Here we are, more or less at the end of the month. How is everyone doing? Almost everywhere restrictions are easing after various lockdowns from the pandemic so I hope everyone is doing well, healthy, and able to enjoy some normalcy! Here’s what has been going on at my blog for the month of June:
- Books reviewed this month include Seanan McGuire’s Down Among the Sticks and Bones (review), Sándor Márai’s Embers (review), and Susan Dennard’s Truthwitch (review). You can check out all the books I’ve reviewed recently in the book review tag.
- One ARC was reviewed this month (omg, my first in like, a year!): Amy Stuart’s Still Here (review). You can check out all of the ARCs I’ve read and reviewed to date in this tag.
- One graphic novel was reviewed this month: Marvel’s House of M (review). You can check out all of the comics I’ve reviewed in this tag.
And that’s about it about the blog for this month. Summer’s upon us and I’m reading a bunch of chunksters right alongside just pure IRL busy-ness so we’ll see what gets posted next month. Hope you and your loved ones are well and that you are all keeping safe! Have a wonderful July, and to my fellow Canadians a very Happy Canada Day to you all 🙂
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
By: John Carreyrou
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase
In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup “unicorn” promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes’s worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t work.
A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.
I was curious to check out this book after I had seen the trailer of The Inventor. I had heard of the Elizabeth Holmes story in passing but nothing in great detail so when this book came up during a sale on Kobo I figured it was a good time to check it out.
By: Amy Stuart
Format/Source: eARC courtesy of Simon & Schuster CA via NetGalley
Malcolm is gone. Disappeared. And no one knows where or why.
His colleague and fellow private investigator, Clare, is certain she can find him, as she holds the key to his past. She arrives in the oceanside city where he last lived and starts digging around. Not only is Malcolm gone without a trace, so is his wife, Zoe. Everyone who knew the perfect couple sees Malcolm as the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance. Everyone except Clare. She’s certain there’s more at play that has nothing to do with Malcolm, a dark connection to Zoe’s family business and the murder of her father years ago.
As Clare pulls back the layers, she discovers secrets the entire community is trying desperately to leave in the past. As for Malcolm, his past is far more complex—and far more sinister—than Clare could ever have imagined. He may not be innocent at all. As she searches for the man who helped her build her career as a private eye, Clare discovers that many women are in grave danger. And she is among them.
Here we are, the final book in Clare’s story. I’m a big fan of the previous two books, they’re so suspenseful and interesting and Clare is such a fantastic and complex character. So yeah, I had to request for the final volume in her story if I could; many thanks to the publisher for approving an eARC of this book for me to read. This book will be released on 07 July 2020. May contain some mild spoilers if you’re not familar with the previous two books in the series!
Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2)
By: Seanan McGuire
Format/Source: eBook; courtesy of Tor.com reading club
Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.
This is the story of what happened first…
Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.
Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you’ve got.
They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.
They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.
I read the first book, Every Heart a Doorway (review) a few years ago, and made a note to check out the rest of the series when I get a chance. So naturally I downloaded this book when it was featured in the Tor.com Book Club a few months ago.
Bookish and Not-So-Bookish Thoughts is a weekly blogging event hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. It allows book bloggers (and non-book bloggers) to write about pretty much anything, bookish or otherwise (i.e. share exciting plans for the weekend, rants on things they’ve encountered during the week, etc.).
- So. Life, eh? lol since my last post…Well, still following lockdown measures although things are slowly starting to reopen here now. I just want things to be normal enough that I don’t have to be as worried leaving the house, you know? Like, the worry lingers in the back of your mind. I just want to be able to run an errand or see someone without thiking about hand hygiene (to my already eczema-ridden hands) and possibly encountering the virus somewhere (I live with high-risk people at home) and whatnot.
- I’m starting to miss eating out at restaurants lol. The occasional bubble tea. Pizza. Haven’t had any of that stuff in a while lol.
- Work also continues although I’ve started taking more days off. I want to enjoy my summer a bit, work on creative projects, take care of myself more…
- On the plus side, I was working on a project proposal at work and my team was approved for funding! Quite a surprise as we had submitted it before lockdown so my colleague and I completely forgot about it lol (the results were delayed because of the lockdown and the reduction of non-essential services). We’re so happy and proud of it, especially as it’s nursing-led 🙂
- I don’t remember if I mentioned it in my last Bookish post but I’ve started exercising regularly since April and it’s been such a help. I’m not dying as much as before at work, and I did lose a bit of weight. So yay that! Going to try and mix it up soon enough between different kinds of exercises (right now it’s mostly crunches-type and squats and the like, so more pilates-style) but I’m also a creature of habit sooooo…lol.
- Books I’m currently reading right now: I’m finally reading N.K. Jemisin’s The Inheritance trilogy! Only took me how many years? lol. Looooooooved The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, book one in the trilogy, so now I’m on to book two, The Broken Kingdoms. I’ve also slowly started re-read J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Two Towers. Will this be the summer of reading chunksters and epics?
- I had to re-purchase The Inheritance trilogy as an ebook because of the omnibus was huge and hard to read in bed. I think I’m of the mind now that while omnibuses are a good idea, it’s not practical as a physical copy to read.
- I guess I’ve been quite productive, I’ve also been writing more lately, finally getting back to some old writing projects and finishing them up.
- I received my my Polene purse in the post a few weeks ago. It’s so beautiful, you guys, I can’t even begin to say. The craftsmanship is amazing.
- I’m thinking of taking a break from social media again. We’ll see.
And that’s it from me! How are you all holding up since my last post? Stay safe, everyone 🙂