Happy Friday, all!
It’s been a topsy turvy week here in New York in all sorts of ways, including swinging from snow to seventy degrees. So I suppose it makes sense that my reading is all over the place, too?
After finishing the last of Elizabeth Daly’s Henry Gamadge mysteries, I moved on to the ARC of A Bend of Light, Joy Jordan-Lake’s upcoming mystery set in 1940s Maine. Okay, so maybe that’s still sort of in the realm of Gamadge, which also deals with murder in the context of the confusions of the post-war world. There have been so many World War II books recently, but this book tackles the after: what happens when everyone comes home and has to readjust to civilian life? What identities have been forged– or lost?– in the war? How do you live in the aftermath of a world-changing crisis?
Making a clean break with the 1940s, I finally picked up the first of Naomi Novik’s Scholomance books, A Deadly Education, which was described to me as “dark Harry Potter, in which the school is trying to eat you”, which pretty much sums it up. Novik is brilliant at world-building, and I adored her prickly first-person heroine, a loner navigating the dangerous territory of a school ruled by alliances and enclaves, where monsters attack you from under the scrambled eggs in the dining hall and any mistake can kill you. I highly recommend for anyone else who binged Maureen Johnson’s Truly Devious books or Margaret Rogerson’s Vespertine.
What have you been reading this week?