I’ve been kind of slacking on my reading lately, yet new books keep making their way into my house somehow. It was time to finish up a couple that I have been invested in for almost a year.
First to hit the finished pile was Not All Princes Are Fearless. It‘s the third in the Pax Arcana series by Elliott James. Every time I try to really explain these books, I get all tripped up. I get geeky about it. I love the variety of cultures and mythos it draws into the story. I love the intelligence and pop culture references (some of which show my age). It has humor, action, internalized drama, mystery, and some romance. Not the normal romance though, the messy and satisfying love and trust kind. And John Charming is the kind of character that really draws you in. Basically, it’s a little bit of everything I love and the perfect escape book.
Next up is one of my favorite books right now. Seriously. Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman is the best dose of hope for our world right now. I feel so vindicated by this book, and so much less lonely or fearful. I have always believed in the good of humanity and the possibility of a better future when we trust that goodness in others. I love the way Bregman writes and his honesty about his own doubts. I think it took me so long to get through because I didn’t want it to end. I highly recommend checking this book and his other one out, Utopia for Realists, which I read a few years ago after watching an interview with Bregman about the book.
I am thoroughly enjoying the fact that my taste in books is broadening more and more the older I get. I am also realizing that I read so much fantasy in my youth because I did so much factual reading in school. I’m all about finding that balancing point. Happy reading!