Happy Friday! Why is it that four day work weeks always feel so long? I feel like time has been absolutely dragging!
This has been a really interesting week for reading. I’ve had some ups and some downs, but it was rounded off nicely with a lovely author event last night! Bonus: I have something exciting going on next week!
First things first, I rounded off my own readathon! Although I had a TBR of 4 books, I only managed to finish two. However those books were both pretty sizeable and I ended up enjoying them both.
What I read
State of Sorrow by Melinda Salisbury
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
These were two of the four books I chose for the Spring Cleaning Readathon I held over the long weekend. I won’t lie, I probably would have read a lot more if it weren’t for the temptations of Skyrim, but I’m really pleased with myself for tackling these two books. They’re both fairly long and were great reads!
I’ll have reviews coming soon, so keep an eye out!
What I’m currently reading
Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor
Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
IT by Stephen King (audiobook)
Africa’s Tarnished Name by Chinua Achebe
Right, so this is where the ‘really interesting’ part of my week comes in. I have been doing this thing where I pick up a bunch of books at once, am unable to get through them, panic, then power through and finish them all up. At least they’re all from fairly different genres!
I thought Space Opera was a novella, so I started that up early. I’m not really sure what to think yet. It has been billed as Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets Eurovision — these are two of my favourite things. But I feel like it’s trying to be Hitchhiker’s Guide with bigger words, if that makes sense. Maybe I’m just in a really grumpy mood, but the writing just isn’t really doing it for me at the moment. I am, however, going to continue on with this and see where it goes.
Ashes of London started out promising — I actually read a book all about this particular year in British history last year — and then BAM! The heroine gets raped on page 52. Page 52! Come on, man. This has been something I have become more and more conscious of over the past few years. I’m so sick and tired of rape in fantasy and historical fiction. I might continue on with this book once my rage has subsided. Ugh.
Heart of Iron was one of my Spring Cleaning Readathon books that I didn’t manage to get to. I haven’t been reading it because it’s a sizeable hardcover and not easy to read on the bus! That’s it, really. This is one I plan to dig into a little more over the weekend.
IT! The book that scared me half to death on holiday! I read about half of IT while I was in Spain (the AirBnB we were in had a copy) and I really want to finish it. But it’s so long that I haven’t made the time. I ended up using my Audible credit on this and I’m so happy I did! It’s about 44 hour long so expect to see this one on here for awhile.
Finally, Africa’s Tarnished Name is one of the tiny Penguin Classics I hauled last month. I’ve been reading it before bed, but haven’t had much time lately. I should finish it soon. I’m on page 27, which means I’m almost halfway through. These books are truly tiny.
Books I bought
The Great Dune Trilogy by Frank Herbert
I read Dune about 5 years ago and really loved it despite having NO idea what was going on. I was talking to Scottish Fiance yesterday about how much he loved the first few books in the series and I decided to read at least the first three. How convenient that the Waterstones we were standing in had the omnibus edition!
So Melinda Salisbury came through to Oxford and did a talk with the Oxford Writer’s Circle. If you haven’t seen her do an event before, she’s an incredibly funny and insightful author and I just love her events. I also ended up meeting long-time blogger pal Judith from Chain Interaction and her amazing bookish friend Asha! I had a marvelous night, despite my lack of photos and the fact that I forgot to bring books to one of Mel’s signings for the THIRD TIME.
Next week, ladies and gentlemen, is the big one. Scottish Fiance and I…are going to the Harry Potter Studio in London on Tuesday!! Ahhhhhh!!!!! I seriously cannot wait — my inner 11-year-old is sobbing with joy (and my outer 29-year-old will be sobbing with joy on the day). It is my first time going so let us know if you have any tips!
So that’s it for this week! I’m planning to do some blog and YouTube work this weekend and get stuck into one of the many books I’m currently reading. I’m also going to pick up some more library books because I cannot be stopped.