Caturday Reads: Cyberpunk Sci-Fi, Epic Fantasy Adventure, & Magical Kitty Cosy Mystery

Happy Caturday, chums! This weekend shall be one filled to the brim with errands and things for me. My goal is to get them all out of the way as quickly as possible so that I can curl up with my floofy children and watch films while getting some reading done. I picked up a small tower of books from the library recently and a lot of them are new releases. So, I’d like to get them knocked out that way I’m not hoarding them from other patrons, which… I tend to do… oops.

My goal for 2021 is to read only adult books as an experiment. Young adult books were the number one reasons I fell into many reading ruts last year. As such, I wanted to dedicate myself to adult literature and fictions this year to see how that impacts my reading habits and overall enjoyment. The only exception to this shall be manga and diverse picture books as the latter has been brining me cute morsels of fluffy joy during my worst depression days.

I finished most of my books from last weekend (I ended up putting aside the nonfiction book as I was having a very difficult time focusing on it due its content triggers; it wasn’t the specific book, it was more the nonfiction genre and subject matter; I do hope to return to it when I’m in a better headspace), which means I get to start up a whole new mini-mountain for the upcoming week. Two of them are owned-books I’ve had on my shelves for the better part of a year to two years, while the other is a library book I snagged a couple of weeks ago. The sequel for the libs title released recently and that prompted me to finally get off my procrastinating rump roast to read it.

As per usual, the GoodReads links can be accessed by clicking the big, bold titles. All books shall be reviewed upon their completion, which I’m hoping shall be before February winks out in lieu of March.

Outriders (Outriders #1) by Jay Posey

A cyberpunk sci-fi, galactic adventure novel that follows Captain Lincoln Suh who died on a Wednesday Things only became harder from there. Swept away from a special operation and tossed headfirst into a secretive new unit, Lincoln has become the team leader of an Applied Intelligence Group, better known as the Outriders. His first day brings him into a mission with almost impossible stakes, plus a dangerously cunning woman. A woman, by all accounts, that should be dead. Yet, she seemingly returns, and her plans aren’t only devastating, but they very well may be spectacularly unstoppable.

I won’t lie here, folx. That first line about the main character dying as soon as the book begins was a hook that worked wonders on me, more so when I read that this was a cyberpunk sci-fi title. I haven’t started this yet, but I look forward to diving into it later tonight.

Spine of the Dragon (Wake the Dragon #1) by Kevin J. Anderson

This sword-and-sorcery, epic fantasy adventure is about two warring continents that are divided via bloodshed, past and present. When an outside threat arises—the reawakening of an ancient race that seeks to rule the world—the two warring nations must find a way set aside their generational hate and squabble in order to form an alliance to fight the one true enemy.

This sounds like it’s going to be a politically charged, classic fantasy of magic and mayhem, and it’s absolutely wonderful. Plus, anything with the worlds “dragon” and “adult fantasy” is pretty much guaranteed to garner my enthusiastic interest.

Curiosity Thrilled the Cat (Magical Cats Mystery #1) by Sofie Kelly

A cosy mystery series that revolves around a librarian named Kathleen Paulson. She moves to Maryville Heights, Minnesota where she gets adopted by two stray kitties. Owen is a tabby with a catnip addiction and Hercules is a tuxedo babe that shares Kathleen’s love of Barry Manilow. When a murder interrupts the local town’s music festival, Kathleen is labelled the prime suspect. Uncertain of how to clear her name, she very quickly learns that her new feline companions—who are more magical than she ever imagined—may be her only salvation in solving this purr-fect murder and proving her innocence.

I started reading this last night and thus far, I love it. The kitties are so entertaining and endearing, Kathleen seems like a smart and witty lady, and I adore the idea of there being a music festival setting; something I haven’t read in a cosy mystery before.

Beyond reading, I’m hoping to play some Titan Quest: Immortal Throne, which is one of my favourite video games to play whenever I need to unwind, and I also want to watch a couple of anime films. The two on the docket are Weathering with You and Promare.

Anyhoo, I wish you all a lovely and gentle weekend ahead. Before I sign off, here is my very own magical kitty club of goofballs. May they bring you a smile as they do for me every day. 😊

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2 thoughts on “Caturday Reads: Cyberpunk Sci-Fi, Epic Fantasy Adventure, & Magical Kitty Cosy Mystery

  1. The first two books sound very interesting. I’m excited to read Spine of the Dragon especially. 😉 The cozy mystery sounds like it was made with you in mind lol.

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