The Sunday Post #2: Weekly Update + Book Mail

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s time to recap the week and talk about what bookish content is coming up next week.

Once again, I finished two books this week.

Title: Pachinko

Author: Min Jin Lee

Genre: historical fiction

Published: February 7, 2017

Rating: I didn’t rate this book

You can read my review and my reasons for not rating Pachinko here.

Title: The Man from Berlin

Author: Luke McCallin

Genre: historical fiction + mystery

Published: July 2, 2013


Rating: 3 out of 5.

You can read my review and my reasons for choosing to display the back cover instead of the front here.

So, this week was my birthday week. I’m officially twenty-three years old! My boyfriend got me a copy of N. K. Jemisin’s newest book, The City We Became, for the occasion, but it hasn’t arrived in the mail yet. I’m very excited though! I’ve always been fascinated by New York City and books that have a strong sense of place, and that combined with everything I’ve heard about the plot and characters means that I have very, very high expectations for The City We Became. This will be my first N. K. Jemisin book, though I do have a copy of The Fifth Season that I’ve been meaning to read.

I mentioned in my previous Sunday Post that I had ordered some (used) books for myself. They arrived all at once on Wednesday.

The Perfect Assassin by K. A. Doore.

A high fantasy murder mystery involving assassins and their marks, set in a desert city on stilts. Sounds perfect, right? I also cannot for the life of me remember where, but my first encounter with this book involved someone claiming that the assassin protagonist was asexual. I considered myself asexual for a long time (and I still have a weird, confusing relationship with my sexuality) so at that moment I considered myself hooked.

Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb

This is a nostalgia trip for me. Not because I’ve read Ship of Magic before, but because I grew up on thick fantasy paperbacks with illustrated covers, especially Dennis L. Mckiernan’s Mithgar series. (The Iron Tower trilogy, which I read first and which kicked off my childhood love of reading, is huuuugely derivative of The Lord of the Rings and for that reason I have a love-hate relationship with the series, but whatever). I’m hoping that Robin Hobb’s fantasy will be even better than what I read as a child, and that it will inspire a similar adoration in my adult self.

Apparently this book has multiple perspectives and follows a large cast of characters, all of whom are involved with sentient wooden sailing ships. I’m extremely curious about how that nonhuman consciousness is handled, and I like traveling stories about traders and pirates.

The Door by Magda Szabó

This book is set in Hungary and is written by a Hungarian author, and is about a female writer’s relationship with her highly eccentric housekeeper. I am very ready to read this book, which is all about the development of the relationship between the two women over many years.

A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos

The Mirror Visitor quartet (of which A Winter’s Promise is the first installment) is a French fantasy series that was recently translated into English. It’s about a bookish and happily single woman who gets married off to a man she doesn’t know from a distant land. This woman also has the ability to travel through mirrors. I picked up this book because I expect to relate heavily to the protagonist, and because the summary on the back suggests there will be a lot of plotting and intrigue.

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