Introduction and What I’m Reading

Hi everyone! It’s me, the Witch. I’ve been pretty neglectful when it comes to reading this past year, so for 2019 (and the tail end of 2018), I would like to work hard to remedy that and rekindle my deep love for reading.

Reading is something that’s always meant something special to me. Words are my medium of choice, and I’ve been a writer for pretty much my entire life, and even though I still continued to write, as I got older, my love of reading fell away in the interests of adult responsibility. Now, I’m making time for me, and I’m making time to do the things I love again – including reading.

There are a few genres I like more than others, but I’m hoping to really branch out. I love young adult fiction, as well as mystery and thriller books and fantasy. Romance novels are a guilty pleasure of mine, and I read a lot of nonfiction as well – usually pagan literature. However, those aren’t the only genres you can expect to see on this channel. I’ll be trying to broaden my horizons by reading outside my comfort zone. I’ll be reading new books, old books, books somewhere in between.

Mostly, I’ll be reading what I want to read.

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So, let’s dive into the first look at Lethal White, the fourth in the Cormoran Strike mystery series by Robert Galbraith. I’ll start by saying that it’s been a long wait for this novel, compared to the first three. The first, The Cuckoo’s Calling, was released in 2013, followed by The Silkworm in 2014 and Career of Evil in 2015. On top of that, Lethal White is the longest book in the series – seriously, look at it, it’s massive.

One thing I love about the Cormoran Strike series is that the characters are very flawed and realistic. This is a talent of Rowling’s, I think, something we watched her perfect in the Harry Potter series, something she overdid in Casual Vacancy, and now it’s really shining in her writing with the Cormoran Strike mysteries. So, you’ll notice I mentioned Harry Potter – a surprising amount of people don’t know, but Robert Galbraith is a pen name for the Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. I was actually working in a bookstore when that came out, and it was an interesting experience – catapulted the series into stardom, I think.

Another thing that you’ll notice is that I have a library copy of the book. I read on a budget, so it’s not always practical for me to rush out and buy a book at 29 dollars when I can check the book out for free from the library. I am lucky to be in a town with a great library, as well as a great interlibrary loan system, so I can snag all kinds of new books right when they hit the shelves. That said, I also have a nifty Kindle on which I can purchase books for rather cheap, which is where I’ll be reading Depth of Winter by Craig Johnson. I’ll also be revisiting an old favorite of mine, a series that I stopped two books in simply because life got hectic a few years ago: the Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King. I have the first three from the library – The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, A Monstrous Regiment of Women, and A Letter of Mary. My library has all of the series, so I would be remiss not to take advantage.

Finally, on my reading list are two books I’ve owned for years. I got them as gifts and never had the chance to read them, thanks to life stepping in. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is one, I’m sure you’ve heard of it, and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas is another.

Last but not least, I am attempting to try out audiobooks. Those will be a lot slower for me, I think, so they may have to be books that I otherwise wouldn’t read, or books that I’m not overly hyped about reading. For example, for my audible free trial, I tried to get Lethal White, and instead I woke up the next morning and went and picked up the book. So I returned the audiobook, and instead downloaded The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller and honestly, I’m enjoying it so far. It makes doing the dishes a little more appealing, but I really have no reason to listen to it other than when I do the dishes.

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So my hope is to get at least one review up every week, with a second post up that week on something related to books but not necessarily a review. I’m not setting any hard and fast goals for myself because I want this to remain a lot of fun for me.

I hope you’ll join me for the ride, and recommend a few books as well along the way!

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