This was an audiobook and poetry weekend, to be sure! After finishing Gold Rush Manliness and Everything You Love Will Burn, I decided to pick up some romance and poetry. I have a lot more nonfiction on my list, but mixing it up definitely keeps things interesting. I’m also enjoying Cage of Souls by Adrian Tchaikovsky, an epic sci-fi book.
Almost Love by Louise O’Neill
All she wanted to do was stand there and look. Being by the sea always made Sarah feel small. Insignificant in a way that was comforting somehow.
I’m actually setting this one aside for now. About halfway done, and whilst I really do like O’Neill’s writing and I’m definitely going to try one of her other books, I’m not in the right mood for this one. I think what the book is trying to depict is an important topic to discuss – how bad relationships can become – but I don’t think I’m in the head space for it. As well, Sarah is a character that I’m struggling to connect to. I’ll probably come back to this at some point though. The story certainly does draw you in.
I also picked out a few poems to read this week as I was definitely missing poetry. Uncanny Magazine has a lot of great poetry, so I checked out some of their recent issues
I started with ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ by Ada Hoffmann.
Have you ever torn through a forest of books, trawling the half-naked
of dream and the tarnish of myth, desperately seeking
Pretty, right? I liked this one. What a lovely poem. Available here.
Followed it up with Brandon O’Brien’s ‘Elegy for the Self as Villeneuve’s Belle’, which was brilliant.
Wanting pretty things is hunger, too,
and having is feasting, denied by few.
I also read Annie Neugebauer’s ‘The Wooden Box’. Really liked this one!
It’s a wooden box,
ornately carved, beautifully
stained a dark mahogany.
It’s dry as I lift it up
and gently slide out the
Gave me chills, to be honest! Read here.
- Cage of Souls | science fiction, dystopian
- A Small Revolution in Germany | lgbt, fiction
- Agnes Grey | classics, fiction
- The Curse of the Black Cat | fantasy, lgbt
What’s everyone reading this week?