“He was an easy mark.”First line in The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
Hi, guys. I hope you’re all doing well. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words, and it’s meant to give you all a little insight into my reading this week. I’ll answer the 3 questions:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish?
- What do you think you’ll read next
What did you recently finish?
I finished The Empire of Gold by S. A. Chakraborty, the final book in the Daevabad Trilogy, and gave it 3.5 stars, making it my least favorite book in the trilogy. For some reason, it felt incredibly meandering and I was constantly wondering when we’re going back to the good stuff from book two, but we never really got there. I can’t exactly go into specifics for the final book in a trilogy, but there were also some developments that I didn’t like and some I felt could have been explored further. Still not a bad book by any means, only a bit disappointing.
What are you currently reading?
I have about a hundred pages left of The Absolutist by John Boyne, and I’m digging it a lot. It’s reminding me why I liked this author’s style in the other book of his I’ve read, The Heart’s Invisible Furies, although it’s funny that I can tell that The Absolutist was written before that one.
It has some complex characters that aren’t there for you to root for necessarily, and it’s really interesting to follow. The book is structured in such a way that it jumps back and forth in time to uncover something that happened. I’m not a big fan of that structure, and I think that’s only thing that prevents me from being over the moon about this book.
I’m also reading some non-fiction, more specifically, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. I don’t know how to review non-fiction, but so far I’ve read about how the world is rigged against introverts… so at least it’s confirming what I believe a lot of introverts are feeling. It’s a bit depressing to read of course but also oddly comforting. It’s really stressing how many people are introverts and that they’ve all had struggles similar to the ones I’ve experienced. I’m expecting to learn even more as the book explores that power we supposedly have even more.
What do you think you’ll read next?
I’m going to read a novella from the Onyx Court series by Marie Brennan called Deeds of Men. It’s very short so I should be starting something else as well but I have no clue as to what. I’m conflicted because there’s a difference between what I want to read (Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb) and what I should be reading (A Star Shall Fall by Marie Brennan). I’m leaving it on a cliffhanger here so come back next to find out whether I started a new series or continued one.