The half-year in books

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We’re halfway through 2019, and I’ve been reading a bunch of books but I haven’t been talking about them much. So—I thought I’d share the list of what I’ve read in the first part of the year, and ask if any of you want to hear what I think about any of them.

The Paying Guest, by Sarah Waters (suspense)
The Party, by Trevor Griffiths (play)
Pipeline, by Dominique Morisseau (play)
Stupid Fucking Bird, by Aaron Posner (play)
Norse Gds, by Neil Gaiman (SF?)
Beasts made of Night, by Tochi Onyebuchi (YASF)
The 7 1/2 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, by Stuart Turton (SF)
Winter’s Promise, by Christelle Dabos (SF)
Moon over Soho, by Ben Aaronovitch (SF) (and also the third and fourth and fifth and sixth ones in the series)
Dramatic Exchanges: The Lives and Letters of the National Theatre, by Daniel Rosenthal (theater)
Merrily We Roll Along, by Kaufman and Hart (play)
The Intuitionists, by Colson Whitehead (SF)
The Bacchae of Euripides, by Wole Soyinka (play)
Throne of Glass, by Sarah Maas (YASF)
Guardian, by A. J. Hartley (YASF)
I, Claudia, by Mary McCoy (YA)
Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo (SF? YASF?)
Dread Nation, by Justina Ireland (YASF)
Real Friends, by Shannon Hale (graphic)
The Belles, by Dhonielle Clayton (YASF)
Washington Black, by Esi Edugyan (Historical)
The Raven Tower, by Ann Lackie (SF)
Ray Bolger: More than a Scarecrow, by Holly Van Leuven (Theater)
The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller (Historical?)
The Intuitionist, by Colson Whitehead (SF)
The City in the Middle of the Night, by Charlie Jane Anders (SF)
Straight White Men, by Young Jean Lee (play)
If, Then, by Kate Hope Day (SF)
Lent, by Jo Walton (SF)
Dragon Pearl, by Yoon Ha Lee (YASF)
A Doll’s House Part 2, by Lucas Hnath (play)

I think my favorites are probably Dread Nation, Lent and perhaps The Paying Guest. And the Aaronovitch series, I suppose, although I don’t really adore them so much as vaguely like them. Comfort reading.

What have y’all been enjoying reading so far this year?

Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,

4 thoughts on “The half-year in books

  1. Chris Cobb

    I’d love to hear what you have to say about Lent, but not until I’ve read it myself, which I should have done within the next ten days.

    I also always enjoy reading what you have to say about plays.

    Books I’ve read and enjoyed:

    How Long ’til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin (SF)
    Buffalo for the Broken Heart, by Dan O’Brien (memoir)
    The Last Prairie: A Sandhills Journal, by Stephen R. Jones (essays)
    The Lakota Way: Stories and Lessons for Living, by Joseph M. Marshall III (stories & lessons for living)

    Books I’ll be reading soon:

    Lent, by Jo Walton (SF)
    A Brightness Long Ago, by Guy Gavriel Kay (SF/historical fiction)
    The Fall of Gondolin, by J.R.R. Tolkien, ed. Christopher Tolkien (SF)

    1. Vardibidian Post author

      I am very interested in what you will think of Lent as well! Let me know when you are done with it.


      1. Chris Cobb

        I am done with Lent, so if you’d care to blog about it, I’d be very interested to have your thoughts about it!

        1. Vardibidian Post author

          I will try to write that up soon, then! I’d be interested in your take on it as well.



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