Weekly Wrap-Up: 08 June 2018

Happy Friday!  Today is a particularly special Friday because it’s my birthday.  I’ve made it to 30 and still don’t feel like an adult. How?? I suspect that at this point, I’ll never be a proper grown up.  I also had three pieces of cake for breakfast and am bouncing off the walls — that probably doesn’t help.

This has been a pretty good week for reading and an amazing week for book post!  Let’s dive in.

 

 

Books I read

The Light over London by Julia Kelly

The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn

I finished two books this week and am still bouncing between multiple current reads (see below).  First of all, I read a proof of The Light Over London by the marvelous Author Sister.  This book is a fantastic split time narrative that features sharp women, dashing pilots, some of the most believable female friendships I’ve ever read, and a whole side of World War II Britain that I didn’t know about — the ‘gunner girls’ who manned the anti-aircraft guns across Britain during the war.  This book was so amazing and inspiring!  I’m totally biased and therefore will not write a proper review on Goodreads, but The Light Over London was such a compelling read and you should all pick it up in January 2019!  Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to remind you about it.  Constantly.

The other book I read this month was The Woman in the Window, a new thriller that is being compared to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.  I absolutely loved those two books, but felt let down by this one.  With one exception, I predicted what would happen in this book only a few pages in.  While the narrator on the audiobook was marvelous, I think that audio wasn’t the way to go for me on this.  I had too much time to mull over the nuances because I didn’t have to concentrate on actually reading the book.  I don’t think I’ll go the audiobook route on thrillers again because of this.  A full review is coming soon!

 

Books I am currently reading

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

I keep swearing to myself that I will stop reading five books at once.  Clearly that isn’t happening this week!  I need to carve out some time to finish these up.  But first, Notes on a Nervous Planet

 

Books I bought

Nothing, but that will not last long over the birthday weekend

 

Book post

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

Bodacious the Cat Shepherd by Suzanna Crampton

Adrift by Rob Boffard

Redemption’s Blade by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Remember how last month I said I barely received any book post and was convinced by postman was hoarding my books?  It has started to trickle in (apologies to my postman). How great is this haul of book post? I seriously cannot wait to read every single one of these!  As you can see above, I have already enthusiastically jumped into Notes on a Nervous Planet, which I’m honestly shocked I got a copy of. Reasons to Stay Alive, Matt Haig’s previous nonfiction book, was game changing for me and I’m very much looking forward to what he has to say in this new book.

I’m working on my new policy of reading all new books within six weeks of receiving/buying them, so you should see reviews for all of these up soon!

Now if you don’t mind me, I’m going to go eat more cake.

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How was your week in reading?  Did you get anything good? Read a new favourite?  Let me know!

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