I spent most the holidays coughing and spluttering on the sofa, playing Wylde Flowers on Steam Deck. It was a bit of a non-event overall, and now I’ve got to actively try and find a new job, rather than hoping one comes my way by osmosis. I would much rather have zero new year resolutions, but I should put on my big girl pants and get to it.
2024 Reading Challenges
Just the usual challenges for 2024. I did look at some others but they all seem to insist on including prompts I detest. I mean I don’t love all the Popsugar ones, but that’s a challenge I’m happy to be creative with.
Around the Year in 52 Books (Goodreads group)
SFF Titles Challenge (hosted by A Dance With Books)
On the blog:
Before, After, Alone by Emma Newman
It was great to revisit the Planetfall universe in this story collection focusing on kindness and taking pleasure in making things by hand. The one about the bear made me cry a bit.
Don’t ask me to separate these out, Murderbot has now mushed into one enjoyable binge read. I do think the series is getting better as it goes on though. I’m looking forward to the TV adaptation, Alexander Skarsgård will make a great Murderbot!
Heartstopper Volume 5 by Alice Oseman
Not the last instalment! Charlie and Nick are as adorable as ever but I felt this had a bit less story going on.
Raiders of the Lost Heart by Jo Segura
I really need to stop picking up enemies to lovers romances where the “enemy” is actually a crappy colleague and everyone’s acting unprofessional in the workplace. I liked the bits that were about treasure hunting but I’m not sure I really got behind the romance.
[ARC] Emily Wilde’s Map of the Otherlands by Heather Fawcett
As charming as the first, and look, I’ve actually reviewed this one already!
🎧 Murder and Mamon by Mia P. Manansala
I might be done with this series, I like the recurring characters so it’s not like it’s a chore to listen but I didn’t care about the mystery. Maybe there’s a limit to how many murders one small town can have? Because the mystery seemed so detached from the town itself in this one.
- ATY # 52. A cozy mystery
Cast Away by Naomi Shihab Nye
I’m just not a poetry person, but I liked some of these poems focused on litter and more metaphorical trash.
- Popsugar # 48. A collection of at least 24 poems
The Reformatory by Tananarive Due
Excellent but harrowing story based on the Dozier reform school in 1950s Florida, haunted by those who died there. Because if anywhere is going to be haunted, it will be a place like that.
- Popsugar # 40. A horror book by a BIPOC author
- ATY # 1. A book with a title that ends in A, T or Y
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Bought – Digital:
The Atlas Paradox by Olivie Blake
The Jasad Heir by Sara Hashem
The Lost Rainforests of Britain by Guy Shrubsole
To Shape a Dragon’s Breath by Moniquill Blackgoose
Frontier by Grace Curtis
Black Ops and Beaver Bombing by Fiona Mathews + Tim Kendall
Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young
The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey
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