Weekly Reading Update

March 16, 2020

The world is kind of going crazy right now with the COVID-19 pandemic. Things are getting scary out there, and my prayers go out to all who have been effected by this virus. Yes, we’ve seen pandemics before, but I don’t recall things getting quite this crazy in my lifetime. With so many businesses shutdown, along with schools and public facilities, this almost feels like the zombie apocalypse! Though, I think that would be a lot more fun than what we are actually dealing with.

If you’ve read the main page of this blog, you know I am a man of faith. I am not trying to shove my faith down your throat, or force any of my beliefs on you in any way, but I would like to begin this week’s update with a fitting Bible verse I read over the weekend:

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” – Luke 12:32 (NIV)

I am a firm believer that God will guide not only our country (I’m in the USA) through this, but the world.

If there is one other positive thing I can say right now, it is that I’m getting more reading time than ever!

Books I Finished This Week

  1. Shorefall – by Robert Jackson Bennett
  2. The Blade Itself – by Joe Abercrombie

I really enjoyed both of these books. Shorefall’s review is live on the blog, and The Blade Itself’s review should post tomorrow afternoon. This was a fun one to write because I initially didn’t care for The Blade Itself. Surprising, I know, but I found its plot to be slow as a snail at times. Anyways, check out the review because I cover what changed my mind.

Books I Started This Week

  1. House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City) – by Sarah J. Maas

This is the first book I’ve read from Maas. Typically, urban fantasy like this isn’t my cup of tea, but I am finding myself enjoying this one so far. If anything, it is a nice change of pace from the type of fantasy I usually read. About 22% into this book, so I’ll probably have it read by this time, next week.

Updated Shortlist

My shortlist of books to read will likely change frequently. I love reading, but I have the attention span of a two year old child sometimes. Typically, I don’t finish a series in one bout. I’ll read a book, jump to another book or series, and then back until I finish each series. This, somehow, keeps me more invested in series that require more dedication to complete. So, here’s my updated shortlist, following the completion of House of Earth and Blood:

  • Before They Are Hanged – by Joe Abercrombie
  • The Bard’s Blade – by Brian D. Anderson
  • The Sword of Kaigen – by M.L. Wang
  • Emperor of Thorns – by Mark Lawrence

Published by YennanMasterofSwords

I'm a husband, a father, a man of faith. I love reading and writing, as well as tabletop games. I'm hoping to review and discuss a variety of fantasy and sci-fi novels in this blog.

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