrilla warfare operates, and some of the principals that work (and how revolutions are viewed in history based on what class conducts it—the upper class/aristocracy vs the bourgeois vs the proles). Anywho, it seems that one side is caught up in the reasons why we fight aspect of the movement and the pseudo-romantic nature of fighting for freedom from oppression, while the other side is focused on things like property damage and who comes into power next and who loses in the struggle and communism. It somehow always comes down to communism (please note my heavy eye roll).
Somehow I’ve read ten books already this month (yeah, no clue how that happened), one of which being the fantastic graphic novel Squad, which is like if Heathers met Mean Girls met Pretty Little Liars and then they had a sapphic baby and that baby was bit by Teen Wolf and then decided to murder problematic boys for their monthly feeding. The artwork is gorgeous, there’s a lot of gore, and I kinda want a sequel focusing on Amanda? It releases October 5th, and tbh it’s the perfect ~spooky~ read.
A Lot Like Adiós is the second book in the Primas of Power trilogy, and it delivered. I’m not the biggest second chance romance fan, but this was good. Solidly sexy, with themes of family, estrangement, dealing with your past, moving on, and fanfiction.
I also finished (recentlyish) reading The Royals Next Door by Karina Halle, Like Other Girls by Britta Lundin, and While Justice Sleeps by the incomparable Stacey Abrams.
The Taking of Jake Livingston sounds fantastic and creepy and scary all at once—a Black medium at an all-white school haunted by a teenaged killer ghost who has figured out how to kill from beyond the grave. And Bad Witch Burning features a Black ghost talker who’s just trying to make money and pay her bills and then accidentally raises the dead. And apparently moving dead bodies are worth a whole heck of a lot more than spirits—so Katrell closes in a new business angle. I think we’ve all read enough horror stories to know that necromancy rarely ends well, but I am excited to see where Bad Witch Burning takes me.
I have three audiobooks currently on loan from the library, which is daunting but doable I think? I just need to get listening!
The Road Trip is Beth O’Leary’s latest contemporary romance, a second-chance story featuring two exes forced to travel together to a wedding, with chaos ensuing. Interior Chinatown is about Willis Wu, a Generic Asian Man living in a police procedural TV show, who dreams of being Kung Fu Man. It sounds like a biting commentary on American aspirations people of color and immigrants face, and I cannot wait to listen to it. I’m not the biggest fan of true crime for reasons that are too long to delve into here, but I’m in the middle of a team reading challenge, one of the prompts is “read a book that’s been on your TBR over three years” and welp, In Cold Blood was available from my library and apparently it’s a classic. We’ll see how it goes.