After reading several really good books in May I’ve found myself in a bit of a reading slump, with a stack on my bedside table I haven’t been able to get into. Of those I have read, these were the most interesting:
Kindred by Octavia Butler: I’ve been meaning to read this for such a long time so I’m pleased to have finally got hold of a copy. It had some interesting (and sadly very relevant) things to say about how easy it can be to accustom yourself to terrible things, while not excusing those who do.
The Shortest Way to Hades and The Sibyl in Her Grave by Sarah Caudwell: Skipped The Sirens Sang of Murder only because these were the two Caudwell books immediately available, and they were the only books I felt like reading while I was sick. Not as funny as Thus Was Adonis Murdered but still enjoyable.
From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon: Mean Girls in book form. I enjoyed it for what it was — Twinkle makes some stupid choices but usually they were stupid choices I could imagine myself making at that age.
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson: I loved this one, puzzle books are my favourite and I found the history fascinating.
Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages: This is more what I was hoping for when I read A Season of Daring Greatly last year. Out of Left Field is so much more engaging than its YA counterpart and even made baseball interesting for someone who lives and grew up in a baseball-free country. (I’ve seen American movies and know what it looks like, but that’s about it.) My only caveat is that there are several comments to the effect of “girly-girls” are bad and tomboy girls are good. It always frustrates me when women stomp on other women, and I find it especially disappointing in a children’s book. Why do we have to despise people who don’t share the same interests as we do?
The Raven Ring by Patricia Wrede: I was feeling crappy so I grabbed this for a reread. I don’t know if I would like it as much if I’d read it first as an adult (I’ve had little luck with the other Lyra books which I only got hold of in my twenties) but because I read it several times as a teenager it’s a good comfort read. Plus I like Eleret, pragmatic and competent and dealing with the grief and anger of losing a parent. I can’t relate to the first part but I definitely can with the last.