Happy bank holiday weekend, UK readers! We seem to get a lot of those at this time of year. It has been awhile since I updated (although there was a brief update here), so here’s how my past two weeks have gone:
Books I’ve read:
False Hearts by Laura Lam
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee
The State of Grace by Rachel Lucas
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
False Hearts was fantastic! I’ve never read anything of hers before, but I plan to go back and pick up pretty much everything she has written. It’s so weird and wonderfully written. Ninefox Gambit was great, despite me not really knowing what was going on in the background. There are a lot of concepts introduced, such as the high calendar, that aren’t explained in detail. I chose to roll with it and just focus on the plot, which was fantastic.
The State of Grace is one of the few contemporary YA books I truly loved. It was sweet, funny, and features an unusual heroine. I am a huge fan of Neil Gaiman and Norse Mythology didn’t let me down. I’ve always been more drawn to Greek mythology than anything else, so I knew little about the Norse gods. It’s a breezy read that is both humorous and incredibly dark.
Books I’m currently reading:
Blackwing by Ed McDonald
I’m really loving Blackwing, despite my slow progress on it. I’m about midway through right now and plan to make a big push this weekend. If you’re a fan of grittier fantasy, you must pick up this book. It’s especially perfect for Joe Abercrombie fans.
Books I’ve bought:
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray
The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
Despite its medicore cover, I picked up Defy the Stars in Gatwick airport. Naturally, I didn’t actually get around to reading it while I was on holiday, but I’ve heard so many good things about it that I think I’ll get started soon. I’ve seen some good reviews from you guys here!
The Ballad of Black Tom was an impulse buy while I was scrolling through the Hugo nominees and Nebula winners. It’s a rehashing of H. P. Lovecraft’s…errr…controversial story The Horror of Red Hook, which I think I might read before picking this up. The Ballad of Black Tom has been shortlisted for both the Hugo and Nebula awards and sounds fascinating.
What I might read next:
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdeih
When Dimple Met Reshi by Sandhya Menon
I need some short and snappy ARCs to work through! I have this huge backlog and it’s starting to bother me more than the piles of physical books I have lying around. I meant to read Flame in the Mist while I was on holiday, but forgot to download it. I’m feeling very foolish. I’ve been seeing mixed reviews, which is disappointing because I loved The Wrath and the Dawn so much, but I’ll be coming to my own conclusions soon.
The Hate U Give isn’t an ARC, but it has received so much incredible press that I need to sit down and read it. I hope it lives up to the hype, I have seriously high hopes for it!
Life is good! I’m still trying to adjust to calling ‘Scottish Boyfriend’ ‘Scottish Fiance’ and usually end up with ‘boyffiance’. It’s good to be home and back at work after such a long trip to the States. The kitties are doing their usual combination of completely ignoring us and following us around like little shadows. This is the usual routine when we return from a trip.
In exciting news, my big sister has made the transatlantic move! The four of us are all together in one time zone for the first time in about 13 years. We are going through to London this weekend to hang out and I couldn’t be more excited.
That’s it for me! What have you been reading this week? Have you read any of the above books? Got any recommendations? Let me know!