Hello friends! Welcome to the April edition of Reading Lately. Be sure to go over and visit Cat at Catherine Chicotka and link up any book related post below!
April was a weird month for reading. I initially thought I hadn’t really read much. But then I went to prepare this post, I realized I read 5 books. Well then, not too bad of a month after all. I also realized two things. I need to focus on reading books that I actually want to. Sometimes I get bogged down by books that I think I should read rather than ones I want to. The other thing is that short stories are just not my thing. Keep going to see why!
What I’ve been Reading Lately
Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson: I have said it a number of times, but Brandon Sanderson can do no wrong in my book. This book was no exception. It is a collection of short stories from his cosmere (all his books are within one universe but really different worlds). So it was fun to read some additional stories from those worlds. It made me want to pick them all up again. However, I’ve come to the conclusion short stories are not my thing. I would pretty much finish one in one sitting and I always found it hard to go back to the book for the next one. I think it took me almost a month to finish this one and for me, that is practically unheard of!
4 out of 5 stars
American War by Omar El Akkad: This was a fascinating book that you should definitely read. It is set in the near future with America in a second civil war. We see the viewpoint of a girl that has only known the war and the repercussions along with what people are willing to do in war. See my full review here.
3.5 out of 5 stars
c/o Book of the Month
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah: I read this book for The Blended Blog virtual book club (get all the details on our May picks!). It tells the story of two sisters that handle WWII very differently in France. One wants to keep her head down and just get through it. The younger sister itches to fight for her country and finds an amazing way to help in the war. But the older sister also gets involved in a different, but no less impressive way all while living under the nose of a German soldier that billets in her home. This is a story about how war effects the home front and the women left behind. It is also tells the story of how women impacted the war. But it also shows the relationship and growth of one family. I would recommend this to anyone that is interested in a mostly untold side of war or if you want to learn more about WWII.
3.5 out of 5 stars (almost a 4)
The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May: This is the second book of a trilogy (see the review of book one here). It was a reread for me to prepare for the final book of the trilogy. It is set in a steampunk-esque Scotland where the fae are not nice (think Wild Hunt and kill all the humans). The main character, Kam, is dealing with the repercussions of the war to keep the fae in check. With a few remaining human and fae allies, Kam must release her powers in order to save both the human and fae realms.
4 out of 5 stars
The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May: This book picks up right after The Vanishing Throne. You really need to read the first two books to know what is going on in The Fallen Kingdom. This entire trilogy is really about sacrifice, life over death, and the relationships you build throughout life. What I really like about this series is that Kam (the main character) is flawed and far from perfect. She has similar feelings to a “normal” person and in the end tries to save herself and her loved ones over the group. I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys magic, Scotland, and steampunk influences.
4 out of 5 stars
What have you been reading lately?
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