I didn't think this was quite as good as the first Monk and Robot book but like its predecessor it does find a lot of depth in an unlikely friendship between (you guessed it) a monk and a robot.
Books/stories I finished reading in November '22 📚
5 ⭐️: Merlin in the Library; Christmas Wish List; A Prayer for the Crown-Shy; the new Red, White & Royal Blue chapter from Henry's POV
4.5 ⭐️: Legends & Lattes; Cult Classic
4 ⭐️: Below Zero; Neuroqueer Heresies; A Cat Story
3 ⭐️: Cat + Gamer; The Cats of Ulthar
Happy December reading to all, and to all a good night ✨️
I sniffled and cried my way through these two books. Understanding that you don‘t need all the answers or a complete and exacting plan in order to be living a good life can be one of the most difficult and confusing things to understand. But it was handled so well. And yet again, hugs all around. Excellent books!
Another evening with audiobooks and my knitting... tonight I'm trying to finish up a pair of socks I started over the summer. #audioknitting
Job interview done, got the job, made food, ate food. Made tea, grabbed a book. #readathon time!
Becky Chamber‘s refreshingly positive vision of the future continues! This latest short book in the Monk and Robot series sends the ever-lovable duo of Dex and Mosscap into human places to ask “What do you actually need?” I found the book as sweet and enjoyable as its cover.
This was another cozy read from Chambers. The plot, character growth, and ending were all satisfying. I loved the diversity and unique world building that critiqued our own world in ways. I appreciated that the author didn‘t try to drag the story out and asked a lot of questions that really made me think. A great read!
Chambers' world-building is phenomenal as usual and through it she creates a safe space to explore who we are, what a better world would look like, and how we can work towards one. She allows us space to be human; to realize it's ok to be human, ok to be confused, ok to make mistakes in the ongoing process of becoming ourselves and figuring shit out. Also, Mosscap is such a delight; I love it more every moment. (Feifei Ruan's cover art is perfect)
The second book in the monk and robot series was just as poignant, thought provoking and beautiful as the first book. The book.really asks very important questions about life and the future of our world. It's a mediative way to ask hard questions about the world. And Becky Chambers is brilliant in her way of getting us to talk about hard topics.
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Bk5 of September is done! I‘m getting a head of steam up now🙌 Oh my stars. I want to live in this book so bad! Once again Becky Chambers has written a magical ecological & spiritual story. You wouldn‘t think a story about a human and a robot could have so much heart to it but it‘s very profound. At least to me it was. Totally recommend reading this series. And all of her books for that matter! #BookspinBingo #SeriesRead2022
This 2nd book felt “less than” the first, somehow, but it was still a quiet joy. The investigation here is less “What do people need?” & more “What do *I* need?” And, “how can I be comfortable with the answer?” It‘s about knowing, intellectually, what advice to give & feeling the truth of it when you impart it to others but not allowing that same truth to speak when you turn your advice inwards. It‘s about self-discovery, & family — found & other.
I loved this just as much as book 1. It‘s a very calm, reflective, warm book exploring human relationships with themselves, the world around them, society, and what it feels like to redefine your relationships with all of the above. I love the world, and the characters absolutely delight me. Moscap always makes me smile. This world is also wonderfully inclusive, removed from a context where LGBTQ lives and bodies are viewed with hate. #LGBTQ
Last in my recent #bookmail is the 2nd novella in Chambers Monk and Robot series. The 1st book was one of my #12of2021 picks, it was absolutely beautiful & lovely to read. She puts such hope into her stories, no matter whether it‘s about aliens, robots or humans, we could all learn a lot from them. If you haven‘t read any of her books, why?
A beautiful second volume. I really think it could‘ve been longer, though- I get wanting to keep things short and sweet, but it felt to me like a lot more could have been developed, even while keeping it short. I just love the world Chambers has created and want to soak in it even longer!
I‘m starting the the 20 Minute Back To School Reading Challenge for TrevorProject today. Right now I‘m reading the tagged book, & read the first of this wonderfully calm, soothing series last month. I‘m so excited to read the second book as I read 20 minutes per day to raise money for suicide prevention. Today I wrapped up with 47 minutes. I probably won‘t update every day on Litsy, but I‘ll be sure to post a few times! #TrevorProject #LGBTQ
Another low reading month. I‘m still unpacking & organizing from our move in July, which has kicked my summer reading to the curb. I did finish June‘s #DoubleSpin, though! Favorite this month is tagged—I 💜Becky Chambers and I 💜Mosscap & Dex. I had two re-reads for book groups, but I didn‘t mind. It was a delight revisiting Pat of Silver Bush for #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead and Nation for my IRL book group. I had forgotten just how GOOD Nation is.
Just as wonderful as I hoped it would be. One of the few books I plan on owning. Especially enjoyed the tone of the ending, meandering through a socialist solar punk world, that isn't quite utopic, recognizing beings still look for purpose/meaning, have unanswered questions. Mosscap continues to be a delight, Dex is relatable and aspirational by turns. Hoping this is eventually not just a duology, I want more Monk & Robot! 🤖♥️
I loved this even more than the last one. Chambers continues to explore the human experience and validate the idea that it is okay to just exist. I love a “robot/alien explores humanity” trope, and this one touches on some big experiences/feelings in little anecdotes. I read this one slowly with breaks to sit back and digest, and I think I enjoyed it more than when I read the first one in a day.
I put my crochet down to grab some lunch. Sadie had some other ideas so I guess I‘m reading! 📚🚫🧶
I‘m ok with that! 😄
Another hug of a book from Becky Chambers. I loved this—it picks up just where we left off, with Dex and Mosscap venturing into society to seek answers to Mosscap‘s question of what humans need. This felt a lot like Psalm for the Wild-Built: reflective and thought-provoking and comforting and affirming. Becky Chambers somehow always knows just what I need to read. (I mean, that dedication! 💜)
Mosscap wants to know what humans need. Dex wants to recapture the passion and purpose they had with their tea service. Obviously this means it‘s time for a life changing road trip.
As charming and delightful as the first, while also hitting you with a discussion on the difficulties of burnout and the violence in a system that equates human worth with productivity. Exactly what I needed right now. And yes. I cried during this one too. 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗
Absolutely loved this. The main character, Dex, is non binary. For anyone confused as how they/them pronouns work this is it. I love Mosscap the robots way of seeing things. I love the world building of Panga and the look at such a different society. I really like how relaxing and restorative this story is, even though there are quite philosophical themes about what people need and want. Not based on our version of religions despite the title.
My feelings for this book are not without bias. I loved the first book in the series because I found it refreshing read about a world where humans are trying to do what benefits society and the environment. So I was very excited when I saw this on the library shelf. I wasn't disappointed. This book continues to follow Mosscap and Dex through different towns as Mosscap meets more humans to determine what their needs are.(cont in comments)
I love the covers of these books!
This second Monk and Robot book finds Dex and Mosscap traveling across their little planet talking to folks in each village and town, so that Mosscap can ask it‘s big question: “What do you need?”
The answers vary widely as does the interpretation of what the question means. Just as sweet as the first book, perhaps a bit more philosophical, I enjoyed it and look forward to more. 🤖💕
I enjoyed this book more than the first, but probably because this wasn‘t really a stand alone sequel. The preachy aspects that brought me near a so-so rating on the first books were absent and the characters are more developed with this second part. Honestly, this felt like an arbitrary editing or marketing decision. Like someone didn‘t trust the reader to cross genre. The author attempts to play with big questions of humanity and makes us 👇🏻