Well, well – what a week! One of the most productive weeks I’ve had in a long time, both in my work life, personal life, and reading life! After a hectic week, I decided to take a little step back and, I have to say that, it went so well that I’ve decided to make this a regular occurrence! I’ll talk more about that in my “Readathon” heading down below. But, since I have so much to talk about, I’m diving right in!
BOOKS I’VE FINISHED THIS WEEK:
Yes ladies and gents, I read THREE books this week!! I am only 24 books away from meeting my goal of 100 books this year. Actually, i’m currently 6 books AHEAD of schedule! Shock!
First was THE QUEEN OF THE TEARLING (click for full review) which I listened to mainly on audiobook. It was really slow to start, and I could feel my attention wavering, so I went the audiobook route. I really enjoyed this book and the bad-assery of Kelsea! I do, however, wish that it had been condensed because it felt like it was dragging when it shouldn’t have been.
Next was THE CITY OF BRASS by S.A. Chakraborty – and (excuse my language) but holy fucking shit!!!! This book killed me. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that pulled me in so quickly by the first chapter. This world, the tribes, the magic, the characters – it was all so vivid and complex. And the writing – dear god, the writing!!! I can’t even! I will have a full review up on Wednesday, once I calm down after reading it!
And, lastly, was a reread of STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor. I put a poll up on Twitter asking if I should reread it before starting Muse of Nightmares and it was overwhelmingly yes. I’m glad that I reread it because I had forgotten so much of the side characters and they’re really a big part of how this whole story goes on. The writing was just as stunning as it was the first time I read it and I can’t wait to start Muse!
BOOKS I’M CURRENTLY READING:
Immediately after finishing Strange the Dreamer, I started Muse of Nightmares. I was really happy that the book starts out right where Strange left off. It also kind of recaps things a bit so if you’re a little lost, it might refresh your memory. I’m absolutely loving it so far, but still too early to tell.
I’ve also decided to go with Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman, which is the book that my son chose for my TBR unhaul challenge for the month of September. I read the first two chapters and I wasn’t getting invested at all, so I think I will give this one a shot through audio. I hope that makes it a little easier.
OTHER BOOKISH NEWS:
TOP 5 TUESDAY:
This weeks topic was so much fun!!! The topic was the Top 5 Characters you want as a best friend. It was interesting how much I feel like I know you all better by knowing who you chose to be a part of your crew! Each choice seemed to represent pieces and parts of you and I loved all your choices! Sorry that I didn’t comment on many of your posts as I worked a 14 hour day, but I DID read them all! This week coming up is going to be one of my absolute favourite things – FANTASY!!! You can list either adult, YA, or both. It’s up to you! I know for a fact that I won’t be able to narrow it down to just 5!
THE “OFF THE GRID” READATHON:
Like I said above, I needed a break this weekend. It was a good week, but exhausting. So, I decided to start my own readathon called the “off the grid” readathon (click for more info!) It’s basically where I decided that I wouldn’t blog, wouldn’t go on twitter, Instagram, or anything else. My phone was off limits and I was removing myself from other forms of contact – essentially making me off the grid. It was difficult!! I’ve gotten so used to grabbing my phone whenever I had a spare moment. But making myself more conscious of the choice to grab my phone instead of my book, made me realize just how dependant i’ve become with my phone. It was eye opening! So I put it away from arms reach, set it on silent, and read. And I read A LOT! Way more than normal. Which brought me to thinking that I need to do this more often! I might even make this a monthly thing where others can join in! Let me know if you would be interested 🙂
BLOG SCHEDULE CHANGES:
These changes aren’t anything big so don’t worry. The “off the grid” readathon made me realize that I need to step away from the blog a little more. Not that blogging daily is a bad thing, but the pressure gets overwhelming sometimes. So, from now on, I won’t be blogging on Saturday’s (which isn’t new) and I will only blog every other Friday with my First Impression Friday posts. But, more importantly, I won’t be answering comments or checking notifications on weekends. It’s just refreshing to take some time away 🙂
EMPRESS OF ALL SEASONS BLOG TOUR!!!!!
Lastly, I have a follow up from my announcement last week – I will be a part of the blog tour for Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean!!!! Thanks to Raincoast books and HMH Teen for the chance to promote this amazing sounding book! I am SOOO excited for it! This is one of those synopsis’s that screams to your soul as soon as you read it. There’s a girl who is forbidden to become Empress but enters anyways. In order to become Empress they need to conquer enchanted seasonal rooms for Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. OMG this sounds amazing! Here’s the synopsis if you want to read it for yourself 🙂
Each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms. Conquer Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Marry the prince. All are eligible to compete—all except yōkai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy.
Mari has spent a lifetime training to become empress. Winning should be easy. And it would be, if she weren’t hiding a dangerous secret. Mari is a yōkai with the ability to transform into a terrifying monster. If discovered, her life will be forfeit. As she struggles to keep her true identity hidden, Mari’s fate collides with that of Taro, the prince who has no desire to inherit the imperial throne, and Akira, a half-human, half-yōkai outcast.
Torn between duty and love, loyalty and betrayal, vengeance and forgiveness, the choices of Mari, Taro, and Akira will decide the fate of Honoku in this beautifully written, edge-of-your-seat YA fantasy. Find it on Goodreads
WOW! That was a lot to talk about! I hope you all had a fantastic reading week! And please, let me know if you would be interested in the readathon or have any suggestions 🙂
Until next time, happy reading!