Skip to main content

Books I'm Waiting On

This year, I made a resolution that I was going to read as few books for fun as possible -- the better to focus on the chaos of college.

Well, I'm miserable.

The only "for fun" book I brought along was Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch, and I've already finished it. I'm itching for new books to read. I'll have to wait until Monday for the library to open, sadly. Specifically, I'm dying to read:

Ahh! Look at those costumes!!!
The Republic of Thieves is the sequel to Red Seas Under Red Skies, and what with the way that one ended, I need to read the sequel. It's not a want anymore. It is a NEED. RSUR was a fantastic second book, but the ending was just...depressing. While The Lies of Locke Lamora could be read and enjoyed by itself, Red Seas Under Red Skies is clearly a part of a series that is meant to continue.

So far, my only complaint about the series is that amazing characters from the first book got dropped for the second. That makes sense since it completely changes place, but I hope this doesn't become a pattern -- develop great new characters for each book and then abandon them for the sequel.

I'm going to find The Republic of Thieves and then Bastards and Knives and then whatever comes next.

UK cover of Envy
The second book I'm looking forward to -- also a sequel -- is Envy by Elizabeth Miles. It's the second of the YA paranormal/horror Fury trilogy about the Greek Furies and their victims. In Fury, Em cheated with her best friend's asshole boyfriend, Zach. Zach juggles different girls and hookups like other people his age juggle homework assignments. In the Epilogue, we see a beautiful blonde woman (just his type; see cover right) come up to him and give him an orchid -- the mark of the Furies. DUN DUN DUUUUNNN.

I haven't read any reviews of Envy because I want to be surprised, but I sincerely hope that this Fury makes Zach fall obsessively in love with her and then cheats on him a lot because that would be lovely, lovely karma.

Also, I think this series poses a lot of problematic questions about revenge, crime, and punishment, especially because the main characters are the Furies' victims. What deserves vengeance? Is revenge justice, or does it just add to the cycle? Will I end up liking Zach by the end of Envy? (I seriously hope not, but I'm willing to turn the first page with an open mind.) I loved Chase from Fury, after all, and he did something far "worse" than cheating.

The third book I want to read ASAP is The Kingmaker's Daughter, Philippa Gregory's latest War of the Roses novel. Having done Shakespeare's Richard III this summer, I am extremely interested to read Gregory's interpretation of the life of Anne, Warwick's daughter, daughter-in-law of crazy Henry VI, and later wife of infamous Richard III.

I loved Gregory's take on the Boleyn family, and her bold storytelling choices with The White Queen and The Red Queen. I didn't read Lady of the Rivers -- Jacqueline just wasn't a very interesting character to me -- but I'm dying to see how she interprets Anne. Like many historical women, she's often mis-imagined or callously dismissed by the people who write history...namely, men.

Obviously, Gregory writes historical fiction, not history -- but so did Shakespeare, and we have tons of misconceptions about historical figures thanks to him. Richard III wasn't a hunchback, did you know? Neither did he poison Anne -- she was always sickly, and came from a sickly family. In fact, he sobbed openly at her funeral. Also, Anne and Richard knew each other as children, and all the evidence points to a genuine romance. Once Anne was widowed, Richard rode to her home in the middle of the night to propose.

Also, Richard III fought with a warhammer in one hand and a sword in the other. The guy was a boss.

Yeah, Richard III was probably a horrible person for all that -- but I really want to read about him through his wife's eyes.

The Republic of Thieves, Envy, and The Kingmaker's Daughter -- forget reading for class!


  1. I popped over from Mina's blog and am a new follower. I envy that you have a nearby library with a good selection. I live in Egypt and books are hard to come by. I really hope you get the three you're looking for and that they surpass your expectations! :-)

    1. Hello, Lexa! Thanks for dropping by and following. :)

      So far I've found "The Kingmaker's Daughter." I hope you get any books you're looking for as well. I hear they let you rent ebooks online now (probably for an outrageous fee).


Post a Comment

Comments make me happy, so leave lots! :) I will usually reply to each one, so click Notify Me to read my replies.

Popular posts from this blog

Review: Hemlock Grove, ep. 1 and 2

Hello! I'm back from my blogging hiatus. I've been on a horror kick lately, and most recently, I watched the first two episodes of Netflix's Hemlock Grove. I'm a bit late to this series, but for what it's worth, here's my review. I have some...issues.  Pacing It's based on a novel, and you can tell. Once the show introduces something that might be interesting or lead to tension and conflict, it snatches it away like a precious plot-gem that it doesn't want you to see. There is way too much exposition and filler. The plot hangs together pretty well, but not much really happens. Case in point, it should not have taken two whole episodes to find out Main Character is a werewolf. Especially since everyone seems clued into this fact and accepts it as truth -- except the viewers. Then suddenly Rich Boy is asking if he can watch the transformation like it's understood that Poor Kid Main Character is a werewolf. No warning, no lead-up, nothing.

Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow by Faïza Guène, a YA Book By A Young Author

Review time! Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow is a young adult novel by a young adult, so I was very interested to read it. There's also a #MuslimShelfSpace tag going around, and this review is a nod to that. The idea is that there's been a lot of stereotypes and anti-Muslim sentiment spread around, so buying and boosting books about and by Muslims can help educate people and break down harmful stereotypes.  The author is French with an Algerian background, and  Guène  wrote Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow when she was in her late teens. Although the novel is not autobiographical, she shares many things with its main character. Doria, like her creator, is the child of immigrants and lives in poor suburban housing projects.   Guène   wrote that she realized girls like herself weren't really represented in books, and felt that Kiffe Kiffe Tomorrow was a way to tell the stories of people in the suburbs who are ignored by the elites of French literature. Plot: Life Sucks, Until It Doesn

King Arthur Sucks.

I wrote a review of The Greenstone Grail by Amanda Hemingway , in which I applauded the book for being the first Arthurian adaptation I had read that I didn't despise. I mean, how could I? Despite the book's other problems, it had aliens riding motherfucking dragons!!! Aliens! Dragons! Parallel universes!  After reading my review, one of my friends asked me why I hate Arthurian legend so much.  Well.  Perhaps one of the reasons I liked The Greenstone Grail 's take on the Holy Grail myth was because it was so different.  Most Arthurian adaptations fall along the same lines. It's the same damn story told almost the same damn way all the time. But  The Greenstone Grail took place in modern times, borrowing from the Holy Grail and Arthurian myths without making it so central to the plot that there was no room for other stuff like imagination.  Say whatever else you want about this book ( and believe me, I did ), it had imagination. Its main character can dimension-