Weekly Wrap-Up #3

The four-day week has come to a close and it’s time for the weekend once again!  Here’s a roundup of my week:

Books

Books I finished:

The Futures by Anna Pitoniak

The Jungle by Pooja Puri

I wrapped up The Futures, my first physical ARC, over the weekend, and I really enjoyed it.  It’s one of those books set in New York City that uses the city really well.  I haven’t checked yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find that the author has lived there at some point.  A review is forthcoming!

The Jungle was another ARC, this one provided via NetGalley.  The inaugural book of Ink Road, the new YA imprint of Edinburgh’s Black and White Publishing, I felt this was an important book to read, despite not being too into contemporary YA.  My review will be posted on Monday, keep an eye out!

 

Books I’m currently reading:

The Lady and the Highlander by Lecia Cornwall

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

The Lady and the Highlander is yet another ARC – I’m working hard on reading down my digital pile.  The book is flying by, despite a rocky start.  It’s a retelling of Snow White, but set in the Scottish Highlands.  I admit that I now struggle a bit with Scottish romances when they used to be a major guilty pleasure.  I think it’s a combination of having actually lived there and knowing the modern culture and having Scottish Boyfriend in the back of my head whispering things like ‘why isn’t the man on the cover wearing a shirt?  That kilt wont keep him warm, you know.  The Highlands can get very cold, he’ll freeze to death’ and such.

Northern Lights is something I’ve been wanting to read for ages.  It is one of those books that somehow slipped past me as a child, despite having the trilogy sitting on our shelf (I’ll never forget the cover of our edition of The Golden Compass.  Too cool.)  Unfortunately, as I briefly explained here, it’s just not grabbing me in the way I hoped.  I’m about 175 pages in and it’s just starting to pick up, which is great, but I keep finding myself distracted as I read.  Hopefully I’ll get some solid reading in this weekend.  I’d really like to push through.

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This is the edition that sat on my sister’s shelf for years

Books I’ll probably read next:

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

I violated my own April TBR rules a bit, but whatever.  I’ve picked up three books (see below), but I’m planning to catch up to my reading goal of buying one book for every two I read.  This of course means that I now have to read eight physical books in order to catch up, yikes!  So in order to do that, I thought I’d plan a little to get myself excited for what’s coming up next.  I picked two that I thought I could power through quickly.

I’m going to FINALLY get to A Court of Thorns and Roses (which I need to stop calling A Court of Roses and Thorns).  I’m kind of excited because from what I hear it will either be my new favorite thing or I’ll absolutely hate it.  The publication of the third book in the series is coming up in May so if I do like it, I have great timing.

I also plan to pick up The Wrath and the Dawn, which I bought last week.  I had been searching for this for ages and just couldn’t find it!  Naturally I saw it on the Waterstones ‘buy one get one half price’ table.  I have an ARC of her newest book, Flame in the Mist, and even though they aren’t connected, I’d like to read her earlier book before getting to the new one.

 

Books I bought:

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Katherine Howard: The Tragic Story of Henry VIII’s Fifth Queen by Josephine Wilkinson

Okay, so I got some good news and decided to celebrate by going to the bookshop.  I’ve been hearing great things about Ninefox Gambit for months and it has a brilliant title and cover.  I’m looking forward to getting back into some proper scifi!  Sleeping Giants is another I’ve been hearing a lot about and I saw this review on A Book. A Thought. the other day, which made me curious.  I’m a big sci-fi fan and am really intrigued,  And finally, I love women’s history so I picked up this biography of Katherine Howard, one of the wives of Henry VIII that I really don’t know anything about.

I think I’m pretty satisfied with book buying for a little while.  Hopefully this means I will actually dedicate some time to reading rather than collecting books.

 

Life

My poor foot has gotten a bit better, but is still pretty painful to walk on.  We went to the hospital yesterday to get it checked out (just a nasty sprain).  I have to say that I hope the British know how good they have it!  I walked/hobbled in, filled in a bit of paperwork, saw a nurse, got an x-ray, and got a consultation from the nurse practitioner all within about an hour.  And it was free.  Free!  I can’t imagine how much that would have cost an uninsured American.  The NHS isn’t perfect, but damn is it amazing.

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My support system continues to be sleepy…I mean strong

I also came to the end of my probationary period at work.  I get a pension!  I’m a full-time, permanent employee!  It has been almost six months since I joined, and I’m so happy with where I am.  This might have also been the reason I went to the bookshop on Wednesday.

 

Now that my daily healthcare rant is over: have you read any of these books?  What has your week been like?  Comment below!

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