This week my reading has been pretty abysmal. Part of this is from what I have been reading, but mostly it’s because I may have gotten a tad addicted to The Office…
Since the last post, I continued to read more of The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray. I’m currently on page 320, and will have to return to it in the next couple of days. I was enjoying it, but I had to read some books for work, and so I put it to the side for a little bit. I am trying to get out of the habit of having multiple books going at once, and I will definitely be returning to this once I have finished my current (and final) read for work.
Next I picked up Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed. This was a very quick, easy read and was the last thing I read before I felt the desire to non-stop watch The Office all weekend. Following Maya, Love, Hate & Other Filters is an #OwnVoices coming-of-age story about an Indian-American Muslim teenager. Covering everything from a cute, fluffy romance, to the impacts of a devastating terrorist crime that was perpetrated thousands of miles away, Love, Hate & Other Filters was a great example of the kind of stories YA needs in this modern world.
Next up, I FINALLY finished Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings. I started reading this in November and just really struggled to get into the story. I finally persevered as I had volunteered to review this for work, and my gosh was it not my cup of tea. Whilst I think this had the potential to be a great YA novel, it fell short on multiple accounts, and instead was a long, complicated, boring and cliched book. I’ve seen multiple reviews that have said the main character, Andi, was a more bland combination of Kaz from Six of Crows and Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass, and I kind of agree with this observation. Whilst it is evident that Sasha and Lindsay put a lot of work into this story, it really just was not for me.
Currently I am reading Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen and I am really loving this so far. It is giving me some Wrath and the Dawn vibes, but is still managing to be its own story. I am hoping that I can stay up long enough tonight to finish the remaining 200 pages in this, but if not I will easily finish them on my morning commute to work tomorrow.
After I finish Reign the Earth, I think I am going to return to the Libba Bray book mentioned above, and then move on to Children of Blood and Bone. As mentioned last week, this is the bookclub pick for Emily and myself, and I still haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. I am then super excited to pick something from my February TBR that is not a requirement for me to read either for work or book club purposes. I’m thinking this will either be Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff, or Autoboyography by Christina Lauren. Fingers crossed my reading in the next week will not be too hindered by the remaining episodes of The Office 🙂
My reading week started off amazingly, in that Tanaya let me borrow her early reading copy of Obsidio! AND IT WAS INCREDIBLE! I can’t wait for it to be out in the world so I can just fangirl about it incessantly.
I then finished off The Matilda Effect, a very cute story about a little girl fixing the wrongs of the past and getting her grandmother the Nobel Prize she deserves. This book is a truly excellent middle-grade fiction, and I highly recommend it! In the vein of fabulous girls, I also read Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2. Personally, I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first one (or as much as Bygone Badass Broads), but it was still a charming read and I learned about some more inspiring women I hadn’t heard of.
Peach is a very short novella, written in an absurdist style. I found the reviews on Goodreads very strange – it appears that people were taking it very very seriously, whereas I read most of it as metaphor. It wasn’t really my thing, but I can see why people are admiring it.
I then read The Rift by Nina Allan for a book club. It was interesting in its style, third-person voice meshed with first-person meshed with documents – essays, fiction extracts, newspaper clippings, letters, Wikipedia entries. I liked the format, but wasn’t a massive fan of the story. Discussing it in book club, however, gave me an appreciation of its themes in ways I hadn’t considered before.
I am currently reading, and enjoying, Children of Blood and Bone. It is reminding me a little bit of Truthwitch, though I can’t pinpoint the similarities! Next up, I’ll be jumping into Emily Fridlund’s books – History of Wolves and Catapult – for another book club. (Do you think I belong to too many book clubs?) I’m also very keen to jump into Career of Evil and Scythe, two books which have been on my TBR for too long!
What have you been reading this week? What’s up next?