always reading

I always have my nose in a book. It’s been a slow arduous process to get back into the habit of writing about what I read. I like the concept of a short post for each book as I did over twenty years ago, but that hasn’t happened yet. Perhaps it’s because social media has changed my relationship with what I write online and how I envision this space1.

Today I shared a few brief words about The Tainted Cup by Robert Jackson Bennett to Netgalley and Goodreads. It’s an intriguing start to a new series. I finished the book back in November and it will be released on February 6th. Perhaps the highest compliment I can give this title is that I’m still thinking about the story and looking forward to rereading it. I enjoyed its look into neurodiversive thought and that it was an intriguing mystery full of twists and turns.

I’ve started sharing my reading to Goodreads again in the hope that I’ll write more about each title2.

In January I read 13 books3. Three were rereads. Two were nonfiction audiobooks, a biography and a memoir, both were fascinating in different ways. The rest were a mix of mystery and fantasy in different urban settings and times. This group of finished reading comes to about 4,690 pages. If you see something you’d like me to write more about, please let me know!

collage of book covers
  • The city & the city by China Miéville (2009), 312 pages, Urban Fantasy Mystery.
  • Blood Price by Tanya Huff (1991), 336 pages, Urban Fantasy Mystery.
  • Blood Trail by Tanya Huff (1992), 352 pages, Urban Fantasy Mystery.
  • Blood Pact by Tanya Huff (1993), 384 pages, Urban Fantasy
  • Blood Lines by Tanya Huff (1992), 368 pages, Urban Fantasy Mystery.
  • Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson (2023), 688 pages, Biography.
  • The Librarian of Crooked Lane by C J Archer (2022), 284 pages, Historical Urban Fantasy Mystery.
  • The Medici Manuscript by C J Archer (2023), 280 pages, Historical Urban Fantasy Mystery.
  • Making It So: A Memoir by Patrick Steward (2023), 469 pages, Memoir.
  • The Untitled Books by C J Archer (2023), 282 pages, Historical Urban Fantasy Mystery.
  • The Watchmaker’s Daughter by C J Archer (2016), 302 pages, Historical Urban Fantasy Mystery, reread.
  • The Mapmaker’s Apprentice by C J Archer (2016), 313 pages, Historical Urban Fantasy Mystery, reread.
  • The Apothecary’s Poison by C J Archer (2017), 320 pages, Historical Urban Fantasy Mystery, reread.
  1. This site is — as always — a work in progress. I’m unsure how my writing here will change in the coming weeks and months. For several years I’ve said I’ll merge it with my primary domain. But I’ve written here most of my adult life. I feel a bizarre obligation of loyalty↩︎
  2. I maintained a spreadsheet of what I’ve read for the past few years, even if I didn’t share it with the internet. ↩︎
  3. I don’t think I’ll finish anything later tonight. ↩︎

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