Happy Valentines day. I have never been much of a fan of this holiday. This year my 11 year old daughter is giving more bandwidth to it than me and is worrying how to get a gift to her girlfriend a Sunday, what with lockdown and all that.
I have been having a mega reading week this week. Probably due to the weather and my idleness, but I have managed to finish five whole books, admittedly two of them where audiobook but i am feeling happy with myself.
The Galaxy, and the Ground Within (Wayfarers #4) by Becky Chambers
Wow, she does it again. Three traveller are stuck in transit hub where they are unavoidably delayed by things outside of their control. The strangers are all of different species and as are their mother and son hosts and over the course a few days they get to know each other, and we tag along for the ride. Only one human makes an appearance near the end and only for a few pages but otherwise it is 100% alien. I love how unlike so much sci-fi, the aliens in Becky Chamber’s worlds are as diverse as you can get with different lifespans, reproductive cycles and cultures and she explores this as well as she can in 400 pages.
Crime on the Fens (DI Nikki Galena, #1) by Joy Ellis
A solid police procedural with a both a female hero and female villain and neither of them are people you want to mess with. It took me a while to warm to Di Galena as she starts off being permanently pissed off with the world but when you consider what has happened to her and her family who can blame her but she does soften as time and new members of her team have an effect on her.
The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate
by Peter Wohlleben narrated by Mike Grady
After reading Overstory last year I was inspired to find out more about the recent discoveries about forests. I will never look at a tree in the same way again. This is a fascinating book about how trees and forests are not individuals but families, who when allowed to exist in a natural forest communicate with each other and provide support in times of hardship and how planted forests are just not the same.
The main message this book conveys is that all human meddling in the lives of forests is harmful and trees are better off when just left to their own devices for eons.
Reliquary (Pendergast, #2) by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
A good direct sequel to Relic as unlike later books this follows directly on the heels of its predecessor. I loved how much of this was set in the many underground tunnels that are apparently below NY and talk about the mole people who spend their lives in the dark.
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
A fairly cute teen romance and coming of age book where the protagonist has to learn to accept herself before she can accept love, flaws an all and realise that being fat doesn’t make her unloveable. The other themes that run through this book are dealing with grief and a mother daughter relationship with two very different personalities. In some ways it is similar the movie adaptation but the book does concentrate on the romance aspect over the pageant and I think this may be one of the rare times when the movie is better than the book it is based upon.
I will be linking this to the Sunday Post over at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer , Stacking the Shelves over at Tynga’s Reviews, The Sunday Salon at Readerbuzz and then It’s Monday What are you Reading at The Book Date.