TLDR; a unique fantasy staring orcs, sorcery, and divinity-based magic in a shroud of mildly dark aesthetic with a pinch of sci-fi inspired features
Review: “Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre” by Max Brooks
TLDR; engaging Bigfoot thriller. A small remote town, massive natural disaster (in Rainer, rep WA state!), and group survival ‘stranded in the woods’ vibes.
Review: “Voices in Dementia Care: Reimagining the Culture of Care” by William A. Haseltine, Anna Dirksen
TLDR; A thought-provoking series of interviews with experts in the field of dementia and dementia care
Review: “Quicksand” by Malin Persson Giolito
TLDR; a legal thriller that inspired a Netflix series. Follows Maja's story as she traverses a dark web of interpersonal relationships and the current status of her trial in the aftermath of a school shooting.
Review: “The Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, a Serial Killer, and the Meaning of Murder” by Claudia Rowe
TLDR; An unconventional true crime. Written memoir-style and centers around the author's interactions with the killer in the aftermath of the crimes in a bid to better understand the darkness in all of us.
Review: “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah
TLDR; An emotional Alaskan tale about resilience and community in the face of immensely difficult situations.
ARC Review: “Strangers” by C.L. Taylor
TLDR; Mystery-thriller with a great final conclusion and an unexpected character collision.
Review: “The Rage of Dragons (The Burning #1)” by Evan Winter
TLDR; an inspiring and heart-wrenching fantasy glossed with magic, dragons, and perseverance
#ArmedWithABingo 1st Quarter Update – KILLIN' IT!!!
Hi, everyone! Checking in with a progress update on how my bingo card for #ArmedWithABingo is coming along, and I'm thrilled with the progress! I've read 19 books so far this year as of writing this, which has only lead to one bingo so far but I'm set up to nail so many more in … Continue reading #ArmedWithABingo 1st Quarter Update – KILLIN' IT!!!
Review: “Darling Rose Gold” by Stephanie Wrobel
TLDR; a sick and twisted guilty pleasure dueling revenge story.
Review: “Wanderers” by Chuck Wendig
TLDR; Timely, relevant, disturbing. An absorbing post-apocalyptic sci-fi with a unique spread of characters, contemplating what a societal breakdown could look like in the future.
Review: “The Ten Thousand Doors of January” by Alix E. Harrow
TLDR; A great 'portal'-style fantasy with ten thousand doors, a young woman discovering herself, and a story within a story that warms the heart ❤
Review: “The Blade Itself” by Joe Abercrombie
TLDR; an interesting voyage split among 4-5 characters. Some spikes of action but mostly even progression IMO. Does't hit the next-level magic & big twists I'd hoped for but was a relaxing read. Ending left me holding some big questions and sets the stage for the next in serie
Review: “The Wanderers” by Meg Howrey
TLDR; a surprising, slow-pace space story that was more 35% space, 65% exploring humanity and its complexity
Review: “The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1)” by Brandon Sanderson
TLDR; a fantastic, twisty epic fantasy book filled with character evolution and great world-building. Well worth it if you can get through all the setup 😉