No Sit Book Club – December 2021

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I spent a lot of time in the kitchen in December – holiday baking – and I also had to drive quite a bit more than usual for family and friend get togethers, so I finished several audiobooks. Here are some highlights!

The Last Graduate, by Naomi Novik – This is the second book in Novik’s Scholomance series and continues the story of student Galadriel “El” as she continues her highly dangerous magical education. I loved the first book in this trilogy – “A Deadly Education” – and I would definitely start with that if you are reading it for the first time. Here’s some more information about “A Deadly Education.” If you’ve already read it and want to know more about “The Last Graduate” go here. The third book will be called “The Golden Enclaves,” and is supposed to come out in late September of 2022. I am a fan of Naomi Novik in general, so if you like these, you might also look into some of her other books/series. (adult/older teen fantasy)

The Answer Is…Reflections on My Life, by Alex Trebek – This short autobiography by the host of Jeopardy was just a nice read/listen. Alex Trebek doesn’t get all that in depth, but he does take you on a quick tour of his life with some funny and poignant highlights. I remember seeing him on the cover of a magazine right at the beginning of the pandemic, talking about how he was living with cancer, and then just a few months later he had passed away, but we still had that magazine, that snapshot of him still alive. After listening to this I thought he would have been an interesting person to know. (adult biography)

Leviathan Wakes, by James S.A. Corey – A friend of mine has been raving about “The Expanse” series on Amazon Prime, which is based on a science fiction book series (“Leviathan Wakes” is the first book). It’s written for adults and the first book involves the search for a missing woman whose body, when found, is completely taken over by some kind of alien bio-chemical weapon and has been transformed into goo. Who sent this weapon, how does it work, and what are we going to do about it? Some questions that arise and that are only partially answered in this first installment. Definitely intriguing enough to check out the next book! (adult science fiction)

An Unwelcome Quest, by Scott Meyer (Magic 2.0 #3) – This is book 3 and takes our modern wizard friends into a life or death game/simulation orchestrated and designed by their former compatriot, who was exiled back to his own time. Todd managed to escape his confinement and alter his parameters in The File (the not so magical computer file that enables those who find it and have the know-how to alter themselves and travel through space and time by changing the code) so that he could return to wreak revenge on those who had done him wrong. What next? The first book in the series is called “Off to Be the Wizard,” and you will want to begin there to get the full picture of how this all got started. (adult science fiction)

What have you been reading/listening to this month? Submit your books and activities here: No Sit Book Club

Last month I asked what books you all were looking forward to in 2022. Here are some that I’m anticipating: “The Kaiju Preservation Society,” by John Scalzi, “The Chosen Twelve,” by James Breakwell, “Akata Woman,” by Nnedi Okorafor, and “Terciel and Elinor,” by Garth Nix (this may already be out, but I’m waaaay behind on my to-read list). Hope there are some audio editions of these!