Weekly Wrap-Up: 11 May 2018

Happy Friday!  This has been a short week here in the UK and it really did fly by.  I didn’t do a weekly wrap-up last week because there would have only been a couple days between my monthly and weekly wrap-ups, so this post will feature two weeks worth of books!

 

Books I read

Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey

Saga volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughn

Saga volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughn

I finished one novel and two graphic novels over the past two weeks.  Whistle in the Dark was one of the books I read for the event I chaired at Blackwells this week, which was marvelous!  I really enjoyed this book — it had strong female voices and an unusual plot.

I also started Saga this week and am loving it.  I don’t often read graphic novels because I feel like I can’t get into the narrative, but I am really enjoying Saga so far.  I have the remaining books out from the library, so I’m planning to marathon them this weekend.

 

Books I am currently reading

IT by Stephen King

Guns of the Dawn by Adrian Tchaikovsky

The Poppy War by Rebecca Kuang

Yes I’m still reading IT.  I’m just over halfway now! One day I’ll finish this book.

Otherwise, I’m nearly finished with Guns of the Dawn for my book club next week.  I’m really enjoying it, but it’s not as good as Children of Time (what is that good?  Nothing). He’s definitely grown as a writer since this book was published in 2015. I do think it’s a thumping good read though.  Emily Marshwic is what Lia Bard wishes she could be.

I started The Poppy War last night and am hooked!  I’m only about 10% in, but it’s such a compelling read that I had trouble putting it down to go to sleep.  I’m a bit cautious with this one because I know there’s some graphic rape in it later on down the line, but I’m really glad I had that warning before I started.

 

Books I bought

Circe by Madeline Miller

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrow

The History of Bees by Maja Lunde

Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey

The Well by Catherine Chanter

The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin

The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin

The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso

OKAY so I bought a couple of books.  Give me a break. The first four I bought when I was feeling sorry for myself and couldn’t find the medicine I needed for my ear infection.  The next two are the debut novels from the two lovely authors on the event I chaired, and the last three were in a ‘3 for £5’ deal, so that hardly counts.

I am probably the most excited to read Circe and I’ll Be Gone in the Dark.  I’ve heard marvelous things about Circe so far and although I didn’t read The Song of Achilles, I’d really love to sample her writing.  

As a Murderino and True Crime Enthusiast, I am SO excited to read I’ll Be Gone in the Dark.  Long story short, Michelle McNamara was a crime reporter who became (probably unhealthily) obsessed with the East Area Rapist, who terrorized California in the 1970’s and 1980’s, and gave him the name we most often know him by — the Golden State Killer.  In my eyes, she is responsible for keeping interest in the case alive years after he stopped operating and the bastard was just caught! I’m so sad that she passed away before seeing the result of all her hard work come together.

 

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Deposed by David Barbaree

I’m very intrigued by this one!  I love historical fiction, but don’t tend to read this period.  Deposed is a historical thriller that has lots of plotting and scheming in 1st century Rome.  This looks like it will be an incredibly fun summer read (I have a weird definition of ‘summer read’).

 

NetGalley approvals

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

I Still Dream by James Smythe

Ekk!  I cannot believe I was approved for Spinning Silver!  I’m currently trying to get my NetGalley copy to actually download to my Kindle, but that’s okay.  I loved Uprooted by Naomi Novik and I feel like I owe a lot to that book — it got me out of one of the worst reading slumps of my life in which I read nothing for about 6 months.  Spinning Silver is a standalone rather than a sequel to Uprooted and it’s going to be fantastic.

I’m really intrigued by I Still Dream.  It looks like literary science fiction to me, a subgenre I love, and I think it will be a fascinating take on artificial intelligence.

 

This weekend I’ll be heading to my first book blogger meetup in Birmingham!  I cannot wait to meet some of the people I’ve been chatting with for almost a year and a half.  Then, of course, we have Eurovision on Saturday evening and it will be glorious.

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What have you been up to this week?  Did you read anything good?  Are you obsessed with Eurovision?  Let me know!

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6 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up: 11 May 2018

  1. I need to actually read uprooted before I can get to spinning silver… I’ve only been saying I’m going to read it for the last 2 years 😂 I started the audiobook for The Song Of Achilles yesterday! It’s a slow start but I have a feeling I’m going to like it. Then maybe I can pick up Circe!

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  2. A late response to this.
    I need to read I´ll be gone in the dark, I really enyoj to read true crime. I listen to podcast and looking to documentary a lot about true crime.
    Saga is so good, I have to read vol 8 soon.
    ESC what was you think about Israel, I can understand that it was a good messages in it, but is not much text and that chicken imitation…? I had more seen Austria to win, but I had not realy a favourite, many good but not a No 1.
    You´re from USA, what are you think about ESC?

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