I had a little bit of a slump, but I still managed to read quite a lot this week! I finished Children of Blood and Bone, which had a crazy intense ending that I am still kind of reeling from…. I then jumped into Force of Nature by Jane Harper. I wasn’t sure how much I’d like it, but I really enjoyed sinking into the story! Even though crime isn’t my favourite genre, I really like Jane Harper’s books. There was a lot of whodunnit leads, a lot of climactic moments, and some really fascinating, angry, female characters. I already can’t wait for the next Aaron Falk mystery!
I needed something a little bit fluffy when I finished, so I dove straight into A Bear Called Paddington; I loved it just as much as I did when I was a child. The adventures, the characters – it’s all fantastic and so very very British (perfect for someone who desperately wants to move to London in the near future)! I also read a middle-grade fiction called Prisoner of Ice and Snow – it was described to me as a cross between Frozen and a prison-break. And it was EXACTLY that! A young girl gets arrested on purpose so that she can break her sister out of a terrifying ice prison; the twists were really good and I really enjoyed the writing!
After starting it weeks and weeks ago, I FINALLY finished These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch. While I found the first half a bit slow (which is why I put the book down), I really enjoyed the second half! It’s about politics and pirates and princes and magic plants. The magic system is really cool and the characters’ struggles with their moral compasses is intense. This is an exciting book to look out for in August.
I finished off today with Almost Love by Louise O’Neill, an incredibly intense read. It’s about obsessive love, and one woman’s desire to break out of the feeling. Sarah is a very self-absorbed character, and I saw a lot of myself in her. This distressed me a bit, but also encouraged me to assess how I act and react to situations. It was a confronting read for me, but so important and I think so many women will get so much out of this book, by being seen.
Next week, I have the same goals as I did last week, because of course I didn’t read what I should have! 😛 I only have a few days left to get through Emily Fridlund’s books – History of Wolves and Catapult – for book club and I’d really like to get into Scythe. (Career of Evil can wait a little longer!) I also just started Because You Love to Hate Me, an anthology of stories about villainy, so I’d like to finish that too! And I’m listening to Mythos by Stephen Fry on audio too – he has such a unique, fun way of retelling the Greek myths and I love his voice so much!
This week my reading has been a little slow again. I managed to finish reading Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen which I absolutely loved. Although this is a difficult book to read because one of the relationships that features in it is very abusive, it also has a fierce, feminist main character that made this have such a refreshing take on the desert books that seem to be popping up in YA fiction a lot lately. I will hopefully be posting a review for this on the weekend, so keep your eyes peeled for that!
Next up I read Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, which was another fantastic read. This was for our bookclub (which sadly has been postponed for another time) and after hearing a couple people in the bookclub mention they were struggling with it I went into it a little worried. I worried for no reason because I adored everything about this novel. Definitely pick up a copy of this one when it’s out!
After reading two very intense and action packed novels, I decided to pick up something a little lighter next. I chose The Conspiracy of Us which is actually a reread for me. I wanted to reread this so that I could then read the last two books in the trilogy. This was exactly what I was wanting – a lighthearted, conspiracy-filled, slightly ridiculous, and fun book that follows a girl who discovers she’s linked to a secret society and gets to go on fun adventures throughout Paris and Istanbul. I thoroughly enjoyed this, and am glad that I didn’t like it any less than I did the first time I read it three years ago.
I also continued on with The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray, but I only managed to read maybe another 100 pages in the entire week? I will definitely be finishing this before the end of the month is up – mostly because I don’t want to have been reading this book for three months.
Next up for me is The Map of Fates, the sequel to The Conspiracy of Us. I would also really like to get to Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff, Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, and do a reread of Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier. Fingers crossed I can manage to do this by the next reading update!
What have you been reading this week?