WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The Ws are the following questions:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you plan on reading next?
📖 The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark — e-book // I’d been hearing a lot about this novella so I am very happy that I chose to read this as my first “not an ARC and not an audiobook” book after months (the only books I’ve been reading, aside from audiobooks, since March were all ARCs……). I’m about 40% in and it’s very good! It’s set in steampunk / alternate history New Orleans and the protagonist is a 13 year old Black girl with an African orisha inside her head. She wants to join a crew and she’s trying to use some leverage on the captain of an airship, who is a Black sapphic and disabled woman. I still am not 100% sure where this is going but I’m really liking it so far, I especially think that not MG/YA SFF stories told from the POV of teens are always really interesting to read.
🎧 The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert — audiobook ARC // I’m going to be honest (and go on a bit on a tangent that’s mostly unrelated to this book) and say this is not a book I would’ve picked up if it hadn’t been in the July libro.fm ALCs. It makes sense that election-inspired novels come out on US election year, but as an outsider and more specifically as an European I have conflicting feelings about reading fictional stories about US elections when I know US people would never read the European (pick your country of choice) equivalent, let alone elections anywhere else in the world. This is not to say US elections aren’t important, because they are and their outcome concern us all, but I guess I still haven’t recovered from last year’s European Parliament elections where I never saw one (1) American even mention them, not even the woke or “cultured” ones. With that said, I started this book anyway because I recognize the importance of a Black/Black teen romance in a political setting, especially on the year of probably the most (or second most) important election for so many marginalized people in the US. I’m about halfway through and I like the focus on personal responsibility and how there’s always some purely intellectually progressive non-marginalized person who can just decide this stuff isn’t that important to them after all and betray people whose lives literally depend on the election result.
📘 Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall — e-ARC/audio ARC // this was a delight from start to finish, if you’re going to read one romance this year make it this one. Gay fake dating! So much laughing! Also that good hurt/comfort. Posting my review on Friday so tune in then (or……..just go to my goodreads if you want to read it before then, because this blog is all but exclusively published content hdslghslhgls)
📕 The Craft of Love by EE Ottoman — e-book // this is just a wild guess because we all know I don’t do TBRs, but I’ve felt like reading this for a while and I think since I’ve read a mix of different genres lately, a historical romance novella would be the perfect break among a lot of SFF and contemporary books. I only know it’s about the romance between a bi woman and a trans man and it’s set in NYC!
🎧 Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender — audiobook // I’ll actually stick to this one because I’m going to BR with May! I’ve heard nothing but positive things about it, I really can’t wait to read it and I hope the audiobook is good too because I haven’t been too lucky with narrators lately for some reason.