When I first started reading The Emancipation of B I was counting down the pages, waiting for a more engaging plot to arise. Around page 50 I stopped. It was hard to figure out where the story was headed because it’s presented differently than my usual read – ones that guide you along events that are full of action or mystery. But it was a great break from that, almost a meditative read. It focuses on B, a character I found myself, as an introvert, relating strongly to, as he figures out what sort of life he wants to lead and how to get there in a world not made for him. As his world becomes filled with mindfulness you become mindful of each word you’re reading. It’s a great read between action packed page turners if you’re looking for something that is a little different and a little spiritual. It deals with death, family, and becoming an adult. It also tackles racism gracefully, something I found very refreshing considering my recent reads.
My focus is a bit better this week so I’m hoping to actually complete my reading goals this week.
I only just started The Emancipation of B by Jennifer Kavanagh, which is a bit slow at the moment. I’m about 30% done and hope the plot becomes clearer before I’m halfway done. It’s rather short (under 150 pages) so I’ll probably finish it in the next day or two depending on other obligations. It’s my first ARC. I didn’t request it, I didn’t think I would get to the point where that made sense for me to make any requests until at least next year, but it is much appreciated. So far the writing style is refreshingly different from what I’ve been reading this month and I think it’s helping with my lack of reading focus.
After that I really want to power through two or even three more novels. Preferably the last two suspense romance novels from this months Grab & Go! bag: Dream Eyes by Jayne Ann Krentz and The Girl with a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson. As well as Silver by Rhiannon Held, though if I feel up to a longer read I may go for The Troop by Nick Cutter (I have a first impressions post of all these books here). Circle of Friends by Maeve Binchy is quite long (over 700 pages) so I may end up saving that for next month (thanks to Leah for suggesting it, it looks like a lovely read).
Honestly I expect The Girl with a Clock for a Heart to be a rather slow read for me because of the amount of mystery elements that are suggesting in the synopsis. So far those haven’t been all too exciting for me this month. I think Dream Eyes will flow a lot quicker for me because I know I enjoy paranormal elements. I may try reading them both at the same time to see if that helps me get through them quicker – putting one down when my interest veers away and picking the other up (I’ll have to take notes so I can review them properly). But that’s only if they provoke the amount of interest in their stories as the rest of my Grab & Go! bag books have done. Suspense romance just doesn’t seem to be my genre.
If there are suspense romance novels you’d recommend, or just romance novels, please let me know. I’d like to get a better feel for this genre. It’s likely that I just ended up with ones that don’t suit my interests. (I’m more of a horror, paranormal, high fantasy, dystopian, and psychological thriller sort of reader.)
This is my first Monday Missions. It’s a weekly meme meant to show what I hope to read this week. Since weekends aren’t always my prime reading time Friday Reads doesn’t work well for me. I was introduced to the meme by watching one of my favorite booktubers: Becky (InkyLeaves). It seems to have originated with Daisy (A Thousand Lives of Daisy).
I started Story of O a few days ago. I haven’t made progress past 25% for a couple reasons, none of which have to do with the book itself. I have a niblet (niece or nephew) on the way so I’ve started a baby blanket amongst other baby knitting projects. I have also been catching up on Teen Wolf while I knit. I got a little wrapped up with the end of season 3 and got a fair bit of the blanket done. So I look forward to finishing Story of O either today or tomorrow.
I also have some exciting news. I have my first ever ARC to review: Emancipation of B by Jennifer Kavanagh. It comes out February 27th and I’m planning to start and finish the book this week. You can find out more about it on Jennifer Kavanagh’s site and on amazon. Or just look forward to me chattering on about it in my tweets. I’ve already taken a look at the first 20 or so pages. It doesn’t seem to be a dialogue driven book, but rather a series of flash backs. What I already know of B – whose name we don’t know – has me really interested in his backstory.
B is not a child of his time. As an outsider, he hides his secrets well. Freedom is all he dreams of. But when it comes at last, it is in the most unexpected way – and at a considerable cost.