With NaNoWriMo in progress, my main focus this month has of course been more on writing than reading, but I’ve been through a number of books too. Can’t write all the time!
I’m continuing my reread of Catherynne Valente’s Fairyland series, with Books 3 and 4, The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and The Boy Who Lost Fairyland. I particularly enjoy Book 4, which shifts the perspective to the point of view of a changeling brought to the strange land of Chicago. Seeing our world translated through a lens of Valente’s particular brand of fantasy is truly brilliant.
I continued my read of reincarnation books as well – first with The Next Together by Lauren James, which seemed so very promising. A couple meets and falls in love in four different lifetimes, and the novel interweaves all four timelines. Unfortunately it never quite wove together as much as I hoped, and the ending felt very rushed. I then reread The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North. I enjoyed that one very much the first time, a bit less on the second – I’m coming to think that a lot of reincarnation-type stories rest heavily on concept, and that doesn’t lend itself well to multiple reads. I did enjoy this one still, though, just not quite as I remembered. Continue reading “What I’ve Been Reading Lately (November, 2022)”