Khadaji’s Whatcha Reading Thread - June 2022 edition

Thanks for the explanation.

Started today on Gallant by V.E. Scwab. It’s a YA novel about an orphan who is brought to her family’s ancestral home, despite not being entirely welcome there. She’s trying to solve the mystery of her mother’s disappearance. It’s all right. The author is trying very hard to create atmosphere and I’m not sure it’s working, but I do want to know what happens next.

I’m now reading John Scalzi’s newest, The Kaiju Preservation Society, aloud with my son. Godzilla-like monsters are the dominant lifeforms on an alternate-dimension Earth reachable from here, and the KPS studies them and tries to keep them from crossing over. Interesting and fun.

I finished this one a week ago. It drags on, for sure: the author could’ve cut 20 or 30 percent of the book and had a better story for doing so. However, I (think) I finally understand what an “unreliable narrator” is. The book was a hard read, for sure, but I could never tell just how the protagonist felt about her “relationship” with the scummy teacher.

Right now I’m working on Shuggie Bain. I think this will be a DNF. I’m finding it very hard to get into and I have no desire to waste more time.

I have also been informed that the library is revoking my membership for Reasons, so I’m going to start building a wish list and ordering from Powell’s when I get $50 worth of books on my TBR list. Lather, rinse, repeat.

:dizzy_face: My condolences!

And mine. Is there an appeals process?

Not really. They used to offer free membership to teachers but recently revamped their policies so there are a bunch of exclusions now. Two of them being the free membership doesn’t apply to anyone a) not working in the public school system and b) not a K-12 teacher (among numerous others). I teach at a boarding school and am employed by the local community college so they sent me a nice letter saying that, due to the new policy, beginning in July I’ll have to fork over Big Bucks every 3 months if I want to keep my membership. Which I’m not going to do. Instead, I’ll use those Big Bucks to support my local-ish independent bookstore: Powell’s.

Well, a somewhat happy ending, then.

And as I’ve posted on the boards before, books are a big part of my decorating scheme so having more books to stuff onto the shelves is always a good thing :slight_smile:

Finished Atlas of the Invisible: Maps and Graphics That Will Change How You See the World , by James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti, which was okay.

Now I’m reading WhoDunit, a collection of mystery stories edited by Dina A. Leacock.

My library did that too when I wouldn’t pay for the damaged book they checked out to me that they claimed I further damaged (A couple pages at the very end of the book might have touched my soda can and got a tiny bit of “water damage”)

Grab the Libby app, if you don’t mind audio or digital book, I put in my library card and can borrow through it.

I DNF’d that on Chapter 2. I’m never in the mood for that much misery porn.

I just finished up an ebook Queen Elizabeth I by J.E. Neale. I’ve been reading it for months, must’ve checked it out a dozen times. Next ebook on the list is Theodora by Antony Bridge. It’s a biography of a Byzantine courtesan. Just started reading it.

RN I’m quite enthralled with my current audiobook The White Rhino Hotel by Bartle Bull. Narrated by Fred Williams. Kenya 1918 and lands are being auctioned off to British soldiers to farm. It’s a hard one to listen to at times, I cringe at the descriptions of the animal hunts and human cruelty but it’s a compelling fascinating book richly describing the African bush country. Some laugh at loud moments wrt the dwarf Olivio and his surprising mistress. It’s part of the Anton Rider trilogy so It’s going to be my main summer read. Highly recommended.

I remember years ago getting a tour of an English country estate and the guide telling us that in Elizabethan times, illiterate gentlemen would buy books not by the title, author or subject but by the yard, to fill their bookshelves and at least give the appearance of being well-read.

Finished WhoDunit , a collection of mystery stories edited by Dina A. Leacock, of which the best was “Clean Sweep” by Michael Allan Mallory.

Now I’m reading A Class Act: Life as a Working-Class Man in a Middle-Class World, by Rob Beckett.

This is all the fresh reading material I have until Saturday, and I’m on page 259, but I’m probably not finishing it. The writing style is really getting on my nerves.
Then I can go over to Goodreads and read all the reviews gushing about the writing style.

Nailed it. Almost every review on the first page gushes about the writing. I’m barfing.

Red Fortress: History and Illusion in the Kremlin Catherine Merridale

Dense, but readable history of the Kremlin complex in Moscow, and its relation to the overall history of Russia. A re-read from a few years ago, but it seemed a good idea to brush up on Russian history, in light of current events. And there’s a lot of history being repeated.

Recommended, although I recognize it might not be everyone’s cup of tea.

Finished A Class Act: Life as a Working-Class Man in a Middle-Class World , by Rob Beckett. Meh.

Now I’m reading The Memory of Whiteness, by Kim Stanley Robinson, a science fiction novel.

Finished he Memory of Whiteness , by Kim Stanley Robinson. Meh.

Now I’m reading The Bronze God of Rhodes by L. Sprague de Camp.