Shelf #17 Complete, On to Shelf #18

I wrote this on April 6th, but never published it. Go me!

This is probably not going to be a great year for reading. I’ve been in a funk, and it’s probably because I’m being pulled in too many directions. This has also been a very difficult school year, and burnout started much earlier than usual. I absolutely loved The City We Became and The World We Make, but it took me a long time to read them. I think I started The City We Became three times before I had time to keep going. Once I get the fourth marking period mapped out and organized, I will be able to focus on reading again. 

As for a review . . . I have to say that I was surprised at how different these books seemed from The Broken Earth trilogy. They weren’t what I expected, but that’s not a bad thing. The novels center around the avatars of New York City, which has just been awakened, and the battle that ensues with an entity trying to destroy it. I’d say more about the general plot, but I don’t want to spoil anything. The avatars are the embodiments of each of New York City’s boroughs, Jersey City (in an interesting twist), and the city as a whole. What I loved most was the character development of each avatar and the dynamics between them. I read the bulk of each novel in one sitting because I was so invested in the world building and the characters. I’m sad that it ended up being a duology instead of a trilogy because I’d love more (but I totally understand why the trilogy didn’t happen). Highly recommend these!

Now for shelf #18!

This decision is easy. I will be reading Babel by R. F. Kuang. 

Books I’ve read:

  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Darkness at Noon by Arthur Koestler
  • Lightning by Dean Koontz
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  • Grey Bees by Andrey Kurkov
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle 
  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence