Review: The Crown Ain’t Worth Much

The Crown Ain't Worth MuchThe Crown Ain’t Worth Much by Hanif Abdurraqib

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Raw, emotional, and artistically gorgeous, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib’s poetry collection The Crown Ain’t Worth Much talks of growing up black in Columbus, OH. The pieces in this book are so beautiful, alternating styles to match the tone of the work but always packed full of heart. Reading these poems, the anxiety that Willis-Abdurraqib felt growing up and becoming an adult in a world where everything was uncertain is plainly felt. There’s not much more I have to say other than it’s an amazing collection and Willis-Abdurraqib is an amazing poet.

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Book Haul

bookhaul

It’s time for a BOOK HAUL! This month would’ve been a “no buy” month for me, but I wanted to temporarily cancel my Audible subscription. The credits you build up will disappear when you cancel, so I used them up on a bit of a random spread before doing that. I also picked up one paper book on a whim this month for a total of five new books. That’s… pretty terrible for a no buy month, but the credits hardly count, right?

Right.

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Review: Ancillary Justice

Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sci-fi at some of its finest. Ancillary Justice is the story of Breq, an AI who once spanned several bodies (including a spaceship), but is now trapped in that of a single human. She’s out for answers and revenge, her journey taking her to a faraway planet, where she stumbles across an old acquaintance, Lieutenant Seivarden. The first in a series, Ancillary Justice focuses primarily on the relationship between these two characters as it changes and develops during Breq’s pursuit for revenge.

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E-Reader vs Paper Book

It’s an age-old debate, one that inevitably stirs up some strong feelings and passionate arguments in one direction or another: do you prefer e-reader or paper books? When Amazon released their first Kindle in November 2007, people everywhere lamented the death of paper books as we knew them. Libraries were going to fall to the wayside, bookstores would all vanish, and, in 5 years, no one would remember the feel of paper and cardboard binding.

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Top 5 Favorite Book Covers

Top5It’s probably one of the most over-quoted phrases in history: “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” It’s a fair statement, of course, but you and I both know that sometimes, the cover is what seals the deal, and there’s something to be said for a gorgeous use of color or surreal piece of artwork on the front of a book. While it’s unlikely to be the only thing on which you base your book purchasing decisions, for this month’s Top 5, we’re going to take a look at some of my favorite book covers.

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WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. To participate, just post the answers to the following three questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie! I’m going rather slow at it, but it’s a great read so far, so I think that’s more my own issue than Ancillary Justice‘s. This is the kind of sci-fi that I love the most: AI, questions of sense of self, and the strange, unique take on perspective. Breq’s in more than one place, more than one body, at once, and the idea that any one consciousness could process so much information is fascinating and somewhat frightening. I feel positively about this book so far and look forward to finishing it up this weekend.

What did you recently finish reading?
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. You can read my full review here, where I talk about how Schwab’s world building and likable characters sealed the deal on this one. It’s a great starter to the series and sets up the world well, so I’ll be looking forward to picking up the subsequent installments sometime in the near future. I’ve also got to admit that it’s instilled in me an intense need for pirate-related media, which spurred me into starting up Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire, despite knowing that I have no time whatsoever for a big, elaborate, story-driven video game at the moment (but…. but pirates).

What do you think you’ll read next?
This is kind of a tough one, since I’m out of books that I was just dying to read. I’ve got a few on the shelf I’ve let sit halfway finished, so I may force myself to get back into one of those: A Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb or The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood, maybe. Robin Hobb and I have a bit of a love-hate thing going on; Ship of Magic isn’t the first of her books that I’ve bounced off of. It took me three restarts across twice as many years before I finally got into Assassin’s Apprentice enough to finish it. Atwood, on the other hand, has lovely writing and an intriguing premise, but it’s sloooooow.

My week’s been a bit crazy, so I haven’t gotten nearly as much reading as usual in, but that’s okay. How’s everyone else doing? Reading anything fun? Let me know in the comments!