Oh My Aslan
Reading progress update: I've read 84 out of 210 pages.
Scouting for the Reaper - Jacob M. Appel
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5 Stars
Coulrophobia & Fata Morgana - Gilbert Allen;Terry Dubow;Valerie Fioravanti;M.S. Allen;Jacob M. Appel;Kathleen Toomey Jabs;Tom Juvik;Amina Gautier;Nick Healy

I received this book for free through LibraryThing's Member Giveaways.

 

I really enjoyed this and typically I have a hard time with short stories. Usually, I find them to be polarizing; I either love the story or hate it. With this collection I liked pretty much all of them They were all really creative and different and overall just refreshing to read. My favorites were, "Pollen," "Saluting the Magpie," and "Hearth and Home."

Reading progress update: I've read 145 out of 182 pages.
Coulrophobia & Fata Morgana - Gilbert Allen;Terry Dubow;Valerie Fioravanti;M.S. Allen;Jacob M. Appel;Kathleen Toomey Jabs;Tom Juvik;Amina Gautier;Nick Healy
Reading progress update: I've read 27 out of 182 pages.
Coulrophobia & Fata Morgana - Gilbert Allen;Terry Dubow;Valerie Fioravanti;M.S. Allen;Jacob M. Appel;Kathleen Toomey Jabs;Tom Juvik;Amina Gautier;Nick Healy
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4 Stars
These Heroic, Happy Dead: Stories - Luke Mogelson

I received this book for free through Bookstr's giveaways.

 

Like most short story collections, there were some stories I liked and some that I didn't. My personal favorites were "To the Lake," "Sea Bass," and "Visitors".

 

The author did a good job of showcasing how war can affect people and their families.

 

Overall, it was well written and I enjoyed it.

Reading progress update: I've read 57 out of 192 pages.
These Heroic, Happy Dead: Stories - Luke Mogelson
Review
4 Stars
Etiquette & Espionage - Gail Carriger

I picked this book up at my local Dollar Tree store. I had heard of this series before so when I saw it I just had to get it.

 

I have never read the Parasol Protectorate series so I was a bit unfamiliar with the world. Regardless, this book was still lot of fun. My only issue was that the ending felt rushed.

Reading progress update: I've read 19 out of 307 pages.
Etiquette & Espionage - Gail Carriger
Review
5 Stars
The Mothers: A Novel - Brit Bennett

I received this book for free through a complimentary Quarterly Literary Box.

I really liked this book. First off, it is incredibly well written. It was such an easy read. Some books I find myself slogging through but I didn't with this book. Everything just flowed nicely and it was effortless to read if that makes any sense.

The characters felt very real and dynamic. The author did a good job giving everyone's perspective.

I loved the setting of San Diego and how it was incorporated.

As for the abortion element, I thought it was handled well. I didn't take any issue with it.

A little random but one of my favorite quotes was, "A girl's first time was supposed to hurt. Suffering pain is what made you a woman. Most of the milestones in a woman's life were accompanied by pain, like her first time having sex or birthing a child. For men, it was all orgasms and champagne" (210). As soon as I read that I was like, Ain't that the truth!

Overall, I was really impressed by this. It was an amazing debut novel.

Reading progress update: I've read 189 out of 288 pages.
The Mothers: A Novel - Brit Bennett
Reading progress update: I've read 139 out of 288 pages.
The Mothers: A Novel - Brit Bennett
Reading progress update: I've read 24 out of 288 pages.
The Mothers: A Novel - Brit Bennett
Review
4.5 Stars
Human Acts - Han Kang

I received this book for free through Bookstore's giveaways.

 

I'm in between giving this 4 or 5 stars so I'm giving it 4.5. 

 

This is a powerful book. It explores the Gwangju Uprising that happened in May of 1980 in South Korea. I had never even heard of that uprising prior to reading this book. This book highlights the violence of it all and the real human lives that were affected by it.

 

I liked how all the stories were interconnected and all the complex layers it showed. It gave different perspectives throughout different points of times. Kang did a great job with the emotions of all the characters. She gave a personal and human touch to the uprising.

 

I had read Han Kang's previous novel, The Vegetarian, and had a hard time "getting" it. I didn't have the same problem with this book.

 

Overall, this is a riveting and emotionally stirring book that sheds a human light on an awful atrocity.

Reading progress update: I've read 161 out of 224 pages.
Human Acts - Han Kang
Reading progress update: I've read 22 out of 224 pages.
Human Acts - Han Kang

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