Monday, April 5, 2021

IMWAYR! In Space!

I did not write about what I was reading last Monday.  I chalk that up to focusing on my writing only last week as it was the final week of the Slice of Life Story Challenge.  However, this Monday seems like a good day to discuss and update you all on the reading I've been doing.

As a reminder, here is my key for books:

Pick 👍    So-So ✔️    Pan ⏭️    Bail 💀

Finished Reading

Everything Sad is Untrue by Daniel Nayeri, (👍) I finished this book a few weeks ago and I cannot recommend it highly enough.  It's the story of a refugee family and how they came to live in Oklahoma.  The story blends the real events of Daniel's life, both before and after fleeing his home country, with the fantastical elements of the mythology and stories he grew up hearing.  He makes several references to the 1001 Nights and that analogy certainly holds true to the story telling method being used.  I love how this book captures the feeling of someone sitting by your bed and telling you a story.  It's a rich in detail and beautifully written.  

Currently Reading

After Moses by Michael F. Kane, This sci-fi novel reminds me so much of anime like Cowboy Bebop and tv shows like Firefly.  I love sci-fi that stays close to home and explore how colonies on Mars, Jupiter's moons, and other celestial bodies might look.  The crew of the Sparrow have already endeared themselves to me and I actually enjoy how this novel manages to be episodic in a way that is similar to the two shows I mentioned above.

Bonus?  The author is one from my neck of the woods.  It's always great to get a chance to explore local authors.

2021 Reading Goal: 27/75


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly blog link co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for kids and young adults.  The original IMWAYR focusing on adult lit was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is currently hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.


  1. I started Everything and could not get into it. I bought four copies for book clubs without reading it becuase everyone was talking about it. Now I don't know what to do!

    1. Can’t you still use it for book clubs? It might not have resonated with you, but others might enjoy? Or do you not like to have book clubs of books you haven’t read?

  2. I am always looking for good kidlit SF, so I'm looking forward to your final thoughts on After Moses.

  3. Thanks for that heads up about Everything Sad is Untrue. I've added it to my list and hope to find time for it.

  4. Everything Sad is Untrue sounds great! My husband is from Oklahoma :)

    I agree - it's great to discover local authors!

    Book By Book

  5. What a great set of books! Everything Sad Is Untrue sounds excellent, as does After Moses. I also had a chance to read a couple of your Slice of Life posts, and I really enjoyed them! Thanks for the great round-up!