Weekly Wrap-Up: 17 May 2019

Happy Friday, everyone! It feels like this week has gone on forever, but the weekend is nearly here. I’ve had a good reading week, despite some disappointments. Let’s get to it!


Books I read

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Walking to Aldebaran by Adrian Tchaikovsky

I read two books this week from two very different genres. First of all was Nine Perfect Strangers, which was a hugely disappointing read. I’m currently working on a review, but oh boy did this book fail in every single aspect. It’s such a shame because I loved Big Little Lies by the same author!

I also finished Adrian Tchaikovsky’s latest novella, Walking to Aldebaran. I really enjoyed this super dark and funny book! My review is coming up soon, so keep an eye out!


Books I DNFed


The Beholder by Anna Bright

I am so disappointed to have DNFed this book! It sounded like it would be a fantastic fantasy book packed with clever princesses, court intrigue, political alliances, and swashbuckling adventures at sea. Instead, it was a super dull and disappointing read.

I can’t decide if I’m going to post a full review here or not, but I did jot down some of my thoughts on Goodreads if you want to see more.


Books I am currently reading

Sabriel by Garth Nix (audiobook)

Aurora Rising by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I’m still working on Sabriel, which is amazing but I’m listening very slowly (this is mostly due to my discovery of Casefile, an amazing true crime podcast). I’ve only got a couple of hours left, so I’m thinking I’ll be able to finish it up soon!

I needed a new book to start this morning and I went for Aurora Rising. I’m very curious about this one — see below for more!


Books I bought

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizel

Aurora Rising by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad

I had two preorders come in this week — We Hunt the Flame and The Candle and the Flame. I’ve been desperately awaiting them both and they look so incredibly good! I think I’m going to pick one and read it over the three day weekend coming up on the 25th!

I also bought a spare copy of Aurora Rising off a friend and am really happy I did! I wasn’t initially excited for this book — it looked like something I’d probably read eventually but didn’t get swept up in the insane hype — but some of my friends have been absolutely raving about it! I’m hoping to read this over the weekend.


Book post

The Girl in Red by Christine Henry

Rose, Interrupted by Patrice Lawrence

I received two amazing books in the post from publishers this week. First from Titan Books is The Girl in Red, which takes the Little Red Riding Hood story into a dystopian future. The other book is Rose, Interrupted from Hodder Children’s Books! This contemporary YA book tackles a number of issues for modern teens.


It’s Eurovision this weekend! I’m going to be watching with my family and it should be a great night. I’m choosing to support Australia (mostly for her outfit), despite the fact that I haven’t actually listened to any of the songs.




What are you up to this weekend? What have you read this week? Let me know!


5 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up: 17 May 2019

  1. You are in for a treat with Australia’s entry… It’s certainly “Eurovision”.

    Both We Hunt the Flame and The Candle in the Flame are ones I’m currently waiting for, so excited to read them both! Maybe a few months from now they’ll finally be delivered to Australia 😂

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    1. Yuuussss that’s exactly what I want to hear! 😀

      Ooft, it really suck that delivery is slow! I hope they show up soon — they both look so good!


  2. Oh, I’m intrigued by The Girl in Red. I confess I have all of Christina Henry’s books and have only read part of Alice but I really want to read them all because they’re so different compared to the other traditional retellings.

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