I had a stellar reading week! I don’t think I’ve ever read this many books in a single week. I think the lack of exams and the end of the television season gave me more free time than expected!
- The Hollow by Jessica Verday – I have had this on my shelf for ages now, but the Wicked Pretty Things scandal made me finally pick it up. I really want to like it because the author is awesome, but I am nervous that I won’t! We’ll see…
Finished this week:
- Night Life by Caitlin Kittredge – Fantastic UF! This had been sitting on my shelf for over a year, and boy am I glad that I finally got round to it. Check out my review here.
- Exile by Rebecca Lim – Really loved this book! Not quite as fierce as Mercy, but still wonderful and ethereal and just… guh. Read it in a single day.
- Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough – Is there a nice way to say mediocre?
- Pride by Rachel Vincent – I am so glad I pushed myself through the first two books in this series, because Pride was fierce. Really enjoyed it.
Up next from the TBR Pile:
- I have been thoroughly intimidated by the 800 page size of Game of Thrones, so I think I will wait for the weather to cool down before I start on that series. I kinda feel like revisiting some UF series I’ve neglected, and think I will start The Touch of Twilight by Vicki Pettersson next. I was less than impressed by the second novel in her Zodiac series, but maybe the third will be as great as the first was…
So, I’m back! I got dreadfully ill just in time for my exams, and now that they’re over (and my illness has faded) I am back and swinging. I am super excited to start reading full-time (you know what I mean) and have already made my way through a few books.
- Night Life by Caitlin Kittredge – Really enjoying this one! I think I’m loving this book the way everyone else loved Unholy Ghosts (which, er, I couldn’t finish). The hero is such a bad catch and the heroine is stupidly violent, and yet… fabulousness ensues.
- Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson – I thouroughly enjoyed the first 50 pages of this book, but now I just want the Major shot through the head. Not sure I’ll be finishing this one.
- Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch – I finished this before my exams and – unfortunately – it was unnecessary work. Wish I had enjoyed it, but I didn’t really… here’s my review.
- Brother/Sister by Sean Olin – This was excellent! I am not usually one for contemporary YA – let alone thrillers – but Brother/Sister made me a believer. Looking forward to writing this review!
Up next from the TBR Pile:
- I have SO much on my TBR pile, I don’t know where to start! I recently got the Game of Thrones box set and am really tempted to start in on it… but then there is the Hunger Games Trilogy (which OMG, why did I wait so long to start that series??) And then there is Bite Club by Rachel Caine, Jealousy by Lili St. Crow, Exile by Rebecca Lim… hmm, Exile. Yes, I think I shall be starting that next!
- Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch – This book is fabulous. Very tongue-in-cheek, and has a gorgeous cover (seriously, it’s stunning – but the US is friggin’ scary). Can’t wait to review this one.
- Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik – I never start sequels straight after reading the first book. Never ever – I like to hoard the books I know are going to be fantastic for a rainy day. But not this time! I just had to know what was happening to Temeraire!
Read over the last two weeks:
- The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M. Liu – Unfortunately, this one was not to my taste. Liu can craft a gorgeous sentence, but the plot was all over the place.
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – ADORED. And reviewed!
- Temeraire by Naomi Novik – Again, this was fantastic. Loved it so much I went out an immediately bought the sequel…
I’ve been taking part in the TBR New Authors mini-challenge
this last month and, as is the case during every Literary Escapism challenge, I’ve discovered some fantastic authors sitting on my shelves!
In this weekly event hosted by One Persons Journey Through a World Of Books where we discuss what we’ve been reading this week (and, occasionally, what we haven’t).
- The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M. Liu – I am not quite in love with Liu’s style. She uses: Very. Short. Sentences. But, enjoying the plot, so we’ll see!
Finished this week:
- Moloka’i by Alan Brennert – I don’t often review literary fiction, but this one was just so fantastic I will have to share! I cried about 10 times reading this thing, and yet I wouldn’t call it a tragedy. Saga – yes. Tragedy – no. Expect a review this week!
Did NOT Finish:
- Across the Universe by Beth Revis – After reading so many great reviews of this book, I was extremely disappointed. The world-building was non-existent and the characters were just a bore: this book is Sci-Fi 101. It took me only twenty pages to realise that – at best – I’d be writing a 2 star review for this book. So not worth the effort. Shame…
Up next from the TBR pile:
I am still working my way through TBR Newbies challenge books. After The Iron Hunt, I think I will FINALLY start reading The Hunger Games. Considering the film is already being cast, it’s about time!