Current read - Been hearing a lot of good things about this one.
Back on the beach - starting to get into The Bands of Mourning
Been a bit slow reading-wise over the last few weeks. I'm slowly working my way through Mistborn Era 2. It's never quite grabbed me the same way as the original trilogy but besides the last two of White Sand graphic novels they're the only cosmere novels I have left to read!
Struggling with this. Conflict gone by page 50 and I have so many questions. Like:
1. Why would you make a point of changing all the royal family's names only to use other royal family members actual names? (Henry, Phillip, Beatrice...)
2. Why would you specifically mention that they went on This Morning and replace Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield with stern made up presenters?
3. Where the hell is he wild turkey hunting in the UK?!
Another book I read as a teenager that I remember having an impact.
I had a bit of a scroll on goodreads and it seems most people agree; I was surprised at the venom in some of the one star reviews though! I guess if you dislike something very popular you have to hate it extra hard? Ah well, I loved it so I guess I'm just one of the saps that agrees with the crowd on this one 🤷♀️
The Testaments showed up in my library on Friday! I was glued to it all day yesterday. I was hesitant at the idea of a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale (in some ways I would still prefer its incompleteness) but this was a decent, page-turning sequel that gives some interesting insights. It is not as subtle as The Handmaid's Tale and was very different in tone. Some elements felt a bit rushed around the end but on the whole this was an enjoyable read.
I finished A Winter's Promise yesterday. I have mixed feelings.
So I loved the magic and the mystery of the world breaking. The main character is a different sort of heroine - quietly strong. However it's a loooong read and at times I wasn't really sure what the point of certain scenes was. The ending is a bit cliffhangery. I think I'll probably get round to reading the sequel at sone point but I'm not in a huge rush.
Happy Rugby World Cup day! I'm so excited for this to start - think I'm going to be a bit distracted from books for the next month! 🙊 🇮🇪
(I did manage to start Little Big today though)
If you're confused about the mess that is British politics at the moment I'd definitely recommend this book as a clear, neutral, non-judgemental way of clearing a few things up. (I'd also recommend reading it on a beach roughly 11000 miles away from said mess...) This was surprisingly easy reading - a fun, friendly tone that laid out a good range of the political spectrum and various "battlegrounds" of British politics.
So are you excited for a Handmaid's Tale sequel or think it's unnecessary?
The Testaments came out today! Going to be a while before I actually getting around to reading this one - I'm currently 135th in the library queue! 🤣 (I'm trying so hard not to actually buy books atm)
Finished my surf a bit early thanks to a sore neck (boo!) and ran up the cliff a little bit for a read (yay!)
I'll admit I actually got very littlecreading done thanks to crazy wind and being hypnotised by the waves crashing on the rocks 🌊
After a few false starts I finally sat down and read this properly from the beginning. I didn't want to put it down. Pure poetry - it made me laugh and gasp, felt like living in an English town and was sometimes disturbing. If you like Green Man mythology try this! Also the layout of the text is crazy at times but its not just a gimmick, it works brilliantly. Magical ❤
The rain holding off just long enough to eat my breakfast outside and finish the introduction of my latest pick-up from the library. I can already tell this is going to be a good read. (The author is one of the people behind Simple Politics (check them out on Facebook)- a pretty great source of impartial UK politics explanations.)
This series started off a little slow, then ended up being wonderful👍 But does anyone else get annoyed when they change the cover style half way through a series? 😡
Tense is the main word that comes to mind for this one. I finished this last night and it's still lingering in my thoughts a day later. This is billed as YA but it felt more adult to me.
The format worked well (switching between Sadie's POV and crime podcast); each chapter left me wanting just a bit more. And the ending - I've seen a few complaints that it wasn't definitive enough but I found it very fitting
So the title is cheesey-as-heck but this was an easy read in a world that was fun to be immersed in.
It's a shame more time wasn't spent in the labyrinth that seems to be the focus of the book. There's a few questionable decisions by characters but overall I think it concludes nicely as a standalone.
Longer review on goodreads : https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2926902356
Reading on the beach today - hard to know whether to focus on that beautiful view or the craziness going on with the words on the page.
Finished All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung last night: a gently reflective memoir of a transracial adoptee - I thought she explained her emotions surrounding her adoption well and although there was no "high drama" I was compelled to keep reading
This was a particularly interesting read after enjoying Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere last year; it helped give a real world perspective of how the young adoptee might have felt later in life