If you follow Game & Read, you may have noticed that there haven’t been any new Friday Reads videos recently. I have been crazy busy at work for the past two or three months, and I just haven’t made videos a priority. I hope to be a little more gung-ho about videos in the future, but for now I am going to share my Friday reads in written form. Enjoy!
Since the Dewey’s 24 hour readathon back on April 29, I have been reading Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys. The premise of this book caught my eye – it’s a Cthulhu-tinged story set in the 1940s and following Aphra, who has been recruited by the FBI to help stop a Russian spy from stealing dangerous magic. I am getting close to the end…I’ve got about 75-100 pages left and it’s starting to pick up. Unfortunately, I haven’t gotten lost in the story and it’s taking me multiple weeks to read when I was hoping to finish it in just a few days. While I like the character of Aphra, and I am a sucker for anything set in the halls of academia, the pacing of the story just doesn’t feel quite right. I’m hoping it ends really strong, but I’m a little skeptical it will fully redeem itself.
I am also reading Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi. This is one of the books for our May pairing, and I’m a little less than halfway through it. Nafisi shares her memories and stories of holding a covert Western literature group with female students in the mid-90s. I’m a bit conflicted about this so far – it is a really important story, and I enjoy Nafisi’s insights about Western literature in the context of 1990s Iran, but the tone feels a little off-kilter and I don’t love Nafisi’s writing style. We’re going to a book group tomorrow night, and this is one of the books we’re discussing, so I will definitely have it read by then and I’ll have some good thoughts to share next week.
That’s what I’m reading! I’d love to know what you’re reading, if you have thoughts on these books, or if you’ve got recommendations for what I should read next, so let me know in the comments or over on Twitter.
Until next time, happy reading!