At the moment, my bookmark is in The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarer #1) by Becky Chambers, which won my May TBR poll. Thank you again to all who voted! I have not made much progress in the novel, sadly, but that has more to do with lack of reading time than anything else. It has been one of those weeks when I would rather be reading, but work and other obligations (but mostly work) keep getting in the way.
A weekly meme where readers share the first sentence of the book they are reading and say what they think. Hosted by the amazing Gillion Dumas of Rose City Reader.
As she woke up in the pod, she remembered three things. First, she was traveling through open space. Second, she was about to start a new job, one she could not screw up. Third, she had bribed a government official into giving her a new identity file. None of this information was new, but it wasn't pleasant to wake up to. [opening paragraph of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet]
My initial thoughts: I like that the author jumps right in with introducing the reader to Rosemary--and what a hook! Doesn't it make you immediately want to know why she is using a false identity? Who is she running from and why? These are questions I must have answered!
A weekly meme in which readers share a random sentence or two from page 56 or 56% of the book they are reading. Hosted by the wonderful Freda of Freda's Voice.
"Kizzy!"Kizzy ducked her head down. She pressed the clicker strapped to her wrist, turning down the volume of the nearby thump box. "'Sup?"Jenks quirked an eyebrow. "Do you have any idea what this song is?"Kizzy blinked. "Socks Match My Hat," she said. She went back up into the ceiling, tightening something with her gloved hands."Soskh Matsh Mae'ha. It's banned in the Harmagian Protectorate.""We're not in the Harmagian Protectorate.""Do you know what this song's about?""You know I don't speak Hanto."
"Banging the Harmagian royal family. In glorious detail."
"Ha! Oh, I like this song so much more now." [excerpt from page 56 of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet]
My initial thoughts: This is a bit longer of an excerpt than I usually share, but breaking it up just didn't seem right. Besides, I think it gives the reader a glimpse into Kizzy's character. I love Jenks and Kizzy, the ships engineers. (I also couldn't help but think of all those times I get song lyrics wrong--and those songs are in English so I have no excuse!)
Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space-and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe-in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.
Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself, she’s never met anyone remotely like the ship’s diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, their noble captain.
Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. It’s also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn’t part of the plan. In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs—an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe. [Goodreads Summary]
Does The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet sound like something you would like to read? Or perhaps you have read it--what did you think?
Originally a feature called Last Year I Was Reading created by Maria from ReadingMaria.
I liked it enough to continue on my own, but have tweaked it
to feature Five Years Ago I Was Reading.
(I would have gone back ten, but I read so little in 2011)
Because Reading, not only because sometimes I need that little push to help clear off some of the TBR books languishing on my shelves, but also because I enjoy getting you involved in helping me decide what that book should be. It seems fitting that the book I featured above is this month's May winner of the monthly poll, and the book I was reading this week five years ago was another May TBR List winner.
Five years ago I at this time I was reading Charming by Elliott James, the first in his Pax Arcana series, featuring John Charming, a modern day version of the Knights Templar fighting monsters. High in action, wit, and obviously charm, I really enjoyed Charming. I had a hard time putting this urban fantasy novel down.
Have you read Charming? What were you reading five years ago today?
Connect Five Friday is a weekly meme where readers share a list of five books,
read or unread, or bookish things, that share a common theme.
Hosted by the Kathryn of of Book Date.
In celebration of Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Month, I thought it would be fun to feature books by authors of Asian and Pacific Islander descent for the month. Not all of these authors are American nor are their books all set in the U.S. Earlier in the week, I shared my thoughts on Arsenic and Adobo (Tita Rosie's Kitchen Mystery #1) by Mia P. Manansala, which features a Filipino-American heroine, and so today I thought I would list five mysteries/thrillers currently on my TBR shelves waiting to be read:
When a local teacher is found dead, LA’s newest pet groomer Mimi Lee finds herself in a pawful predicament—with her younger sister’s livelihood on the line.
Mimi Lee is on top of the world. She has a thriving pet grooming business, the sweetest boyfriend, and a talking cat to boot. When she arrives at the elementary school where her sister Alice works, she's expecting a fun girls' night out—but instead finds a teacher slumped over in her car, dead.
