This week’s Friday Night Highlights is going to be a quick one. I recently finished two books this week. Which means I haven’t had a chance to get too far into the ones I’m reading now.
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
My hold for the third book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas came in earlier this month. But I am just now getting to it and wouldn’t it just work out that I have 2 days left on my hold before it goes back into the Libby universe and I have to wait who knows how long to finish it. There is nothing worse than having a book snatched from beneath your fingers for an automatic return! The last book took me 3 days to finish, so we will see. May the odds be in my favor. Shield your eyes from the next paragraph if you are on Team !100% No Spoiler.
So far, it’s moving a little slow for me. Feyre is getting her revenge on. Tamlin is the abusive jerk I called him out to be from book two. I don’t know what fairy tale we are in now, if any. But that Beauty and the Beast gig ended terribly for Feyre. And Lucien with that Bros First mentality almost got served up a dish he didn’t want to eat. I just got to the part where they are reunited with Nesta and Elain. That Nesta has hot sauce in her veins because ol’ girl stays ready to fight someone. I’m still stuck on the Celie “Til You Do Right By ME!” finger she gave Hybern in the last book.
My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
Sometimes I poly read… That’s how I opened up this arc. I’ve had it for a while and was waiting until October or November to read it. But let’s talk about how the first story had my attention like someone waved a bookstore giftcard in front of my face. “You see, I needed a Control Negro, grotesque as that may sound–” Excuse me sir, what did you just say? So yep, I’m rearranging my book pile so that this is at the top. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a short story in epistolary format. I like it.
The book has five short stories and a novella that is named after the title of the book. Considering some of the story titles, “Buying A House Ahead of the Apocalypse” and that in “My Monticello” a band of Black people are hiding and taking refuge on the Monticello Plantation as a white supremacist mob hunts them down, I wasn’t sure if I should include it with my spooky reads list or not. Sounds like some horror is embedded in this one.
Friday Night Highlights is a quick Friday evening post featuring anecdotes and highlights of my current reads of the week. If you feel inspired, it’s the perfect time to grab a new book for your next weekend read.
Check out Previous Friday Night Highlights
- History, Fantasy and Horror Combine in Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark
- Mystery Abounds in The Bones of Ruin
- The Afrominimalist’s Guide to Living With Less