Happy Friday, you guys! It feels like a proper autumn day here in the UK. The sun is shining but it’s absolutely freezing!
This has been a great week for books and reading, but not great for my bookshelves (they’re beginning to sag under the weight). This will probably be quite a long post, so buckle up!
Books I read
Electric Dreams by Philip K. Dick
Invictus by Ryan Graudin
This week I managed to read two books, so I’m right back on track. First was Electric Dreams by Philip K. Dick. The TV adaptation of the book is actually on Channel 4 right now in the UK (I think Amazon Prime is doing it in the US). I actually did my very first video review on Electric Dreams, which you can view below!
The other book I read was Invictus by Ryan Graudin, and it was the only digital ARC I’ve managed to read this month. I’m a little lukewarm on this book. There were parts that I really loved and parts I didn’t like. I’ll have a review up on Monday, so keep an eye out!
Books I am currently reading
Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
The Bastard Legion by Gavin Smith
I’ve been neglecting Shadows of Self and need to get cracking on it this weekend. It’s a little slow to start, but is kind of picking up now. I love Brandon Sanderson and the Mistborn books, but I confess that I much prefer the setting of the original trilogy.
I’m also reading Gavin Smith’s new book The Bastard Legion. This book is just so cool! It’s military sci-fi about an ex-marine who commandeers a prison transport ship and turns it into her personal mercenary gang. It’s got lots of technology and slightly complex aspects, so I’m going slow with this one to make sure I absorb everything.
Books I bought
A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge
The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Maresi by Maria Turtschanioff
By Gaslight by Steven Price
They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
This is what happens when two book pushers go into two bookshops on payday to ONLY pick up one book! I went to grab A Skinful of Shadows with my friend yesterday from Waterstones and ended up buying that and two others, then we went to Blackwell’s and I got three more. I have a problem, yes, but I am so happy with these!
The Winner’s Curse, Maresi, and By Gaslight have all been recommended to me at some point. They Both Die at the End is, as many of you know, one of the most hyped books of the season and I cannot wait to have my heart broken. The Master and Margarita is one I’ve been meaning to read for absolute ages! It features a vodka-swigging black cat that is part of Satan’s retinue. Hmm.
Warcross by Marie Liu
The Crow’s Garden by Alison Littlewood
Artemis by Andy Weir
The Seventh Decimate by Stephen Donaldson
The Bastard Legion by Gavin Smith
Senseless by Steve Cole
I made lots of requests for books, got on a few lists, and it’s all starting to pan out! I’m so incredibly happy to have these amazing books waiting for me. As you can see above, I’m currently reading The Bastard Legion in anticipation of its October 5 release date. Next will probably be Warcross – I’m really looking forward to seeing what all the hype is about. I’m going to look at release dates and judge what’s next from there.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the amazing publicists who make these books available to bloggers. Seriously, you guys are amazing.
Ironclads by Adrian Tchaikovsky
You guys may have noticed that I’ve seriously cooled down on the Netgalley requests. Now that the summer season is over, there has been a lull in books that I’m interested in. However I am really keen to read Ironclads. I’ve never read any of Tchaikovski’s books before, although Children of Time is sitting on my shelf as we speak, and I’m really looking forward to diving into this novella.