In the last week I’ve had an okay reading week. I’ve managed to finish three books and start a fourth.
First up I read White Night by Ellie Marney. Although I found the characters a little bland (and only because I compared them to Ellie Marney’s Every series that seriously has the best characters ever) I loved everything else about this novel. It’s very Australian, but well written and definitely a recommendation for those of you who like coming-of-age stories.
Next I managed to read Still Me by Jojo Moyes, the third book in the Me Before You series. I had to read this for work, so naturally I procrastinated reading ALL weekend. I ended up getting it done Sunday evening. I liked this book, but still kind of feel that neither After You or Still Me were necessary – Me Before You could easily work well as a standalone.
I then started to read The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray, the third book in the Gemma Doyle trilogy. This book has been out for years, and is one I’ve owned since 2014. I’ve been putting off this series simply because each book in the trilogy got considerably larger, but decided these last few months that it was time to read them. These are pretty fun, but I definitely think I would have enjoyed them if I had read them when I was a little younger. I am currently only about 100 pages into the 820 pages this book has, as yesterday at work I got some exciting book mail…
Which brings us to Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff and the third and final book in The Illuminae Files. Oh. My. Gosh. were the girls and I in the office excited to be sent these by the Australian publisher Allen & Unwin. I HAD to drop everything and devour this, and I’m so glad I did. I can’t say too much yet, but just know this book is as epic and incredible as the first two books. Seriously, if you have not read The Illuminae Files yet you should really get onto that – you are missing out!
Now that I’ve finished Obsidio, I’ll go back to reading The Sweet Far Thing, and then I’m thinking my next read will be Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi as this is our bookclub’s next read.
Well, well, well. I am FINALLY catching up on all that reading I am supposed to be doing. However, I’m not doing so well at sticking to the goals I made for myself last week (you know, getting on top of book club books? Yeah right!) I did read Regency Buck and I think Georgette Heyer is going to become a firm favourite. It was a bit like reading a slightly trashy Jane Austen – it was more fun with a lot more romantic tension!
I also raced through Heather, the Totality, a really intriguing (and very short) read about a young woman who is her parents’ whole life and the rather terrifying young man from the wrong side of the tracks who develops an unhealthy obsession with her. The short, sharp paragraphs created a heightened sense of paranoia which I enjoyed a lot more than I expected to.
And speaking of paranoia, I then went on to read The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James. It was not at all what I was expecting and it was amazing and terrifying all at once. My only complaint is that I wanted MORE!
I then had to dive straight into a new addition, Bygone Badass Broads by Mackenzi Lee, the amazing author of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. This book is a collection of the stories of incredible women who history has neglected to praise as they deserve. GET IT; it’s like a Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls for adults.
I then scared myself silly with S.T.A.G.S by M. A. Bennett – a terrifying story about popular kids literally trying to hunt the misfits at their school. I had to jump straight into Shonda Rhimes’ memoir Year of Yes for a little bit less fear! I liked it, but it doesn’t sit in my list of favourite memoirs. I only jumped in because the BookRiot podcast keeps mentioning it!
I am now very very lucky to be reading Jay Kristoff’s Lifel1k3, which I am enjoying immensely! It’s a rollicking scifi adventure with the most fantastic characters!
Like Tanaya, next week I plan to read our book club book, Children of Blood and Bone, and I’m also hoping she will be kind enough to lend me Obsidio – please, please, please lovely lady? 😛
What have you been reading this week? What is next on your TBRs?