I’m back with some mini reviews today. As a big consumer of fantasy, I tend to read a lot of longer books. Fantasy writers have a lot to get into a story and, sometimes, that can lead to some chonky books. Lately, though, I’ve found myself really getting into shorter fiction. That’s why I figured it was time to do a mini review of some mini books, aka novellas!
I’ve been having a great time with the novellas I’ve read recently, but am so behind on actually reviewing them! That being said, let’s jump into this post, shall we?
Title: Remote Control
Author: Nnedi Okorafor
Genre: Science Fiction
CW/TW: Child abuse, body horror, grief & loss depiction, death of a family member, gun violence, animal death
Nnedi Okorafor has been on my radar for quite some time, but this was my first experience reading her work. Now, I wish to read everything she has ever written!
In Remote Control, we follow the story of a young girl who has lost her name and been adopted by Death. After a tragic event, Sankofa becomes her new name and death follows wherever she goes. She spends her days wandering Ghana with her small fox companion, trying to find answers and an object that fell from the sky and changed her life.
This was such an incredible, quiet read. You would think a book about a girl that brings death with her would be more in-you-face, but this book is much more a character study that was strangely calm. Even when the character was surrounded by death and destruction. I absolutely loved the writing in this story and how it gripped me from beginning to end. I loved Fatima/Sankofa and following her around as she searches for answers to her suffering. Watching her character growth and her interactions with the world around her was a treat! And, even though I could have followed this story for chapters and chapters more, it still felt like a fully formed and finished book in this short amount of pages. I can’t wait to read more from this author!
We’re doing some more tag catch-up on the blog today and this one I’m super excited to do! I love music, I love singing, and, of course, I love books. So, when the wonderful Leah @ Leah’s Books tagged me in the OMG! That Song Book Tag, you know I had to do it! This is a tag where you have to answer with both a song and a book. How could I not want to do it? It took me ages (😅), but now it’s time to share my answers. Thank you, Leah, for the tag! And shoutout to Katie @ Katesbookdate, who created this tag!
A song you have to listen to no matter how many times you’ve heard it before and A book you’ll never get sick of
End of the Road by Boyz II Men When I say this song was an integral part of my formative years! I was a huge Boyz II Men fan and I played this album on repeat. My parents probably hated this song 😂 Excuse for a moment while I croon and reminisce.
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko You know a book is good when I, someone who rarely re-reads books, picks it up twice in one year. This was my favorite book of 2020 and, though the love is new, I don’t see it going away anytime soon! Now I just need to get my mitts on the sequel, Redemptor *grabby hands*
A song that reminds you of the cringiest time in your life and A book you read that you wouldn’t like if you were to read it now
Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day This was my high school graduating class’s song. High school, though not terrible, was definitely the cringiest time of my life 😅 And this song definitely reminds me of that! Also, how unoriginal were we, right?
Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton Yeeeaaahhh… paranormal romance, I have discovered, is not my jam and I single-handedly blame the Anita Blake series for that. How I managed to make it all the way to book 12 is beyond me, but I definitely don’t think I’d even be able to get through book 1 now. Just… no thank you.
It’s time for a new round of Down the TBR Hole! This is where I go through my Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ shelf and do a bit of cleaning up. If you want to see the full description of what this post is all about, check out my first round HERE.
It has been a minute since I’ve done a Down the TBR Hole post, hasn’t it? So let’s try not to judge me too harshly when we see the current state of my Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ shelf 😅 Last round, I ended with 615 books on my TBR. Since then, we’ve started an entire new year and the news about shiny, new books has been hitting me left and right! How am I to resist when there are so many fantastic sounding books just waiting to find their way onto my shelf? Well… at least my virtual one… #bookbuyingban.
That being said, there are now 628 books on my TBR and I’m sure that number will only grow over the coming months 😂 So let’s see if we can rein it in just a smidge by going through some of the books that have been hanging out there for what feels like eons. It’s time for round eight!
The Giver by Lois Lowry
I feel like I’m one of the few people that got through school without having to read this book. Not that I was assigned this book and never read it. I saved that for Dickens *glares at Great Expectations* No, I just never had an English class where this was require reading. The premise sounds interesting, though, and it’s only around 200 pages. It hits the sweet spot where I’m just intrigued enough and it’s just short enough, that it gets to stay on the TBR.
Not on Fire, but Burning by Greg Hrbek
I have no idea why I added this book to my TBR. Having read the synopsis… I still have no idea why I added this book. For something that sounds like it could be a groundbreaking, genre-bending tale, the synopsis left me feel very meh. I dunno… it just doesn’t appeal to me and I can’t really put my finger on why. But, as it stands, I think it’s time for it to go.
The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō
Look, the only reason this book gets to stay is because
I own it
I would, at some point, like to get my s*** together
This book seems like it could potentially help me with that later point, lol. Also, it’s super short, so why not?
The crew of the Tide Child, a black ship made of dragon bones and manned by convicted criminals, are sent on a dangerous mission to seek out the last known sea dragon to end a centuries-long war.
“We fight in the hope that others will not have to, and we fight to keep those we have come to care about safe. We fight even for those who do not deserve it. There is no honour or greatness in what we do, except among fools. I fight, in the end, because I have no other choice” – she held his gaze with hers – “and neither do you. So remember this, if you hear tales of bravery and greatness, they are nearly always told by people who have only watched battle from afar.”