Finding Focus

The end of the year approaches and with it comes a desire to take stock of what happened over the year. At least for me. Mainly, I have been thinking about the personal goals I set for myself and how all of those have progressed (or haven’t) and why.

To start, these are the personal goals I set for myself in 2022:

  • Read more, and specifically read fiction books.
  • Improve my physical fitness by way of regular exercise.
  • Have dating be a part of my life.
  • Write more long form pieces.

With those goals outlined I am going to break down the details of each one.

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packetcat reads 2022 Week 45 – Black Water Sister by Zen Cho

Pages: 398
Purchased from: Kobo

Definitely a very interesting look at contemporary Malaysian life. At times it felt a bit uncomfortably like I was reading from the depths of the author’s mind in a way that felt like I was intruding. But other than that I enjoyed the various aspects of the region’s mythology that were depicted in this. I will mention this, there is a scene in this book depicting sexual assault. It is not particularly graphic or long but it is present, just a heads up.

packetcat reads 2022 Week 43 – A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin

Pages: 378
Purchased from: Kobo

A nice YA fantasy with a very interesting world and magic system. Its filled with lots of intrigue and there is of course a romance subplot in here. The romance in this one was honestly one of the least interesting things about the narrative and I found myself more interested in all the rest of it. It is not a badly written romance but it does feel very by the numbers.

I am coming to the realization that while a lot of these YA fantasy novels have romance sub-plots in them, very few YA fantasy authors actually do romance well and I usually find myself uninterested in the romance plots as they feel superficial to the rest of the narrative.

Back to the book at hand, I don’t know if I’ll read the second book in the duology but I am glad I read this one at least. cari is now 4/4 for recommendations!

packetcat reads 2022 Week 42 – Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

Pages: 472
Purchased from: Kobo

Sometimes a book really loves a particular thing. In this case, this book really loves libraries. And not just libraries but what if the books within them had personalities of their own. The books are people! Well not quite, more like shadows of people.

As a library enjoyer myself, I enjoyed this book quite a bit. The main characters are likable and their interactions are well written and occasionally even a little bit funny. Another excellent recommendation from cari, we are 3/3!