MORE SLUMPING! I just didn’t feel like reading at all this week… Instead, I have been completely consumed by the new Ed Sheeran album – it’s just soooooooo good! (I’m not normally a music person, so this is pretty strange….) Two graphic novels, a memoir and a fiction – my worst week in a looooonnnnggggg time!
One Week in the Library – W. Maxwell Prince, John Amor, Kathryn Layno (3 stars)
This was a total title buy – anything to do with libraries and bookshops makes me swoon! It was a little bit denser than the graphic novels I usually read, but still really good. It had a mix of genres and techniques – I liked when almost an entire short story was printed in amongst the comic panels! I wasn’t a fan of the ending – the author inserts himself into the story to speak to the character, but overall it was a fun read!
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley – Hannah Tinti (3 stars) Read more
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)
Only six books this week – I’ve been pretty busy! Only two were great successes; luckily the rest of them either don’t belong to me, or are on the list to be unhauled anyway! I think I’m headed for a bit of a slump though… I’ve barely read anything this weekend! Agggghhhhhh!
We’ll Always Have Paris: Trying and Failing to be French – Emma Beddington (2 stars)
This looked like it would be a really fun, quirky read. Unfortunately, it was more about the breakdown of a relationship, and the author’s grief over her mother. And yet, with these rather heavy themes, it still tried to be upbeat and quirky. It was incongruous and I couldn’t get excited about it. Also, Emma Beddington HATED Paris, so even the title is a bit strange… Not a good book to get excited about my own adventures there with!
The Scourge – Jennifer A. Nielsen (3 stars) Read more
Nine books this week! It has been a very productive Easter weekend – and I still have two days to go! Though I think I’m going to devote a lot of time today to holiday-planning! I’m going to London and Paris later in the year – let me know if you have any favourite places in either city, or any tips for travelling alone!
All Rights Reserved – Gregory Scott Katsoulis (4 stars)
A really interesting dystopian in which every word is copyrighted, and each citizen has to pay for every sound they utter. Speth Jime zips her mouth shut and vows to never speak again. This rebellion sparks a media frenzy, which threatens to destroy Speth herself, her family, and the entire city.
This book was a fascinating commentary on where our consumer-driven world is headed. It was incredibly entertaining, and a very intelligent story. It’s a September publication, and one I would highly recommend!
Love at First Flight – Tess Woods (Australian author) (2 stars) Read more
April is off to a good start! After an intense accumulation of books this week, I definitely had to get through a megaton to make up for it! New rule (I say these sorts of things WAAAAYYY too often): I have to read 10 books for every one I bring home.
Highs this week included a reread of The Night Circus – it’s even more perfect than I remember it being – and Uncommon Criminals. I read quite a lot of non-fiction and graphic novels too! My biggest fail was Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – it just wasn’t for me; I didn’t like the advice or the style of writing.
Uncommon Criminals – Ally Carter (4 stars)
Another fantastic Heist Society novel. Ally Carter is just fantastic! These books are so much fun, although they do make me want to learn the skills necessary to be a spy and/or a thief. If that’s what it takes to make me exercise…
In this book, Kat Bishop is conned… When she realises her mistake, she is determined to fix it, ALONE. But the crew doesn’t let her do that, and together they work to steal back a cursed emerald. Can’t wait to read Perfect Scoundrels shortly!
The Barefoot Investor – Scott Pape (Australian author) (3.5 stars) Read more
Only four books this week! I’ve changed my commuting patterns, so I’m only on the train for two hours a day, and it is definitely affecting my reading! The new Mark Lawrence was pretty good, but it took me soooo long to finish! And yet, I read The Most Beautiful and Difficult Women in the same day! How do you squeeze extra reading into your day?
Heist Society – Ally Carter (4 stars)
Buddy read!!! Just as wonderful as the first book. I still love all of the characters in this motley teenage heist crew. Kat Bishop gets conned into stealing a precious emerald; she is embarrassed, and determined to right her wrong. Ally Carter writes such fun books, which make me want to accumulate the skills required to be a spy and/or a thief!
Red Sister – Mark Lawrence (4 stars) Read more
Nine books this week – a great improvement on the last two weeks! Three middle grade books, three YA, one poetry, and an audio book. The Princess Saves Herself in This One was technically a reread, but the new edition has so many more poems, so it was almost like a whole new book! Head over to Booktopia if you need any of these for yourself! 🙂
Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake – Rob Lloyd Jones (2 stars)
I really liked the idea of this book – a whole family robbing graves together. However, it ended up being predominantly about twins Pandora and Jake, and their race to save their parents from the bad guys. There were some really fun parts, but there were also some very boring parts. I think this could be a great introduction to history for reluctant readers, not least because of the cool modern gadgets that sit side-by-side with ancient sites, but I was underwhelmed.
Slaves of the Mastery – William Nicholson (3 stars) Read more