It’s Friday, the happiest day of the week! I didn’t do a weekly wrap-up last week because the last day of the month fell on a Friday – you can read my June round-up here.
It has been a tough week for reading and blogging because of general life things (again, all good stuff), but I did manage to read one book this week.
Books I read
A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab
A Gathering of Shadows is the second book in Schwab’s Shades of Magic series. I have to say I enjoyed this one much more than the first, which I thought had a lot of unreached potential. This book filled in a lot of the gaps I saw in A Darker Shade of Magic, such as character growth and the clear establishment of rules for the magic system. I’m looking forward to finishing up the series with A Conjuring of the Light!
Books I DNFed
Flight of a Starling by Lisa Heathfield
I know that Lisa Heathfield is much beloved in the YA genre, but oh boy could I not get through this book. It’s filled with all the things that kept me away from YA for so long: insta-love, irresponsibility, and the ‘I’ve only known him for two days but he’s changed my life forever’ trope. I don’t think it’s my age – I can’t see myself liking this as a teenager either. Maybe I’m just grumpy.
I struggled through until about 33% before putting it down. I might make another push to give it a chance, but probably not.
Books I am currently reading
How to Stop Time by Matt Haig
The Cardinal’s Man by M. G. Sinclair
I’m only about 10% in to How to Stop Time, and I’m absolutely loving it. I’ve never read any of Haig’s fiction, but Reasons to Stay Alive was a fantastic and funny treatment of the author’s horrible struggles with depression. How to Stop Time is wonderful so far – it’s inventive and funny and compelling. I can see myself settling down for a whole day of reading with this book.
I’m starting up The Cardinal’s Man tonight, so I’ve included it here! I’m really looking forward to participating in my first blog tour. I really love Black and White Publishing – they’re an independent publisher that puts out some great stuff.
That’s it for this week! I’m hopping on a train after work and heading to London to spend some time with the family. We’re a bunch of readers, so lots of quiet book time will be had and I’m very excited!