Weekly Wrap-Up: 21 September 2018

Friday is here once again!  It has been a busy week, but I managed to read so much!  How is it that I always feel like I’m not reading enough?  Book blogger problems, I guess.

 

Books I read

Snapshot by Brandon Sanderson

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

I managed to read for books this week, which is slightly insane.  I’m just going to run through them really quick! Keep an eye out for reviews of each book coming up soon.

Snapshot is a Brandon Sanderson novella that has his classic twist and is so engaging despite a slow start.  It’s not my favourite Sanderson novella, but I really enjoyed this one.

Daughter of the Pirate King is an action packed adventure filled with sassy pirates, secrets, and a hint of magic.  It’s a silly and ridiculously fun book that reads so quickly.

The Caged Queen is the sequel to last year’s The Last Namsara. I’m participating in the blog tour — you’ll be able to read an extract of the book here on Monday, so don’t forget to check back!

Career of Evil is the third book in Robert Galbraith/J. K. Rowling’s Cormoran Strike series.  I finished this up in anticipation of the fourth book’s release! She just keeps getting better and better, particularly with characterisation.

 

Books I am currently reading

The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud

Tarnished City by Vic James

The Lake House by Kate Morton

These Rebel Waves by Sarah Raasch

After Atlas by Emma Newman

Justine ‘I Can’t Read Only One Book at a Time’ strikes again.  Honestly, I was doing so well. I’m going to run through these really quickly too, as I have apparently decided to read five books at once.  Again.

The Whispering Skull is the second book in the Lockwood and Co. series.  I absolutely loved the first book and am determined to read them all!  I’m currently about 50 pages in.

Tarnished City is the second book in the Dark Gifts trilogy, of which Gilded Cage is the first.  Although I initially had some trouble falling back into this world, I am really loving this one.  My predictions about the plot moving along quicker in this one were correct! I am about 90 pages from the end as of the writing of this post and plan to finish tonight.

The Lake House is a lovely, atmospheric historical women’s fiction novel recommended by Author Sister.  I’m only a few pages in, but plan to steal my Kindle back from Scottish Fiance and get cracking on this 600 page tome.

I made a pledge to myself that I would have at least read a chunk of each new Fairyloot book before the next month’s box arrives.  If I fail, I have to cancel FairyLoot. These Rebel Waves was the August book and I’m only a few pages in, but plan to dive in (hehe) this weekend.  My September FairyLoot box hasn’t shipped yet so I still have time.

Finally, my audiobook is After Atlas.  I’m doing the thing where I listen to books I desperately want to read off my TBR, but haven’t had the time to pick up.  It has worked great for Nevernight, Children of Time, and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.  I’m only an hour in, but hoping to listen to more this weekend as I slay dragons in Skyrim.

 

Books I bought/preorders

Pages and Co. by Anna James

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner

Three preorders came through this week, and each one is so different from the rest.  Pages and Co. is a lovely middle grade book about the love of books and reading. Sadie is a dark contemporary novel about a girl who is on the hunt for her sister’s murderer and the radio DJ that creates a podcast about the case.  Finally, Sisters of the Winter Wood is an Eastern European fairy tale that sounds like it has some Katherine Arden vibes.  I absolutely cannot wait to read all three of these!

 

Book post

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The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli

I mentioned The Caged Queen above,as I picked it up as soon as I could for the blog tour. What a gorgeous cover!

 

NetGalley approvals

Murder by the Book by Claire Harman

The World of Lore: Volume 3 by Aaron Mahnke

Two interesting nonfiction titles came through from NetGalley this week!  Murder by the Book is about a notorious murder case in Victorian London, which combines many of my favourite reading subjects.  The World of Lore is a companion to the Lore podcast, which I dip into from time to time and would highly recommend.  I don’t know much about the book but it sounds like it will be similar to the podcast — telling strange and unusual tales about the world we live in.  I’m really excited for both of these!

 

That’s it for this week!  This weekend will be my last quiet one for awhile — I’m going to London for an event with Hot Key Books next Saturday and there is a book blogger meet-up in Birmingham on the following Saturday.  Also, Scottish Fiance is running a 10K and then the Oxford Half Marathon, so cheer him on via the interwebs!

 

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Worship me.

 

What did you read this week?  Did you pick up any good books?  Have you read any of these? Let me know!

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