Bus arriving soon. Headphones in. Baru Cormorant queued up.
Audiobook for while I work.
There's about to be some pirate action, if I remember where I left off correctly.
Finished my reread and am ready for the second book! Except I am totally not, because this book destroys me. Gaaaaah.
I can only hope that in the second book we get to see some revenge.
It took me a few chapters to get accustomed to the unique language and names for this world, but once I did this was an epic journey. The world building was great, the characters were complex, and moral dilemmas and political scheming made me think of GoT.
I can't wait to read the next in this series. 💚
Oh, so much to like about this book—a compelling protagonist, a finely crafted plot in which accounting, yes accounting, plays an important & even exciting role, & an intriguing world—but it all adds up, unfortunately to a good but not great read for me. Lots of potential but somehow, it just didn‘t quite come together. That being said, it is well-written & has some good twists. In fairness, this might well be an “it‘s me not the book” situation.
This is hands down one of the best fantasies I‘ve ever read (and I don‘t say that lightly). It‘s outrageously accomplished for a debut - I don‘t begrudge Dickinson the three years it‘s taken to craft a sequel! - with a devastatingly good plot and gorgeous, elegant prose. I can‘t believe this didn‘t win loads of awards. I‘ll be on a mission to recommend it to everyone!
Why yes, I do have an unhealthy fascination with seeing professional services and bureaucracies depicted in fantasy worlds, why do you ask?
This is not a nice book. But it is an excellent one. Intricate and stark, The Traitor Baru Cormorant has a fascinating protagonist in its title character. Witnessing her development was thrilling. Brilliant and cunning, she uses the weapon of economics to try to manipulate the Empire that stole her home from within. But ooh boy, the Masquerade Empire is a bad, bad terrifying villain. Highly recommend this dark, compelling book.
The only perk of being sick is the reading time. Starting this one now.
A very well written book where til the end you're not sure how everything will wrap up. Squidapus found the political maneuvering and mind games very entertaining to read; Baru's perfectly calculated indoctrination by the Empire clashes with her desire to attain power to free her homeland. He's still thinking about the ending and how he feels about it as the pieces for it were right in your face all along. A very entertaining and tense read.
Well, suffice to say Squidapus and I are enjoying this book way more than our last one. This book is very good at portraying it's complicated political machinations which is something Squidapus never really saw as interesting. Essentially the book is about a girl who's home is taken over by an Empire, who trains in their school to gain power to save her home and becomes accountant of a land the Empire is trying to conquer to sniff out a rebellion.
Oh man! A lot of people have started following Squidapus lately and so I figured I'd thank the whole lot of them and get a post up here since we haven't been posting a ton lately. Gosh life has been busy, and finding time to read has been a lot of work. But that hasn't stopped me from buying more books! Hahaha...aw man...
To be fair I've been meaning to get Baru Cormorant for a while and finally found a used Bennett book.
Forgot to post my completed prompts for July-September #booked2018!
Blame It on Litsy- Sky in the Deep⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Diverse Nonfiction- Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Set at School- A School for Unusual Girls⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
LGBTQIA+MC- The Traitor Baru Cormorant ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Japanese Thriller- The Thief⭐️⭐️⭐️
Beach Read- The Book of Essie⭐️⭐️⭐️
A great month! The Traitor Baru Cormorant was one of the best books I‘ve ever read!
This book was gifted to me by my longest term friend, with the comment that he figured I had time to read during my surgery recovery.
Some of the turns here were unexpected. I found it a stark example of what power and control does to society in general and people in particular.
My library #bookhaul today. The last 4-5 weeks have been rough for a number of reasons and I haven‘t really been reading anything. So I brought these home to make my decision. Any recommendations?
"She stood, so that she could move her voce lower. 'Cattlson told me that they needed the dukes afraid of the people, and the people afraid of the Masquerade. But now you are afraid of me, and the people are tired of fear.'"
I have a lot of feelings/opinions about this book, anyone else?
I'm a mood reader, so I'm expecting my #AugustTBR to mutate a bit over the course of the month. Nonetheless, I'm really looking forward to reading everything in this stack. I'm discussing the tagged book with my book club next week, so I'll be starting it tonight.
#mostanticipated #backtoreading @JoeStalksBeck @Tiffy_Reads
A fantasy novel full of political machinations & palace intrigue. While a child, Baru Cormorant's island home is colonized. Society is ostensibly reshaped as a meritocracy, albeit one with reprehensible beliefs in eugenics & moral hygiene. A swords & sandal tale (more House of Cards than Game of Thrones) with a great protagonist. I loved this. I will be keeping a close eye on Dickinson's future publications.
Only 40 pages in, but hooked.
This book is truly unique. The writing style is elegant and intelligent, and the characters are well developed. Baru Cormorant is an amazing heroine. She's fiercely intelligent, and sacrifices everything attempting to gain the power she needs to save her homeland. I can see myself reading this again and again. I must say, I didn't see the twist at the end coming.
That. Ending. I was already set to call The Traitor Baru Cormorant one of the best books I read this year, but the closing chapters really put it over the top. Brutal in a way George R.R. Martin wishes he could be, the end comes simultaneously as a surprise and a foregone conclusion. Despite being a little tired of series and trilogies, I'm desperate for a follow up because Baru's story is far from over. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
My morning. Still working my through this gem. It's one of those rare books that demands all my attention despite being in the middle of so many other books! I also had to renew it at the library though, so the pressure is on!
My ADD and hyper active anxiety have been taking a toll on my reading goals lately, so tonight my husband had to take my phone away and take on shut-up-the-cat duty for me to get back into the game (HELLO, my cat literally cries whenever I pick up a book 😤🐈🐈). Finally passed page 100 in this book and am loving it. Now watch me not be able to put it down! 😂
Ya'll. You need this picture today. I finally met Tabby, my in-laws' kitten, and she looooooooves books n' forts! 😻😹😻 With all of you in solidarity and I hope this cheers anyone up who's having anything similar to the holiday I am!
Lazy Sunday as you can see! Starting this one because I've heard nothing but good things and I need to read some fiction. Good ol' escapism to balance out all the social justice reading I'm doing 🙃 #catsofLitsy