Things have been very busy with planting and outdoor work, which has slowed my reading colossally. We ended up deciding on a whim to fix one particular landscaping area behind my house, and it turned into a huge project but a fun and rewarding one. It’ll be nice to have some new, different plants to share for Flower Friday too.
I just finished up That Weekend, which turned out to be pretty good. I’ll post my review within a week as this releases in June.
I’m reading with the kids The Dark Lord Clementine and Echo Mountain. The first one is taking some time to get into.
The kids are close to a DNF with this one, but we’re only on chapter 4, so I’ll push them a little more before we decide to do that. It just isn’t holding their interest. Personally, I like it so far, but it’s a little slow.
On the other hand, Echo Mountain is one they thoroughly love; they look forward to cracking it open every day.
I’m reading two books: For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten, and Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner.
For the Wolf is a NetGalley Read I couldn’t wait to request. I took this for a “Little Red Riding Hood” retelling, but it has some “Beauty and the Beast” elements too. It’s super descriptive and slow, so it’s going to take me some time to finish it. I’m finding that distracting, but I’m loving the writing. Certain aspects of this actually reminds me of Red Wolf, but it’s definitely different. Something interesting is that the author actually posted content warnings on her website. How awesome is that? I wish every author did that. I don’t worry too much about content warnings for myself, but I know other readers who do. It seems like such a considerate thing to do for your readers.
The first daughter is for the Throne.
The second daughter is for the Wolf.
For fans of Uprooted and The Bear and the Nightingale comes a dark fantasy novel about a young woman who must be sacrificed to the legendary Wolf of the Wood to save her kingdom. But not all legends are true, and the Wolf isn’t the only danger lurking in the Wilderwood.
As the only Second Daughter born in centuries, Red has one purpose-to be sacrificed to the Wolf in the Wood in the hope he’ll return the world’s captured gods.
Red is almost relieved to go. Plagued by a dangerous power she can’t control, at least she knows that in the Wilderwood, she can’t hurt those she loves. Again.
But the legends lie. The Wolf is a man, not a monster. Her magic is a calling, not a curse. And if she doesn’t learn how to use it, the monsters the gods have become will swallow the Wilderwood-and her world-whole.
The other book I’m starting is Crying in H Mart. This is a memoir I couldn’t pass up. Originally I heard about it on NPR, and then a few reviews from trusted friends came through. This will likely be my weekend read.
From the indie rockstar of Japanese Breakfast fame, and author of the viral 2018 New Yorker essay that shares the title of this book, an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity.
In this exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Michelle Zauner proves herself far more than a dazzling singer, songwriter, and guitarist. With humor and heart, she tells of growing up the only Asian American kid at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of struggling with her mother’s particular, high expectations of her; of a painful adolescence; of treasured months spent in her grandmother’s tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food.
As she grew up, moving to the East Coast for college, finding work in the restaurant industry, and performing gigs with her fledgling band–and meeting the man who would become her husband–her Koreanness began to feel ever more distant, even as she found the life she wanted to live. It was her mother’s diagnosis of terminal pancreatic cancer, when Michelle was twenty-five, that forced a reckoning with her identity and brought her to reclaim the gifts of taste, language, and history her mother had given her.
Vivacious and plainspoken, lyrical and honest, Zauner’s voice is as radiantly alive on the page as it is onstage. Rich with intimate anecdotes that will resonate widely, and complete with family photos, Crying in H Mart is a book to cherish, share, and reread.
I’m reading Unicorn Academy Nature Magic #1: Lily and Feather with my youngest daughter. We’re loving this story so far. This is perfect for her because it has some simple illustrations to break up the text. We purchased the second book as well. I’ve seen at least twelve books in the series so far.
I’m also still reading Lost in the Never Woods from last week, so I won’t be starting any new reads until I get caught up.
That’s it for me! What are you guys reading this week? Let’s chat.