Recent reads

Other than the Star Wars one, because I read a whole bunch of Crucible reviews for a post the other day and I am just done with that horrible book, here’s all the stuff I’ve been reading! And actually enjoying!

Abaddon's Gate and Star Wars: Crucible.
Abaddon’s Gate and Star Wars: Crucible.
Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey is the third book in The Expanse series. It’s not the last one – they just finished writing a fourth – but it does work as a satisfying trilogy with the first two, so go ahead and read ’em all. No, seriously, read them. Great space opera series that tilts more towards the sci-fi side of things without sacrificing actual characters.

That one I read before Origins. After Origins, two books I picked up at The Book Loft in Columbus. I have a kind of hit-or-miss trend with books generally, so that I bought two books that were a) outside my usual genre and b) actually satisfying is pretty damn amazing. Maybe I just got lucky, but MAYBE THE BOOK LOFT IS MAGIC. I have one book left out of this batch. It’s nonfiction. DON’T FAIL ME, BOOK LOFT.


I’ve actually been eying Rules of Civility by Amor Towles for a while, but I wasn’t intrigued enough to buy it in hardcover. I figured it would be a bust. But it turned out to be an oddly introspective book about an era (the late 30’s in NYC) that I haven’t actually read much about. Try it, why not.

Playing Dead by Julia Heaberlin is another odd choice for me. It takes place in modern-day Texas, it’s more or less a mystery novel (but not a MYSTERY novel) involving mistaken identity (sort of,) the Chicago mob and family. I just picked it up off the shelf, never having heard a word about it. And it turns out the author used to work at my paper, which is just the kind of random detail I didn’t expect. It kept me up until 3 a.m. last night before the words started blurring, so there’s that. Finishing it was my reward for the extra time/brain cells spent on Crucible yesterday.

Soon: Kenobi, which I will be at worst apathetic about. But hopefully not.

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