Alice was the last one to see Helen Reed, which instantly marks her as the prime suspect. Unable to sit quietly and let the authorities walk all over her sister, Mimi starts snooping and talks to Helen’s closest contacts, including one jumpy principal, a two-faced fiancé, and three sketchy teachers. With the help of her sassy but savvy cat, Marshmallow, and a cute kitten named Nimbus, the clock’s ticking for Mimi to get to the bottom of yet another case before her sister gets schooled. [Goodreads Summary]
In 1892, Bombay is the center of British India. Nearby, Captain Jim Agnihotri lies in Poona military hospital recovering from a skirmish on the wild northern frontier, with little to do but re-read the tales of his idol, Sherlock Holmes, and browse the daily papers. The case that catches Captain Jim's attention is being called the crime of the century: Two women fell from the busy university’s clock tower in broad daylight. Moved by Adi, the widower of one of the victims — his certainty that his wife and sister did not commit suicide — Captain Jim approaches the Parsee family and is hired to investigate what happened that terrible afternoon.
But in a land of divided loyalties, asking questions is dangerous. Captain Jim's investigation disturbs the shadows that seem to follow the Framji family and triggers an ominous chain of events. And when lively Lady Diana Framji joins the hunt for her sisters’ attackers, Captain Jim’s heart isn’t safe, either.
Based on a true story, and set against the vibrant backdrop of colonial India. [Goodreads Summary]
A chilling psychological thriller about how far some will go to maintain control--and exact revenge
When a young girl is found dead in Seryong Lake, a reservoir in a remote South Korean village, the police immediately begin their investigation. At the same time, three men--Yongje, the girl's father, and two security guards at the nearby dam, each of whom has something to hide about the night of her death--find themselves in an elaborate game of cat and mouse as they race to uncover what happened to her, without revealing their own closely guarded secrets.
After a final showdown at the dam results in a mass tragedy, one of the guards is convicted of murder and sent to prison. For seven years, his son, Sowon, lives in the shadow of his father's shocking and inexplicable crime; everywhere he goes, a seemingly concerted effort to reveal his identity as the reviled mass murderer's son follows him. When he receives a package that promises to reveal at last what really happened at Seryong Lake, Sowon must confront a present danger he never knew existed.
Dark, disturbing, and full of twists and turns, Seven Years of Darkness is the riveting new novel from the internationally celebrated author of The Good Son. [Goodreads Summary]
A shocking, twisting courtroom thriller that keeps you guessing until the last page is turned.
The Victim: Jodie Wolfe, a physically flawed 16-year-old girl accuses four boys in her class of something unthinkable.
The Defendants: Four handsome teenagers from hard-working immigrant families, all with corroborating stories.
The Savior: Zara Kaleel, a former lawyer, one of London's brightest legal minds, takes on this case. She believes her client, even though those closest to her do not.
Together, they enter the most explosive criminal trial of the year, where the only thing that matters is justice for Jodie. But this time justice comes at a devastating cost. [Goodreads Summary]
Welcome to the Ho-Lee Noodle House, where the Chinese food is to die for. . .
The last place Lana Lee thought she would ever end up is back at her family’s restaurant. But after a brutal break-up and a dramatic workplace walk-out, she figures that a return to the Cleveland area to help wait tables is her best option for putting her life back together. Even if that means having to put up with her mother, who is dead-set on finding her a husband.
Lana’s love life soon becomes yesterday’s news once the restaurant’s property manager, Mr. Feng, turns up dead―after a delivery of shrimp dumplings from Ho-Lee. But how could this have happened when everyone on staff knew about Mr. Feng’s severe, life-threatening shellfish allergy? Now, with the whole restaurant under suspicion for murder and the local media in a feeding frenzy―to say nothing of the gorgeous police detective who keeps turning up for take-out―it’s up to Lana to find out who is behind Feng’s killer order. . . before her own number is up. [Goodreads Summary]
Have you read any of these books? If so, what did you think?
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Be sure and tell me what you are reading and are up to!
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It seems to have been a busy week for a few of us. A week that interfered with your blogging! Definitely on my side. Not as busy, just a lot of bullsh*t to sort out that steals my creativity and turns Elza into one naughty little kitty.ReplyDelete
Anyway!! I saw you shared A long way to a small angry planet earlier on and I am going to wait to hear your final thoughts on it before I read it. I have some mixed feelings about it. It does seem good, but not quite my style.
I like the cover for Mimi reads between the lines! White cat = Elza. Love it.
Hope you will have a good weekend!
Elza/Mareli - I am sorry you've had to deal with a lot of BS this week. I hope this next week will be better.Delete
Yes! A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet is getting a lot of attention lately since it won my TBR List Poll. :-) I am enjoying it so far. I really like science fiction but do not often read it.
I hope you have a good weekend too! Thank you for visiting.
