We’re back with another Sundays in Bed With… meme! This meme dares to ask you what book has been in your bed this morning and is hosted by Midnight Book Girl. Come share what book you’ve spent your time curled up reading in bed with or which book you wish you had time to read today!
I’ll be spending the rest of my Sunday in bed continuing my read of The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy by Megan Bannen. Everyone told me I’d love this book and they right because I am LOVING it so much! The banter, the hate-to-love vibes, the secret pen pal letter exchanges, the side characters and this whole world Bannen created. I started this morning and I’m at 53% and trying to not rush through too quickly cos I want to savour this dynamic—this has favourite potential, friends!
Hart Ralston is a demigod and a marshal, tasked with patrolling the wasteland of Tanria. The realm the exiled old gods once called home is now a forsaken place where humans with no better options or no better sense come seeking adventure or spoils, but more often end up as drudges: reanimated corpses inhabited by the souls of those who’ve died in Tanria before. Hart tells himself that his job is simple: neutralize the drudges with a quick zap to the appendix and deliver them back to polite society at the nearest undertaker’s, leaving the whys and hows of the drudge problem for men without the complexities of a god in their family tree. But working alone, Hart’s got nothing but time to ponder exactly those questions he’d most like to avoid.
Too much time alone is the opposite of Mercy Birdsall’s problem. Since her father’s decline, she’s been single-handedly keeping Birdsall & Son undertakers afloat in small-town Eternity—despite definitely not being a son, and in defiance of sullen jerks like Hart Ralston, who seems to have a gift for showing up right when her patience is thinnest. The work’s not the problem—Mercy’s good at it, better than any other Birdsall—but keeping all her family’s plates spinning singlehandedly, forever, isn’t how Mercy envisioned her future. After yet another run-in with the sharp-tongued Mercy, Hart considers she might have a point about his utter loneliness being a bit of a liability. In a moment of sentimentality, he pens a letter addressed simply to “A Friend,” and entrusts it to a nimkilim, an anthropomorphic animal messenger with an uncanny connection to the gods, (and in Hart’s case, a bit of a drinking problem). Much to his surprise, an anonymous letter comes back in return, and a tentative friendship is born.
If only Hart knew he’s been baring his soul to the person who infuriates him most–Mercy. As the two unlikely pen pals grow closer, the truth about Hart’s parentage and the nature of the drudges creeps in. And suddenly their old animosity seems so small in comparison to what they might be able to do: end the drudges forever. But at what cost?
What are you currently reading?
I woke up this morning to the horrifying news about the Itaewon crowd crush where over 140 people died. It’s utterly heartbreaking that something like this happened and I can’t imagine how terrifying it must’ve been for those there, and how devastating it must be for the families and friends who lost loved ones last night. My heart goes out to everyone affected!
In everyday happenings, work has basically taken over my life and I have little time and energy for anything else at the end of each day. I’m sad the weekend is already over and it’s back to the daily grind tomorrow but I’m glad that I got in some decent reading time over the last few days. That said, the Itaewon news really shook me up today after getting sucked into some Twitter threads with videos from the scene and it’s been on my mind all day. 😣
I think I’ve read a decent amount this week. I finished the last section of the Babel buddy read on Saturday and I can’t believe that it’s already over—I was definitely not okay at the end of this book. It hits hard! I haven’t had much time for blog hopping lately and I’m wondering if that’s what’s so negatively impacting my blog stats. I try not to pay too much attention to it but the fact my stats have been steadily declining since I came back to Indonesia has admittedly been a little disheartening. 😮💨 Trying not to let it affect my motivation too much but hopefully, I will also be able to find more energy for engaging and blog hopping soon!
ICYMI, here’s what I posted on the blog this week:
- Unpopular Opinions Book Tag!
- #FirstLinesFriday: 28 October 2022
- Mini Book Review: Fake Empire by C.W. Farnsworth
- #WWWWednesday: 26 October 2022
- #TopTenTuesday: Witchy, Ghosty, Magical Non-Scary Reads!
- Mini Book Review: Blind Side by Kandi Steiner
would’ve, could’ve, should’ve – taylor swift
I hope you’ve all had a good weekend and that you have a great week ahead! Take care of yourselves and of each other, friends 🖤