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aspirit's Autumn ROOTing


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Edited: Oct 12, 7:57am Top


I've been eyeing the public library's adult fiction while my TBR piles at home are neglected. For this season (October through December), I have resolved to give the books in my home library more attention. My goal is to move at least nine books out of my TBR collection. That should clear up one out of the *mumble mumble* stacks if I pull from the physical shelves.

My TBR books weren't all catalogued at the start of 2019, so I will have to guess at the shelf age of what's there now.

Oct 7, 4:02am Top

Welcome and good luck!

Edited: Oct 7, 4:29am Top

Welcome to the ROOTers, aspirit.

Don't forget to join the group as a member.

Oct 7, 8:21am Top

Good luck, and welcome to the group!

Oct 10, 9:45am Top

Thank you! I've figured out (or maybe relearmed) that the option to join doesn't show while Watching. My status is now set as an official member.

Oct 11, 2:40pm Top

My focus isn't strong. I need a plan to read my own tomes, the ones that aren't new.

Since I'm now reading Quill Me Now (ebook; new acquisition) by Jordan Castillo... I will read A Most Unusual Courtship (ebook; older acquisition) by Nancy M. Griffis.

Because I'm reading a borrowed copy of Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee... I'll read my own copy of Half World by Hiromi Goto.

Ideally, I'll clear out the larger stack of partial reads and complete in-progress reviews by the end of this month to start November with fresh picks from the TBR piles.

Oct 11, 2:46pm Top

>5 aspirit:, good job!

Oct 11, 6:11pm Top

Welcome aboard and good luck!

Oct 12, 8:44am Top

A Most Unusual Courtship was a quick and confusing fantasy romance set in an alternate Victorian London.

The courtship seems to have followed Victorian rules for an upper-class man and woman, except the woman's role was played by a large, mixed-race, blacksmithing man whose attractive looks and smithing skills make him highly desired as a marriage partner. That felt off to me. The courtship was presented as unusual for the magical lord giving gifts during work together, instead of taking the blacksmith to the theater, which disinterests him. Because, yeah, he's a middle-class blacksmith with not much free time or desire to impress lords. (On the other hand, Gerald Smithson readily accepts work for the Queen, without any explanation of why the distrust of her nobles doesn't filter onto her?)

The strangest part was that legalization and social acceptance of men marrying each other was attributed to the Greeks allowing same-sex marriages. When was that supposed to have happened? Greece doesn't currently allow same-sex marriages. The pedagogical and enslaving systems of ancient Greece certainly weren't forms of marriage, while ancient societies in what's now the United Kingdom did allow same-sex couples to officially wed. The absence of a history would have made for smoother reading than that description of a false history, because now I keep wondering what the author knows that I don't.

I kept waiting for the world to be described in ways that fit the pieces together.

At the end, the characters complete a project that felt important enough for more pages. They increasingly fancy each other but are in an awkward start of a vague marriage proposal.

The story was definitely unusual.


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