Happy Friday! Isn't it insane that Christmas is nearly here? And 2020? I'm working away on reducing my 'must read' books for 2019 while trying to get a head start on 2020 titles. Fortunately for me, it was a really good reading week for me (especially after last week's embarrassing result). Check out the books I've read and hauled this week below!
I have started a very casual project of reading some classic YA books that have helped build the genre into what it is today. Throne of Glass was the first book I read for this little project, and I have to admit that I assumed I’d hate it. I’m (now) very vocal about my grumpy feelings toward A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first book in Sarah J. Maas’s other series, and figured some of those themes I strongly disagreed with would carry over into Throne of Glass. So you can imagine my surprise when I actually found myself enjoying Throne of Glass! Is it brilliant? No, I don’t think so. But damn, is it a compulsive readable. I buddy read this with brilliant author, blogger, and YouTuber Josie Jaffrey and I think that was the best way for me to tackle this book. I’d highly recommend the audiobook because of the story’s pace and plot -- your house will never be cleaner.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays, guys! May your holiday season be filled with books, chocolate, and floofy friends.
Christmas! Christmas! ChristmasChristmasChristmas! I'm heading home for Christmas tonight, can you tell? The week before the holidays always feels so incredibly slow and boring -- except for this year. Why is it so busy? Why am I running around frantically? I should be filling up on chocolate and holiday cheer!
I spent a good portion of yesterday convinced it was Wednesday. Where has this week gone? No, seriously. Where? September is absolutely flying by and I cannot believe it! Fortunately, we have books to keep us sane during these crazy months.
I’ve been curious about Victoria Schwab’s new middle grade tale because it's such a departure from her adult fantasy novels. As you all may know, I’m not a huge fan of her adult books but really like her as a person. City of Ghosts sounded promising because it contains so many things I love -- ghosts, Edinburgh, and cats. I dove in a little skeptical, but ended up really enjoying this little tale.
Gilded Cage was such an interesting reading experience for me. It started out incredibly slow -- to the point where I considered setting it aside in favour of other book several times -- but had one of the most explosive and exciting endings I’ve ever read. Parts of it were absolutely amazing, while others just didn’t wow me at all.
Apparently this has been the Summer of the Novella for me -- I recently read the three books in the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire and The Blue Salt Road by Joanne M. Harris. While novellas aren’t something I often read, I really feel like I’ve been missing out on great stories lately. All Systems Red is a book I’ve been hearing amazing things about, so I decided to take a chance.
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?
Becky Chambers is one of my absolute favourite authors and I adore her books. Record of a Spaceborn Few was one of my most highly anticipated books of the year, and I must say that it did not disappoint.