Will Dean’s debut novel elevates the Scandi noir genre with an interesting protagonist, plenty of suspense, and a shocking conclusion.
Hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality, Stacking the Shelves is a regular feature where I share everything I’ve added to my TBR list recently. I’m trying to work through my TBR list without growing it too much, so I’m being a lot more selective with the books I choose to add this year. Yet, they still keep piling up… This month has found me adding a few fantasy books, poetry, a hugely hyped-up bestseller, and more!
After the rush of reading as much as I could for April’s Magical Readathon, it was really nice to be a bit more leisurely with my reading, letting me really savour each read. I ended up reading some really great books, most of them ended up being four- or five-star reads. Let’s have a look at what I read!
Remember when I finished the OWLs Magical Readathon and I was like, ‘Phew, glad I can go back to mood-reading now!’? Well, as it turns out, I can’t resist a good readathon and this Sims-themed one from BiancaReads looks amazing! I love the Sims, I think I’ve been playing for over fifteen years now? Obviously on-and-off, you fellow Simmers will know how it goes: you don’t touch the game for months and then suddenly you’re doing 12-hour Sim sessions and you haven’t seen daylight in a week.
House of Impossible Beauties charts the lives of the drags queens that formed the beginning of legendary Latino drag house, the House of Xtravaganza. In 1980s New York City, Angel is seventeen and finally coming into her own. When her mother rejects her, she looks for a new family in the ball scene, where she meets Hector. They fall in love and decide to create their own all-Latino house, with Angel as the ruling mother, and Hector beside her as house father. When Hector dies from AIDs-related causes, Angel must mother her drag children alone. Venus, Juanito and Daniel all lean on each other and their mother Angel, as they learn how to navigate the ballroom scene, along with sex work, drug addiction, and society’s rejection of their true selves.
Marie-Laure is twelve years old when the Germans occupy Paris, forcing her and her father to flee to the home of her great-uncle Etienne on the coast. Marie-Laure has been blind since she was six, so her father quickly sets to learning the town and building Marie-Laure a miniature replica so that she can find her way around – not that he allows her to leave the house, for fear of her safety. But her father is hiding a secret, and a valuable one at that. Over in Germany, the young orphan Werner is building and repairing radios and catches the attention of the military. He’s immediately enlisted and begins on a path that eventually collides with that of Marie-Laure, and changes their lives forever.
When leading physics professor Helen Clapp begins receiving texts from her college best friend, Charlie, she starts to doubt everything she thought she knew about science and about life. After all, Charlie’s dead. As Helen becomes more involved in the lives of Charlie’s grieving husband and daughter, she begins to uncover things she had long forgotten, not only about Charlie, but also herself.
Today I wanted to do a post about an amazing event I attended last weekend, but which isn’t books related. It is, in some way, related to blogging though! NodeGirls is a free workshop that teaches code to women and non-binary and trans people. They run in London and Oxford in the UK, along with Stockholm, Madrid, and Tel Aviv. I was fortunate enough to attend their London workshop this past weekend and had the best time!
Today, May 20th, is World Bee Day! In 2017 the United Nations declared May 20th to be World Bee Day after several proposals from Slovenia. This day was chosen due to it being the birth date of the beekeeping pioneer Anton Janša. You can find out more about the origins of World Bee Day on the project’s website. In an effort to help just a little this World Bee Day, I want to share with you some bee-related books and products, and give you some easy tips for helping the population of our pollinators!
La Belle Sauvage is the first book in Philip Pullman’s second trilogy to take place in the world of His Dark Materials. Pullman describes the trilogy, named The Book of Dust, as an “equel” rather than a prequel or a sequel to the events of His Dark Materials. La Belle Sauvage takes place prior to the events of the first trilogy and follows a young innkeeper’s son, Malcolm Polstead, as he tries to protect baby Lyra from the forces that seek to do her harm. This is the story of how little Lyra ended up in the care of the scholars of Jordan College.