Happy Friday, all!
It’s been a mixed reading week for me. It started off brilliantly with the swashbuckling Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi, in which a semi-retired 12th century female pirate must emerge from seclusion, reassemble her crew, and battle the supernatural when her family is threatened. It’s the best possible mix of Raphael Sabatini, Sinbad the Sailor, and T. Kingfisher.
After that, I bounced hard off both a historical novel I’d been given and a recent thriller that had been recommended to me (I am SO sick of books where all the characters are unpleasant).
I decided I’d take a pause on new books after that and took refuge in a very, very old favorite, Pamela Dean’s Tam Lin, which was mercifully just as wonderful as I’d remembered. It’s a joy to read each and every time, even if I can quote large chunks from memory, so it’s less a case of reading and more of reading along. For those who haven’t read it, Tam Lin transposes the Scottish ballad Tam Lin to the campus of a small liberal arts college in Minnesota in the early 70s, unfolding over the course of the heroine’s four years of college. It’s the most perfect representation of college life since Gaudy Night (there are a couple of nods to Gaudy Night in there) and always makes me feel homesick for college– when your classes mixed with your love life mixed with your extracurriculars and everything was new and strange and sounded better in blank verse.
What have you been reading this week?