Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life – Mark Twain.
Lately, I have been trying to get back on the reading train, as I have way too many books in my growing TBR pile. And so, as a way to keep track of things, I thought I’d start writing a monthly post about the books that I have read each month. At the start of June I really thought that I was going to read more books than I have done. I was on a roll, which dwindled after the third book, out of four books that I’ve read, nearly. I also love writing about books -if you couldn’t tell – so this is another mini outlet or the book section of Fayebeline.
The Island At The End Of Everything by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave
I have written a full review of this incredible second novel by Kiran Millwood-Hargrave which you can read here. In a nutshell, it really blew me away and made me feel so many different emotions such as anger, joy and sadness which is what you want from any book. I love Kiran’s writing style too: everything is extremely detailed so you feel like you are right there with her characters in their world. I read this book within a few days during my trip from London to Leeds and home again. And – the most exciting part – I tweeted all about the review and Kiran liked, retweeted and followed me back! To some, you’re probably thinking and? but to book lovers all around, you know the excitement I’m talking about!
Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick
This was my second read of Black Ice which I reviewed a couple of years ago. It was also my very first book review on Fayebeline! I loved reading this book so much that the first time I read it that I finished it before I went to sleep that night. It is completely different to her Hush Hush series in the sense that there are no angelic or supernatural feels to this book, however the male characters are all a bit of bad boys that girls just love to read about. It is the intensity of it all that draws us in. As I said, it was my second read-through of the book and it was just as great as the first. As soon as I started reading again, the story came back to me, and I noticed a few different clues this time around too.
For The Winner by Emily Hauser
This was my first official “book blogger” review. Hannah from Penguin Random House sent me a copy of For The Winner after I saw her tweet calling out to book bloggers. I jumped at the chance to get a parcel from Penguin Random House without entirely knowing the storyline of the book. I’m glad I didn’t find out a lot because it is so much better to dive into a new story and not know what’s going to happen. I loved Atalanta’s story, and I loved immersing myself into the Greek mythology surrounding it. Emily herself emailed me afterwards to say a personal thank you for my review and there is nothing better than getting thanks from authors for spreading their work with love.
Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
Technically, I’m still reading this one! I am nearly finished, and will probably finish it today which is why it’s on the list. I loved Assassin’s Apprentice when I read it in Bali. It took me far too long to pick it up from my shelf but once I got reading, I was hooked. My best friend bought me the second and third instalment of The Farseer Trilogy which is the first trilogy of an entire page of book titles and trilogies. I didn’t realise just how many there were. Robin’s writing is incredible and it is definitely a step up from any other fantasy book. George R.R. Martin calls her books “diamonds” and you can’t deny that. I’m so excited to finish the book and get the review up later in the week – watch this space!
I swear I am going to try and get more reading done next month but we shall see! I am loving my hour-long commute to work and back on the bus (which I never thought I’d ever say!) because it gives me so much reading time, and I’ve also started reading in bed to wind down the day.
On next month’s TBR list (which could change, depending on how I feel! and if my boyfriend brings home my books from London!) is:
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle Suzanne Barbot de Villenueve
I don’t honestly think that I will be able to read all of these books, especially A Game of Thrones as I have heard it is quite the toughy to follow completely. Plus, it’s a pretty thick book as well! I do want to definitely read my MinaLima versions of Peter Pan and Beauty and the Beast because the copies are completely stunning! Assassin’s Quest is next on my TBR because I don’t think that I can leave the story at the end of Royal Assassin when I know I have the next book right at my fingertips. As for Geekerella and The Bear and the Nightingale, both are in London with JR and hopefully he’ll bring them home on Wednesday so I can have them on my bookshelf and at my reading, imaginary, need-of-books disposal!
What have you read this month? Are you on more of a roll than me? Which has been your favourite read and your least favourite?
Love, Faye xo