Every year Jenn of Jenn’s Bookshelves hosts a Thankfully Reading weekend over Thanksgiving weekend. I love it because after the bustle of the Thanksgiving meal and family get together has quieted down, it’s the perfect time to snuggle up with a book and let that food coma wear off. I’ve made a small reading plan and here’s what I’m hoping to get through.
The City of Brass, S.A. Chakraborty
I am only about a fourth of the way through City of Brass. I started it at the beginning of the month but it’s long and dense so I’ve taken breaks to read other things in between. I’m ready to finish it up though.
Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly, she has power; on the streets of 18th century Cairo, she’s a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she’s forced to accept that the magical world she thought only existed in childhood stories is real. For the warrior tells her a new tale of a legendary city of brass. And when Nahri decides to enter this world, she learns that true power is fierce and brutal.
Skin of the Sea, Natasha Bowen
My library hold for Skin of the Sea just barely came in so I’m hoping to finish this one up this weekend as well and get it back to other library patrons still waiting. I think it’ll be a fairly quick read.
Simi prayed to the gods, once. Now she serves them as Mami Wata–a mermaid–collecting the souls of those who die at sea and blessing their journeys back home. But when a living boy is thrown overboard, Simi goes against an ancient decree and does the unthinkable–she saves his life. And punishment awaits those who dare to defy the gods.
The Drowned Woods, Emily Lloyd-Jones
I’ve also started The Drowned Woods on audio and have 6 hours left. I like to have an audiobook option to listen to when I’m washing dishes or cleaning up this weekend.
Once upon a time, the kingdoms of Wales were rife with magic and conflict, and eighteen-year-old Mererid “Mer” is well-acquainted with both. She is the last living water diviner and has spent years running from the prince who bound her into his service. Under the prince’s orders, she located the wells of his enemies, and he poisoned them without her knowledge, causing hundreds of deaths. After discovering what he had done, Mer went to great lengths to disappear from his reach. Then Mer’s old handler returns with a proposition: use her powers to bring down the very prince that abused them both.
If I manage to finish these books then I plan to move on to Firekeeper’s Daughter, Angeline Boulley. I have been saying I will read it since January and I’m tired of having it hanging over my head. I at least hope to make a good dent in it before December.
Do you try to read over Thanksgiving weekend or is it just too busy with family to entertain?