Hello Everybody 🖐
This week as been a fun and exciting reading week for me, simply because I know I will be getting back to work soon and this is going to be one of the last big reading weeks for me. I tried to get in as much reading as possible, as well doing back to work assessments and so on. So this week has been my rushed week of trying to get every last bit of enjoyment and fun in, which, for me, is reading. So, what books have I managed to read this week…
One of the first books I finished this week was actually the book I had chosen to read as part of a buddy read, which was Mortal Engines #1 by Philip Reeves. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book and the world within it. It was also a little graphic in certain parts, considering the age this is aimed for, which took me by surprise and I was not ready for. This has been a movie adaptation made of this book, which I had seen before going into this book, so when certain things happened within the book, I was taken off guard because they did not happen like that in the film. That might actually be a slight understatement. I was unprepared to deal with the outcome of this book and was left wondering how the film could do me wrong! I am definitely going to be continuing along with this series and I am curious to see where and how it is going to go from it’s ending.
The second book I read this week was another first book in a series and that book was Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer. This was such a strange read, especially as I am slowly easing my way into this genre this year. It felt like I had been thrown into the deep end with this book. Strange is the perfect word to sum this book up. But I liked that. It added that element of mystery to it that I didn’t fully get by the end, which although that frustrated me and left me rating it a weird 3.75 stars on goodreads, is making me want to continue reading this series. I have started on this weird adventure and now I want to continue on until I know what’s happening and have answers. Or maybe re-read the first book. Either way, this book knew exactly how to grab my attention and keep it, making me turn all detective and want answers.
The third book I read this week was a complete surprise to me and was one that I have seen popping up everywhere and so I wanted to see what the hype is about and that was You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson. I listened to this book via audiobook in one day! The story follows Liz Lightly, who has to think quickly when the financial aid she was relying on for college, unexpectedly falls through. She has to decide how she is going to pay her way through college, that’s not going to involve her grandparents selling their house. I thought that this was going to be a cute, average contemporary read, but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book and although this was a cute contemporary read, it was also more. The character growth, development and relationships within this book, whether romantic or platonic. I enjoyed this book!
I managed to squeeze in a book that has been niggling at me for a while now, one that I have had from NetGalley and has been sitting on my to read shelf for a while now. That book is Becoming Belle by Nuala O’Connor. I didn’t really enjoy this book at all and I kept continually putting it down since I had been accepted to read this book. Not only did I keep putting this book down because I kept getting bored and wasn’t enjoying the writing of it, but also because I wasn’t liking the main character Belle at all, finding her selfish. There was nothing that made me want to pick this book back up once I had put it down, except for the fact that it was a NetGalley read and I needed to finish it in order to review it. It advertised as being witty and inherently feminist and it wasn’t either of those things. I don’t know how much of this book is actually based on true events and I’m not interested in learning, which is shocking to me as I usually go exploring the real events afterwards, which for me, goes to show my complete lack of interest in this book.
Check out my full review of this book review HERE
I started to read a book that has been on my To Read list for a while now, that book being The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. This book has been on my shelf for a while now, ever since reading Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I really liked her writing style when it came to that book, reading it within hours and I did the same thing with this book. I don’t know what it is with Yoon’s writing, but it not only drags me into the book, but held me there until the very last page. The short quick chapters had me flying through this book and wanting more. I was enjoying reading about Daniel and Natasha’s day and I didn’t realise how much I was enjoying the additional chapters of the characters that they were interacting with at the day progressed. Reminding me that you just don’t know how you affect somebodies life, simply by being within it and saying “Thank You”. Although, this book did also have some heavy issues included within, with the mention of suicide, racism, affairs etc, this book was also the perfect amount of contemporary that I needed after reading and watching some heavy things lately. I’m so glad that I have finally read this book and I am becoming a real fan of Yoon’s writing style.
I also finished reading Call Me Joe by Martin Van Es and translated by Andrew Crofts this week. I have received this book as part of a Blog Tour hosted by Red Door publishing, that is currently going on and my post and review for this book is going to be coming up later this month, on 24th June.
*So keep an eye out on Wednesday 24th June for my upcoming Blog Tour post!*
Reading Statistics For The Books I’ve Read This Week:
- Mortal Engines (P. Book) – 388 Pages *4.5 Stars*
- Annihilation (P. Book) – 208 Pages *3.75 Stars*
- You Should See Me In A Crown (A. Book) – 336 Pages *4 Stars*
- Becoming Belle (E. Book) – 371 Pages *2 Stars*
- The Sun Is Also A Star (P. Book) – 384 Pages *4 Stars*
- Call Me Joe (P. Book) – 353 Pages
- Total Number of Pages Read = 2,040 Pages