Quick Lit: What I’m Reading (And My First Link-Up!)

Howdy friends. Today is a historic day for The Worrier. Today is the day that I engage in a sacred blogger practice known as the link-up. For my historic, first ever link-up, I have chosen to join The Modern Mrs. Darcy‘s monthly Quick Lit link-up. (Follow the second link to see what Mrs. Darcy is reading this month!)

She describes Quick Lit as “short and sweet reviews of what we’ve been reading lately.” Now that’s something I can get on board with!Quick Lit

These are the notable (for better or worse) books that I’ve been reading on these long, dark days:

  • At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen — You might know Ms. Gruen from the best-seller Water for Elephants, which I also read and loved. In At the Water’s Edge, we join an American socialite, her husband, and their friend as they travel to Scotland in the midst of World War II to photograph the Loch Ness Monster. Now, if that description doesn’t almost make you salivate, then I don’t understand you. Scotland, historical fiction centered around WWII (particularly the European side), and the potential for monsters–these are a few of my favorite things! This book did not disappoint. It’s a fairly light read, and I read it in about two days.
  • Burial Rites by Hannah Kent — This one was a substantially heavier, darker read. It’s about a women condemned to death for murder in Iceland in the late 1800s. Now, murderesses, Iceland, and historical fiction in general are also a few of my favorite things to read about, but I didn’t totally adore this book. I’m alright with darkness, but I couldn’t really connect with any of the characters enough to really care about the darkness. A woman is condemned to death and it’s suggested early on that all is not what it seems, but I never felt super invested in how things turned out for the alleged murderess.
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo — Oh Leigh–everything you write makes me simultaneously want to go pen my own fantasy novel but also throw my pen (or really, laptop) down and abandon all hope of ever being as good as you! Six of Crows is sort of a companion/spin-off of the world she created in her fantastic Grisha Trilogy. Whereas the Grisha Trilogy took place in Ravka, a fictional country inspired by Tsarist Russia, Six of Crows takes place in what seems likes a fictionalized and fantasy-ized version of Amsterdam and also a fantasy version of Scandinavia. All of the the different cultures are excellently drawn, and while their real-world inspiration was clear, they were also unique and entirely their own. The characters are also expertly created, and the book alternates between several main POVs–those of the six “crows.” There are several romances and almost romances in this book, but they are all done with a light touch that I seriously respect, even though there were times when I wanted to scream, “KISS ALREADY.” Ahem. The point is, if you like heist movies and/or fantasy, then Six of Crows is well worth your time.

I’m currently reading Funny Girl by Nick Hornby, and I’m enjoying it so far, although it is not quite as laugh-out-loud good as some of his others (A Long Way Down, High Fidelity, etc.).  It also seems less…acerbic…than his others, which makes me really nervous that something awful is about to happen at any moment because things are going too well so far. We’ll see.

Shockingly, there is no non-fiction on this list since I haven’t read any in over a month. I seem to go in cycles with my reading habits. I got into non-fiction for the first time last year and barely read any novels during that time, but now I guess I’m making up for that.

What are you reading now? Does your reading seem to be cyclical?


6 thoughts on “Quick Lit: What I’m Reading (And My First Link-Up!)

  1. Congrats on your first link up! I actually just popped in from MMD to check out your blog! I don’t often read in cycles because I’m mostly into fiction with some non-fiction tossed in here and there. However, I am reading Yes Please by Amy Poehler and loving it. I have never read Nick Hornby but I have been meaning to. Good luck with your reading and thanks for sharing!

    1. You can totally read Six of Crows without reading Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy, but I think reading the Grisha books first will give you a richer reading experience. Then again, I don’t want to make your TBR any longer.

  2. At The Water’s Edge has been on my list for a long time and I’ve even had a copy! I keep meaning to read it, but I always get caught up in other series or books that I need to review. I can’t wait to read it.

  3. I’m a big fan of Leigh Bardugo and just finished Six of Crows this month. I liked her other series but I loved Six of Crows especially all the characters. Usually I only like a couple but I thought each one of the crew was excellent! Have you read Uprooted by Naomi Novik? It’s more an adult fantasy/fairy tale novel but really well done.

    1. I haven’t read Uprooted, but I looked it up on Goodreads and it sounds like it’s right up my alley. (Plus Maggie Stiefvater gave it a 5 star review so…)

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