Three Books I'm Reading Now, 6/13/22 Edition
The Books I'm Reading Now
I'm reading Woman of Light, Kali Fajardo-Anstine's upcoming fantastical, indigenous historical fiction; The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, Taylor Jenkins Reid's dual-timeline historical fiction about the secrets of an Old Hollywood starlet; and A Marvellous Light, Freya Marske's fantastical Edwardian England story of mystery and love.
What are you reading and enjoying these days, bookworms?
01 Woman of Light by Kali Fajardo-Anstine
There is one every generation, a seer who keeps the stories.
Luz “Little Light” Lopez is a tea leaf reader and laundress in 1930s Denver who is trying to fend for herself after her snake-charmer brother Diego is run out of town by a white mob.
Her visions begin transporting her to her indigenous land, offering glimpses of life in the Lost Territory. She's able to trace her ancestors' paths, their struggles, their victories, and the aggression that removed them from their lands.
Luz realizes that she may be the only one who can save the stories of her ancestors before they are lost forever.
I received an electronic prepublication copy of this book (published June 7) courtesy of Random House Publishing Group and NetGalley.
02 The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I'm listening to Taylor Jenkins Reid's The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.
Evelyn Hugo is a reclusive, extremely famous Old Hollywood movie star, and she's finally ready to tell the story of her life--all the heartbreak, career maneuvering, mistakes, joys, and sordid details.
She plucks Monique, a promising young magazine writer, out of relative obscurity for the writing job, offering incredibly lucrative terms and making demands in return about the story's release only after her death.
Monique can't figure out why she's been trusted to tell Evelyn's story, nor does she understand allusions Evelyn makes to how Monique will come to hate her by the end of her roller coaster of a tale.
Reid's upcoming book Carrie Soto is Back is set for publication in August; stay tuned for that Bossy review.
03 A Marvellous Light (The Last Binding #1) by Freya Marske
A Marvellous Light, the first in Freya Marske's Last Binding duology, starts with a devastating ending (the demise of a character, caused by nefarious magicians) and a less-than-promising beginning (Robin Blyth's first day in his civil service job, for which he doesn't feel remotely qualified nor interested).
Robin is trying to keep the household afloat after the deaths of his parents, to support his bright, ambitious younger sister, and to date some handsome men along the way.
He soon realizes that (a) magic exists (!), (b) he's mistakenly been assigned the job of liaison to a secret magical society, (c) his office has been ransacked and a curse has been placed on him, (d) his curmudgeonly, book-smart coworker Edwin may be the key to saving them all, and (e) maybe he's falling for Edwin just the tiniest bit, despite himself.
Marske offers immersive Edwardian England detail in this adorable, captivating, magical, queer book. I'm completely hooked so far.
The second and final book in Marske's duology, A Restless Truth, is scheduled for publication in November.