sunday post #11

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer. It's a chance to recap posts from the past week and tease upcoming content, as well as share new books, reading challenge progress, and anything else you've come across in the last seven days.

Thankfully my birthday week came and went as quietly as I hoped it would. A couple of friends were insistent on doing something, so we had a nice little lunch yesterday and caught up. Other than cake after dinner with my parents on the day of, this was pretty much a week like any other! A lot of rain is headed our way this coming week; thankfully it isn't expected until later today or tonight, because I'll be outdoors most of the day, but I adore grey, cloudy weather! However odd it may sound I'm always happier and more content on rainy days—plus it's the perfect backdrop for reading. While I hope the weather doesn't cause any serious problems in the city, I'm selfishly looking forward to a few April showers before the sun and heat of a Texas summer settle in for good.


Boy am I disappointed to say I didn't enjoy my first book of the week, Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young. I actually requested it directly from the publisher, who was kind enough to give me access to the NetGalley eARC, which sharpens the sting a little. I wish I could at least pick out a small positive to highlight, but this was a rare, total miss. My review won't run until after its late April release date, the early excitement has me very curious to see what other advance opinions are.

I had much better luck with the two books that followed it though! Taking a break from review copies, I continued the Southern Reach trilogy with Authority by Jeff VanderMeer. It moves the action from inside Area X to the government agency attempting to manage and decipher the strange region. Authority builds the same terrible, bone-chilling dread that made Annihilation such a success for me, while throwing in a hearty dose of gallows humor about bureaucratic ineptitude. While I need to stay on track with my reviews for now, I'm really looking forward to starting Acceptance soon.

Then...I finally got to read Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik! And it. was. AMAZING. I kept having to restrain myself from tweeting out quotes and otherwise losing my mind over a book that's still four months away from release. I only want to say two things: 1) Avoid summaries any more detailed that what comes on the dust jacket, because its best experienced going in blind, and 2) Whatever other hype you hear, believe it. Spinning Silver surpassed Uprooted for me, which I didn't expect and it didn't need to come close to doing for me love.


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State of the ARC #3
Blog Tour: Ace of Shades + Q&A with Amanda Foody
Book Review: The Balcony by Jane Delury


A couple of unexpected ARCs bookend this week's haul! Thank you to Hogarth Books for sending a copy of The Pisces by Melissa Broder and to St. Martin's Press for Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope! A lack of impulse control led me to guarantee an ARC of Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson through Penguin's First to Read program, and also to request Suicide Club by Rachel Heng on NetGalley. The buzz around both titles was just too strong for me to ignore! My Powell's Indiespensable subscription also came in this week: for Volume 72 they selected Census by Jesse Ball, and also included an ARC of Your Duck is My Duck, a short story collection by Deborah Eisenberg. This is an admittedly pricey subscription ($44.99 every 6-8 weeks if you're shipping in the US) but I can't recommend it enough to fans of literary fiction. The signed and slipcased first editions are absolutely gorgeous and oftentimes the publisher provides an ARC of a title that I might never have heard of otherwise. I've been getting them for about a year now and each box is a real treat!

What's your favorite birthday tradition? Are you a lover of spring showers, or are you impatient for summer to arrive?

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