I felt like I was slumping at the beginning of the week. It took me FOREVER to get through what should have been fairly easy reads for me… And the slump was so bad that I couldn’t even bring myself to start A Court of Wings and Ruin as soon as it landed in my lap…. Whyyyyyyyyy?? But I successfully made my way through five books, even if one was an audio, and one only had 100 pages left…
Sharp Ends – Joe Abercrombie (3.5 stars)
I am a pretty big fan of Joe Abercrombie, but I hadn’t yet devoured this collection of short stories. I also have a few of his books which I haven’t yet read… OOPS! The stories were a great reminder of how brilliant his writing is, but I think my enjoyment of them was severely affected by my slump. It has inspired me to read some more grimdark soon though – give me all the death and destruction NOW!
Notes From a Small Island: Journey Through Britain – Bill Bryson (2 stars)
I was actually excited to read this. I have read two Bill Byrson books and really enjoyed them, so I had high hopes. I was also hoping to find a few tips for my trip to London at the end of the year. However, I was sorely disappointed. It wasn’t as funny as I was expecting, and focused mostly on his travel to places rather than the destinations. Again, I might have enjoyed it more had I not been slumping, but then again, maybe not…
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – J.K. Rowling (Narrated by Stephen Fry) (5 stars)
PERFECTION. I have a long commute to work, which used to be purely on the train (READING TIME!), but I now drive halfway and these audio books are a life saviour in the car. (As well as some Ed Sheeran music…) Stephen Fry’s narration is marvellous and the story is amazing as always.
Why We Broke Up – Daniel Handler, art by Maira Kalman (3 stars)
Actually a fantastic book to read during a slump. It’s a break-up letter from Min to Ed; she’s returning all of the items that she kept throughout their relationship. It’s a story of first love, and how it doesn’t always work out. It’s melancholy, but can we really expect anything else from the man behind Lemony Snicket (author of A Series of Unfortunate Events). The novel doesn’t have chapters as such, but is split into the stories of each object Min is giving back to Ed, with illustrations of the object in question marking the beginning of that particular segment. A story with equal measures of sadness and hope.
A Court of Wings and Ruin – Sarah J. Maas (3.5 stars)
This was a bit of a disappointment after the brilliance of A Court of Mist and Fury. The entire story felt very rushed, and the romantic focus lay primarily on Nesta/Cassian. The sex scenes were more humorous than erotic – I found it very hard, as an Australian, to think of ‘mate’ as a sexy term of endearment…. Hahahahahaha! I also struggled with the ending, but can’t say much more than that without divulging spoilers! A friend mentioned that she thinks Sarah J Maas writes romance very well and might be better suited to standalones which focus on different couples every book – I am beginning to agree with this line of thinking…. In each of her books, it is the new couple I am most invested in.
What have you been reading this week? And what did you think of A Court of Wings and Ruin?