Kings of the Wyld was one of my favourite books this year. It is so funny and filled with heart -- it’s the perfect kind of book for me. I knew that it would be a tough act to follow, but when I realised the sequel, Bloody Rose, was coming out I knew I had to read it. Bloody Rose is a very different book from Kings of the Wyld, and I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all.
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.
August is a weird month, isn't it? I felt like it was crawling by at first, then it suddenly flew past and now it's almost September! Where did the time go? No seriously, where did it go? On the bright side, I had a great reading month! I stuck to my book buying ban and only bought one book this month (we're not including pre-orders because those are the rules).
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.
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.
Welcome to my stop on the Foundryside blog tour! Robert Jackson Bennett’s Divine Cities trilogy is one of my favourite series of all time, so I was naturally very curious about his newest book.
I must confess that I initially ignored the hype surrounding After the Fire. It is listed as a contemporary YA novel, a genre I don’t tend to enjoy, and I knew nothing about it but the hype. When I spotted it at YALC this year and actually bothered to read the back, I realised that After the Fire is the exact kind of book I love! It’s a book that, like The Book Thief, truly transcends age ranges and is suitable for readers of all ages, particularly adults.
I’ve been shouting at you all ever since reading and loving Katie Khan’s debut novel Hold Back the Stars last year. In fact, it was one of my favourite books of 2017 -- I hadn't read anything else quite like it and Katie became an auto-buy author for me. When I learned her new book was going to be about time travel and missed opportunities, I was naturally all on board. I love the way she blends science fiction and romance into an incredibly readable and accessible narrative.
Another week has come and gone! The weather here in the UK has cooled off a bit and we've (finally) been getting some rain! There's no better reading weather than bleak and rainy.
I have been hearing great things about Roshani Chokshi’s writing for years -- she’s the author of the Star Touched Queen novels and tends to incorporate a great deal of Indian mythology and folklore into her books. I’ve been really interested in reading some books that feature Indian mythology, so when the Indian Literature Readathon was announced for July I knew this book was an obvious choice. I don’t typically read a lot of middle grade fiction, however Aru Shah and the End of Time was a fantastically funny and heartfelt read for all ages.