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Book Chat #74 – Books By Becky Chambers and Jessie Mihalik

It's been a long time since I had a Book Chat on the blog, and I wish I had a good reason for it except to say that I've been writing a lot… which is always a good thing. Sometimes I will look at words ALL DAY and then the evening will come around and I will think, “What are words anyway?” Lol. I get overwhelmed and then I don't read at all. It happens. But I have two books I've read recently that I loved!

A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

This novella took me two months to read, and not because it's horrible. It was fantastic. I love Becky Chambers and her quiet science fiction. It speaks to me on a fundamental level. But I was reading it at the time I was writing two books, and some days I just didn't have the energy to pick up a book to read. No matter. Each time I opened it, I was right back in the story like I hadn't taken a break at all. If I told you that this is a story of a tea monk traveling the wilderness with a robot, I'm not sure what you would think. But that's what this is. I hope Becky Chambers sets more stories in this world someday. I would love to see how the society ended up this way.

Hunt the Stars by Jessie Mihalik

I started reading this book right as I finished Myra's Big Mistake, so I had plenty of time to read and enjoy a good story that wasn't my own. I love Jessie Mihalik's books. If you enjoy my books, you'll love hers. This was definitely space opera romance, heavy on plot with feelings, a fun and interesting crew, a cool universe that I wanted to know more about. The enemies-to-lovers plot was believable and smoking hot. I didn't see any of the twists coming. All around a stellar book, and I've already pre-ordered the next in the series. The story set up for quite the next adventure while still wrapping up the mission from the first book. I love that. I can't wait to see what happens next!

P.S. I'm trying new formats for my collage images on the website, ones that'll look better on Instagram. Hopefully this works out!

S. J. Pajonas