Weekly Wrap-Up: 24 August 2018

It is Bank Holiday Eve, you guys!  Although we are guaranteed to not have nice weather here in the UK, I’m still looking forward to three days of books, doggies, and family.  Scottish Fiance and I are off to my parents’ house and I seriously cannot wait. Is it 5pm yet?


Books I read

Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao

The Blue Salt Road by Joanne M. Harris

I read two books this week — I finished both of them last night.  Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix was a fantastic conclusion to the Rise of the Empress duology.  I absolutely loved Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, and Kingdom lived up to its predecessor.  I’ll have a review out closer to the release date — keep an eye out!

The Blue Salt Road is another novella from Joanne M. Harris.  This is a haunting and enchanting story of the selkie and the sea — a fairy tale in the old tradition, meaning it’s creepy and horrifying and wonderful.  If you liked last year’s Pocketful of Crows, the first in this set of novellas inspired by the Child Ballads, I think this is well worth picking up.  I’ll post my review closer to publication day in November.


Books I am currently reading

Gilded Cage by Vic James

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

My lovely friend Jenny recently read Gilded Cage and really loved it, so I’ve picked it up as well!  I’m only 30 pages in so I don’t have much of an opinion yet, but I’ve heard great things about this series!  I own all three books, so I’ll be able to devour the whole trilogy.

I’m nearly done with the audiobooks for Nevernight!  I have 5 hours left in the audiobook and am hoping to make some serious headway this weekend.  My train journey tonight will be perfect for consuming this audiobook, but hopefully no one will be able to hear anything through my headphones.  Yikes!


Books I bought/preordered

City of Lies by Sam Hawke

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Mirage by Somaiya Daud

The Vagrant by Peter Newman

Three preorders came in this week!  Three! As you all know, preorders don’t count against a book buying ban.  Those are the rules, I didn’t come up with them. These three books are recent releases — City of Ghosts comes out in September, my preorder showed up early — and I really can’t wait to get to them.  City of Lies in particular looks amazing!

I did pick up one book this week — The Vagrant is my book club’s pick for October.  I meant to redeem my Waterstones stamps to get this for free, but there was a mixup and now I have 14.5 stamps and still paid for the book.  Oh well. I’ve heard great things about The Vagrant and Peter Newman is married to Emma Newman, one of my new favourite authors, so I can’t wait to get reading.


Book post


The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Spooky book post arrived this week!  I’ve been participating in the social media campaign for The Silent Patient — here is the cover reveal in case you missed it!

I’ve been craving a good thriller and I think The Silent Patient could be the book for me!  It sounds incredibly cool and twisty.  It comes out in February 2019!


NetGalley approvals

The Last Hours by Minette Walters

The Turn of Midnight by Minette Walters

Hooray!  I’ve been approved for the first and second books in this historical fiction series by Minette Walters.  I’ve been wanting to get into more historical fiction and these books about the Black Plague look fantastic.


That’s it for this week!  To all those who get a three day weekend — enjoy!

Practicing her skills for a fierce competition this weekend


What did you read this week?  Did you pick up any new books?  What will you read this weekend?  Let me know!

7 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up: 24 August 2018

  1. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns but when I heard that the sequel was going to follow a different character, my interest was piqued. I’m glad to hear that you found this one to be a great finale to the story!

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  2. Sophia is so beautiful! And the fact you used the word smashing when you tweeted about this makes it even better; such an underused word if you ask me, I love the way it sounds 😂. Hope you have a really lovely bank holiday 💜
    Amy x

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