sunday post #14

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.

A much quieter week follows the excitement of TLA. This afternoon marks the final opera of the season: Don Giovanni. It's a Mozart classic I've neither heard nor seen performed, so it should be a treat. Otherwise I've enjoyed the pleasant spring weather and taken advantage of my free time to cross off some lingering errands—you know the type...

Next weekend is North Texas Teen Book Fest, which I'm hoping to check out! Most of the publisher events during the day are (understandably) for teens only, so I haven't decided just how much of the day I'll be in attendance. There are signings in the afternoon, though, and a couple new-to-me favorite authors will be there. As long as I get to hear one or two of their panels and chat for a moment in line, I'll consider it a success!


Not too long ago I officially finished my first buddy read, The Little Friend by Donna Tartt, which I'm doing with Evelina over on AvalinahsBooks! I don't want to spoil anything about our posts, so details will have to wait until April 25th; there will be some great discussion questions though! (I mean, I know Evelina will be sending some great ones. Mine, on the other hand...) This book also counts towards my TBR Pile Challenge, keeping me on track there as well.

I also read a Goodreads giveaway ARC, What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine. If you enjoy fiction with a feminist bent (think The Handmaid's Tale and The Bloody Chamber) then you should appreciate Wild, which comes out in early May. I loved the imagery, mythology, and characterization, although the allegorical elements did feel heavy-handed at times.

Sunburn by Laura Lippman was more lackluster than I'd hoped. It's a thoroughly average thriller, although I will admit that she juggles the multiple (unmarked) perspectives very well. I would consider picking up another of her novels because I enjoyed her writing style, but for a story with supposedly high stakes it felt like she tipped her hand far too early in the book.

Lastly, this week I let April's Book of the Month selection skip to the front of the line! Technically I suppose I'm still reading an advance copy: Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall doesn't come out until May and this printing was an early exclusive for BOTM. It's been on my TBR ever since I saw it on MCD/FSG's site earlier this year, though, and boy does it deliver! Unlike last week's The Beloveds, Hall uses an unreliable narrator to great (and creepy) effect.


Book Review: Liar's Candle by August Thomas
Down the TBR Hole #16
Between Daemons: Does 'Required Reading' Ruin Books?
Book Review: Warcross by Marie Lu


The only hauls this week were trades! I'm really looking forward to reading Fawkes by Nadine Brandes, which gives a supernatural twist to the well-known plot to blow up British Parliament in the 17th Century. I also got a physical ARC of Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody—yay! I was fortuante enough to read an eARC and participate in the blog tour a couple weeks ago. This is just a nice little addition to my collection of Amanda's books.

What bookish events go on in your area? Do you ever get to participate? Say hello in the comments and I hope y'all have a great week!

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