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Whatcha Reading? October 2020 Edition, Part Two

It’s that time again! Our second and last Whatcha Reading of October is where we chat about the books we’ve picked up in the last couple weeks.

So far, the general consensus is that it’s been hard to stick with anything.

Shana: I’m still reading Comet’s First Christmas by Delilah Night. ( A ) It’s an intensely Christmassy f/f reindeer shifter romance where all of Santa’s reindeers are queer. It’s low heat, but also low-tension, which I’m enjoying. I just finished Alyssa Cole’s When No One Is Watching. I’m pretty sure it’s the best book about gentrification that I’ve ever read. It was a wild ride.

Kiki: I moved a few weeks ago and hadn’t had time to do much reading pre and post move so now I’m making up for it by trying to read all of the books at once. But what I’m most excited about The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller because I kept having to return the ebook loan because I was so busy but I finally have time for it now and am LOVING it.

Sarah: Happy new home, Kiki!

Elyse: I just started A Stitch in Time by Kelley Armstrong.

I’ve been in quite a slump this month, I think because I don’t have the emotional bandwidth for creepier stuff but a lot of lighter books just aren’t sticking with me

Carrie: In War and Peace, things got super boring, then super exciting, then super boring again, which I gather is just how war is. I’m in Part 11, there are 15 parts, I’m losing my motivation! Will I make it? Pierre tried going to war and did not like it.

Tara: You can do it, Carrie!

Carrie: Other than that by coincidence I have two books that reference the Donnor Party back to back – I just finished The Arctic Fury which was a book I have many thoughts about, and now I’m about to finish Answer Creek by Sacramento author Ashley E. Sweeny ( A | BN | K | AB ).

The moral to both, in the words of Virginia Reed, “Don’t take any shortcuts and hurry along as fast as you can.”

Claudia: I’m making my way through Vanessa Riley’s A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby.

Catherine: I’ve begun and abandoned so many books recently – nothing seems to stick. But we read Troilus and Cressida with the Skypespeare group on Saturday, and while it is a pretty bad play, it did remind me that I haven’t read The Unknown Ajax ( A | BN | K | AB ) in well over a decade, so I’m giving that a shot (and hoping that it hasn’t been visited by the Racism Fairy since I last read it).

(The classism fairy definitely inhabits this book, but then, she always did!)

EllenM: I recently finished Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas ( A | BN | K | AB ) and it was amazing—definitely recommend if you are looking for good queer rep fantasy with a happy ending 🥰 although readers be warned that there’s a lot of transphobia committed by the MCs family in the opening chapters of the book.

I also finally read Harrow the Ninth ( A | BN | K | AB ) and even though it was really different from Gideon I loved it!!! cannot wait to hopefully get ALL THE ANSWERS I CRAVE in book 3

Amanda: I’ve been loving all the Harrow fanart.

Maya: A friend of mine told me to read Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender, so I just got that from my library and I’m listening to the audiobook of Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse. ( A | BN | K | AB ) The narrator is Tanis Parenteau, who also did Trail of Lightning and Storm of Locusts, and she is SO GOOD.

Amanda: The book blew my damn mind (Queen of the Conquered) and I still don’t know how to feel about it.

Maya: My friend asked me to read it because she needed someone to talk to about it, so I’m guessing samesies in short order!!

Amanda: Very curious to hear what you think!

Sneezy: I’ve been having the same problem with not being able to sink into a book, so largely I’m still lolling in Beverly Jenkin’s backlist. I’m on Something Like Love ( A | BN | K | AB ) right now. I’m also going to try reading Scattered Minds by Gabor Mate again. ( A ) I’m a (theoretical) adult, dammit, and I need to figure out my brain!!!!

Tara : Bouncing between books continues to be a thing for me too. But in good news, my hold finally came through for I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown ( A | BN | K | AB ) and it’s excellent.

What have you been reading? Let us know in the comments!

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