Ooh those are lovely quotes and this is my first time hearing of this book! Will definitely look into it :) And what a lovely way to shed some light on more AAPI authors, 'Seven Years of Darkness' sounds amazing, as does 'Take It Back'! I hope you have a lovely weekend and do drop by my Friday post if you have the time! - Juli @ A Universe in WordsReplyDelete
Juli - If you do give the Becky Chambers' book a try, I hope you enjoy it. I am looking forward to reading Seven Years of Darkness. And especially Take It Back. I hope these will all be good. I hope you have a great weekend too. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet does sound good. I'll have to add it to my TBR. Charming is already there. I really should read it soon. This week I am spotlighting Amaryllis by Jayne Castle which is a "paranormal romantic suspense." Happy reading!ReplyDelete
Kathy - I hope you enjoy it if you read it! I seem to be drawn to that type of science fiction story. I'm really enjoying it so far. I hope you love Charming when you get to it. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I'm not a huge sci-fi person but hope you really enjoy it! Happy weekend!ReplyDelete
Freda - I am enjoying it so far, thank you! I hope you have a great weekend too. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I read Charming five years ago, too! In July of 2016. And I totally loved it! Did you read the other books in the series?ReplyDelete
Lark - I am glad you enjoyed Charming too! I have never read the other books in the series. I have no good excuse for it. One of these days . . . Thank you for visiting!Delete
I've not read any of the books featured here. The cozies in your post appeal to me. And what a nice way to celebrate Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Month!ReplyDelete
Suko - I'm especially into cozies these days so those appeal to me the most too. I really enjoyed Jennifer Chow's first novel in the Sassy Cat series and so am looking forward to reading the second. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
That beginning definitely has me intrigued! And I totally forgot about Charming! It sounds so good but has been languishing in my TBR pile forever. I might have to pull it out soon and give it a try. Hope you have a lovely weekend! :)ReplyDelete
Ashley - I hope you do get a chance to read Charming at some point. I know about those languishing TBR books all too well. LOL I hope you have a great weekend too. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I am so intrigued by this book! Sounds fun! Hope you have a great weekend!ReplyDelete
Cheryl - I am enjoying it so far! I hope you have a great weekend too. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I really want to read the Jennifer Chow books. That looks like a fun series. I loved the Vivien Chien books that I've read. I have to get back to that series. It's so much fun. Hope you have a great weekend!ReplyDelete
Yvonne - I really enjoyed her first book and look forward to reading her second. Hopefully I can get to the Chien series soon. I hope you have a great weekend too! Thank you for visiting!Delete
Great list for connect five. I haven't read any of them but I would certainly give the first and last in the list a read.ReplyDelete
Kathryn - Thank you! I'm partial to the cozy mysteries these days too. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I haven't heard of any of these! 😅 I also have no idea what I was reading 5 years ago. How do you keep up with that??ReplyDelete
Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? 💬
Lindsi - I have been keeping spreadsheets of what I read for years, but even if I didn't do that, I track my reading on Goodreads. And then there is my blog--which is how I remember the details of what I thought about a book. :-) Thank you for visiting!Delete
So many great books featured in your post, Wendy! I'll be taking a closer look at a few of them. Have a fantastic weekend!ReplyDelete
Catherine - Thank you! I hope you are enjoying your week. :-)Delete
Oh I really enjoyed the list for AAPI authors! I have read Murder in Old Bombay and enjoyed it and hope the author is working on a sequel. Definitely want to read some of the other books you listed, especially Seven Years of Darkness.ReplyDelete
Iliana - I am really looking forward to reading Murder in Old Bombay. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Yet another wonderful eclectic selection.ReplyDelete
Wow! Death by Dumpling ... what a great title.
Felicity - Thank you!Delete
Sounds like a fantastic list of books. I haven't read Murder in Old Bombay but I think it sounds great. Having friends from that region.ReplyDelete
Trin - I think so too! I look forward to reading it. :-) Thank you for visiting!Delete
I love it when the first paragraph of a book just captures your attention.ReplyDelete
Mary - It grabbed me right away too. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet sounds like one that I would enjoy and I have always wondered if I should read Charming. So many books!ReplyDelete
Carole - I recommend both. :-) Thank you for visiting!Delete
I'm glad to hear you're enjoying The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet so far. Jenks and Kizzy were my favorites. :)ReplyDelete
Suzanne - I love Jenks and Kizzy! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I enjoyed The Noodle Shop Mystery series and that reminds me I've still yet to read her latest two installments. Seven Years of Darkness and Take It Back sound good to me, too!ReplyDelete
Melody - I am glad to hear you liked the Noodle Shop mysteries. I look forward to reading the series. Thank you for visiting!Delete