This post is completely random. I just felt like talking about the things I’m super into right now.
Is this post pointless since I’ll probably end up doing recommendation posts for all these topics at some point? Will I ever do one of these posts again? Will it become a feature? Will these things turn into long-lasting, passionate bookish love affairs, rather than mere infatuations? Maybe even happy bookish marriages? Who knows! I guess we’ll all find out together the answers to all these questions ;-)
But for right now, here are my current bookish infatuations!
*Gasp!* I know. This one is still surprising to me because I’ve never much cared for shifter books unless they were uncommon creature shifters, like unicorns. But lately I’ve realized it’s just the sexy shifter PNR (paranormal romance) kind that I don’t like. I mean, I don’t necessarily mind the sexiness ;-) I just don’t care for all the alpha males, fated mates, and pack politics. (Nothing wrong with liking those, they’re just not for me!) Anyway, lately I’ve been in the mood for some stories about werewolves that are still urban fantasy rather than horror, that are still about the werewolves as main characters, but that are grittier, more vicious, more classic. So far I’ve enjoyed Pack by Mike Bockoven [GR | Am | Review] and Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones [GR | Am | Review], both of which were gritty and just as much about family as about werewolves. On my TBR is The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan [GR | Am], which I recently won in a giveaway.
I mentioned recently that I had tried some djinn books years ago but didn’t really care for those portrayals of djinns. Two were in a series about a guy who was bound to grant wishes (a slave), but he didn’t have any powers. Three were in a series about a girl who survived when djinns created an apocalypse, and the djinns were basically just elementals. But lately I’ve done some reading about the Arabian and Islamic mythologies/beliefs, and it turns out djinns are really fascinating! So now I really want more stories based more on those mythologies. So far I’ve enjoyed Djinn City by Saad Z. Hossain [GR | Am | Review], and I’m really looking forward to The Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories [GR | Am], City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty [GR | Am | Review], and Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton [GR | Am | Review].
This one is nearly as surprising as my interest in werewolves! I didn’t like Frankenstein in high school, and I didn’t even love it when I reread it recently, but I did love the idea behind it. It was so interesting and thought-provoking that it just seemed rife with potential for retellings. So I’ve been totally into those and trying to find as many as I can. So far I’ve enjoyed This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee [GR | Am | Review], Cadaver & Queen by Alisa Kwitney [GR | Am | Review], and The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein (duology) by Kenneth Oppel [GR | Am]. On my TBR, I have Fraulein Frankenstein by Stephen Woodworth [GR | Am] and The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White [GR | Am].