Sunday Post #12

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

I finished ZERO books this week, which makes me feel… uncomfortable. TBH it makes me feel a bit like a failure to not have something to show for the week, but I know that’s my perfectionism talking, so I’m going to try and ignore it. I’m currently reading three novels. (Click on the title pictures for a Goodreads link!)

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

I’m halfway through this book and really loving it so far! Darius is extremely relatable for me, even though I’m not even a Fractional Persian. But the experiences of having no close friends as a teenager, finding comfort in fantasy and sci-fi books, and feeling like I don’t quite fit (even inside my own skin) is something I understand all too well. Khorram writes teenage insecurity with such raw honesty without robbing his characters of dignity, and I’m really rooting for Darius.

A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher

I think T. Kingfisher (Ursula Vernon) is becoming one of my favorite authors. This is my second book by her, after The Raven and the Reindeer (read my thoughts on that book here). The style is very much reminiscent of Terry Pratchett, but it still feels fresh and exciting. Mona reminds me a bit of Tiffany Aching, but instead of commanding a small horde of angry blue Feegles Mona’s familiar is a sentient (and occasionally carnivorous) sourdough starter. I’m about halfway through this book as well, and I love how Mona is very much a baker at heart; baking and patisserie-themed metaphors abound, which is something that I can appreciate as an amateur baker myself.

Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee

I’ve just started this book and don’t have many thoughts to share quite yet, but I have the feeling that this is a fantasy re-imagining of the Japanese invasion of Korea (something I know very little about), and I can tell from the summary that there is a lot of discussion of the effects of colonialism and colonial governments. I can’t quite remember where, but somewhere I heard this book referred to as “silkpunk” which is a fantasy subgenre I’ve never explored before. I don’t know what to expect from this book, but what I’ve read so far has been very intriguing!

And that’s it for this week! In my non-reading life, I’m working on outlining a new novel idea as well as learning how to do calligraphy and draw with a dip pen! It’s very exciting, since I had forgotten what it’s like to draw for fun. I’m in the process of registering for classes at my new university, too.

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