I’m finally back on top in my reading game! I read The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, a beautifully written story about a young woman coming to terms with the trauma that has overshadowed her family for generations. It’s coming in April, and the cover is amazing! It had been quite hyped to me (and I don’t always enjoy hyped books) but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I really liked it and wanted to keep turning the pages. Next up was The Song of Achilles! I am a tragic for the Greek myths and LOVED this representation of the relationship between Achilles and Patroclus. Get yourselves a copy stat! SO GOOD!
I then went in the complete opposite direction to read The Trauma Cleaner, a non-fiction about Sandra Pankhurst, a transgender woman who cleans trauma scenes. I was surprised to learn that trauma scenes are not necessarily death scenes; they can also be the homes of intense hoarders. It was a very interesting book, intertwining Sandra’s current work and her journey to where she is now.
Moxie was INCREDIBLE. It just fired me up about feminism all over again. (Also, if you haven’t already, listen to The Guilty Feminist podcast – it is phenomenal!) Moxie was just such a lovely YA novel about girls standing up for themselves and winning the war against the sexist school administration. Then, with all of the hype about the movie, I had to reread Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – it was super sweet the second time around as well!!!!!
I am now reading Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking. I’m about a third of the way in, and so far it is a really beautiful recreation of her grief in the first few months after her husband’s death. Shocking, heartbreaking, and so very, very real.
Next up, I’m hoping to finally get onto some of my book club books – Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, The Rift by Nina Allan and Regency Buck by Georgette Heyer.
The past week has been a pretty okay reading week for me. I managed to finish Fall by Sean Williams, the third book in the Twinmaker trilogy. I didn’t really enjoy this book – I had completely lost interest in the series after it being over four years since I read the first book. I also just felt that Fall was somewhat confusing and completely unnecessary. I am very glad to finally finish this series though.
Next up I decided to read The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. This is an adult modern and contemporary fiction novel and follows Lucy and Josh, two colleagues who absolutely hate one another but who are both up for the same promotion at work. To make things interesting they come to an agreement that whoever does not get the promotion must resign. Things get interesting though when the discover that maybe they don’t hate each other at all… I really loved this. It was a light-hearted, quick and entertaining read. It had me smiling a stupid cheesy grin whilst I was reading it because gosh damn it the sexual tension was just so fantastic. I can’t wait to read more from Sally Thorne!
I then picked up WaR: Wizards and Robots by Will.I.Am and Brian David Johnson. This is about exactly what you’re thinking – wizards and robots. Whilst this was definitely better than I had anticipated it being, there were also elements that definitely needed some work. In particular, I felt the ending was very rushed and not very satisfying in terms of explanations in the slightest.
And just this afternoon I finished After You by Jojo Moyes, the second book in the Me Before You series. I also had some mixed opinions on this book. I kind of feel like a sequel wasn’t quite necessary and after scanning Goodreads reviews I’ve seen that a lot of people feel like Me Before You has been ruined for them because of this sequel existing. I wouldn’t go that far, but this was definitely not the story I had been anticipating.
Tonight I’ve started reading White Night by Ellie Marney. This is a #LoveOzYA title by the author of the Every series which I adore so much. I’m only 50 pages in but I already can tell it’s the kind of book I want to devour in one sitting. Next up will be Still Me by Jojo Moyes which I still haven’t gotten around to reading. After that, I’m hoping to squeeze in The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray, Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings, and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens before the end of the month.
What have you been reading this week? What’s up next?