This week has been a lacklustre reading week, but I have been listening to the MOST incredible audio books! Sleeping Giants and Waking Gods are the science fiction books you need in your life. They are about a group of scientists trying to figure out the mechanics of a giant robot, the pieces of which they have found scattered around the globe. The books are incredibly intense and just AMAZING! Highly recommend. Get your hands on them IMMEDIATELY!
I read my book club books FINALLY – History of Wolves and Catapult. They were interesting, but every time a plot point came up that I was interested in, the stories seemed to go elsewhere. They were peculiar, but somehow I am still thinking about the,! Discussion at the book club was also quite good!
I had two comfort reads – More About Paddington and Paddington Helps Out. I can’t communicate how much I love rereading these childhood favourites. Paddington Brown’s tales of mischief and mayhem have definitely withstood the test of time!
I also managed to get through two nonfiction books. Unf*ck Your Finances was an interesting read but better suited to someone with very little knowledge of money. I want to learn more about investing, and I don’t think this book gave me what I was looking for at all – if you have any suggestions please let me know! Outsiders: Five Women Writers Who Changed the World was a really good overview of the five women (Mary Shelley, Emily Brontë, George Eliot, Olive Schreiner and Virginia Woolf) but it was only an overview. I was most intrigued by the tales of the women whose stories I didn’t know – George Eliot and Olive Schreiner, as the recaps of the others’ lives didn’t offer me anything new.
I don’t normally read more than one book at a time, but I am currently in the middle of THREE! I am listening to Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer – I forgot how good this book was and can’t wait to experience the rest of the series – and reading Because You Love to Hate Me (loving all these villainous tales!) and Amanda Hocking’s new book Between the Blade and the Heart (still not 100% sure how I feel, but it is a quick read)!
I’m not sure what I will read next week – I think I am going to avoid a plan! Whatever I feel like reading will be the next thing I pick up!
In the last week I’ve managed to finish four books, and I enjoyed all of them which is always a good thing. In our last Currently Reading post I had just finished The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall. I then ended up reading the sequels, Map of Fates and The Ends of the World. This was a fairly consistent series – I had a lot of fun reading all three books, and whilst they weren’t the most amazing YA trilogy ever, they were exactly what I was in the mood for. Definitely a recommendation if you’re in the mood for something a little ridiculous, but good ridiculous.
I then picked up Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Towards the end of last year I read Ng’s latest novel, Little Fires Everywhere, and absolutely adored it. I went into Everything I Never Told You with high expectations and they were easily met. I LOVED this book – it was poignant, and intriguing, albeit a little twisted. I definitely think Celeste Ng is now one of my new favourite authors, and I can’t wait to read more books by her.
Finally, I managed to start and finish P is for Pearl by Eliza Henry Jones on my commute to and from work today. This book has one of the most beautiful covers – I’m seriously so in love with it. This one is a #LoveOzYA title set in Tasmania and following a girl dealing with grief, growing up, the pressures of deciding on a future after school and just family life in general. It is heavily character driven, and whilst I didn’t feel like much actually happened in the book I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters and their relationships were so lovely, and I finished it almost wishing there was more of their stories to read. I will hopefully write a review for this one sometime soon so keep an eye out for that.
In the final remaining week of February I am being a little ambitious in trying to read another six books. I don’t know if I will accomplish it but hopefully I will. Next up will be Christina Lauren’s Autoboyography which I actually know absolutely nothing about – I bought it purely because of its stunning cover. I would also like to finish The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray (I’ve now been saying this since the end of January…), Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (because I’m trying to read a classic every two months this year and so far I have read zero…), Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 (because I told myself when I bought it that as long as I read it immediately it wouldn’t count as failing my book buying ban), Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff (because it’s Jay Kristoff and I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet), and The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons (because I promised my friend I would read it soon and it’s now been six months…).
What have you been reading this week?