Unfortunately I am lagging behind my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal. I’ve been on a bit of a slump lately. I got hit by The Queen’s Thief feels again, which means that nothing I read seems to be interesting enough to pull me out of it. I sit on my hour-long train ride, looking out of the window, entertaining angsty scenes about Attolia. So uhm, yeah. I haven’t been very productive at all in terms of my reading.
The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste
This has been on my TBR list for years! But it’s only recently that my library got an electronic copy. So I was really excited to read it.
It was quite good. I really loved how Caribbean myths came alive in this story. I know next to nothing about Caribbean culture, so I’m always excited to learn something new about other cultures, especially through fantasy books. Also, this is #OwnVoices, which makes it better! The plot was very fast-moving. I remember thinking “Whoa, I must be nearing the end of the book now,” only to find out I was only 40% of the way through. It is packed! That said, I do wish that the plot could have slowed down sometimes so the story could explore more of the inner world of the characters and show a bit of introspection. Corinne was great, but I would have loved to hear more of what went on in her head, because the writing style was like “this happened, then that happened.”
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Yes, I’m still slogging my way through this ginormous book. I really like Kaladin, but he’s the only one I like. Every time I get to Gavilar’s thread, I just don’t feel like reading much. So every other chapter, I find that I put down the book for long stretches, because I just don’t care enough about anyone other than Kaladin.
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
I’m no stranger to Stroud’s books, and I liked some of his older stuff. I wasn’t aware he had a new series out until I saw some fanarts for it on Tumblr. Naturally, my interest was piqued. I’m really liking how this is going so far. Lucy is a great narrator, and I’m really liking her friendship with Lockwood.