Happy Monday, friends! I apologize for missing out on last week. I was on vacation in the woods, where WiFi is very, very rare. Anyhow, I think as we head into the busyness that is August that these posts will come at two week intervals. So, without further ado, here is “It’s Monday! What are you reading?” as hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date — a much-needed opportunity to sum up what you have read, what you are reading now, and what you will be reading next.
Brightly Burning – Alexa Donne
A delightful retelling of Jane Eyre set in space, Brightly Burning is one of those books that you’ll likely devour in hours (not days). I loved the relationship between Hugo and Stella, much as I love the relationship between Jane and Mr. Rochester (their literary equivalents). That being said, some elements of the novel did leave me wanting as I don’t think the twist worked quite as well as in the original. Then again, it’s a bit hard to throw in surprises when retelling a novel that has been out for more than a hundred years!
They Both Die At The End – Adam Silvera
Adam Silvera is an author often on my “to be read” but not actually “read” shelf. No more, I say! They Both Die At The End is the story of two boys, Rufus and Matteo, who meet and live their last day together. Yes, people know when they will die! Yes, this is a heartbreaking premise! Yes, it is fantastic! Please read. If nothing more, please read for perfect bisexual representation and what I will dub Matteo’s adorable social anxiety.
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
When you read a retelling of one of your favorite novels, you may find yourself wondering, “and of the original? What of that?” So, here I am, reader, to say that yes, I read Jane Eyre again, and I loved it again. I know that the age difference between Rochester and Jane is creepy. I know that St. John is an insupportable character (read: annoyingly moral AF). I know the twists and contrivances of Victorian fiction would not work today. Yet, I love, love, love this book. Look, we all have our weaknesses. Mine just happens to be 19th century romances.
Truly Devious – Maureen Johnson
Once upon a time, a long time ago, etc, etc, I made a promise to never, ever, ever read a work-in-progress series again. Why? Because, you see, after being burned by A Song of Ice and Fire, Shades of London, The Great Library, The Raven Cycle — need I go on? — work-in-progress series are the bane of my existence. That being said, I have also made it a GOAL to join the actual, real-life school book club. So, you see, I’m in a bit of a pickle as the real-life school book club has set this as their summer read, and… So it goes. I’m about halfway into Truly Devious, and I have already received the rather distressing text to not, under any circumstances, read the second book in this series until the third is published. Sob!